EdSource Today Reports: Reporting & Analysis

Effort to revive arts programs in schools gains momentum

Effort to revive arts programs in schools gains momentum

In an attempt to reverse the impact of years of budget cuts and a state and national emphasis on math and English test results, some 70 education officials, arts advocates, teachers and principals will unveil ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Common Core, Featured, K-12 Programs, Reporting & Analysis

Districts develop goals for foster youth

Districts develop goals for foster youth

As districts set their goals for the next school year and allocate funding under the new California school finance system, they have to consider for the first time a small, highly at-risk subset of students: ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Achievement Gap, Charts and Data, Featured, Foster care, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis

LAO recommends “fundamental restructuring” of state child care system

LAO recommends “fundamental restructuring” of state child care system

A new report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office is suggesting significant changes to the state’s child care and early education systems. Due to the complexity of the system and an inability to provide funding for ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child Care, Early Learning, Quick Hits, Reporting & Analysis, Transitional Kindergarten

Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs

Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs

Interested in vaccination rates at your child’s school? Want to see how vaccination rates vary between charter, private and public schools throughout California? Check out the EdSource vaccination data app. In her 33 years as a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health, Nutrition, Fitness, Reporting & Analysis

Deal announced on teacher dismissal bill that governor would support

Deal announced on teacher dismissal bill that governor would support

(This story has been updated to include a reaction from the California School Boards Association.) Signaling the resolution of an acrimonious issue, Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, introduced a bill Friday to make dismissing teachers ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Unions

Public housing authorities pilot education programs

Public housing authorities pilot education programs

In an effort to improve literacy rates among children from low-income families, public housing authorities across the state are piloting programs that help parents prepare their children for school and increase their access to books. In ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Reporting & Analysis

How budget cuts and PTA fundraising undermined equity in San Francisco public schools

How budget cuts and PTA fundraising undermined equity in San Francisco public schools

Evelyn Cheung is the principal of Junipero Serra Elementary School in Bernal Heights. Matthew Reedy is the principal of Grattan Elementary in the Haight. Both San Francisco public schools faced five straight years of districtwide budget cuts — ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, K-12 Programs, K-12 Reform, Parents, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, State Budget

U.S. teens better problem solvers than expected in latest international test

U.S. teens better problem solvers than expected in latest international test

Compared with their peers in developed nations, American 15-year olds are slightly above average problem solvers, but not as good as students from Asian nations who regularly shellac them in math, reading and science tests, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis, Standards, Twenty-first Century Learning

Oakland Unified considering parcel tax to fund college, career readiness programs

Oakland Unified considering parcel tax to fund college, career readiness programs

One California school district is considering what may be a first-of-its-kind approach to pay for academy programs that prepare students for college and careers: ask voters to pick up some of the tab. The Oakland Unified ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, College and Career Preparation, Equity issues, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Partnership Academies, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change

Attorneys give final arguments in Vergara suit challenging laws for teacher hiring, firing

Attorneys give final arguments in Vergara suit challenging laws for teacher hiring, firing

The future of tenure and other laws governing how teachers are hired and fired in California is now in the hands of Judge Rolf Treu. Attorneys in Vergara v. California made their final pitches Thursday in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Evaluations, Teacher Tenure, Teacher Unions