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Fuentes agrees to compromises on AB 5: Are they enough?

Fuentes agrees to compromises on AB 5: Are they enough?

At the 11th hour, the author of the bill to rewrite the teacher evaluation law has offered compromises intended to placate opponents and to qualify the state for a waiver from the No Child Left ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Evaluations, Featured, No Child Left Behind, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Teacher Unions, Teachers and Admin, Tests and Assessments

State creating “time bomb” with cuts to higher ed

State creating “time bomb” with cuts to higher ed

Give a dollar to California’s public colleges and universities and receive $4.50 back. Those are pretty good odds, and they’re not from one of those overseas scam emails humbly requesting your help in transferring funds. ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, Charts and Data, College and Career Preparation, College Completion, College Enrollment, Community Colleges, Equity issues, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Research and Reports, STEM, UC and CSU, Workforce preparation

KQED’s Rachael Myrow interviews John Fensterwald about Common Core standards

Rachael Myrow of KQED’s The California Report interviewed EdSource’s John Fensterwald about his reporting on Common Core standards for his article, State to adopt Common Core view of Algebra I in 8th grade. Listen to the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Presentations/Interviews, Quick Hits

Brown struggling to sell Prop 30 to wary voters

Brown struggling to sell Prop 30 to wary voters

Rework your talking points, Governor. You risk losing the message war over Proposition 30. That’s one implication of the latest poll on Jerry Brown’s tax initiative for the November ballot. Most Californians continue to back it, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Online Learning, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, State Budget, Technology, Workforce preparation

Exit exam results show gains in closing achievement gap

African American and Latino students showed the biggest gains on California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) results for the Class of 2012, narrowing the achievement gap between them and their Asian and white counterparts, according ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Quick Hits, State and Federal Policies, Tests and Assessments

Another study questions state’s push for 8th grade Algebra

Another study questions state’s push for 8th grade Algebra

At the state’s prodding, the proportion of students taking Algebra in eighth grade increased 60 percent over the past decade – a significant achievement. But there has not been a parallel success in encouraging students ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: A to G Curriculum, Common Core, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, STEM, Tests and Assessments

Clovis Unified sued for giving inadequate sexual education

Clovis Unified sued for giving inadequate sexual education

Two parents, a physician’s organization, and a “gay-straight” activist group are suing Clovis Unified, charging that the district is not providing high school students with adequate sex education because it relies primarily on a textbook ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis

Finding the Yellow Brick Road to the Common Core

Finding the Yellow Brick Road to the Common Core

The new vision represented by the Common Core State Standards is becoming clearer, and it is exciting and rich. But as school district leaders get clearer on the destination, the path can still be uncertain.  ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Common Core

AB 5 falls short of meeting NCLB waiver requirements

AB 5 falls short of meeting NCLB waiver requirements

Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes said that the passage of AB 5, the teacher evaluation bill that he authored, could “potentially serve as a key piece” of the state’s application for a waiver from the No Child ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Evaluations, No Child Left Behind, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, State Board of Education, Title 1

District settles with ACLU over program for English learners

District settles with ACLU over program for English learners

While insisting that it did nothing wrong, a Central Valley school district has quickly settled a lawsuit filed by several chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a half-dozen parents and teachers ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, English learners, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, UC and CSU