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New chancellor has strong support, tough job

New chancellor has strong support, tough job

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors unanimously named Dr. Brice Harris*, a longtime community college leader, as the 15th chancellor of the statewide higher education system. Just hours later he received an unexpected gift ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 Election, California Colleges, Community Colleges, Featured, Initiatives, Jerry Brown, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, State and Federal Policies, State Budget

Once castigated, Commission on Teacher Credentialing is praised

Once castigated, Commission on Teacher Credentialing is praised

Eighteen months ago, State Auditor Elaine Howle called the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing one of the “worst-run” agencies she had investigated in a comment to the Sacramento Bee. Howle had conducted a review at the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

State Board gets authority to pare back 8th grade math standards

Gov. Jerry Brown evidently agrees that California’s math standards should align more closely with the national Common Core standards. On Thursday, he signed SB 1200, which will allow the State Board to weed out the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, Quick Hits, STEM

For-profit colleges ordered to be transparent

For-profit colleges will have to be more forthcoming about information they’ve considered proprietary up to now. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation yesterday that requires for-profit colleges to inform prospective students about their accreditation status, salaries, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, Jerry Brown, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies

Brown signs bill moving API away from standardized tests

Brown signs bill moving API away from standardized tests

Senate Bill 1458, which will shift California’s chief measure of a high school’s performance, from a near exclusive reliance on state test scores to a broader gauge of student accomplishment and preparation for college and ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, STEM, Tests and Assessments

New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership Academies

New 2-year lease on life for 163 Partnership Academies

Financially threatened high school career academies will get a lifeline and new career tech programs will get a lift, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation committing $68 million for those and related projects ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Partnership Academies, Reporting & Analysis, Workforce preparation

Reform by the ounce, unfunded pension debt by the pound

Reform by the ounce, unfunded pension debt by the pound

The pension reforms passed in June, paring back the benefits for new teachers and administrators, will knock off $189 million per year from the additional payments taxpayers must make to keep the California State Teachers’ ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, Teacher Pensions, Teachers and Admin

Three up, one down for student discipline reforms

Gov. Jerry Brown signed three of the bills calling for alternatives to student suspensions and expulsions, and vetoed a fourth. Two other measures are still awaiting his action. The governor approved AB 1729 by San Francisco ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: High School Completion, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, State and Federal Policies

Analysis: Why a teachers’ strike in Los Angeles is unlikely

The odds of a Chicago-style teachers’ strike happening in California’s largest school district is remote. That’s the thrust of an insightful analysis by Los Angeles Times reporter Teresa Watanabe. One of the main reasons, as LAUSD Superintendent ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Quick Hits

Brown signs bill spelling out evaluations (for principals)

Brown signs bill spelling out evaluations (for principals)

Without the acrimony and fanfare that doomed a teacher evaluation bill last month, the Legislature with near unanimity passed and Gov. Brown has now signed a milestone principal and teacher evaluation bill. Key differences between SB ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Reporting & Analysis