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The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

The survey says: Superintendents want more tech funding

More than half the California school districts surveyed by an education advocacy group said they’ve spent all or most of the funds set aside to implement Common Core State Standards, but still have more to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, State Budget, Technology, Twenty-first Century Learning

Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation

Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation

California school districts would receive another year of Common Core implementation funds under a bill introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. Last year, as chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Bonilla pushed ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, K-12 Reform, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Technology

Renewed push to let community colleges award bachelor’s degrees

Renewed push to let community colleges award bachelor’s degrees

When Michigan granted community colleges the authority to confer baccalaureate degrees a year ago, it became the 21st state to do so. An effort is under way to make California No. 22. Senate Bill 850 by ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, College Completion, Community Colleges, Featured, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, UC and CSU, Workforce preparation

Brown touts education accomplishments, priorities in upbeat State of the State

Brown touts education accomplishments, priorities in upbeat State of the State

Gov. Jerry Brown highlighted his education accomplishments in an upbeat State of the State on Wednesday that marked the final address of his current term and laid out priorities for the coming year and his likely ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child Care, Early Learning, Featured, Governance, Jerry Brown, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, State Budget

Introducing new EdSource newsletter on early education

Introducing new EdSource newsletter on early education

Subscriptions are now available to Eyes on the Early Years, EdSource’s new free, monthly newsletter on issues facing children from infancy through 3rd grade. The first issue features stories about the state and federal movements to create ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Quick Hits

‘Cutting edge’ college and career programs receive state grants

Sometimes it’s the extras that keep teenagers coming to school when they’d rather be almost anywhere else. Programs in art, music, digital media, robotics and others can be powerful draws to keep students coming to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Partnership Academies, Quick Hits, School Finance, Workforce preparation

Transitional kindergarten expansion, early education not included in governor’s budget proposal

Transitional kindergarten expansion, early education not included in governor’s budget proposal

While Democratic leaders in both houses of the state Legislature have cited expanding transitional kindergarten as a top priority in the coming year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2014-2015 budget did not mention the program – or ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, School Finance, State Budget, Transitional Kindergarten

Now for the hard part: implementing school reform

Now for the hard part: implementing school reform

The past year witnessed the passage of legislation presaging historic changes in California’s struggling public school system that could place the state in a leadership position nationally on education reform. The focus will now be on ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, ED Corner, Featured, Jerry Brown, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, State and Federal Policies, Systemic Change

New law increases transfer degrees between community college, CSU

New law increases transfer degrees between community college, CSU

Community college students will have more opportunities to transfer into California State University with a degree that’s guaranteed to help them graduate faster under a controversial bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown days before the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, College Completion, College Enrollment, Community Colleges, Featured, Legislature and Bills, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies

New funding formula revives push for smaller class sizes

New funding formula revives push for smaller class sizes

Just weeks into the school year, some districts are struggling with a provision in California’s dramatic revision of its school financing system that calls for smaller class sizes in grades K-3. The new funding formula, signed ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis