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This Week in California Education: Episode 48, Feb 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

This week: an upsurge in student activism for gun control following the school shooting in Florida; a new report on disproportionate suspension rates of black students in California; State Senator Nancy Skinner makes a pitch for her bill to extend the current ban on suspending students for “willful defiance”; and a proposal in the state Senate to increase base funding.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 47, Feb 9, 2018

February 9, 2018

This week: voters have a more positive view of the CA School Dashboard than expected, LCFF funds are improving grad rates and math scores — especially for low-income students, Brown asks for more budget transparency from districts, and Newsom & Villaraigosa running neck and neck in the race for Gov.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 46, Feb 2, 2018

February 2, 2018

This week: A push to offer SAT or ACT to 11th graders in place of Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced tests, the growing battle between CA & the U.S. Department of Education over how to count and serve the state’s low-performing students, an for the 1st year more Bay Area charter schools closed than opened.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 45, Jan 25, 2018

January 26, 2018

This week: Louis Freedberg and John discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s comments on education during his 16th and final state of the state speech. Plus tuition hikes on the horizon for UC and CSU students.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 44, Jan 19, 2018

January 20, 2018

This week: how the state is pitching teaching as a career to help alleviate the teacher shortage, CA sticks to its ESSA plan despite criticism from the U.S. Dept of Ed & a closer look at the lack of homeschool regulations in the wake of the Perris child abuse case.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 43, Jan 12, 2018

January 12, 2018

This week: Louis and John discuss the release of CA’s 2018-19 budget — Gov. Brown’s last. Despite predicting an economic recession Brown proposed a burst of education spending for early ed, K-12, higher ed and other initiatives.
Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 42, Jan 6, 2018

January 5, 2018

This week: Louis and John make predictions about the biggest education issues on the horizon in 2018 including the fate of CA’s Dreamers, the upcoming SCOTUS decision on public employee union dues, the impact legal marijuana will have on state’s teens and more.

This Week in California Education: Episode 40, Dec 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

This week: is the new CA School Dashboard too complicated to be useful for parents? What’s working, how can it be improved and how are other states presenting the same information. Plus big changes proposed for credentialing requirements for special education teachers.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 39, Dec 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

This week: Louis discusses the release of California’s much anticipated new school accountability system. He’s joined by California Collaborative for Educational Excellence executive director, Carl Cohn and Pivot Learning CEO Arun Ramanathan.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 38, Dec 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

This week: a focus on Gov. Brown’s push to establish a new online-only community college; who the online degrees are meant to reach and who online classes work best for, plus the release of the CA School Dashboard the dept. of ed is releasing next week.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 37, Nov 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

This week: the effect the Republican tax bill may have on the California state budget, the surprisingly rosy forecast for K12 and community college funding, and how a state-mandated school safety plan may have averted a greater tragedy this week in Rancho Tehama.

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 36, Nov 10, 2017

November 9, 2017

This week: Louis and John take on a hot issue in California; chronic absenteeism. Why is tracking chronic absenteeism important? How extensive is the problem in CA? Why are students chronically absent? What should schools be doing about it? What are other states’ effective strategies? And what’s next for this issue?

Produced by Sarah Tan

This Week in California Education: Episode 35, Nov 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

This week: suspensions and expulsions are down dramatically in CA schools — though racial gaps persist, how will LGBT history be covered in CA classrooms and a new Seal of Civic Engagement for high school diplomas.

This Week in California Education: Episode 34, Oct 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

This week: Louis and John discuss what’s happening in the California races for governor and state superintendent of public instruction and where the leading candidates stand on major educational issues like universal preschool, charter school regulation, teacher tenure and the Local Control Funding Formula.
Produced by Sarah Tan