In this edition of “This Week in California Education,” Executive Director Louis Freedberg, Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald and EdSource reporter Carolyn Jones discuss a very busy news week, including:

  • Criminal charges against Los Angeles Unified School Board President Ref Rodriquez and the potential impact on his leadership and the direction of the district (read story).
  • The settlement of a lawsuit against L.A. Unified that will steer $150 million in state funding to 50 high-poverty schools  (read story).
  • What’s in, and what’s out of the state plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act that the State Board of Education adopted (read story).
  • New developments in a dispute between California and the federal government over testing students in new science standards  (read story).
  • A bill needing Gov. Brown’s signature that would provide free tuition for a year for all students wanting to attend community college (read story).
  • And finally, in a break from hectic news, a look at schools that are turning off bells and buzzers to create a calmer atmosphere (read story).

Produced by Sarah Tan