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A shortage of school counselors has hampered efforts to serve students. But additional funding and a growing state focus on college and career preparation – and a new push from the First Lady – are translating to additional resources and more attention to counselors' role.
The California School Boards Association’s campaign to persuade the Legislature to reverse a cap on school district reserves got a boost this week when the Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report endorsing a repeal.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to cease issuing K-12 construction bonds, leaving school districts to pay the tab to build schools. A coalition of districts and the building industry says it will put a $9 billion bond before voters next year.
The U.S. House of Representatives education committee released a white paper Wednesday that calls for strengthening the federal Head Start preschool program by coordinating existing early learning programs, improving quality and enhancing parental involvement.
President Barack Obama, addressing the surging cost of child care that burdens most parents, proposed in his State of the Union speech to significantly expand child tax credits to help ease the costs to middle-class families.
Calling the new state-mandated local accountability plans “a daunting undertaking,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office called on the Legislature to allow school districts to write more focused annual plans for achievement.
For the first time in California, thousands of early-learning centers across the state, from preschools to licensed child-care centers and homes, are in the process of implementing a common system to rate the quality of their programs.
The governor’s proposed budget, unveiled last week, allocates $500 million in an Adult Education Block Grant, with a provision that existing K-12 adult ed programs be funded for another year. The funding would restore the money many programs lost during the recession.
With California students set to begin taking new Smarter Balanced tests in the Common Core State Standards this spring, state education officials are worried about how parents will view the results – especially if, as experts predict, their kids’ initial scores will be low.
New state data show a steep drop in suspensions and expulsions of California students, continuing a downward trend. Altogether, 20 percent fewer students were expelled and 15 percent fewer students were suspended in 2013-14 than in the previous year.
A group of parents in the Anaheim City School District on Wednesday submitted petitions to force reforms at their children’s struggling elementary school – changes that may include turning the school into a charter.
Gov. Jerry Brown said last week he's open to changing tenure and other teacher employment laws at issue in the Vergara v. State of California lawsuit, and most teachers in a new survey say they want to change them, too.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he will expand the city’s Preschool for All program after voters in November approved a ballot measure to help fund public education and children’s services for a quarter-century.