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July 28, 2014
A new report concludes that California’s mentoring program for novice teachers, once a national model, has deteriorated due to lack of funding and district commitment, and provides little help for the many new teachers who enter the profession as permanent substitutes or temporary hires.
July 27, 2014
Instability -- multiple homes and multiple schools -- is one of the biggest obstacles to academic success for foster children. But about two dozen high school students in foster care in Southern California are benefiting from one constant in their lives: a program each summer at UCLA aimed at keeping them on track academically and preparing them for college.
July 24, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California has found an ally in the U.S. Department of Justice for its lawsuit charging that the state abdicated its obligation to ensure all students classified as English learners get extra instructional services to become fluent in English.
July 23, 2014
Apprenticeships are gaining traction as an untapped resource in efforts to better prepare students for college and careers. The training programs provide a steady “earn as you learn” pathway to a lucrative profession – and, depending on the program, a chance to earn college credit at the same time.
July 22, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown and advocates for less punitive disciplinary policies have compromised on a bill that would prevent administrators from expelling students for “willful defiance,” according to Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, who is sponsoring the bill. It would also prevent schools from suspending and sending home K-3 students.
July 17, 2014
At City Arts and Tech, one of three high schools in the Bay Area-based Envision Schools charter network, deeper learning – an approach that goes beyond rote memorization and the superficial mastery of facts – has been integrated into all aspects of the school curriculum.
July 14, 2014
Home visiting nurses like Patty Leal offer pregnancy advice, monitor child development and explain parenting techniques to women who are young, low-income, or struggling with domestic abuse. They begin working with new mothers in the first or second trimester and continue until the child turns 2.
July 10, 2014
Uniformly praising how school districts have created plans to comply with California’s new school improvement and accountability system, members of the State Board of Education agreed to move ahead with modest changes in regulations while counseling patience before making more. “Trust the process, be patient and thoughtful, not precipitous,” said board member Patricia Rucker.
July 10, 2014
After showing up for four rounds of meetings at the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing – and sending 866 letters of opposition to Sacramento last month alone – physical education teachers lost the fight to prevent military instructors from being able to earn a new special teaching authorization in physical education.
July 9, 2014
The shift to local control has given school districts much leeway in adopting the Common Core State Standards, the challenging math and English language arts standards that California and 41 other states have adopted. But that flexibility may also create disparities in implementation that the state should reduce, concludes a new report by researchers from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.
July 7, 2014
California’s new school funding system is driving districts in diverse regions of the state to shift their resources to achieve one of the key goals laid out in the sweeping financial reform effort – graduating students so they are ready for college or careers.
July 6, 2014
The State Board of Education this week could revise the process that districts use to create their funding and accountability plans. At a hearing in Sacramento on Thursday, critics will argue that the proposed changes don’t go far enough.