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Here are a half-dozen K-12 and early education bills that the governor vetoed or signed on the last day crunch — and why.
In veto message, Newsom says giving districts the test option would widen inequities in college admission that the bill was intended to narrow.
Analytical tools that are available but not used can help schools better understand how to improve student performance.
Readers can access results for California’s Smarter Balanced tests taken by students in the spring in nearly 10,000 school statewide.
Average scores have been rising in English language arts, but dropping in math as students progress through middle and high school — a cause for worry.
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond says that key priorities, among other things, should be improving teacher preparedness and qualifications and building a more diverse teaching force in California.
Dozens of districts across the state have adopted policies and resolutions targeting climate change.
Some warn that it will be difficult for other districts to increase math graduation requirements due to budget and staffing constraints.
CSU has also pledged $10 million to train more math and science teachers, but skeptics question whether that investment will be sufficient.
Thousands of youth-led protests took place on Friday leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit next week.
Amazon Web, a subsidiary of Amazon, has teamed up with colleges in the state to help teach the skills needed for a growing number of in-demand jobs that require cloud computing.
Critics said the original proposal was politically biased and omitted the American experiences of some ethnic and religious groups.
Some schools may not yet have enough math and science courses to offer a State Seal of STEM.
Move follows formal complaints by two former teachers alleging students at Castlemont High were given credit for work not completed.
Opponents say the requirement would harm black and Latino students. Supporters say it would prepare students for college math courses.