Both the California Teachers Association and the California Charter Schools Association, which have been waging a high-profile battle over charter schools, were represented at signing event in the Capitol. The bill became law only two weeks after it was first heard in committee in the State Capitol.
Although students will begin taking the California Science Test in March, most school districts have yet to approve textbooks or materials aligned to the new standards adopted six years ago by the State Board of Education. Still, federal law is requiring California to begin testing this year.
School districts are trying a variety of strategies aimed at creating safe and welcoming school environments, but there is controversy over the role and frequency of student surveys, and how to use them.