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10.21.14
Teacher association dishes out school supplies, books

All it took to enter the Continentals of Omega Boys & Girls Club gym Monday afternoon was a golden ticket.

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10.17.14
California conditions favorable for Common Core implementation

With the adoption of the Common Core standards by 43 states, the nation’s schools have embarked on one of the most ambitious reform

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10.16.14
LAUSD regrouping after Deasy's departure

The end of Supt. John Deasy's dynamic and controversial 3 1/2 year reign over public schools in Los Angeles leaves school district

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10.16.14
NEA president: Don’t punish teachers with test scores

A former Utah educator returned home to a rock-star welcome Thursday as she criticized the "toxic" culture of testing in America’s public schools.

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10.16.14
Oakland teachers protest for raises and smaller class sizes

Oakland educators took to the streets in protest yesterday. At one intersection in North Oakland, one teacher appeared with signs and a

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10.16.14
Superintendent Tom Torlakson: California Ranked #1 in After School Programs

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California leads the nation in after school programs,

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09.29.14
Teachers' union accepts contract

A tentative contract between the Associated Chino Teachers union and the Chino Valley school district was overwhelmingly approved this week by union members.

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09.29.14
Adding a civics lesson to Nov. 4 election events

With a general election on the horizon, top voter and education officials are urging public school administrators to use the event as a teachable

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09.28.14
New law limits student discipline measure

Fewer than 11,000 of California’s 6.2 million students will likely be affected each year by a new law that limits the use of “willful defiance”

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09.27.14
Carpinteria School District Seeking Voter Approval of $90 Million Bond for Campus Upgrades

The Carpinteria Unified School District is pursuing its first general obligation bond initiative in 20 years, and officials hope local voters

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09.26.14
LBUSD Announced as Most Technologically Efficient District

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) was announced Thursday as the most prepared large school system in the state to provide technology

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09.25.14
Class sizing and salaries rising dominate school board meeting

Class sizing and salaries rising dominate school board meeting

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09.25.14
Schools challenger would drop tenure-ruling appeal

The challenger in the unexpectedly tight race for California's elected schools chief said Thursday that if he wins in November he would

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09.24.14
Report focuses attention on English learners

As accountability for student progress in California becomes more local, a new report focuses on how school districts can better educate their English

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09.23.14
Deasy faces board review as controversies abound

After weathering a solid year of criticism for his controversial iPad program, taking a high-profile position in a case against teacher tenure

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09.23.14
STEM? 'Ask questions, do experiments, learn stuff'

For nearly all of her 12 years, Hannah Gallagher was part of a daunting statistic often used to illustrate a gap in the American school system: She

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09.23.14
Voter Registration Day: A reminder to participate in Democracy

Today is National Voter Registration Day and it falls between two historic legislative anniversaries this year and next year that remind

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09.17.14
New funding system has districts hiring

After years of budget cuts and not filling positions opened by retirements or resignations, most school districts are opening the 2014-15 year with more staff thanks to the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula.

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09.17.14
Insights From a Unionized Charter School Network

Despite a national decline in the number of charter schools with unionized staffs over the past few years, one high-profile charter chain based in

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09.16.14
Teacher shortage in Monterey County persists

There's an opening for a music teacher in Greenfield Union with a signing bonus of up to $5,000. There's another opening for a child development

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09.15.14
California, and SFUSD, lead way on multiculturalism at schools

The state of public education in California is often cited as a bellwether for the rest of the country —

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09.14.14
Why Teaching Music Matters

I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction helps kids process language.

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09.13.14
How educators are working to save career courses

When Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante was a Santa Cruz High student 35 years ago, he took a criminal justice class from professional law enforcement

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09.13.14
Teacher tenure: Flawed decision hurts schools

The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers recently filed an appeal over Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu’s

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09.09.14
Dead heat in race for schools chief; Dems lead other statewide races

Democrats lead Republicans in each of the six partisan statewide election contests, a new Field Poll finds, but the nonpartisan race for state schools

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09.08.14
Reminder: Teacher Tenure Isn’t Going Anywhere for a While

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has a plan for San Diego schools: If you want students to learn more, pay the best teachers more money.

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09.08.14
Napolitano, UC support Common Core State Standards

UC President Janet Napolitano and three other leaders in California public and private higher education signed a letter Aug. 29

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09.04.14
The Myth Of The Superstar Superintendent?

At corporations, leadership matters. A lot. Think of the impact of the late Steve Jobs at Apple or Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl

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09.04.14
Calif. Teachers' Unions File Appeal Against Vergara Ruling on Teacher Tenure

In the latest turn of events in the teacher-tenure saga in California, the state's teachers unions officially filed

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09.03.14
California Teacher Unions Appeal Tenure Ruling

California’s powerful teachers unions fought back Wednesday against a court ruling that struck down state laws on tenure

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09.02.14
We all have to pitch in to make Common Core work

The new school year brings one of the biggest transitions our state’s elementary and secondary education system has ever experienced. As

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09.02.14
Analysis finds California students attend school more than U.S. peers

California students attend school more consistently than most of their U.S. peers, and such attendance directly relates to better performance on

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09.01.14
Labor Day: Standing together for economic justice

This Labor Day, more than ever, working people are reminding communities that we are your neighbors, and that our unions are keeping the middle class intact and strong.

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08.30.14
Gov. Brown appeals ruling that struck down teacher job protections

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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08.27.14
Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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08.27.14
LA schools cancel iPad contracts after KPCC publishes internal emails

Three days after KPCC published internal emails showing top L.A. Unified officials and executives from Pearson and Apple met and discussed bringing tablet

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08.26.14
Leadership, Political Winds Buffet Education Advocacy Groups

Michelle Rhee's departure as the leader of StudentsFirst—the combative national K-12 advocacy organization she started less than four years ago—could represent a significant shift in the

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08.25.14
High Stakes Testing is 'Toxic' Warns New NEA President

Stories about Lily Eskelsen García typically mention the fact her career began as a lunch lady in a local school in her native Utah.

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08.22.14
Campaign To Reduce Student Loan Debt Kicks Off In Oakland

California educators have joined a national effort aimed at reducing student loan debt and making college more affordable for families.


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08.22.14
Calif. Teachers' Union Is Getting "Serious About Charter School Organizing"

The soon-to-be president of the National Education Association is visiting a charter school in Alameda, Calif., Friday. But NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia isn't holding a press

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08.22.14
NEA president-elect: On a mission to galvanize teachers and parents

Lily Eskelsen Garcia has a history that reads like a made-for-TV movie: She began her education career making salads in a school cafeteria and was nudged toward college by a kindergarten

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08.18.14
SF teachers union members support second strike vote

The union representing public school teachers in The City has passed its first hurdle to potentially strike should United Educators of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District continue to remain at odds over a new contract.

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08.08.14
Education Reform Is Becoming A Celebrity Cause

Celebrities are becoming a prominent fixture in the debate over K-12 education. This week Whoopi Goldberg used her platform on ABC's The View to speak out against teacher tenure.

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08.07.14
Chula Vista Teachers Enter Mediation With District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teacher’s union are attempting to end a contract impasse through mediation.

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08.06.14
Change in teacher credentialing is a step backward

Many parents of school-age children are probably aware that this is an absolutely transformational time for K-12 public education in California.

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08.05.14
California’s new school funding system stumbles into its first year

One California educator compares keeping up with the rules in California’s historic new school funding system to a cat chasing a laser pointer’s beam – a shifting target always just out of reach.

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07.31.14
2012 Campaign Cash Scandal Ends With PAC’s Shutdown

In a quiet ending to one of the most high-profile campaign money controversies in California history, the political action committee reprimanded for accepting $11 million from mystery donors in 2012 has closed its doors.

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07.30.14
New dispute opens over LCAP reporting mandate

A festering dispute over how much freedom local officials should have over education spending has reignited, pitting school managers against advocates for low-income families and some key members of the Legislature.

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07.27.14
Why public education needs teachers unions

There have been many assertions made over time about the negative effects of teachers unions on student performance. A number of states have moved legislatively to curtail the collective .

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07.24.14
Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance

The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday.

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07.24.14
The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids

I recently worked with three groups of eighth- and ninth-grade students. All of the groups are comprised of students of color from families in poverty, which means they qualify for free or

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07.24.14
School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian.

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07.22.14
CA low among states in children’s well-being, says new report

California ranks 40th among the 50 states in children’s overall well-being, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today in

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07.17.14
Silicon Valley Sees Gold in Corporate-Driven School Reforms

When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu struck down the tenure rights of the state’s public school teachers last month in Vergara v.

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07.10.14
Charter school educators unionize to stand strong for students

“Being united helps teachers to become stronger advocates for our students. We will strive to provide them with the necessary tools they need to become successful global learners prepared

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07.07.14
School spending: Where the neediest students get more help

Weeks before starting kindergarten, Kannon Sinnott arrived early on Wednesday for class at White Rock Elementary School. The 5-year-old has spent his summer mastering the alphabet – on this day, Kannon focused on X, Y and Z – and learning to write his name.

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07.07.14
For Vergara Ruling on Teachers, Big Questions Loom

In the annals of education-equity cases, the decision in Vergara v. California was nothing less than a bombshell.

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07.06.14
Departing NEA president blasts ‘incredible onslaught of corporate reformers’ — including Michelle Rhee

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel delivered his final keynote speech at the 2014 Representative Assembly of the nation’s largest teachers union,

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07.04.14
NEA Calls for Secretary Duncan's Resignation

Delegates to the National Education Association's annual convention passed a new business item July 4 calling for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to resign.

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06.23.14
SF public school libraries don’t go by the book

If you asked San Francisco teacher-librarian Lisa Bishop, she could write a book on the importance of public schools staffing full-time librarians.

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06.23.14
Common Core Education Standards Rolled Out Early In Chula Vista

The Common Core Initiative, which sets national curriculum standards in math and English, will be changing the look of homework and teaching in California this fall.

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06.23.14
The best and worst education news of 2014 — so far

Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher in California who writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, has his own popular resource-sharing blog, and has written five books on education. Ferlazzo, who teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, closely follows education news and every year, at least once or twice a year, compiles what he considers the best and worst ed news.

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06.23.14
UC Davis study finds link between pesticides, autism

Pregnant women who live near areas where agricultural pesticides are applied experience a higher risk of delivering children with autism or other developmental delays, a UC Davis study has found.

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06.21.14
Attacking teachers’ professional rights hurts schools

The recent landmark ruling on teacher tenure found that state laws giving teachers strong lifetime employment protections after less than two years on the job has resulted in a school system that denies poor and minority students an equal education by disproportionately assigning them to incompetent teachers who are virtually impossible to fire.

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06.20.14
Vergara: An attack on teachers, schools, students

Corporate education reform hucksters, school privatization advocates, and anti-labor forces are claiming victory for a judge’s misguided decision that will hurt students and our schools.

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06.18.14
Montera Middle School crowd protests firing of teacher

More than 100 teachers, students and parents gathered at 8 a.m. June 11 to protest the dismissal of second-year teacher Judith Ganley from Montera Middle School.

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06.18.14
The virtual online graduate – profile of students of California Virtual Academies

There were no lunchroom trades or pre-prom boutonnieres during Hannah Ling's years in elementary and high school.

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06.18.14
State Completes ‘Test Drive’ of New School Tests

The Smarter Balanced Field Test has concluded, capping 12 weeks of test-driving new computer-based assessments that will be fully operational next year, State Superintendent of Public

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06.17.14
LAUSD Teachers Set For Budget Fight Over Pay Cuts, Staffing

Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are urging officials to restore pay cuts and boost the number of nurses, librarians and other key positions as part of a proposed $6.8

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06.16.14
Calistoga trustees, teachers resolve labor impasse

Calistoga school trustees voted Monday to approve a new contract with Calistoga teachers, ending an impasse that arose over salaries, class

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06.16.14
Bizarre ruling on tenure: Opposing view

The ruling by a Los Angeles judge in Vergara v. California is a bizarre development in the ongoing anti-teacher campaign funded by wealthy individuals trying to twist education policies

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06.16.14
Legislature delivers financial rescue for CalSTRS; state, schools, teachers to contribute more

The cost of public pensions is going up again in California, this time to rescue the state’s troubled teachers’ retirement system.

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06.11.14
Aftermath: What the Vergara Decision Means

Reagan Duncan has taught a combined kindergarten-first grade class in Vista for 10 years. When she heard about Tuesday’s ruling in the Vergara v. California trial, she feared the worst. The

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06.10.14
Blockbuster tenure ruling left a few things out

A few observations about Tuesday’s ruling by a judge in Los Angeles declaring California’s teacher tenure and seniority laws unconstitutional: It was a blockbuster. It’s headed for

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06.09.14
Cancer claims Salinas educator at age 56

Cynthia Peña, an award-winning Salinas educator, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 56.

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06.05.14
Stage set for budget fight over more K-12 money

It’s not yet official, but school districts could be the beneficiaries of several billion more than what was proposed in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised 2014-15 budget, released last month.

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06.05.14
Hundreds of organizations sign statement backing Common Core

More than 300 California business, nonprofit and children’s groups have signed a statement supporting the Common Core State Standards and staying the course amid the discord o

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06.04.14
UC, teaching assistants agree on contract, avert strike during exams

The University of California system has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract covering 13,000 teaching assistants, readers and tutors,

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06.03.14
Elementary teachers to get pay hike: Redwood City teachers union strikes a deal

After months of negotiations, raises are coming for teachers in the Redwood City Elementary School District.

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06.03.14
Vacaville school trustee elected to California Teachers Association board

Vacaville Unified trustee and Vanden High teacher Jerry Eaton has been elected to the California Teachers Association board of directors, a three-year post

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06.02.14
Santa Barbara Psychologist Discusses How Social Emotional Learning Can Help Prevent Violence

Based in Santa Barbara, Dr. Jennifer Freed specializes in treating youth ages 12 to 24 as a psychotherapist. She is also the co-founder of AHA!, which recently received recognition as one

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05.29.14
Cable companies pull ad attacking Assembly candidate Patrick O’Donnell for alleged inaccuracy

A super PAC funded by a Sacramento education reform group has had its cable television commercial attacking Assembly candidate Patrick O’Donnell

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05.22.14
Torrance Unified spends millions to replenish recession-battered system

It might not yet be the best of times, but it appears the worst of times are officially over for the Torrance Unified School District.

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05.21.14
State Lawmakers Throttle Back on 'Parent Trigger'

Interest in the controversial school choice option known as the parent trigger has declined sharply among state lawmakers this year,

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05.20.14
California schools better off with Tom Torlakson in charge

As a teacher and school principal, I haven’t forgotten the trouble California’s schools were in when state Superintendent Tom Torlakson took office three years ago.

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05.19.14
Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Learning is something people, like other animals, do whenever our eyes are open. Education, though, is uniquely human, and right now it's at an unusual point of flux.

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05.19.14
Big money pours into California schools chief race as challenger gains steam

Among California’s eight statewide constitutional offices, the superintendent of public instruction is a peculiar case.

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05.18.14
Common Core is common sense

Change is never easy. But through the leadership of a bipartisan group of respected educators and many of the nation's governors,

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05.18.14
Opposing visions for education on view in state superintendent race

In next month's contest to lead the state's public schools, the two front-runners represent opposing forces within education .over how best to improve student achievement.

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05.14.14
Reading for fun drops dramatically among teens, report says

Reading among children is on the decline, with dramatically fewer teens and pre-adolescents reading even weekly, and many never picking up a book or magazine that's not assigned,

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05.13.14
Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance

In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores,

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05.13.14
Nearly two years after state takeover, Inglewood schools still bleeding red ink

Nearly two years after the school district asked the state for a bailout to stop it from going bankrupt, Inglewood Unified school district is still deep in the red.

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05.13.14
Gov. Jerry Brown unveils 'good news' budget revision

The rising costs of public employee pensions, drought relief programs and a huge expansion of Medi-Cal driven by the new health care law

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05.08.14
Teacher firing bill would speed up some egregious cases

In her 11 years as a deputy superintendent, Tanya Krause has never finished firing a teacher.

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05.08.14
Title I awards commend schools for big strides made by poor kids

Elementary schools in Merced, Winton, Ceres, Columbia and Copperopolis are among the 106 statewide receiving the 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

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05.07.14
Job fair draws 300 teaching hopefuls

When the Hemet Unified School District’s board room filled with more than 300 job-seekers Monday, May 5, it reminded Superintendent Barry Kayrell of how the district looked many years ago.

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05.07.14
Class brings success home for parents

Robert Melendez came home from school seven years ago to a question he'd never heard his mother ask before.

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05.06.14
Draft accountability plans raise concerns about usefulness to parents

California school districts are in the process of drafting plans detailing how they intend to spend state education dollars and, so far, most of the documents are dense with education

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05.05.14
New teachers union chief firmly rooted in activism

Alex Caputo-Pearl arrived in Los Angeles 24 years ago to take a job not many people wanted.

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05.05.14
California to schools: Students don’t have to pay for graduation attire, other items ‘integral’ to education

When thousands of seniors in the Elk Grove area receive their high school diplomas in the coming weeks, some will wear caps and gowns free of charge.

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05.03.14
School chief race tests reach of unions, reformers

Tom Torlakson, the veteran lawmaker seeking a second term as California's elected superintendent of schools, and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive hoping to

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04.29.14
Appreciate Teachers by Understanding What They Do

Just this week, I asked some of my non-educator Facebook friends to tell me what responses they get when they describe what they do for a living. Overall, the consensus.

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04.28.14
Students to school board: Neediest schools deserve more

A new movement is brewing at Fremont High School, a school with a troubled past that has been at the epicenter of community and educational change many times over the years in south LA.

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04.28.14
Calif. Superintendent Race Shows Democrats Split On School Reform

The race to be California's superintendent of education is shaping up to be an expensive contest between fellow Democrats -

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04.28.14
California's high school graduation rate passes 80% for first time

For the first time in California history, the high school graduation rate has surpassed 80%, mirroring a trend nationwide, officials announced Monday.

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04.25.14
Proposal to allow community colleges to offer BA degrees advances in state senate

California is moving toward allowing some two-year community colleges to offer a limited

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04.23.14
Californians support historic changes in school funding, curriculum

In a broad consensus across racial, political and economic lines, most Californians support two historic changes in how academic subjects are

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04.21.14
Two Districts, Two Approaches to Common-Core Curriculum

Three thousand miles apart, district leaders in Orlando, Fla., and Long Beach, Calif., faced the same problem: They needed to revamp their instructional materials to reflect the

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04.18.14
State schools chief releases new Education Technology Blueprint

The Education Technology Task Force under the direction of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a new plan Friday to ensure students in the state are

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04.17.14
Contract jousting begins at SD Unified

As San Diego teachers prepare to receive their final pay raise under an existing contract — part of a 7 percent salary increase negotiated in 2010 and deferred in 2012 — the coming

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04.17.14
Teachers Rally in Belmont Over Higher Pay, Benefit Contributions

Teachers on the Peninsula say they’re being priced out of living in their communities, and they say that's not a good sign for the future of the Bay Area.

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04.16.14
Long Beach school board votes to increase amount of math needed for graduation

School officials voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the number of math credits students must complete to graduate from high school.

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04.15.14
Sweetwater union directors back contract proposal

The board of directors for the Sweetwater Education Association voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend approval of a tentative contract agreement recently reached between the

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04.15.14
Governor backs new CA teacher dismissal bill

Asm. Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) says she’s brought the California Teachers Association and the school reform group EdVoice together on an issue that’s split the education community for

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04.15.14
In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California

Marin County is one of California’s most liberal regions and, with its iconic redwoods and stunning coastline, it is also a power center for environmental activism.

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04.14.14
At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

The students in John Daniels’ U.S. history class at James Lick High School in East San Jose are a smidgen of the tens of thousands of juniors who are taking the Smarter Balanced

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04.11.14
With post-trial briefs in, Vergara 90-day clock starts ticking

Just in case Judge Rolf Treu might have missed anything during the two months of Vergara v. California, a battle over teacher employment protections that concluded last month,

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04.11.14
Community Forum to Focus on ‘Bullying: Working Together Towards Solutions’

As our communities tries to deal with the overwhelming number of people affected by bullying, a group of grassroots organizations in Carpinteria are inviting the greater Santa

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04.10.14
Sweetwater talks yield tentative deal

The Sweetwater Union High School District and its teachers union reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday night after a year of contentious negotiations and a strike authorization vote just last month.

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04.10.14
Contract eludes Sweetwater, teachers

Bargaining teams for the Sweetwater Union High School District and its teachers union resumed contract negotiations

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04.10.14
Effort to revive arts programs in schools gains momentum

In an attempt to reverse the impact of years of budget cuts and a state and national emphasis on math and English test results, some 70 education officials, arts advocates,

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04.09.14
As California standardized testing gains steam, help center 'inundated' with teacher calls

It's week three for California’s new web-based standardized tests and some schools are reporting hair-pulling moments.

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04.08.14
Common Core: Tahoe/Truckee schools continue implementation amid praise, criticism

Upon discussion, teammates Clara Pedrazzini and Isabelle Salmon each placed a five-pound weight into their barge, causing it to sink lower and the water surrounding it to rise.

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04.05.14
Education experts debate Common Core’s value

On any given day, Rian Meadows is up checking emails, texts, and grading assignments, and answering her “lifeline,” the phone, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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04.05.14
District says they will keep talking

The Sweetwater Education Association has made it known through numerous protests and public comment at school board meetings that they haven’t been satisfied with the contract proposals made by the Sweetwater Union High School District.

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04.05.14
Deal announced on teacher dismissal bill that governor would support

Signaling the resolution of an acrimonious issue, Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, introduced a bill Friday to make dismissing teachers charged with

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04.04.14
Teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions

It's interesting how so many people with limited or no classroom teaching are quick to weigh in on educational issues.

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03.30.14
Danville teacher inspires students by opening up their imaginations

When Kimberley Gilles teaches the classic Victorian novel "Great Expectations" to her students, it's hardly a prim and stuffy affair.

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03.30.14
Teachers union fights new plan by Sacramento and other school districts to address low-performing schools

In the seven months since Sacramento City Unified School District won unprecedented federal permission to use new methods at low-performing schools,

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03.14.14
Teachers protest furlough days: San Bruno officials in negotiations with teachers

Teachers and parents came out dressed in red to the San Bruno Park Elementary School District board meeting Wednesday night to demand the restoration of five school days.

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03.13.14
In defense of Common Core

If there's anything more surprising than how quickly and calmly 45 states embraced the new Common Core curriculum standards, it's how

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03.11.14
All segments of community involved in Merced school district’s accountability plan

As part of a new process for obtaining state funding, Merced high school district officials have been meeting with different groups to determine future needs and priorities.

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03.11.14
Kamala Harris: California's 'truancy crisis' must be stopped

California is in the midst of a "truancy crisis" that needs to be stopped where it starts: in elementary school, state Attorney General Kamala Harris said Monday as she joined lawmakers

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03.10.14
Common Core and Planning: Organizing a Unit of Instruction

Planning a unit of instruction demands skill and mental exertion -- a fact that is not apparent to parents and legislators who believe that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

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03.10.14
How teachers bring women’s history and women’s rights to life

First, all of Tracy Lally’s sixth-graders stand up. Then she tells the boys to sit. The girls count off in threes, and she tells all the “ones” to sit. “Sorry,” she says to the girls left standing, “You don’t get an education.”

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03.10.14
Vergara witness says San Diego district, teachers worked together

A member of the San Diego Unified School District board testified today in the Vergara v California trial that the district increased student achievement scores while managing deep

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03.10.14
Gov. Brown again takes aim at testing overload in schools

Governor Brown took aim at excessive testing in the schools – an ongoing theme of his governorship – and warned lawmakers in Sacramento and

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03.07.14
Billionaire-backed education groups battle teachers' unions in state races

Three weeks before Tennessee’s August 2012 primary election, state Rep. John DeBerry Jr.’s Memphis-area district was flooded with $52,000 worth of get-ed.

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03.06.14
A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California’s Schools

An election campaign now being fought almost completely out of public view could radically alter the way California’s school children are taught. If Marshall

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03.05.14
Former superintendent backs tenure, layoff laws as defense opens in "Vergara" lawsuit

A former superintendent of three school districts defended the current laws for granting teachers tenure, dismissing ineffective teachers and conducting layoffs

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03.05.14
In Vergara, witness says districts can overcome ineffective teachers

The defense in Vergara v California began its case today, calling to the witness stand a veteran educator whose testimony about identifying and dealing with

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03.04.14
Bay Area volunteers share their love of reading with schoolchildren

Students across the country celebrated books and reading on Monday as part of the 17th annual Read Across America event.

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03.03.14
Volunteers salute Seuss by reading

Volunteers shared the joy of reading as they fanned out to schools across the Inland area to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Read Across America days.

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03.03.14
Universal preschool will be a hot issue this spring in Sacramento

Three little boys crawled around a colorful classroom rug, roaring like dinosaurs as other preschoolers learned the value of a dollar. One hundred

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03.01.14
Three million-plus California students set to take modern assessments next month

Computer-based assessments in California’s schools will draw one step closer next month with the launch of the Smarter Balanced field tests

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02.25.14
Local school districts participate in multi-agency environmental partnership

Long Beach and Paramount unified school districts will participate today in a meeting of a multi-agency partnership that aims to promote effective

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02.25.14
Alpine teachers, district reach tentative accord

A tentative agreement between striking Alpine teachers and the Alpine Union School District was reached in the earliest hours on Tuesday after a fourth day of negotiations.

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02.24.14
Class size matters a lot, research shows

Every now and then someone in education policy (Arne Duncan) or education philanthropy (Bill Gates) or the media (Malcolm Gladwell) will say

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02.24.14
Class Action: Teacher Tenure on Trial

Nine student plaintiffs are suing the state, saying employment statutes for teachers violate their rights to an equal education.

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02.24.14
Students tell how City College of S.F. has given them hope

If higher education is the engine of the American Dream, then community college is the engine of higher education. California community colleges

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02.23.14
Alpine teacher talks break down

Marathon negotiations over the weekend between the Alpine Union School District and its teachers union didn’t produce a contract agreement,

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02.20.14
David Welch: The Man Behind Vergara v. California

As the Vergara v. California trial ends its fourth week, the most conspicuous absence in court may be that of the man most responsible for

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02.20.14
Plaintiffs rest case in trial over teacher protection laws

Attorneys representing a group of students in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher job protections in California rested their case Thursday — prompting their opponents to ask a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.

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02.14.14
Danville Teacher Receives National Honor

Kimberly Gilles, a teacher at Monte Vista High School in Danville, has received the National Education Association’s highest honor for excellence in teaching.

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02.12.14
Glendale schools look to recovery

Glendale schools could receive $16 million more in revenue during the next fiscal year compared to the current one, according to school officials.

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02.12.14
Millbrae Teachers Vote No Confidence in Superintendent

In the latest series of events connected to the climate concerns in the Millbrae Elementary School District, the districtwide teachers association

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02.11.14
State ranked sixth in nation for AP scores in high schools

The number of state public high school seniors taking and passing Advanced Placement tests has grown, especially among low-income students, according to the California Education Department.

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02.11.14
CTA Member Sets Record Straight on Anti-Teacher Vergara Lawsuit

In a five-minute interview, CTA member Reagan Duncan, a teacher in Vista Unified School District in San Diego County, eloquently explains why educators’

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02.07.14
Deasy v. Deasy: The Two Faces of L.A.’s School Superintendent

Last week’s testimony in the Vergara v. California trial raised many an eyebrow when Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John E. Deasy

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02.06.14
Gunn High School Library Wins $60,000 Top Prize in National Follett Challenge

The Gunn High School Library has won $60,000.00 in resources from the Follett Corporation, a leading provider of educational materials. Gunn Librarian Meg

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02.06.14
Vergara trial turns another focus onto LA Unified teachers

A Harvard professor of education and economics provided the Vergara plaintiffs powerful testimony today when he told the court that schools in the Los Angeles


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02.05.14
Why Vergara won’t solve the real teacher problem

Bad teachers need to leave. And it is a gross injustice that they are disproportionately congregated in low-income communities. Right now, because of

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02.05.14
Sacramento area school districts resist push for smaller class sizes

Gov. Jerry Brown’s new school funding plan promises smaller class sizes, but that is more dream than reality at some California districts.

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02.05.14
Lawsuit targets Rocketship schools in Santa Clara County

In another blow to the flagging fortunes of Rocketship charter schools, four Santa Clara County school districts on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking to

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01.30.14
California student suspensions, expulsions have dropped, data show

California schools have sharply reduced the number of students they are suspending or expelling amid growing pressure to keep students in school with


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01.29.14
Brown, budget fare well in latest poll


Gov. Jerry Brown is on a roll with record-high favorable ratings and strong public support for a budget that bolsters school spending and pays off some debt, according to a new poll.

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01.29.14
Assembly Democrats push to shore up teachers’ retirement fund

With California facing a massive teacher pension shortfall, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, unveiled an effort Wednesday he hopes would fully fund the system.

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01.28.14
California school-construction needs as high as $12 billion, subcommittee reports

California needs as much as $12 billion in additional school-building money and almost $5 billion in modernization money, according to estimates in a report to


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01.28.14
Recent Polls: Educators Support the Common Core

There is a lot of misinformation being spread about the Common Core. And some of it the public believes. The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes

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01.27.14
California students file suit to nix teacher tenure law

Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say keep bad educators in classrooms.

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01.27.14
Vergara Trial Targeting Teachers’ Rights Opens

The national debate over the quality of public school education and its teachers shifts to a courtroom this morning as day one of Vergara v. California opens in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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01.25.14
NEA's $60 Million 'Great Public Schools' Fund Rolls Out

The National Education Association has announced the first recipients of a fund that supports state and local projects to improve teaching—the latest salvo in a

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01.25.14
Brown touts education accomplishments, priorities in upbeat State of the State

Gov. Jerry Brown highlighted his education accomplishments in an upbeat State of the State on Wednesday that marked the final address of his current term and laid

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01.27.14
Teacher tenure goes on trial in California courtroom

The national debate about teacher tenure is the focus of a trial set to begin Monday in a fifth-floor Los Angeles courtroom, pitting a Silicon Valley mogul

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01.26.14
California Lawsuit Attacks Teacher Rights

Back in 2005, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger placed Proposition 74 on the ballot, which would have extended the length of time needed to earn tenure

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01.26.14
Bellflower teachers protest for pay raises amid contract negotiations

About 80 teachers from the Bellflower Unified School District lined the blocks in front of the district headquarters on Clark Avenue on Thursday night with signs

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01.25.14
SDUSD budget: big deficit with some good news

Amid the $75 million deficit to next year’s San Diego Unified School District’s $1.1 billion operating budget is good news: lower class sizes in the earliest

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01.24.14
Lawsuit wrongly targets teachers

On Monday a trial begins in a Los Angeles courtroom where plaintiffs will attempt to wipe out long-held and hard-fought workplace protections for hundreds of thousands of California teachers.

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01.24.14
Analysis Points to Growth in Per-Pupil Spending—and Disparities

In the 50 years since the War on Poverty began, school spending has skyrocketed, but so have disparities in how much states dedicate to K-12 education.

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01.16.14
Integrated Math Curriculum to Replace Traditional Classes

Algebra will soon be a course title absent from Santa Barbara Unified School District catalogs. Students will still find the slope of a line using y = mx + b,

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01.16.14
Teachers picket over stalled negotiations

Teachers and faculty union supporters marched in single-file lines outside of Santa Maria High School’s Ethel Pope Auditorium on Wednesday. They held signs


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01.16.14
Common Core in Action: Why Collaboration and Communication Matter

When students graduate from high school, there is a collection of important (or core) skills we want them to possess. That's where the Common Core College and

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01.16.14
Rules Detailed on New Calif. K-12 Funding Formula

New rules governing California's dramatic overhaul of K-12 finance are up for a vote by the state board of education later this month, as officials weigh

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01.15.14
With Torlakson in the room, Sacramento teachers and parents discuss Common Core

Clutching coffee mugs, 16 Sacramento parents and teachers sitting in a South Land Park living room Wednesday night had mixed feelings about a major shift in how

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01.15.14
Funding boost of nearly $1B proposed for community colleges

A proposal to increase funding for California community colleges by nearly $1 billion has administrators doing the happy dance after Gov. Jerry Brown made the

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01.15.14
Common Core education standards put students on the right path

School boards across California are wrestling with implementation of the “Common Core State Standards” as part of the new local control accountability plans

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01.15.14
In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers'

The National Education Association and the for-profit firm BetterLesson today unveiled a jointly designed, $7 million free platform with more than 3,000

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01.13.14
Officials poised to implement state school funding reform

After months of sometimes angry debate, California education officials are set to take up rules this week aimed at making good on Gov. Jerry Brown’s promise to



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01.12.14
Marin educators question state proposal for universal preschool

California lawmakers are proposing a plan to create a universal free preschool for 4-year-olds in an attempt to enroll more children from immigrant and low-

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01.10.14
NEA Student Chair Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list

Yesterday, Forbes released its third annual 30 Under 30 list, a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30. National Education

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01.10.14
State leaders demand heat repairs at Twin Rivers

State leaders are calling on Twin Rivers Unified School District officials to ensure that all of their students have heat in their classrooms.

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01.09.14
Governor Brown Proposes 2014-15 Budget

Vowing to keep the state on a path to long-term fiscal stability, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proposed a balanced budget that pays off more than $11 billion

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01.09.14
CTA, school groups back Brown’s latest funding regs

Major players in the state’s powerful Education Coalition have endorsed the latest draft regulations from the Brown administration governing the use of billions of dollars in new money for schools.

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01.07.14
High housing costs push many teachers out of S.F.

Todd Morgan and Victoria Traverso's lives revolve around their roles as teachers, coaches and mentors at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco's Bayview district.


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01.07.14
After a long dry spell, more of state's teachers get pay raises

After several lean years, thousands of California teachers are winning pay hikes, bonuses and other benefits in contract negotiations — the fruits of voter-approved school funding increases.

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01.03.14
Common Core, funding rules usher in change for 2014

Inland schools are grappling with major changes in 2014 both in the classroom and the way they create budgets.

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12.21.13
Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today’s Jammed Schools

The recession may have ended, but many of the nation’s school districts that laid off teachers and other employees to cut payrolls in leaner times have not yet


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12.18.13
State's largest urban districts post gains on national assessment

Three of California’s largest school districts showed gains on a national assessment of urban districts that also singled out Los Angeles and Fresno

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12.12.13
Sweetwater teacher contract talks reach impasse

For the third month in a row, hundreds of placard-waving, chanting teachers and their supporters gathered before and during the regular Sweetwater Union High

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12.12.13
Alpine teachers' salaries to be cut

A decline in state funding because of lower enrollment and escalating costs for health benefits were reasons given by trustees from the Alpine Union School

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12.12.13
Twin Rivers employees to get a break on health insurance for 7 months

The Twin Rivers Unified School District gave its entire staff an early Christmas present last week – $100 a month toward their insurance premiums for the next seven months.

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12.12.13
San Jose business donates 600 coats to Vallejo schools

High school students in Vallejo can spend winter break a little bit warmer than last year, thanks to the donation of nearly 600 coats by a San Jose business.

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12.11.13
Teachers bring attention to education woes

Drivers in the area of Arlington Drive and Fairview Road in Costa Mesa on Monday afternoon honked in support of the nearly 30 local teachers and community members

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12.11.13
Norwalk-LaMirada Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada (TANLA) have reached a tentative contract agreement that will boost teacher salaries and health benefits.

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12.10.13
Charter schools surge in state, nation

San Diego Unified is experiencing more growth in charter-school enrollment than any other district in California — and the second-highest rise in the nation, according to a new report.

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12.10.13
Coding takes center stage at Peninsula schools

Schools across the county yesterday kicked off Computer Science Education Week with programs encouraging students to code.

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12.04.13
California unions brace for showdown over pension reform

For California's public-sector unions, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's proposed statewide ballot measure for pension reform is a call to arms - and they're bringing out the big guns.

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12.04.13
Rollout of New SAT Delayed by One Year

A newly redesigned SAT that is more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards will likely debut in the spring of 2016, a year later than the College Board initially predicted.

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12.04.13
Dozens of Yolo County teachers protest in Heritage Plaza

About two-dozen teachers from the Yolo County Office of Education held a rally Tuesday in Woodland's Heritage Plaza to protest working without a contract -- and they say the next step may be a strike.

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12.02.13
Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class

Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom.

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12.02.13
Dozens of LA Unified schools lack staff needed to run libraries

As many as 145 schools across L.A. Unified may have closed their libraries, according to staffing numbers provided to KPCC this week. The district said it

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11.27.13
Monta Vista seniors get perfect scores on AP computer science exam

Nobody's perfect, but three Monta Vista High students are earning major recognition for being 100 percent perfect on one day.

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11.15.13
CTA-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons


If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

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11.14.13
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed tweaks public pension ballot proposal

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has revised the public employee pension ballot measure, tweaking its language to fend off opponents’ criticisms

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11.14.13
Orcutt teachers wear black, voice concerns about compensation

Educators in the Orcutt Union School District wore black for solidarity Wednesday at what was the second district school board meeting union

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11.14.13
Mt. Diablo District and teachers union declare impasse

On Wednesday the Mount Diablo School District and its teachers union have declared an impasse in contract negotiations.

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11.13.13
Teachers, El Centro Secondary Teachers’ Association ask for progress in contract negotiations

Emotions ran high Tuesday evening as El Centro teachers stood together to express their dismay at the lack of progress over contract negotiations.

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11.13.13
All Common Core State Standards funding has been released

The full amount of the Common Core State Standards funding was released to school districts this week. While the initial funding allocation was

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11.13.13
Money Still Flowing for "Agender" Teen, Sasha Fleischman, Burned on Bus

Teachers, students, friends and strangers are still coming up with ways to show their support for an East Bay high school senior, who suffered

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11.13.13
California prepares for Common Core standards

A seismic shift in education is shaking up California classrooms. Teachers are rewriting lesson plans and rethinking how they run


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11.07.13
California students post top test-score gains

California students posted the biggest gains on a national standardized test last year, placing the state in the unfamiliar position of being

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11.07.13
After 5 hours of testimony, State Board sends funding law regs back for revisions

Staff and members of the State Board of Education promised to revise proposed spending rules for the new school funding system after hearing

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11.07.13
Study: QEIA schools benefit from teacher training, collaborations

New research on the long-term impacts of California’s landmark 2006 funding program supporting 400 low-performing schools highlights the

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11.02.13
Proposition 30: A year later, California schools seeing benefits of tax measure

A year ago today, Californians were still locked in a fierce battle over Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot initiative that raised

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10.29.13
California Watchdog: "Koch Brothers Network" Behind $15 Million Dark-Money Donations

On Thursday, the California attorney general and the state's top election watchdog named the "Koch brothers network" of donors and dark-money

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10.29.13
So many students – so little (counseling) time

In a small office in Elk Grove’s Laguna Creek High School, counselor Alycia Sato takes on a monumental task – providing guidance to

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10.28.13
Fresno Unified's Michael Hanson: Give more time to students in need

Fresno Unified's superintendent isn't letting anyone off the hook when it comes to kids' education.

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10.28.13
Proposed spending regs give districts leeway to choose how to serve high-needs students

Much anticipated draft regulations that the State Board of Education will discuss next week would give school districts lots of latitude –

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10.24.13
Denair parents, teachers protest spending at intense meeting

At a prickly meeting Thursday night, Denair Unified School District parents and teachers protested large legal expenses while the staff is


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10.22.13
Cops kick out public from Sweetwater board meeting

Only one month after Donna Frye, on behalf of Californians Aware, addressed the Sweetwater Union High School District board on potential Brown Act violations,

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10.22.13
State schools chief backs $9 billion bond for K-12 technology

California's state schools chief is backing a $9 billion bond measure in 2014 to build up the technology infrastructure at K-12 campuses.

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10.19.13
School districts get influx of new funding

For the first time in years, school districts across the state are getting an influx of new money.

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10.17.13
New Health Care Enrollment Effort To Partner With Schools Across California

A spirited "virtual" rally was held today around a new campaign in California to help the state's school and child-care leaders raise awareness about new

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10.16.13
Charter Boom May Have Negative Fiscal Impact on Districts, Report Says

A report released on Tuesday by Moody's Investors Service found that while most public school districts have weathered the rise of charter schools without a

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10.16.13
California Uncommonly Receptive To Common Core

Controversy is dogging the rollout of the rigorous new national Common Core education standards in many of the 45 states that first embraced the bipartisan

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10.16.13
Sac City Unified chief Raymond to leave district in December

Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will resign his post and leave at the end of December, the school district said Wednesday.

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10.16.13
How states evaluate teachers varies widely

In the drive to hold teachers more accountable for student learning, states are revolutionizing how they evaluate teachers.

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10.15.13
Vallejo teachers to continue to give out school supplies Thursday

Vallejo teachers gave out hundreds of bags filled with school supplies Monday, and will continue today and Thursday.

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10.15.13
Reed files public pension ballot proposal with California AG

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed papers Tuesday in the first step toward qualifying a public pension measure for a statewide vote in California, a move

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10.13.13
New funding formula revives push for smaller class sizes

Just weeks into the school year, some districts are struggling with a provision in California’s dramatic revision of its school financing system that calls for smaller class sizes in grades K-3.

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10.10.13
Chico schools impress state's top educator

California's top educator, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, made a whirlwind tour of Butte County with stops Wednesday at schools in Chico and Oroville, and at Butte College.

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10.10.13
Yuba City teachers picket in front of schools

Teachers picketed in front of schools in Yuba City for the second time this year on Thursday, drawing attention to a breakdown in negotiations between the

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10.10.13
Merced teachers, support workers push for raises

Merced Union High School District employees pushed trustees for raises Wednesday night, but may have to wait several months before their requests are granted.

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10.10.13
Brown vetoes 'imperfect' teacher discipline bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed what he termed an "imperfect" union-backed bill intended to streamline the dismissal of teachers accused of misconduct, calling on lawmakers to try again next year.




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10.09.13
SD school board pledges to work toward lowering class size while maintaining fiscal responsibility

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday night pledged to work toward lowering class sizes in kindergarten through third grade while

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10.08.13
State schools chief Tom Torlakson unveils new web help for students exploring college and careers

California students have new online help as they plan for careers and college, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

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10.03.13
Changing the game in teacher contract talks

This week, negotiators from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Faculty Association and the district will meet to continue bargaining the

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10.03.13
Damon Takes the Stage, but Ravitch Wins the Applause

When the actor Matt Damon stood before a capacity crowd inside the Cal State Northridge student union last night, he smiled sheepishly and said he wasn’t

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10.02.13
Gov. Brown signs testing overhaul bill, ending old state tests

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that replaces current public school state standardized tests with ones aligned to new national learning goals.

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10.02.13
Diane Ravitch's new book criticizes 'reform' movement

Diane Ravitch was at Stanford University on Monday to discuss her most recent book, “Reign of Error,“ which argues that American schools are doing better

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10.02.13
Los Angeles Unified discussion 200-day school year

Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest school district, is discussing extending its academic year by 20 days, a $300 million proposal that would give

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10.02.13
Crisis in California's schools: 250,000 schoolchildren need glasses

There is a crisis in California's schools. More than a quarter of a million children, most of them from poor and minority backgrounds, lack the technology

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10.01.13
California Elementary School Truancy Crisis: One Million Truant Students, Billions in Economic Harm

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today unveiled the first state-wide statistics on California’s truancy crisis which reveal that, last year

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09.30.13
Association creates new awards in honor of retired educators

Although Sandi Pope and Roberta Consani have retired as teachers and educational activists in the Las Virgenes Unified School District, their legacy

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09.30.13
Artists nurture young creativity at Central School

With a yellow stick of chalk in his hand, second-grader Andrew Shipman tried his best to emulate a drawing by his art teacher, Christine McCollam-Martinez,

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09.30.13
Yuba City Unified teacher talks near impasse

Contract talks between the Yuba City Unified School district and its teachers neared an impasse on Thursday.

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09.30.13
Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'

Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the

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09.27.13
Common Core panned, praised at Vacaville forum

Imposing national uniformity on American schools has failed before – and that may be the fate of Common Core as well, more than 100 people who attended a


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09.26.13
National Survey of Teachers Reveals Health Issues Impacting Student Performance

A recent poll of around 3,000 teachers across the United States sheds some light on the most pressing health issues and behaviors impacting students today.

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09.26.13
Tech panel calls for new teacher training to deliver digital instruction

To make sure no California child is left off-line, all teachers must be specially trained to deliver technology instruction and the state also needs a

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09.26.13
City College faculty union sues accrediting group

A statewide faculty union filed suit Tuesday to try to stop a commission from revoking City College of San Francisco's accreditation next summer, which would

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09.26.13
In Nation's Richest Farmland, Some Workers' Kids Get No Education at All

California's Kern County is an American agricultural giant whose soil produced more than $6 billion worth of grapes, almonds and other farm products last

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09.25.13
Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Is Helping to Gut Public Employee Pensions

When Kentucky’s legislature adopted a bill intended to transform the Bluegrass State’s troubled pension system last spring, state officials were ecstatic.

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09.24.13
Teachers union to voice coverage concerns

The Orcutt teachers union asked members to sport black today to symbolize solidarity in a fight for continued health care rates amid ongoing contract

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09.24.13
Santa Barbara District Outlines Plans, Goals for iPad Pilot Program

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is planning a one-to-one technology pilot program with four schools that would put an iPad in every student’s hands

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09.24.13
In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated

Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some

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09.23.13
Bill would prevent double testing and double frustration for students, teachers

Of all the bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, perhaps none is more important to the future of education in California than Assembly Bill 484.


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09.22.13
El Camino School Making the Grade, for Itself and Its Students

Over the last few years, El Camino School in Goleta has strived to make itself a "turnaround school." With a majority of its mostly Latino students living in

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09.15.13
U.S. Education secretary eases on threat to withhold federal funds

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to

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09.13.13
Deasy Deputy Jaime Aquino Resigns

Jaime Aquino, LA Unified’s Superintendent of Instruction has resigned, according to Superintendent John Deasy and School Board President Richard Vladovic.

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09.13.13
Teachers back bill to dismiss accused teachers

The California Teachers Association is commending the passage of a bill to streamline the dismissal process for teachers accused of certain crimes.

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09.13.13
Thousands of students vie for class space at Sacramento community colleges

Enough students found themselves on class waiting lists at Sacramento-area community colleges on the first day of fall semester to fill Candlestick Park,

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09.12.13
Union: Flourishing Lodi Unified too cheap

Lodi Unified teachers are going public with demands that the district fully restore pay cuts and rescind furlough days they accepted in 2010 to help bridge

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09.11.13
Arne Duncan unsuccessful in 11th-hour effort to block legislation

Veteran education watchers in California could not recall a presidential cabinet officer ever attempting to block state legislation and certainly not in

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09.10.13
Sebastopol school, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the Twin Hills School District and its 60-member teachers union after teachers staged a protest over

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09.10.13
State Senate approves student testing plan over federal objections

California lawmakers pushed ahead Tuesday with a new state testing plan despite a threat by the Obama administration to withhold federal education funds unless

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09.04.13
Day after Labor Day launches school year for many

Tuesday was the first day of school -- again -- in Southern California. The day after Labor Day was long the traditional start of the school year,

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09.04.13
FUSD to train in new Common Core State Standards

Big changes are coming to California classrooms as schools begin to launch the new Common Core curriculum, and the standards will change how every student is educated.

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09.04.13
Common Core in Action: Math in the Middle School Classroom

Aligning instruction to meet the Common Core State Standards is the new norm for educators across most of the United States. In the middle school math

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09.03.13
Federal Survey Examines Parent Engagement in Education

A new national survey finds that most parents are attending their schools' parent-teacher conferences, receiving school notes and e-mails, and helping their children with homework.

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08.30.13
A Labor Day Reflection

Labor Day is the one day of the year when we celebrate the historical achievements of the labor movement and honor those who contributed to the labor movement.

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08.26.13
Oakland teacher sets out to make a difference with students

Only 1 in 20 high school students in the Oakland Unified School District makes it to a public university in California. With Monday being the first day of

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08.26.13
Bay Area teacher reflects on the march on Washington

With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this Wednesday, people are sharing their memories.

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08.22.13
Schools rising from budget depths, EdSource finds

With the passage of Proposition 30 and implementation of a new funding system channeling more money to most districts this fall, the 2012-13 school year will

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08.21.13
Former Villaraigosa associate to challenge state Supt. Torlakson

Marshall Tuck, the longtime head of a nonprofit overseeing 15 Los Angeles campuses, will run for state schools superintendent, setting up a challenge to

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08.21.13
Public opposes use of test scores in teacher reviews, poll shows

In a reversal of public opinion, a majority of Americans now oppose using student test scores to evaluate teachers and more believe that increased

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08.20.13
Mowing Down the Mistakes of Confused Common Core Opponents

On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s online portal SFGate.com ran an anti-Common Core op-ed authored by George Ball, the “past president of the American



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08.18.13
Fresno Unified School District faces big year with new money, new standards

Fresno Unified officials say they're preparing for a historic year as the district gets an extra $15 million from the state, freedom from federal

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08.16.13
Banding together to steer students toward college

Inland parents, students, churches and academic officials are joining together to work toward increasing high-school graduation and college-going rates.

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08.16.13
Deasy: $1 billion price tag to restore staff, programs to pre-recession levels

The battle is expected to begin in earnest Tuesday over how Los Angeles Unified should spend hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue generated by a voter-

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08.16.13
Local schools get boost to meet Common Core standards

Schools in Galt could receive a combined $1 million to pay for textbooks and teacher development as the state moves closer to putting the Common Core State

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08.16.13
Critics Blast Away at California Districts' Waiver

By awarding a No Child Left Behind Act waiver to eight California districts, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has embarked on an experiment that

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08.15.13
New math curriculum aims to boost reasoning skills, problem solving

As kids start heading back to school, parents can expect some major changes in the curriculum like essays in math class.

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08.14.13
Madera Teachers Rally, Threaten Strike

It was a heated school board meeting in Madera on Tuesday. Teachers there packed a board meeting after a day of rallying.

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08.12.13
Dean Vogel: Parent trigger laws divide communities

Parental involvement plays a critical role in student success. Teachers know that students whose parents take an active part in their education are far more

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08.08.13
California test scores dip slightly but L.A. Unified holds steady

California students scored slightly lower in math and English on standardized tests this year, the first dip since 2004, in what education officials Thursday

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08.07.13
Sacramento City Unified, 7 other California school districts granted waiver from No Child Left Behind

Sacramento City Unified and seven other California school districts were granted a one-year waiver from No Child Left Behind on Tuesday, an unusual move

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08.07.13
Education makevoer

This school year’s kindergarteners won’t ever have to take the California Standards Test. But don’t get jealous just yet, every other student in America.

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08.06.13
L.A.'s is among districts exempt from No Child Left Behind rules

The Los Angeles Unified School District, and seven others in California, will have more freedom to spend millions of federal dollars, create new ways to

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08.04.13
UTLA President Fletcher at the Leadership Conference

The theme for the annual Leadership Conference was "Seize the Opportunity" and UTLA President, Warren Fletcher reminded the room full of teachers at the

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08.03.13
Teach for America criticized for apparent stance on education policy

Over its 24-year history, Teach for America has won accolades for taking top college graduates and putting them to work in some of America's toughest

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08.01.13
Aisha Blanchard-Young: A Passion for Teaching

After 10 years of marriage, Aisha Blanchard-Young’s husband is still shocked by the amount of time Aisha spends in her kindergarten classroom teaching.

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08.01.13
Former RHS teacher to lead policy arm of CTA

Joe Nuñez was born in Santa Maria, grew up in Guadalupe and taught at Righetti High School for more than 20 years. “I loved teaching,” Nuñez said.

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08.01.13
MOOC Bill Dead for Now

A controversial California bill to pass off untold thousands of state college students to nontraditional providers of instruction, some of them for-profit or unaccredited, is dead for now.

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08.01.13
HOLDER AND VOGEL: Madera teachers seek fair contract

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 in November and a state economy that is on the upswing, California schools are on the verge of receiving a significant increase in funding.

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07.31.13
Prop. 32 ghost looms over lawsuit against teachers union


Last November unions won a resounding victory when voters defeated Proposition 32, a ballot measure that would have crippled labor’s political influence in California,

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07.30.13
Brentwood's new school union prepares to bargain for first time

Class sizes, salaries, the number of days teachers work each year -- there's nothing out of the ordinary about the talking points that Brentwood Union

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07.30.13
Less Emphasis on Test Scores in New Funding Formula

The Legislative Analyst's Office has just released a brief on the rollout of the new local control funding formula for K-12 schools. Beginning this year,

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07.27.13
California national rank on per-pupil spending abysmal, but tide is poised to change

It's difficult to believe now, but there was a time -- through the eras of flower children, bell bottoms and disco -- when the Golden State was widely

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07.27.13
Local school districts look to restore cuts in wake of Prop. 30

Five school days that were cut from the Monrovia Unified School District's calendar last year will be restored and staff will not be forced to take any furlough days.

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07.17.13
California Grand Jury Probing Shadowy Money Groups

A grand jury is now involved in a high-stakes California probe that is looking into whether a PAC and three so-called dark-money groups—including one with ties

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07.15.13
California holds out against Obama's education vision

California is almost always there to boost President Obama's policy agenda as he fights fierce headwinds in Congress, working with the executive branch to

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07.15.13
CalPERS, CalSTRS post double-digit annual gains

The nation’s two largest public pension funds are reporting double-digit returns from rising stock and real estate prices.

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07.12.13
FBI, IRS seize Oakland charter schools' records

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents seized several boxes of records, phones and computers during a raid at the home of Ben Chavis, the former director of

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07.09.13
New lawsuit an ‘assault’ on unions

A California lawsuit filed this spring against teachers unions could have widespread national implications for labor laws. Ten non-union teachers and the

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06.27.13
Budget detail shows almost all districts returning to prerecession funding levels

Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance department has released estimated payment amounts for districts based on the new education funding system adopted earlier this month

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06.26.13
NEA Master Teacher Project Marks Union Foray Into Lesson Competition

As high school students trickle into a classroom, they're greeted by their teacher, as usual.

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06.26.13
High court: Prop. 8 backers lack standing

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Wednesday by sponsors of California's ban on same-sex marriage and issued a ruling that is likely to allow gays and

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06.25.13
Study: One in five U.S. children have mental disorder

As many as one in five children in the United States suffer from a mental disorder in a given year, according to national data recently compiled by the


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06.25.13
Duncan indicates support for district waiver, praises Brown's funding reform

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan set aside years of acrimony and disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown and sang the governor’s praises during an


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06.25.13
Looming Student Loan Spike Stirs Controversy

Over seven million college students will see their subsidized student-loan rates double on July 1 if Congress can’t reach a compromise to avert the hike. In the

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06.24.13
Some Charter Schools Are Improving, a Study Says

An updated version of a widely cited study that found many students in charter schools were not performing as well as those in neighborhood public schools now

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06.21.13
New push for mental health training for teachers and principals

Sweeping national reforms in children’s mental health care have yet to materialize in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, but a group of

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06.21.13
Statewide briefing on school funding reform focuses on implementation

Less than a week after the state Legislature approved a sweeping school finance reform plan that will funnel additional funds to low-income students and English

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06.20.13
School secretary honored


Redlands school secretary Paula Monroe has been named the California Teacher Association’s Education Support Professional of the Year for 2013.

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06.18.13
LAUSD spending $30 million to buy 30,000 iPads for students

The Los Angeles Unified board Tuesday approved a $30 million contract to buy iPads for 30,000 students, the first phase in an ambitious plan to equip every

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06.17.13
Teachers in Upland say cuts hit them unfairly

As the June 30 deadline to approve a balanced budget looms, Upland Unified School District and its teachers are still in contentious negotiations that have teachers

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06.17.13
As California revenue rises, school districts on firmer ground

Three local school districts, including the region's largest in Elk Grove, have stabilized their budgets enough to receive a clean bill of fiscal health from

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06.15.13
California passes a budget that could be a federal template

California lawmakers passed a budget Friday that lays the groundwork for the largest expansion of public healthcare in the country, placing the state at the

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06.14.13
State Board handed job of defining rules of new funding system

The Legislature will vote today on a bill establishing Gov. Brown’s historic school funding system that punts to the State Board of Education some key

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06.11.13
Inglewood schools' slide steepens despite state takeover

Many in Inglewood thought the city's struggling school district had been handed a lifeline last year when the state Department of Education took the reins,

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06.11.13
California budget deal reached by Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers

Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers on Monday reached a key agreement on K-12 education funding and other pivotal parts of the state's spending plan, which could set up one of the smoothest paths toward a budget in years.


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06.11.13
It's a deal: Brown, top lawmakers raise base funding in finance formula

In a nod to suburban districts that argued they would be shortchanged, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders negotiated a new version of Brown’s plan for

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06.11.13
Gates Foundation looking to make nice with teachers

On a cool, February morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., last year, 250 teachers gathered in a hotel ballroom at the biggest conference for teachers the Bill & Melinda Gates


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06.06.13
FUSD Counters Education Cuts

California is light on good budget news. Wednesday night, Fresno Unified weighed in with a rare exception.

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06.06.13
Improving Ventilation In Schools Could Reduce Illness-Related Absences

Making sure that students get enough fresh air in their classrooms could keep kids from missing school due to illness, researchers from the at Lawrence

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06.06.13
Nation's Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone

At the beginning of the last decade, before concerns about the nation's graduation rate ascended to prominence on the policy agenda, only about two-

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06.04.13
Are the Arts Dead in California’s Public Schools?

We’d love for our schools to teach Billy to play the tuba or draw an elephant, but the money isn’t there for it. Few California public schools spend more than


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06.04.13
As state watches, LA Unified tests new ways to grade teachers

Robin Wynne Davis was taken aback last year when the state test score gains of her third-grade students at Melrose Elementary School labeled her a less-than-

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06.04.13
Senator Introduces Education Measure

Nearly half a century after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a sweeping federal education act and promised to “bridge the gap between helplessness and

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06.04.13
New data shows school “reformers” are full of it

In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and activist-profiteers who collectively

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05.30.13
Fewer school districts in financial trouble

The number of California school districts facing financial distress has fallen by more than 50 percent, down to 92 from 188 a year ago, according to figures

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05.30.13
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05.30.13
Inglewood Unified School District at risk of being 'vaporized,' administrators say

The hired guns who are trying to keep the Inglewood Unified School District from dissolving in debt are beginning to speak more candidly about the state of the

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05.30.13
Viewpoints: Unexpected state revenue should go to teacher pensions

In the May revision to his 2013-14 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown announced an increase in state revenue, largely as a result of rising stock and real estate

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05.30.13
Assembly approves bill to ease teacher firing

The state Assembly on Wednesday passed a labor-backed bill that would make it easier to discipline and fire teachers accused of misconduct.

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05.29.13
Local News Madera teachers pack board meeting

Frustrated teachers in Madera have turned to the power of the pen to try and get a new contract.

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05.21.13
Backpacks, Human Shields, Above and Beyond: The Oklahoma Teacher Heroes

Roughly 1,500 miles separate the elementary schools in Moore, Oklahoma, and Newtown, Connecticut. Six months separate their tragedies. And while there are

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05.20.13
California won't get relief from No Child Left Behind law

The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden.

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05.20.13
Latinos head to college at a record rate, now on par with white students

Latino high school graduates are enrolling in college at an all-time high and, for the first time, at a rate comparable to that of their white peers.

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05.20.13
Assembly education leaders support dedicated funding for adult ed

Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to create regional consortia of school districts and community colleges to administer adult education programs starting in 2015-16 is

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05.20.13
Solano Community College renews summer classes, thanks to voters

Pinched by lean budgets, Solano Community College ended summer classes last year, but the November passage of Proposition 30 allows community colleges

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05.19.13
Teacher layoffs lowest since economic downturn, CTA reports

Teacher layoffs shrank to the lowest number since the recession began in 2008, with about 1,300 teachers, librarians, counselors and other public school

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05.16.13
Sacramento area sees fewer school layoffs as budgets improve

May 15 was less scary for teachers this year. Wednesday's deadline for school districts to hand out layoff notices to educators ended this year with 182

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05.16.13
America's Education Spring: A Growing Revolt Against "Reform" Mandates

“It’s always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts,” wrote John Tierny in The Atlantic recently. “I’m not an expert on revolutions,” he

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05.15.13
Brown commits $1 billion for Common Core, sticks with funding formula

Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Tuesday to direct all of the extra $2.8 billion in revenue that the state expects to receive this year to K-12 schools and

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05.13.13
Seattle high schools can omit MAP exams

Teachers protesting the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests in Seattle won a big victory Monday, as Superintendent José Banda announced that high schools

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05.10.13
California moves quickly to carry out national education standards

For generations, first-grade students learned how to add using math tables and flashcards.

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05.10.13
Lower-income districts would benefit from 55 percent parcel tax threshold, study suggests

Only about one in eight school districts in California have passed a parcel tax, and they predominantly have been wealthier and smaller districts. But if the


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05.09.13
Torrance Unified School District to hire as many as 46 teachers by fall

In a hopeful sign for the state of public education and perhaps the overall economy, the Torrance Unified School District announced Thursday that it will be

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05.09.13
Dean Vogel Column: 150 years of the California Teachers Association

Today, May 9, marks the 150th anniversary of the California Teachers Association. Between the time that President Abraham Lincoln signed the

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05.09.13
Fremont educators mark "Day of Teacher" with a protest

Hundreds of educators marked California's "Day of the Teacher" Wednesday afternoon by marching together in Fremont Unified School District's parking lot

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05.09.13
South Bay teachers hold unique protest over contract negotiations

Teachers in one South Bay school district say they get no respect and Thursday night they came up with a very unusual way to make their point.

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05.07.13
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week — thank a teacher

The week of May 6 through 10 is Teacher Appreciation Week in California.

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05.06.13
CTA launches media campaign to mark 150th birthday

The California Teachers Association is celebrating the 28th annual national Teacher Appreciation Week with a bigger milestone – the 150th anniversary of its founding.


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05.06.13
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Notes Contribution of Teachers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged Californians to honor teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 5-11, National

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