Compiled by Mike Myslinski
Amount Gates Foundation spent on “teacher quality” since 2008
The amount of extra sleep, on average, that patients with neuromuscular diseases enjoyed while taking part in a therapy involving listing the things they were grateful for, according to gratitude researchers at UC Davis and the University of Miami.
California’s ranking on the new national “Opportunity Index,” which measures the upward mobility chances for children and all Americans, state by state. Education, economic and community data are used. The full index, created by a bipartisan advocacy group, is at www.opportunitynation.org.
Jerry Brown’s approval rate among registered voters, his highest of his third term as governor.
Amount spent since 2008 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on its nationwide “teacher quality” agenda, with $696 million going to teacher-related programs, according to an Education Week analysis. Grants also went to the nonprofit corporation that publishes the newspaper.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
—Former South Africa president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, who died peacefully Dec. 5. He was 95.
“To inspire hope, you have to have hope yourself.”
—California labor organizer Fred Ross Sr., credited with mentoring acclaimed labor leader César Chávez.
“It doesn’t really surprise me. They came into my class knowing more about computer science than I did.”
—Proud Monta Vista High School teacher Scott DeRuiter in Silicon Valley, quoted in a news story about three of his students being among only 19 students in the world to earn perfect scores on their AP computer science exams this year.
“Clearly, this finding means we have our work cut out for us in the upcoming months as we all to try to achieve widespread awareness about the new LCFF and the opportunities and necessity for parents to be engaged.”
—California State PTA President Colleen A.R. You, reacting to a statewide EdSource survey about the new Local Control Funding Formula. Fifty-seven percent had never heard of the LCFF, which encourages parent input about school district spending decisions. A majority graded their children’s schools with an A or B, and reported “high levels of communication with them.”
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