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05.17.16
California's four-year graduation rates on the way up, again

The state on Tuesday released some good news for many students, parents and educators: The four-year graduate rate hit a record high of 82 percent last year.

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05.17.16
Record Number Long Beach Unified Students Take Advanced Placement Exams

A record number of Long Beach Unified School District students signed up for the advanced placement college-level exams this year — 13,252, according to

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05.15.16
Teachers priced out: SF educators struggle to stay amid costly housing, stagnant salaries

Every morning, Rebecca Sheehan-Stross and her kindergarten students, sitting cross-legged on the floor,

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05.10.16
Two Educators Compete To Represent Southeastern San Diego On School Board

The school year is winding down for 130,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District, but a race for the District E seat on the school board is just getting

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05.10.16
UTLA-commissioned report says charter schools are bleeding money from traditional LAUSD schools

A teachers union-funded report on charter schools concludes that these largely nonunion campuses are costing traditional schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District

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05.10.16
The Well-Funded Echo Chamber That’s Attacking Public Education

The term “corporate education reform” usually conjures up names like Michelle Rhee, ALEC and,

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05.05.16
Teacher forges strong welding program

U.S. history, geometry and … welding? About three years ago, Chaffey High School brought in Holly Adams to relaunch its welding program.

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05.04.16
#ThankATeacher may say it all

Understanding Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” The Bard’s play about “star-crossed lovers,” is not so easy

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05.03.16
A case study of how the ultra-wealthy spend millions to get what they want in school reform

Here is a case study about how influential some ultra-wealthy philanthropists in the United States have become in

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05.02.16
Priced out: Bay Area school districts struggling to retain teachers

When Valerie Lines moved from Portland to the Bay Area to start a teaching career, she had a five-year plan: pay off

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04.29.16
Housing crisis: Bay Area school districts struggling to retain teachers

When Valerie Lines moved from Portland to the Bay Area to start a teaching career, she had a five-year plan: pay off her student loans, save money and buy a starter home. But nearly a decade later, the Oakland teacher has shelved those dreams. She's still renting and just trying to get by.

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04.22.16
School taxes: Majority in California would extend tax on rich

California voters are willing to to tax the rich -- and themselves -- to prop up education, and believe that even with billions

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04.21.16
Misguided attack on tenure sidetracked

The California Court of Appeal’s decision last week in Vergara v. State of California is, hopefully,

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04.17.16
Teachers union honors best of the best in San Ramon Valley education

Around 350 local teachers, education leaders and community members filled the Blackhawk Museum as the San Ramon Valley Education Association recognized

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04.14.16
California Appeals Court Reverses Decision to Overturn Teacher Tenure Rules

A California appeals court ruled on Thursday that the state’s job protections for teachers do not deprive

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04.14.16
In a win for unions, appeals court reverses ruling that threw out teacher tenure in California

In a major victory for unions, a California appeals court on Thursday reversed a lower court

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04.05.16
Teachers across San Mateo County getting pay raises: Cost of living permeates negotiations

School districts across San Mateo County are offering teachers pay hikes amidst swirling concerns regarding the struggle of some educators

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04.05.16
Gov. Brown signs bill setting highest statewide minimum wage in U.S.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Monday giving California the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022.

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04.04.16
Number of new math and science teachers declining in California

Posing an ongoing challenge for California educators trying to tackle a critical teacher shortage area, the number of credentials issued to new

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03.30.16
California teachers union survives U.S. Supreme Court challenge

Sidestepping a major defeat for public employee unions, a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to topple organized labor's

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03.21.16
Why teachers return to the classroom each morning

At exactly 8 a.m. on a chilly, overcast day, the doors to the atrium of Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Education flung open.

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03.20.16
Long Beach Unified to hire 55 new teachers next year thanks to influx of state funding

After years of scraping by, Long Beach Unified finds itself with an influx of new money thanks to a new state formula that takes into account

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03.20.16
The 'Broad plan' for LA schools grows to more than charters only

It landed like a bombshell last summer, a leaked plan to double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles Unified and students attending

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03.18.16
McGuire-Grigg earns national award

Doreen McGuire-Grigg, a special education paraeducator for the Lakeport Unified School District, has been awarded the 2016 National Education Association’s

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03.16.16
Before Flint, Lead-Contaminated Water Plagued Schools Across U.S.

At Southwest Baltimore Charter School, preparing lunch takes a few extra steps. "We don't use the water from the building for cooking, not at all,"

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03.16.16
In bipartisan move, Senate confirms John King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary

The Senate voted on Monday to confirm John King Jr. as U.S. Education Secretary, a move that shows that education has become a rare issue

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03.12.16
California Board of Ed Tramples on Local Control, Pushes Charter School on Poor Community

For more than an hour on Thursday afternoon, the California Board of Education sat stonefaced while a parade of local and county school board members,

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03.08.16
Martin Anstice and Tom Torlakson: 'Hearts and Soles' brings healthier foods to our schools

Did you know about 50 percent of teens say they do not eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis?

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03.08.16
Anthony Rendon sworn in as California Assembly speaker, praises state aid

Opening his tenure with a forceful defense of government assistance programs, Assemblyman Anthony Rendon,

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03.07.16
Why conversation about teacher diversity is important

The question of whether having teachers of the same ethnicity affects academic performances and outcomes of racial or ethnic minority students remains

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03.07.16
FUESD teachers hold rally in downtown Fallbrook for pay increase; call district’s 4% offer “disrespectful”

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) teachers are making their voices heard. The group held a rally to create

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03.07.16
Testing Students’ True Grit

More and more schools are pushing to measure students’ social-emotional skills, like empathy and perseverance. The trend — which has raised concerns even among

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03.04.16
The Supreme Court’s New Era

So now we know what the post-Scalia Supreme Court sounds like. Thank you, Justice Thomas, for shaking up what had come to seem the natural order of things,

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03.04.16
Oakland District at Heart of Drive to Transform Urban Schools

The 70 teachers who showed up to a school board meeting here recently in matching green and black T-shirts paraded in a circle, chanting,

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03.03.16
Debate emerges over state actions needed to ease teacher shortages

As California school districts grapple with a widening shortage of teachers, a policy debate has emerged about just how actively the state

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03.03.16
Judge backtracks on release of California student records

Responding to overwhelming public protest, a federal judge has decided records of 10 million California students won't be released to

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03.02.16
San Ramon Valley teacher union on track to receive 5 percent salary hikes

San Ramon Valley Unified School District teachers are on track to receive a 5 percent increase for this school year,

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03.01.16
Salinas schools ready to Read Across America

Count Salinas-area schools in this week for the nationwide celebration of Read Across America.
Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, a regular participant,

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02.29.16
When Integrating A School, Does It Matter If You Use Class Instead Of Race?

"Stronger Together" is not the name of the latest social-media fitness app. It's a grant proposed in President Obama's new budget, reviving an idea

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02.29.16
Modesto school board passes 6 percent raise for teachers

If Modesto City Schools teachers give their approval later this month, they are in for a 6 percent raise.

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02.26.16
MPUSD expands early childhood education opportunities

When it comes to providing children with high-quality educational opportunities, research says the earlier the better.

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02.25.16
Charter school king pleads guilty to felony

Steve Van Zant, a key figure in the expansion of charter schools in San Diego County and elsewhere in California, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony violation of the Political Reform Act.

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02.25.16
Closely Watched Fight Over California Teacher Tenure Moves to Appeals Court

A fierce battle over the future of teacher tenure in California moved to an appeals court here on Thursday. Lawyers for student

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02.25.16
How easy should it be to fire bad teachers? A landmark case may decide for California

The sides squaring off in a Los Angeles appeals courtroom on Thursday in the landmark case of Vergara vs. California agree on this:

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02.24.16
Fresno Teachers Association demands smaller class sizes

Fresno teachers want smaller, safer classrooms and more support staff.

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02.23.16
What California can do to address teacher shortages

As California has embarked on an ambitious journey to raise standards for student learning and rethink nearly every aspect of its educational system,

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02.22.16
Alameda: Teachers, staff at two charter schools ratify contract

Teachers and other staff at two charter schools have voted unanimously to ratify their first ever collective bargaining agreement, capping off

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02.18.16
MPUSD to offer tuition-reimbursement program for teachers

Hiring season is upon California school districts, and in the face of an ongoing teacher shortage, administrators are becoming more and more creative

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02.18.16
10 million California student records about to be released to attorneys

California public-school records on about 10 million students -- including their Social Security numbers -- will soon be handed over to attorneys for a

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02.17.16
San Diegans Join ‘Walk Ins’ Aiming to ‘Reclaim Our Schools’

Educators and parents at EB Scripps, Oak Park Elementary and Claremont High Schools in San Diego staged ‘walk-ins’ just prior to the start of the school

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02.16.16
How schools with the slowest Internet could get re-wired

Nearly 10 percent of all students attend rural schools, where the simple act of going online can hamper their ability to learn.

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02.11.16
Orcutt teachers rally for higher wages

Dozens of teachers who work for the Orcutt Unified School District rallied Wednesday night for higher wages.

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02.11.16
L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes

The rallying cry went out from the leaders of Los Angeles teachers’ union: We need more money to fight the rich and powerful forces that want to take over public schools.

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02.11.16
Lawmakers eyeing loan repayment as teacher incentive

In light of a statewide teacher shortage, California legislators are moving forward a plan to resuscitate an abandoned loan repayment program

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02.10.16
Teachers to Fresno Unified: It’s time to sign a contract

More than 500 teachers packed into Fresno High School’s auditorium Wednesday to show support for the Fresno Teachers Association at the Fresno Unified

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02.08.16
Courses in Manhood for African-American Boys

Kevin Jennings begins his class on cultural identity for African-American boys with a daily affirmation: “I am focused. I am ready to learn. Let’s turn up!”

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02.04.16
San Lorenzo schools, teachers reach tentative contract agreement

The San Lorenzo Unified School District reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union late Wednesday

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01.31.16
Help wanted: California school districts scramble to hire teachers

A growing teacher shortage has California school districts offering subsidized housing and signing bonuses in an effort to woo

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01.27.16
Spending in nation's schools falls again, with wide variation across states

The nation’s per-pupil spending on K-12 public schools dropped in 2013 for the third year in a row, reversing more than a decade of

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01.27.16
We need to stand up for our children not corporations

One of our nation’s core principles is that every child – no matter where they’re from, what language they speak, how much

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01.27.16
Supreme Court Hears Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

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01.26.16
West Contra Costa teachers on track to get 12 percent salary increase

After years of salaries that lag behind other Bay Area school districts, West Contra Costa County teachers ratified a new contract

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01.24.16
Why California’s teaching shortage could worsen — and how to reverse it

A new report says that California’s teaching shortage — the supply of new teachers is at a 12-year low even as demand is starting to rise — is likely

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01.23.16
Teachers should pay fair share for representation

Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case took place on Jan. 11, with hundreds of educators,

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01.22.16
Explaining key points of the new K-12 education law

Congress last month finally rewrote No Child Left Behind (eight years late) and delivered a new K-12 education law to the country called the Every

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01.22.16
Statewide Teacher Shortage Hits The Bay Area Hard

Some San Francisco Bay Area school districts are working hard to attract new educators amid a statewide teacher shortage.

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01.21.16
Scalia’s Putsch at the Supreme Court

In his vitriolic dissent last June from the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Justice Antonin Scalia accused the majority of having carried out a “judicial putsch.”

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01.21.16
California teacher shortage could get worse, report warns

The teacher shortage in the K-12 system has become so critical that a local school district is offering a $10,000 signing bonus for its next math and science teachers.

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01.15.16
No single grades for California schools, state board urges

For more than a decade, the federal Department of Education has behaved like a national dean of students, punishing schools

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01.15.16
MLK knew value of the labor movement

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday. While almost everyone knows about Dr. King’s civil rights efforts, far fewer are aware of his unwavering support

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01.15.16
Ethnic Studies Shows Huge Impact in San Francisco

In San Francisco a recently implemented Ethnic Studies course has been startlingly successful in boosting student attendance, GPA, and earned

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01.11.16
Supreme Court majority is critical of compelled public employee union fees

A majority of the Supreme Court on Monday seemed prepared to hand a significant defeat to organized labor and side

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01.11.16
U.S. Supreme Court weighs key challenge to California's largest teachers union

In a case rife with politics in an election year, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider a legal challenge to California's largest teachers union .

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01.11.16
In Friedrichs case, justices should follow precedent, side with labor

From all reports, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to undermine organized labor and curb states’ ability to reasonably govern their own affairs.

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01.09.16
Eric Heins: High Court Challenge to Fair Share Fees Threatens Fairness

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday over whether teachers in California and 22 other states working under a union contract must pay

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01.08.16
Supreme Court should reject attack on teacher unions: Guest commentary

Five mornings a week I leave my home in Palmdale and begin my two-hour commute to Payne Elementary School in Inglewood, the school district where I

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01.08.16
Mandatory Union Fees Getting Hard Look by Supreme Court

Harlan Elrich is a high school teacher in California, and that means he must pay about $970 a year to a labor union. He teaches math, and he said the

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01.08.16
This Case Could Strike a "Mortal Blow" to Unions

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear a case that has been likened to Citizens United for its potentially far-reaching ramifications. Instead of

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01.05.16
Make Schools Welcoming for Muslim, Arab, Refugee Students, Ed. Dept. Urges

Given heightened fears of terrorism and recent global events, schools and higher education

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01.04.16
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: A Deceptive Attack on Organized Labor

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA),

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01.04.16
Under ESSA, what will schools look like in the future

Is the federal Every Student Succeeds Act the salvation for American public schools, teachers and students?

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01.02.16
Why the new education secretary is a lightning rod

A look at the home page of the U.S. Education Department confirms that Arne Duncan, education secretary for the past seven years,

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12.16.15
Investors Rebel Against Controversial Online School Operator K12

Investors delivered a strong censure to the country’s largest online charter school operator at its annual meeting

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12.16.15
Poll Shows Pension Ballot Measures Already in Trouble

A pair of potential ballot initiatives written to overhaul California’s public pensions could face a rough road, according to a new poll.

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12.09.15
California Revamps School Rankings

School officials in San Francisco are explaining the many changes happening in education.

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12.09.15
No Child Left Behind Rewrite Nears Final Approval

The nation is on the verge of a sweeping shift in education, with states poised to gain greater control over school

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12.08.15
A broken charter school in San Diego

Things sure aren’t going well at the Harriet Tubman Village Charter school.

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12.07.15
K-3 classes in Sacramento City schools to be smaller in fall 2016

Sacramento City Unified School District plans to slash class sizes in kindergarten through third grade

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12.04.15
What San Bernardino teachers are doing to help their students cope

As they arrived at school Thursday morning, teachers in San Bernardino received an email from district headquarters -- a tip sheet to guide the

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12.03.15
NCLB replacement would give other states the freedom California has already claimed

With No Child Left Behind one step closer to being a thing of the past, the governance of schools in other states

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12.01.15
How schools would be judged under 'Every Student Succeeds,' the new No Child Left Behind

Federal lawmakers on Monday released the final text of a compromise bill

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12.01.15
Virtual School Teachers in California Win a Victory for Online Charter Schools

Virtual school teachers in California recently won a major victory in the effort to organize the state’s charter schools.

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11.30.15
Five reasons career technical education makes sense

Career technical education has been around as long as there have been skilled trades.


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11.30.15
California leads drive to reverse focus on standardized tests

When President Barack Obama declared that “unnecessary testing” is “consuming too much instructional time” .

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11.29.15
Testing is not helping public education

Recently released national scores reveal that high-stakes testing is not helping public education.

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11.29.15
American Dream a casualty of Friedrichs lawsuit

As the teacher of third graders and a father of a 3-year-old in the Bay Area, it amazes me how easily such young minds can grasp the notions

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11.28.15
Richmond: City, school district racing the clock to set up Internet

The West Contra Costa school district has an ambitious plan to distribute a tablet computer to each of its 30,000 students starting next year.

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11.24.15
Simi Valley teachers, other school employees get pay raises

Simi Valley teachers, managers and other employees will get 6.5 percent pay raises under new contracts approved last week.

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11.24.15
Congress finally close to vote on new education law

Congress is finally close to a vote to rewrite the outdated and highly criticized No Child Left Behind education law.

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11.23.15
California’s community colleges seek new accreditation model

Community colleges in the state want a new way to measure quality, saying the agency in charge of rating two-year

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11.23.15
California Schools Suspending Fewer Students

Student suspension rates in California school districts are falling – and a new study suggests that schools issuing fewer suspensions see

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11.19.15
Congress is very close to leaving ‘No Child Left Behind’ behind

After months of public uncertainty, congressional leadership turmoil, high-profile retirements and hard work behind closed

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11.19.15
California official Michael Kirst: New school accountability measure won't be just one number

It may not please real estate agents, but California top education

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11.18.15
The Challenges of Large-Scale Action for Democratic School Change

Dear Harry and friends, Here's where I don't "get it": What sustains the extraordinary short-lived focused citizen action?

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11.18.15
Nohemi Gonzalez, killed in Paris attacks, remembered at Whittier High vigil

Nohemi Gonzalez, the only known American among those killed in a terrorist attack in Paris

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11.18.15
Can Affordable Housing Help Retain Teachers?

On December 1, Allison Leshefsky, an elementary school gym teacher in San Francisco, will be evicted

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11.18.15
The Koch intelligence agency

The political network helmed by Charles and David Koch has quietly built a secretive operation that conducts surveillance and intelligence

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11.18.15
Bay Area librarians agree: 35 classic books for kids

Inspiring children's love of reading may be one of the most important things a parent can do to prepare them to do well in school and make

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11.18.15
State releases draft science curriculum “framework” for public review

The State Board of Education on Tuesday released its new draft science framework, the first update to guidelines for

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11.16.15
Teachers at California’s largest online charter school unionize

Teachers at California’s largest online charter school have been given the go-ahead to unionize.

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11.05.15
California State University faculty threaten to strike

The union representing California State University's 25,000 faculty members has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike --

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11.04.15
Don't Judge a School by its Test Scores

With charter schools continuing to expand their footprint throughout the Westside, L.A. Unified School District s

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11.04.15
Housing for SD school employees proposed for old campus

The San Diego Unified School District was criticized for “burning the furniture to heat the house” while it sold

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11.03.15
San Diego Unified asks public: What's in an ‘adequate’ public education?

What does an adequate public education look like?

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11.03.15
Better pay, more time to plan and one other thing teachers want from you

When Arielle Bourguignon started teaching at 24th Street Elementary in Jefferson Park about two years ago,

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11.03.15
Oakland elementary teacher honored as California Teacher of the Year

By her own admission, Ann Park was often that bashful kid in the corner of the classroom, the one who wouldn't raise her hand and speak.

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11.02.15
Deterioration of public school arts programs has been particularly jarring in L.A.

Normandie Avenue Elementary Principal Gustavo Ortiz worries that he can't provide arts classes

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11.01.15
Students should brace for longer, more difficult SAT

Students across the country are preparing for a new, more challenging SAT that will debut in March, the first major

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10.29.15
Test results don't cure inequity: Opposing view

If taking a patient’s temperature cured disease, the world would be much healthier. Medical professionals

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10.27.15
Marin educators applaud Obama testing turnaround

Marin teachers, parents and education officials applauded an about-face in which the Obama administration recommended that students .

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10.26.15
Standardized testing has taken over our schools. But who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame? A new two-year study on testing in U.S. big-city public schools reveals what many students,

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10.26.15
Vallejo school district to spend $150,000 to attract teacher subs

The Vallejo City Unified School District is having a problem providing enough substitute teachers, so the board of education

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10.26.15
Study: Kids take 100-plus required tests through 12th grade

Students, parents and teachers have long lamented the hours that kids spend taking standardized tests,

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10.26.15
California is ahead of President Obama in reducing testing in schools

California’s efforts to dilute the dominant role of testing in schools – prominently led by Gov. Jerry Brown – are getting support

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10.24.15
Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools

Faced with mounting and bipartisan opposition to increased and often high-stakes testing in the nation’s public schools,

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10.24.15
The lesson from a California's charter school: Strict transparency needed

In 2011, Lassen County's district attorney requested a still-unanswered opinion by the state attorney

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10.22.15
County rejects Rocketship's appeal for Concord charter school

Nationally prominent charter school operator, Rocketship Education, will not be gaining foothold in Contra Costa County to erect one of its charter

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10.21.15
S.F. teachers get help living in city under ambitious plan

Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Unified School District announced Wednesday they plan to build a 100-unit housing complex

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10.20.15
Fundraiser woes: Teachers Unions seek to end McTeacher’s Night

Franchises have long been a part of the mission to raise money for schools. It seems like a win-win situation: Fast-food restaurants get more customers

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10.20.15
State labor panel to file injunction in charter school unionization push

California's labor oversight board said it intends to file for an injunction to prohibit one of the state's largest charter organizations from interfering with

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10.20.15
East Bay school employee foils attempted abduction

Sandra Ferguson had a weird feeling something was wrong when she drove past a young student early Friday morning on the way to her job at Sutter Elementary School.

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10.19.15
California’s 2013-14 grad rate increased from year before

A U.S. Department of Education report shows that California’s high school graduation ranking dropped from 30th in 2012-13 to 33rd in 2013-14, even though its graduation rate increased slightly.

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10.16.15
UTLA Protests New Push to Expand Charter Schools in LAUSD

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union were joined by students and parents to protest new efforts to expand charter schools that, they say, would take more Southland

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10.14.15
Unions forge alliance to fight growth of charter schools in L.A.

The union representing Los Angeles teachers has pulled together a coalition of other employee unions

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10.14.15
District considers teacher affordable housing

In an attempt to make it easier for local teachers and school staff to afford living in the community they serve, .

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10.14.15
Gov. Brown signs, vetoes key education legislation in days before deadline

In recent days, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed or vetoed some of the remaining bills the state Legislature

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10.13.15
San Lorenzo teachers declare impasse

San Lorenzo Unified teachers declared an impasse Tuesday in its contract negotiations with the school district.

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10.13.15
Pittsburg: Helping keep kids in school by knowing, understanding them

A common classroom scenario: a defiant student who, when a teacher asks for compliance, responds with obscenities.

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10.12.15
For 5 top San Diego Unified teachers, calling was loud and clear

They get to know their students individually, advocate for education in the community, and can pinpoint exactly when and why

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10.11.15
New times demand new ways to support students and schools

California’s education system is transforming in positive ways. Replacing the high school exit exam with more modern and meaningful

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10.11.15
Cal State Dominguez Hills renews efforts to transform an underserved community

California State College Palos Verdes was envisioned as the Harvard of the West, a progressive,

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10.09.15
If mandatory union dues are struck down, costs could be high

An important case in the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term involves an Orange County teacher’s claim that she shouldn’t have to pay dues to

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10.08.15
Thousands of LAUSD teachers' jobs would be at risk with charter expansion plan

If a proposal for a massive expansion of charter schools in Los Angeles moves forward, the casualties

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10.07.15
LBUSD To Host 2015 Council Of The Great City Schools Fall Conference

Long Beach Unified School District is hosting the 2015 Council of the Great City Schools Fall Conference,

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10.07.15
Gov. Jerry Brown signs measure suspending high school exit exam

California's statewide high school exit exam, normally a requirement for students to receive their diplomas, will be

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10.07.15
LAUSD parents to receive student test score reports over next 2 weeks

Parents of Los Angeles Unified School District students should be receiving reports on their children's test scores from this spring's .

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10.07.15
Family Partnership charter moves forward with contract negotiations

After months of negotiations, the Family Partnership Charter Teachers' Association met with its employer and a state mediator Tuesday in an

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10.05.15
Reactions to Arne Duncan’s departure illustrate national divide over education

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement on Friday that he plans to step down later this year was greeted

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10.05.15
San Jose Unified to make SAT, AP, IB tests nearly free

Taking a stab at the "opportunity gap" that blocks some students from college, the San Jose Unified School District will underwrite nearly .

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10.04.15
What did Arne Duncan do for California schools?

Arne Duncan, who on Friday announced he will step down as U.S. Secretary of Education in December, had a sometimes stormy

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10.03.15
Hillary Clinton wins union endorsement, but teachers make her work for it

Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unplanned trip to the headquarters of the nation’s largest teachers union

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10.03.15
Social emotional learning -- a practice gaining popularity in Bay Area schools

At Redwood Shores Elementary School, the energetic first graders sat quietly on the carpet as their teacher pointed to a poster that

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10.02.15
Poll: California voters support taxes on cigarettes, commercial properties

The Legislature couldn’t manage to raise taxes this year, but a new Public Policy Institute of California

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10.02.15
San Bernardino County “Vision” meeting draws State Superintendent of Public Instruction

On the heels of recent data showing serious reading gaps among the region’s children,

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10.01.15
Judge dismisses lawsuit over use of California teachers' union dues

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that California's teachers are unfairly penalized or deprived of their free speech

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10.01.15
A judge throws out a challenge to how unions spend teachers' money

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed a lawsuit that, if successful, would have hindered the ability

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09.30.15
Teachers say critical thinking key to college and career readiness

California teachers say critical thinking skills, not scores on standardized tests, are the best way to assess whether students are

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09.29.15
Boehner's Resignation Could Upend NCLB Rewrite

Congress is closer than it's ever been to overhauling the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned and latest iteration of the federal

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09.29.15
California State University faculty union calls strike vote

Dissatisfied with a proposed 2 percent raise, the California State University faculty union has scheduled a vote next month to authorize

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09.28.15
UTLA says it's facing 'unprecedented web of attacks' of all sides

Just months having securing a new three-year contract that included a hefty raise for its members, all is not well at the Los Angeles

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09.26.15
Why hundreds of students dropped everything to pay tribute to a Hamilton High teacher

One week ago, very early Sunday morning, Harvard University graduate student Jimmy Biblarz boarded a plane

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09.25.15
Former San Jose mayor to reword statewide pension initiative

Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio plan to revise and resubmit their proposed statewide initiative

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09.25.15
Ethnic studies courses benefit all students

On June 9, 2015, the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) approved a resolution for an Ethnic Studies

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09.24.15
Why 'homework gap' may pave way for universal Internet access in schools

For some students and their families, homework can seem like a nuisance, fueling calls to ban work outside the classroom entirely.

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09.14.15
Local parents rally against potential school closures

Parents at several Capistrano Unified School District elementary schools are organizing against the potential closures of their

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09.08.15
Don't panic, officials say as California braces for lower student test results

Even before new state test scores are released this week, one thing is already clear: Results will be lower than in years past

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09.05.15
Making the promise of Common Core standards work for all students

The exciting promise of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is that they offer the chance for all California students to get

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09.03.15
Del Mar district mourns special teacher: ‘We will take care of her children’

At the Aug. 26 Del Mar Union School District board meeting, colleagues reflected on the loss of teacher Debra Kelly, 41, who

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08.20.15
Noguera to confront inequity in SMMUSD

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District can tout the talents, accomplishments and college placements of its most successful students.

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08.20.15
New debate over school reserve cap

The debate over how much money school districts should be allowed to sock away has been resurrected in California as lawmakers

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08.20.15
Americans' Support for Labor Unions Continues to Recover

Americans' approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point

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08.19.15
And now the hard work begins

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about L.A. Unified. Some critics consider the mammoth school system so hopeless that they are trying

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08.14.15
SFUSD to issue diplomas to students waiting on exit exam

The San Francisco Unified School District plans to issue high school diplomas to around 130 students whose college enrollment

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08.14.15
Changes may be ahead for Clayton Valley Charter High School

It remains to be seen whether or not wholesale changes occur at Clayton Valley Charter High School after an independent

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08.14.15
Safeway pulls out of eScrip program

Safeway is pulling out of the popular eScrip fundraising program, which could blast big holes in the budgets of local school booster groups and other nonprofit organizations.

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08.13.15
Districts prepare for shortage of substitutes

The San Joaquin County Office of Education was slated to host a substitute teacher’s fair next weekend, with the hopes of bringing

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08.12.15
King City teacher honored with Crystal Apple Award

Michael Jones teaches first grade at Santa Lucia School in King City.

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08.09.15
Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble

In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers.

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07.29.15
California public pension proposal would create ‘uncertainties,’ analyst says

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor said this week he doesn’t know what would happen if a new public pension ballot proposal becomes law.

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07.29.15
Celebrating Medicare’s 50th by Ensuring Medicare for All

Fifty years ago this month, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an amendment to the Social Security Act

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07.28.15
Desert Sands, teachers reach deal after nine months

The Desert Sands Unified School District and teachers’ association reached a tentative agreement late Monday night, bringing to close

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07.28.15
Editorial: Watts riots, 50 years later: What has L.A. learned, and done?

We look to anniversaries of momentous events — the beginning of World War I (100 years, last July), the end of the Civil War (150 years, in

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07.28.15
Silicon Valley’s Largest Adult Education Agency in Shambles

Silicon Valley’s largest vocational and adult education agency has lost its accreditation to train teachers.

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07.27.15
‘Parent trigger’ campaigns can continue despite lack of new test scores

While California’s testing and accountability system is in flux, parents are allowed to attempt to force major changes at schools

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07.22.15
Latinos Are The New Majority in CA, But Not In Our Textbooks

It’s official. Latinos now make up the largest ethnic group in California. They surpassed Whites for the first time since California was part of Mexico.

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07.22.15
Measure of Deception: CA initiative would gut retirement benefits for millions

When Democratic former San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and Republican ex-San Diego councilmember Carl DeMaio finally unveiled the language

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07.21.15
Charter schools’ worst nightmare: A pro-union movement may change charters forever

When you think of charter schools, there are probably a few people and concepts that come to mind: Michelle Rhee, “grit,” Bill Gates, Eva Moskowitz, KIPP, etc.

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07.21.15
Cendana Torlakson, Grayson announce runs for state Assembly

Concord Mayor Tim Grayson and Mae Cendana Torlakson, the chairwoman of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District board in Bay Point and

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07.20.15
NEA President Reacts to Historic ESEA Vote

Today, an overwhelming, bi-partisan majority of the United States Senate approved the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, a critical

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06.19.15
Trustee's resignation focuses on board misbehavior

School board President Chris Chiang's decision to resign and work to recall a fellow trustee has thrown the Mountain View-

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06.19.15
Getting schooled on oil trains

How do you explain extreme timidity as a response to extreme peril?

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06.18.15
DSUSD teachers protest stalled contract negotiations

The Desert Sands Unified School District's Tuesday board meeting was filled with tears, applause and standing ovations

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06.18.15
Brown, lawmakers agree on $115.4 billion California budget

A $115.4 billion budget deal would make California the first in the nation to offer state-subsidized health care to children

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06.17.15
House Appropriators Prepare Fiscal 2016 Education Spending Bill for Markup

The House appropriations subcommittee responsible for setting spending levels for the U.S Department of Education

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06.11.15
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06.11.15
California state senators to propose overhaul of Prop. 13

Two Democratic state senators plan to introduce legislation Wednesday to overhaul Proposition 13, the state's landmark

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06.11.15
New school funding formula to get huge increase

A projected big infusion of state revenue next year will inject much more money into the new K-12 education finance system than

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06.09.15
What researchers say about texting, immersing and first-grade math

Research can bolster a case for action or shake up common wisdom. But what I like about it is its thoughtful dissection of complex

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06.08.15
Traditional teaching faces a cyberthreat from school model

There's a new network of K-8 private schools called AltSchool, based in San Francisco and soon expanding to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Palo Alto. From that

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06.08.15
California Budget Talks Enter Key Stretch

California lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown are heading into crunch time for state budget talks. The sides have just days to reach a deal if there’s

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06.08.15
CalSTRS cashes out of firearms investment

Ending a lengthy effort that had frustrated school teachers, CalSTRS has sold its investment in the firearms manufacturer linked to the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

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06.07.15
Hands-on science is coming to California classrooms

California's sixth-graders used to learn about dinosaurs only in textbooks. Now, one Concord teacher has them research and debate what really killed the giant reptiles.

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06.04.15
Belmont teachers ready to accept raise

Continuing a recent trend of local school districts offering pay hikes to teachers, educators in the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District

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06.04.15
South City teachers set to get raise

Teachers in South San Francisco are slated to receive a 10 percent raise over the next two school years, bringing an amenable resolution to what had

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05.27.15
Early education, math key to closing Palo Alto's achievement gap

After years of piecemeal efforts to reduce the achievement gap between minority and other students in the Palo Alto school district, the Board of

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05.26.15
School district attorneys scrutinized

Fearful that its law firms may be overcharging and wary of a past court ruling against at least one of them, the Los Banos Unified School District Board of Trustees agreed to

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05.22.15
San Bruno Park Elementary School District teachers set to get big payday

Educators in San Bruno will likely walk away from contract negotiations that have been marred by myriad struggles with an agreement that awards them an

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05.20.15
Baldwin Park, Whittier area schools set the Gold standard

Even as they acclimate into new state assessment and accountability systems, schools in some San Gabriel and Whittier area districts have continued to make

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05.20.15
West Contra Costa schools honors English language learners

West Contra Costa schools this week honored their students who have overcome an immense barrier to academic and

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05.13.15
California Teachers Association head speaks to Fontana teachers

California’s top teachers union official rallied the troops Wednesday afternoon in the Inland Empire.

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05.08.15
Students, families fight to preserve career programs

Students and parents of the Las Virgenes Unified School District are joining the fight to keep funding in place for LVUSD regional occupation programs.

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05.08.15
California's budget surplus soars to new heights; schools to benefit

In the clearest sign yet that the Great California Recovery is proceeding on pace, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced Tuesday that the state's

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05.08.15
VUSD leaders heap praise on Dean Vogel, president of CTA

President of the Vacaville Teachers Association, Moira McSweeney suggested a newspaper headline about Dean Vogel could read “local boy does good.”

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05.07.15
New Prop. 13 Reform Effort Could Succeed by Splitting Business Interests


A broad-based coalition today launched an effort to reform Proposition 13, the 1978 law passed by voters that many critics believe imposed a fiscal

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05.06.15
California Standardized Tests Spark Backlash in Oakland

Chaz Garcia's fourth-grade students spent twelve hours taking standardized tests last week. The teacher at Esperanza Elementary School in the Elmhurst

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05.01.15
State, Teacher Unions File Briefs In Tenure-Ruling Appeal

Attorneys for the state and California’s powerful teachers unions argued in a filing Friday that a landmark California teacher tenure case was flawed

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04.29.15
California graduation rates improve, but show 'unacceptable' gaps

California's Class of 2014 graduated from high school at a rate of 80.8 percent, slightly up from the previous year to hit a record high,

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04.29.15
California 6th Nationally in Advanced Placement Exam Scores

Earning the state a sixth-place national ranking for the second year running, California’s Class of 2014 kept the momentum going in the

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04.29.15
Palm Springs Unified teachers offered 10.5% raise

The Palm Springs Unified School District has negotiated a tentative deal that will give west valley teachers a raise of more than 10 percent over the next two years.

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04.29.15
After years of layoffs, California schools on a teacher hiring binge

After years of pink slips and layoffs, California school districts have emerged from the recession with plans to hire 21,500 teachers for the 2015-

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04.24.15
Alameda: Nea, ACLC schools' staff vote to authorize strike

Nea, ACLC staff vote to authorize strike. Teachers, counselors and educational staff at Nea and Alameda Community Learning Centers have voted by 94 percent to authorize their union leaders

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04.24.15
L.A. school board backs tentative teachers pact with 10% raise

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to back a tentative labor

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04.24.15
Many residents unaware of changes in education, poll finds

California has overhauled how it teaches students, how it tests students and how it funds schools,

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04.21.15
Commentary: For Soquel teachers, disrespect is the norm

As the Sentinel reported, 96 percent of teachers in the Soquel Educators Association recently

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04.21.15
Teachers’ Unions Fight Standardized Testing, and Find Diverse Allies

In Florida, the teachers’ union has lobbied to limit the use of standardized tests, and the governor last week

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04.21.15
Millbrae teachers to get raise: Tentative agreement shows 4 percent increase

Months of contract negotiations between Millbrae Elementary School District officials and teachers are set to end with a tentative contract that

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04.20.15
Point Loma High School faculty rallies to support 'Fight for 5'

Contract negotiations between the San Diego Unified School District’s administration and the San Diego Education Association are coming to a boil

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04.10.15
CTA president: On education law, Congress has a chance to get it right

It was a civil rights issue when it was signed into law 50 years ago, and it still is. On April 11, 1965, in the same extraordinary year as the Selma marches for voting rights and the landmark voter protection legislation he signed into law, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as part of his “War on Poverty.”

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04.10.15
Exclusive: Former Enron Trader Arnold May Launch National PR Push to Reform Pensions

Former Enron trader and hedge fund billionaire John Arnold may be about to launch a national publicity campaign to convince U.S. voters of the need to reform public pensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.

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04.10.15
Why the Senate’s proposed No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t go far enough

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is chairman of the Senate education committee, and ranking Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state recently reached an agreement on a rewrite of No Child Left Behind that, if it were to become law, would significantly reduce the federal role in local public education.

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04.09.15
Panel approves $1b allocation for Common Core

A proposal adding $1 billion in state support for schools transitioning to Common Core State Standards won easy passage Wednesday from a key legislative committee.

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04.08.15
Without action San Francisco is in danger of losing its teachers

San Francisco is rapidly becoming unaffordable to our public school teachers and paraprofessionals, and too many are being forced out of our city and our school district because of skyrocketing rents and the high cost of living.

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03.31.15
Teachers, others demand more distance from pesticides

A consortium of regional health, educational, political and environmental groups came out Tuesday with a case study critical of existing protections

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03.27.15
Nation’s largest labor union: NEA: We want 2016 hopefuls talking about schools

The National Education Association, the largest U.S. labor union, is pushing to make public schools a front-burner

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03.27.15
Southern California legislators call for charter school reform

California legislators took to the steps of the State Capitol on Wednesday to call for reform of the state’s charter school law, including requiring them to be run as non-profits.

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03.27.15
Sunnyvale schools: 'Teacher of the Year' gives lessons on literature and life

English teacher Stephanie Fujii wants every student to walk away from her classes feeling appreciated and ready to take on the world.

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03.26.15
Chico school board OKs exam waivers for substitutes in case of teacher strike

Amid concerns about a potential strike, the Chico Unified School District board of trustees Wednesday night narrowly approved a bid by staff to seek

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03.25.15
Lax oversight leaves charter schools vulnerable to fraud

California’s 1,100 charter schools are subject to insufficient financial oversight, lax practices that leave the door wide open to fraud,

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03.25.15
California teachers unions promote charter school bills

California’s politically potent teachers unions are promoting bills requiring charter schools to hold open meetings and to consider all

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03.24.15
Lucia Mar readies for strike

Emotions on both sides of the standoff between the Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Education and its teachers union may not have exploded

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03.24.15
LAUSD teachers boycott faculty meetings despite threat of docked pay

Teachers across the nation’s second-largest school district Tuesday ignored warnings their pay would be docked and skipped faculty meetings in protest.

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03.24.15
New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter

The notion that teachers improve over their first three or so years in the classroom and plateau thereafter is deeply ingrained in K-12 policy

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03.24.15
How higher education helps grow the middle class

Nick Dunham aims to carve out a middle-class living with the tools provided by Long Beach City College.

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03.23.15
Schools hiring again in NorCal after years of layoffs

With resumes in hand, people lined up in Elk Grove Saturday to snag one of 100 open positions for credentialed teachers.

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03.18.15
No resolution for Orcutt district, teachers

Another round of mediation Tuesday failed to resolve the two-year-old disagreement between the Orcutt Union School District and

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03.18.15
CTA president visits Reedley

Dean E. Vogel, the president of California’s largest teachers union, said during a March 5 visit to Reedley that a better way to

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03.18.15
Who's grading your kids' assessment test in California?

California will spend nearly $240 million in three years to administer and score its new standardized test, the California

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03.17.15
Pink-slip season slows for teachers

Unlike in previous nerve-wracking years, Orange County's 28 school districts issued just a smattering of layoff notices to full-time teachers by Sunday's state-mandated deadline.

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03.17.15
L.A. teachers launch union drive at Alliance charter schools

Teachers at the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles have launched a drive to unionize, a move that could alter the path of

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03.17.15
Teachers at impasse with SD Unified

San Diego teachers rallied Tuesday morning after declaring impasse with the city school district over negotiations that have been in the works nearly nine months

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03.16.15
Local teacher benefits from leadership academy

Sherry Lanza, a first grade teacher at Woodrow Wallace Elementary School in Lake Isabella, recently received a personal invitation

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03.13.15
Local educators hail state ed board’s decision to suspend API for one year

Vacaville-area educators on Thursday hailed state education leaders’ decision to suspend for one year

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03.13.15
Two Salinas girls find, return $10,700

Kayleen Ruelas put a major dent into her checkered reputation at school a few weeks ago. The eighth-grader at Gavilan View Middle School in Salinas

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03.13.15
California Teacher Layoffs Up Slightly This Year

California school districts have until Sunday to send out layoff notices to teachers for the academic year that starts in the

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03.12.15
Classroom-raised salmon make splashing entrance in Tuolumne

Although there was a crisp bite to the early March morning air on Monday, Dennis Earl Elementary students did not appear to notice

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03.11.15
Lucia Mar to hire strike consultant

The Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Education voted Tuesday night to hire a consultant to prepare the district for a potential teachers strike.

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03.11.15
State suspends use of test scores to measure school quality

State education officials moved Wednesday to dramatically recast California's system to evaluate school quality by suspending the

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03.11.15
The Five R's: We're all English Learners

"Ich bin ein Berliner." I was 11 when President John F. Kennedy uttered those words. It probably was the first full sentence of German that I had ever heard.

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03.11.15
NCLB: What standardized test scores reveal about its legacy

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary

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03.10.15
One in three California students reported being bullied

One in three California middle school and high school students reported having been harassed or bullied at least once in the

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03.10.15
DeAnza High students and parents protest loss of law teacher

Law Academy students at DeAnza High put what they've learned about free speech into action Monday, when they congregated outside the

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03.06.15
Reading goes to head of class at Desert Sands schools

Learning to read is a rite of passage, the time in your life when the entire world opens up to you. Not knowing how to read means not being able to follow

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03.06.15
Acalanes school district approves layoffs as it grapples with budget deficit

In a bid to slash a projected $5.4 million deficit this year, Acalanes Union High School District leaders have agreed to layoffs

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03.06.15
Bellflower Schools Spend Millions To Upgrade Technology

Bellflower Unified has spent $3 million this school year to create a system of tablets, laptops, document cameras and projectors that

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03.06.15
Six San Diego County School Districts Report Precarious Financial Conditions

The number of school districts in California reporting precarious financial conditions — including six in San Diego County

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03.06.15
California Republicans announce teacher evaluation, employment overhaul

Saying a major court decision that rejected California’s teacher employment rules compels them to act, Assembly Republicans on

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03.05.15
How Los Cerritos Elementary became fifth Long Beach school up for U.S. Green Ribbon

Los Cerritos Elementary School teacher Dianne Swanson still remembers building a garden on campus 15 years ago, unaware it

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03.05.15
STEM teaching becomes growing focus at local schools

While wearing aluminum foil helmets and black garbage bags for spacesuits, Academy for Academic Excellence students laid on their backs on chairs and launched into space.

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03.04.15
Common Core testing to begin at Inland Empire school districts

After years of preparation and controversy, California’s students are taking their first statewide standardized tests based on Common Core State Standards this spring.

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03.04.15
Still no settlement between Lucia Mar administration, teachers

Lucia Mar Unified School District teachers returned to their classrooms Monday, still working without a contract after a

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03.04.15
John Mockler, Capitol’s top education finance guru, dies at 73

John Mockler, who wrote California’s landmark school finance law during a political and governmental career that spanned a half-

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03.03.15
Fresno State moves to raise entrance requirements

Here’s news no local aspiring college student wants to hear: It will soon be even tougher to land a spot at California State University, Fresno.

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03.03.15
Mildred García: Education carries a powerful punch for women

When my younger brother came home with yet another black eye, I marched into the alleys of Brooklyn, found the bully and beat him up.

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03.03.15
Teacher Tenure: An Innocent Victim of Vergara v. California

"Rotten Apples" was the inflammatory cover line for Time magazine's November 2014 cover story on the contentious Vergara v.

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02.28.15
Read Across America: Special day in Chico brings books to children’s hands

Read early. Read often. Read for the rest of your life.
Those were some of the take-away messages for parents who

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02.27.15
LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

Dressed in red and raising signs into the air, thousands of teachers filled a downtown Los Angeles park on Thursday in demand

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02.26.15
Report Slams Virtual Charter Schools That Graduate Just 36% Of Students

One of country’s largest chains of for-profit online charter schools has seen almost a decade of declining academic results,

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02.25.15
The Battle Over Teachers' Seniority Rights

In recent weeks, teachers at more than twenty public schools in Oakland have cut back the hours they spend on the job in an

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02.25.15
White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix education law

The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling .

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02.24.15
Los Angeles Unified’s teachers union faces test of organizing strength

The print shop below United Teachers Los Angeles’ headquarters cranked out 7,500 signs for protestors to carry when they descend

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02.24.15
Carmel Middle School recognized for green success

Eco literacy teacher Pat Stadille stands at the far edge of the Carmel Middle School campus, surrounded by a platoon of 25 sixth-

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02.23.15
Anaheim parents fail to convert struggling school to charter

The first effort in Orange County to use a controversial state law to transform a low-performing school into a charter campus has failed,

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02.20.15
LAUSD superintendent warns of layoffs as teachers union prepares to strike

As the teachers union ramps up strike preparations, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines on Friday

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02.20.15
Hollywood star Tim Robbins visits Hayward school

Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins spent Friday at a Hayward elementary school, joining children in a staged reading, singing with

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02.20.15
Making a Teacher of the Year

What does it mean to be Teacher of the Year? Is it a mark of great professional distinction, or of personal ambition? Is it evidence of

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02.16.15
Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less

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02.13.15
Third-graders take on keyboard challenge

Third-grader Tycho Sedlachek throws his hands up victoriously as he finishes his typing test. It shows he has improved his score for

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02.13.15
‘No Child Left Behind’ has failed

Public education for every child was an American idea, but it has always been a local and state responsibility. Even when Congress

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02.12.15
Classroom coaches critical as teachers shift to Common Core

To break down the isolation that many teachers experience in their classrooms, California schools are using instructional coaches as a

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02.11.15
Santa Rosa teachers protest at school board meeting

Santa Rosa City Schools teachers, locked in a contract dispute with the district, packed Wednesday night’s school board meeting to

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02.09.15
Education Funding Debate Begins At California Capitol

California’s economy is on the rebound, but there’s little extra revenue to go around for the next state budget. Yet

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02.07.15
Fewer college graduates applying for Teach for America

Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of

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02.06.15
Common Core, communication addressed at Woodland forum

A number of Woodland parents are worried the shift to Common Core may be doing more harm than good when it comes to their kids.

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02.05.15
Vacaville trustees hear governor’s ‘basic message’: Committed to education

Vacaville Unified leaders on Thursday heard an update on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $165 billion state budget

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01.30.15
Torlakson's Arts Education Task Force Submits Recommendations to Restore the Arts

An arts education task force formed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is calling for arts education

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01.30.15
Koch brothers’ massive spending bad for democracy

This week’s revelation that a network of wealthy conservatives controlled and largely financed by the Koch brothers

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01.29.15
After outcry, Oakland softens turnaround time for failing schools

School officials are giving five failing schools the option to delay turnaround efforts announced in December after a series

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01.27.15
Governor proposes boost for career education

Career education is projected to receive a boost under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, part of a larger push for

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01.19.15
San Mateo School Board Blasted by Senator, Community

State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is calling for a grand jury investigation of the San Mateo Union High School Board of

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01.16.15
Majority of Public School Students Now Considered Low Income

For the first time in recent history, a majority of students in U.S. public schools are low-income, according to an

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01.15.15
Union City teacher's book offers ideas on education reform

A Logan High School teacher has written a book that harshly criticizes education reform, saying that attempts to privatize

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01.15.15
Bay Area Affordability Crisis Spurs Young Activists to Fight for Teacher Housing

About a dozen volunteers — mostly in their 20s and 30s — are gathered around

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01.15.15
CCSF wins reprieve: Shutdown averted with 2-year extension

The commission threatening to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation has granted the school two

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01.14.15
East Side teachers ratify contract

Teachers in the East Side Union High School District have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, setting the stage to

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01.14.15
Tom Hanks: I Owe It All to Community College

In 1974, I graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., an underachieving student with lousy SAT scores.

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01.14.15
Tentative ruling: LAUSD must repeal teacher evaluation system

California’s Public Employment Review Board tentatively ordered Los Angeles Unified School District to repeal a key

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01.13.15
Ex-schools chief Deasy to work for leadership academy of Eli Broad

Former Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy has accepted a consulting job as “superintendent in residence” for a training

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01.13.15
Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls for revamp of 'No Child Left Behind'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made a big pronouncement on Monday that President

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01.13.15
New bill would require ethnic studies offering in all California high schools

Under a new bill, California's public high schools could be required to offer ethnic studies classes as part of an effort

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01.12.15
Budget leaves facilities crisis for another day

Despite signals that his administration was ready to undertake a sweeping change for how new schools are paid for and older

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01.12.15
Gavin Newsom won’t run for Boxer Senate seat

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said today he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by California Democrat Barbara Boxer.

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01.11.15
Silicon Valley Turns Its Eye to Education

The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved

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01.09.15
Gov. Brown targets teacher preparation

Taking on an issue that has received relatively short shrift in the raft of reforms being implemented in California

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01.09.15
Virtual Teaching, Real Organizing

Turning the usual rivalries upside down, “virtual teachers” in an online charter school system in California are pushing to unionize.

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01.09.15
School funding: Brown proposes $7.8 billion more for education

Courtesy of the booming economy and increased tax revenues, California public schools and community colleges will reap a

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01.07.15
New schools and school leaders ahead

New faces and big changes greeted school districts in Mountain View this year after two superintendents called it quits and

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01.06.15
What Should We Expect From the 114th Congress?

Welcome to the 114th Congress! On Tuesday, lawmakers will gather on Capitol Hill for the start of the new legislative

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01.06.15
East Side schools tentatively settle contracts with employees

Potentially ending an acrimonious dispute, the East Side Union High School District has reached a tentative agreement that

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01.06.15
Brown’s budget would add billions to K-12 funding

Public schools got a glimpse into their ever-brightening financial futures on Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown, in his

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01.05.15
EdWatch 2015: 10 issues to watch

2015 promises to be a pivotal year for several major reforms in public education, including the continuing rollout of the of the top 10. Let us know what you would have added.

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01.05.15
Several education-related bills to take effect this year

As educators and administrators return to schools this month, many will help implement new laws taking effect that will

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01.05.15
Gov. Jerry Brown takes fourth oath; targets climate change

Forty years after first taking the oath as governor of California, Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in to an historic

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12.16.14
Librarian layoffs could have devastating impact on schools

Calaveras High School media specialist Cyndie Klorer said the library is her home, and she has a vision for its future. She’d

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12.16.14
Restorative Justice offers Richmond High students alternatives to suspension

Sofia Paredes, a senior at Richmond High School, has always been an outspoken student, but exercising her freedom of speech

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12.16.14
Most schools solve web issues for computer testing

Of the state’s more than 11,000 public school sites, students at fewer than 21 of them will be taking the Common Core

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12.15.14
S.F. teachers approve new contract with 12 percent pay hike

San Francisco teachers overwhelmingly approved a new contract Thursday night that gives them a 12 percent pay increase over

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12.10.14
California offers budgetary lessons for U.S. government, Stanford professor says

Once the fodder of late-night comedians, California's budgetary strategy is actually one that national lawmakers might emulate, a

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12.02.14
School funding plan will improve over time

California’s new school funding formula is not just a way to distribute money to schools (“School gap needs more than

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12.01.14
CTA launches large-scale teacher training

With $6.6 million in support from foundations, the California Teachers Association is teaming up with two Stanford

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12.01.14
Can collaboration between schools, unions fix failing campuses?

In 2011, Fedde Middle School faced a dilemma. The federal government was offering the struggling campus, located in the

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12.01.14
CTA launches Instructional Leadership Corps

With California schools gradually making the transition to using Common Core Standards, there have been plenty of

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11.21.14
Charter schools break law by making parents volunteer, report says

Scores of California charter schools require parents to volunteer as a condition for their child’s enrollment in

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11.21.14
UC regents approve tuition hikes amid angry protests

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition .

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11.21.14
East San Jose school board president promises 'corrective measures' to reduce class overcrowding

The president of the East Side Union High School District Board of Trustees today expressed regret over student overcrowding

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11.20.14
LAUSD teachers rally for pay raises, smaller class sizes

Kicking off a series of “escalating actions,” thousands of teachers from across Los Angeles rallied Thursday in support of

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11.19.14
Local Davis educators study strategies for implementing Common Core standards

John Dewey, an American educator and philosopher who lived from 1859 to 1952, once said, “If we teach today, as we taught

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11.18.14
Turlock teachers demand respect

An estimated 250 teachers gathered to the tune of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” before Tuesday’s Turlock Unified District

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11.18.14
NEA and National PTA Encourage Nation to Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week (AEW) is celebrated each year during the last full week before Thanksgiving.

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11.18.14
President Of NEA Fears A Change by GOP In Public Education Funding

The head of the country’s largest teachers’ union says there could be a shift in where federal public education funding will

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11.17.14
State board approves school funding rules

After soliciting input for over a year from education groups, research and advocacy organizations, students and parents,

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11.17.14
State among worst on issue of child homelessness, report says

The sheer number of kids in California who have nowhere to call home and the failure of the state’s leaders to address the

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11.13.14
Belmont teachers get contract: Deal with district means retroactive raises

After two years of negotiations, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District has reached a tentative agreement

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11.13.14
LAUSD superintendent wants class sizes cut by second semester

Superintendent Ramon Cortines wants to speed up plans for smaller class sizes inside Los Angeles Unified’s middle and

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11.13.14
California allowed growers to exceed pesticide limits

The state has allowed Salinas Valley growers to exceed pesticide limits for more than a decade, according to a lengthy

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11.10.14
UTLA plans 5 rallies as part of National Day of Action

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is planning rallies at five locations on Nov. 20 with the duel purpose of demanding a new

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11.06.14
GOP Wave to Sap Obama's Clout on Education

After midterm elections that vastly favored Republicans at virtually every level, President Barack Obama has far fewer allies in Congress

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11.06.14
Torlakson declares victory in state superintendent race; Tuck concedes

California's state schools superintendent Tom Torlakson declared

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11.05.14
Torlakson victory ensures continuity in reforms

One immediate consequence of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s rebuff of challenger Marshall Tuck is to

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11.05.14
Torlakson narrowly beats Tuck in California schools chief race; Democrats Yee, Padilla also win

Torlakson narrowly beats Tuck in California schools chief race; Democrats Yee, Padilla also win

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11.04.14
What Conservative Media Miss In Coverage Of Controversial Time Teacher Story

Rushing to defend a recent Time magazine article critical of teacher tenure, several conservative media

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11.04.14
Charter Teachers Unionize at ACLC and Nea

For many, charter schools offer an alternative to traditional education. But when those schools go independent—as the Alameda

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11.04.14
Tom Torlakson, local CTA drum up last-minute support

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson rolled up his sleeves late Monday afternoon as he sat in the small room converted to a phone bank at the California Teachers

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11.03.14
Schools Chief Torlakson Announces $250 Million Available in Pathway Grants

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today invited school districts and community colleges to apply for $250 million in

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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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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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