Compiled by Mike Myslinski
Number of L.A. residents who earn less than $15 an hour
“I do think this is the year for the raise for our teachers. … This is the year to concentrate on that commitment.”
—Sandra Fewer, newly elected president of the San Francisco Unified School District school board, quoted in the Jan. 16 San Francisco Chronicle.
“If you combine rigor and imagination, if you combine flexibility with guidelines and some reasonable accountability, we’ll get the job done. So, good luck! I’m very excited. I’m bullish on California’s schools.”
—Gov. Jerry Brown, testifying during the marathon Jan. 16 State Board of Education hearing in Sacramento on new Local Control Funding Formula regulations to better help our low-income students and English learners.
“The governor’s proposed budget will help our public schools and colleges continue to heal after years of devastating cuts. As we heal our schools, we heal our communities.”
—CTA President Dean E. Vogel, responding to the governor’s spending plan, unveiled in January, which includes $10 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges.
“It’s time to come to our senses and place education back into the hands of the only people who actually know how students learn: teachers. They have their ears to the educational ground and know the students.”
—Peter W. Cookson Jr., principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research and sociology teacher at Georgetown University, in a recent Education Week essay about the need for more equity in public schools.
The healthy gains made on the investments of the $181 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) for 2013, as reported in January.
The number of Los Angeles residents (46 percent) who earn less than $15 an hour and who comprise the working poor in that high-cost city, according to a new study conducted by the Economic Roundtable and funded by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
California’s ranking in per-pupil funding among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on 2010-11 school year data and adjusted for cost-of-living factors. Reported in the January Education Week “Quality Counts” study, which also said California is $3,523 below the national average in education spending per student.
Percentage of U.S. teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15 who engaged in the recommended 60 minutes of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in 2012, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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