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School and Pension Costs in California: What Can Be Done?

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (98720)

A great breakdown of the current crisis in California school pension costs.

http://edsource.org/2019/school-and-pension-costs-in-california-what-can-be-done/610472

The Oakland Teacher's Strike Revealed California's Education Crisis

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (5786)

We've been talking about fair funding for education for a very long time now.  This is a good read to that end. 

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-oakland-teachers-strike-revealed-californias-education-crisis/

California charter schools facing new oversight under fast track legislation

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (6475)

At the urging of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a bill that will require charter schools to be more accountable and transparent is making its way swiftly through the legislature and may be the first of several bills seeking to tighten oversight of charter schools.


Senate Bill 126 would require that California charter school boards comply with the same open meeting, conflict-of-interest and disclosure laws as district school boards, including holding public board meetings, opening record...

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School districts will be required to verify they're fixing California's lowest-performing schools

Posted on January 10, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (11135)

By the end of January, the state will publish the initial list of hundreds of low-performing California schools that must receive intensive help under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which Congress passed in late 2015.


On Wednesday, the State Board of Education approved how districts with any of those schools must verify what they’re doing to turn those schools around. A coalition of student advocacy groups unsuccessfully argued that documentation alone isn’t eno...

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Charter Advocates Dealt Loss in California Chief's Election

Posted on November 30, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (4789)

When former charter school executive Marshall Tuck called Assemblyman Tony Thurmond to concede in the hotly contested race for state schools superintendent, it marked another defeat for charter-school advocates in California.


Thurmond was elected California's top education official in the wave that led more liberal-leaning voters to cast ballots. Although both are Democrats, Thurmond had the party's endorsement in the nonpartisan state chief's election. He also was backed by...

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California schools have improved, but major funding challenges remain

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (30398)

An interesting read and much needed reminder to us all how far we still need to go to see equitable funding for California schools.


https://www.educationdive.com/news/report-california-schools-have-improved-but-major-funding-challenges-rema/532428/


Gary Hart, author of California's charter school law, reflects on its impact

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (23800)

What does the “father” of California’s quarter-century old charter school law think of it now? EdSource recently caught up with former State Sen. Gary Hart, a Democrat who represented Santa Barbara in the Assembly and Senate for 20 years before retiring in 1994. In 1992, as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, he authored the nation’s second charter school law. Sue Burr, a consultant to the committee at the time and currently a member of the State Board of Educa...

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Push underway to increase California school funding by billions

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (5098)

"Brown defined full funding as the point at which every district would be restored to the pre-recession funding level of 2007-08, plus inflation."

2007-08 levels restored by 2018-19....it's truly a sad state of affairs for public education funding.  If only this message was commonly understood in California

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By the time he leaves office early next year, Gov. Jerry Brown will have achieved his goal of “full funding” for his...

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Charter schools are booming in California. Here's where they are growing fastest

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (3934)

 Be sure to check out these latest statisics on charter school growth in California.  


http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article208863954.html



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