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With Republicans In Control of Congress, Sen. Alexander Advances ESEA Renewal Proposal

With Republicans now in the majority in both houses of Congress, a new effort is being launched to address the long-stalled discussion of reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which has been stalemated for years due to frosty relations between President Barack Obama and legislators.

The initiative is coming from Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who became the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in January...

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Legislative Analyst’s Office Releases Critique of 2015-16 Budget Proposal

Proposition 98

Funding for Schools and Colleges Largely Driven by Formulas. State budgeting for K-12 education, the California Community Colleges (CCC), subsidized preschool, and various other state education programs is governed largely by Proposition 98, passed by voters in 1988. The measure establishes a minimum funding requirement, commonly referred to as the minimum guarantee. Both state General Fund and local property tax revenue apply toward meeting the minimum guarantee...

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CDE Reports Significant Drops in Suspensions and Expulsions for Second Year in a Row

On January 14, State Sup. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced a 20 percent drop in the number of students expelled in 2013-14 and a 15.2 decline in the number of students suspended. This marks the second year in a row of declines in both areas.

The new figures come at a time when CDE is working with districts around the state to implement innovative programs that reduce suspensions and expulsions, including some known as “restorative justice.”...

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LCAPs Should “Emphasize Strategic Plans Over Detailed, Comprehensive Plans.”

New System of School Funding, Support, and Intervention Recently Established. The 2013-14 Budget Act and associated legislation created a new school funding formula – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The LCFF provides districts with base funding tied to four grade spans; supplemental funding for English learner, low-income, and foster youth (EL/LI) students; and concentration funding for districts with relatively high proportions of EL/LI students. The legislation also created a new system of planning and support...

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Nationwide Study Finds Teachers Must Work 24 Years, on Average, to Reach $75,000 Salary

A study looking at the salaries of teachers in 113 mostly large school districts which employ about 20 percent of the nation's public school teachers finds that teachers’ lifetime earnings vary greatly from district to district, due largely to a much unstudied factor: the time it takes to climb the salary ladder.

The report, “Smart Money: What teachers make, how long it takes and what it buys them,” finds that the salary information that usually gets the most attention doesn’t tell the whole story...

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California Dept. of Public Health Makes Measles Exposure Letter Template Available

The recent outbreak of a cluster of measles cases – many linked to exposure at Disneyland in Orange County – has now produced 73 confirmed cases of measles in California (as of January 22).

Thusfar, a majority of the confirmed cases in California have been among persons age 20 or older. However, the California Department of Public Health, as well as many school districts, are preparing for the possibility that there might be more cases among K-12 students...

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