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Unions File Their Appeal of Vergara Ruling

On May 1, the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) filed opening briefs in their appeal of Judge Rolf Treu’s June 2014 decision in Vergara v. California, which they termed “a baseless lawsuit brought by corporate privatizers seeking to strike down statutes protecting teachers from arbitrary firings, providing transparency in layoff decisions, and supporting due process rights, all of which contribute to student success.” The State of California also filed a separate appeal...

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Governor Brown Dubs May Budget Revision a “Historic Investment”

Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. unveiled his May Budget Revision on Thursday. And as expected, with state revenues running higher than projected in the Governor’s original January budget proposal, the May Budget Revision proposes more funding for K-14 education, as well as setting aside more money in the state’s “Rainy Day” fund. The Governor also proposed a state Earned Income Tax Credit (which would benefit low income households), and proposed additional funding for the state’s public university systems...

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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 percentage of students taking and performing well on Advanced Placement® (AP) exams, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on April 27.

According to the College Board's "AP Cohort Data: Graduating Class of 2014" report, 29.1 percent of California's 2014 graduates earned a score of three or higher on an end-of-course AP exam...

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SBE Postpones Action on Waiver-Related Item, Approves Contract for Testing Services with ETS

During this week’s meeting of the State Board of Education in Sacramento, the SBE decided to postpone action on a proposed amendment to California’s Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook, which could impact the waiver from certain provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law that California is seeking from the U.S. Department of Education.

Currently, California is in the midst of a massive transition from the state’s now-retired paper-based STAR testing system to a new on-line testing system...

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New Guidance from U.S. Dept. of Education Reminds Schools to Designate Title IX Coordinator

On April 24, The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released a guidance package emphasizing the responsibility of school districts, colleges and universities to designate a Title IX coordinator. The package also contains an overview of the law's requirements in key areas, including athletics, single-sex education, sex-based harassment, and discipline.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education activities that receive federal financial assistance...

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School Breakfast Reform Bill Clears First Hurdle

In a victory for education and hunger activists, the California State Assembly Education Committee on April 22 approved AB 1240, the Breakfast After the Bell bill, in a 6-0 bipartisan vote. The legislation would require thousands of schools across the state to adopt a meal program that serves breakfast during the school day, either in the classroom or during a mid-morning break.

Introduced by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), AB 1240 calls for practical changes to improve access to the school breakfast program...

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