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CSBA Report Finds New Budget Reserve Cap will Harm Financial Stability of Schools

On December 1, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) released its Report on School District Reserves, presenting data and analysis of the potential negative impacts on California school districts resulting from SB 858, Section 27, that became operational when Proposition 2, the state Rainy Day Fund, was recently passed.

CSBA’s Report on School District Reserves reviewed information from the California Department of Education for the 2012-13 fiscal year...

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Most Want More Higher Education Funding – But Oppose Raising Student Fees or Taxes

Most Californians say the state is not providing enough funding for public colleges and universities. However, most residents are unwilling to pay higher taxes to maintain current funding for these institutions. And—amid debate over a tuition increase at the University of California—a record-high majority oppose raising student fees to do so.

These are among the key findings in a statewide survey released on December 1 by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)...

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Sec. Duncan, Attorney General Holder Issue Guidance on Educating Incarcerated Youth

On December 8, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued a press release announcing a Correctional Education Guidance Package aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America’s estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day.

The guidance package which builds on recommendations in the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force report released in May includes...

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Cal. Voters Believe High Quality Preschool Makes a Difference in Child’s Later Success

California registered voters overwhelmingly believe that a high quality preschool program makes a difference in a student's later success, both in school and in life.

According to a recent Field Poll completed in partnership with EdSource, 61% of registered voters consider a high quality preschool experience very important to a child’s later success in life, while another 22% say it is somewhat important.

The poll shows that state support for such programs continues to be a priority for Californians...

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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 – starting or ending salaries – doesn’t tell the whole story...

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FBI Investigates LAUSD Program to Provide iPads to Students, Seizes 20 Boxes of Records

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI is investigating the LAUSD’s troubled effort to provide iPads to students, and has seized records relating to the purchase of the tablet computers and related software.

In a Dec. 2 article by Howard Blume, Victoria Kim and James Rainey, the Times reported:”

Fallout over the Los Angeles school district's $1.3-billion plan to provide iPads to every student intensified Tuesday with the revelation that the FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into the failed effort...

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