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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to “Fix No Child Left Behind” by 81-to-17 Margin

On July 16, the U.S. Senate – acting on a decisive vote of 81 to 17 – approved the “Every Child Achieves Act,” the bipartisan agreement by Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to “fix the No Child Left Behind” law.

Alexander said: “Last week, Newsweek Magazine called this the ‘law that everyone wants to fix’ – and today the Senate’s shown that not only is there broad consensus...

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Controller Yee’s June Cash Report Shows another Surge to end 2014-15 Fiscal Year

California ended the fiscal year with another unexpected revenue surge in June, with total General Fund receipts surpassing the Governor’s May estimates by $859.4 million, according to State Controller Betty T. Yee’s monthly report of California’s cash balance, receipts, and disbursements published on July 14.

For the second year in a row, the General Fund ended with a positive cash balance...

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Why Can Palo Alto Grade-Schoolers Read Mandarin Better than AP High Schoolers?

Stanford Graduate School of Education researchers found that 4th and 5th graders in a Palo Alto, California, Mandarin immersion program attained a level of linguistic competency comparable with that of nearby high school students completing the 4th and 5th level AP Mandarin courses.

Some of those Ohlone Elementary immersion students even outperformed the teenagers in reading...

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Judge Sides with Parent Trigger Petition Effort to Turn Anaheim Elementary Campus into a Charter School

On July 16, an Orange County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of a parent group – and against the Anaheim City School District – in a case involving a parent trigger petition aimed at converting Anaheim’s Palm Lane Elementary into a charter school.

In an article in the Orange County Register on July 17, staff writer Rebecca Kheel wrote:

A parent group’s petition to take over their elementary school and turn it into a charter school was done properly and can move forward, an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled...

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New Lawsuit Says 13 Districts Are Breaking Law by Not Using Student Testing Data in Teacher Evaluations

The same organization that backed a landmark case on California's teacher tenure laws is funding a lawsuit filed July 16 that takes aim at districts not enforcing an act that requires student achievement data to be used on teacher evaluations.

The suit filed by four parents and two teachers in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges 13 districts around the state have signed collective bargaining agreements that explicitly prohibit compliance with the 1971 Stull Act...

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Governor Signs Bill Streamlining Process for Schools to Stock Epi-Pen Allergy Medications

Legislation designed to protect schoolchildren from serious and sometimes fatal anaphylactic allergic attacks will become law in California after receiving the Governor’s signature of approval on July 17. The Governor signed SB 738, which is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. SB 1266 required public schools to stock epinephrine auto injectors on campus so critically important medicine can be administered...

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