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Education Bills Clear Legislative Committees

Several bills of interest to educators are moving through legislative committees in Sacramento. Among the bills on the move:

--SB 837, the Kindergarten Readiness Act (Steinberg, D-Sacramento). This bill would allow all four-year-olds to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) programs...

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Concern about Nicotine Devices

Torlakson Announces Tobacco-Use Prevention Grants

Work by educators to decrease smoking among students received a boost on April 9 as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 14 California school districts will share almost $17 million in tobacco-use prevention grants from the state.

The list of grantees for the total $16.6 million in TUPE is attached...

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Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Releases Updated Student Scorecard for All 112 Colleges

On April 15, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office released the first annual update of the Student Success Scorecard that details student outcomes at all 112 colleges, with statewide improvements shown in remedial education completion rates and several other categories tracked by the online accountability tool...

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Sac City Unified Opts Out of CORE Waiver Group

In mid-2013, seven California school districts – known as the CORE group (California Office to Reform Education) – received a one-year No Child Left Behind waiver from the U.S. Department of Education, the first time the federal government had granted such a waiver to a consortium of districts (rather than a state)...

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ACSA Testifies at Informational Pension Hearing

ACSA participated in the last of a recent series of joint informational legislative hearings aimed at addressing the unfunded liability of the California State Teachers Retirement System.

Held by the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee and Assembly Public Employees' Retirement and Social Security Committee, the hearing focused on CalSTRS’ Vested Rights Doctrine...

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CDE Updates List of Programs Serving Nutritious Meals to Low-Income Families

Disadvantaged families in California can now access interactive web pages with up-to-date lists of centers offering nutritious meals at low or no cost, State Sup. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on April 14.

"Having nutritious food to eat is a huge contributing factor to a child's ability to succeed in school and in life," Torlakson said...

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