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Governor Signs Two Attendance-Related Bills

On July 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed two Assembly bills related to K-12 school district student attendance. Assembly Bill (AB) 2537 indefinitely extends Education Code section 48204 subdivision (b), which permits a student to attend school near where their parent works. Assembly Bill (AB) 1593 makes a student’s attendance at a naturalization ceremony an excused absence.

AB 2537: Interdistrict Transfers Because of Parent Employment to Continue Indefinitely

AB 2537 eliminates the July 1, 2017 expiration date for Education Code section 48204 subdivision (b), commonly referred to as the "Allen Bill."...

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Controller’s July Cash Report Shows State Revenues Well Short of Budget Projections

July state revenues came in below projections in the 2016-17 Budget Act approved the previous month by $591.3 million, or 9.8 percent, with all three of the state’s main revenue sources falling short of expectations for the first month of the fiscal year, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on August 11.

Retail sales and use taxes missed the mark by the widest margin. Estimated at $907.9 million, they came in at just $694.5 million – 23.5 percent, or $213.5 million, lower.

Personal income tax receipts of $4.39 billion were $323.3 million lower than anticipated in the Budget Act, missing estimates by 6.9 percent...

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Study: Youth Cyberbullying Most Common among Friends and Dating Partners

Youth cyberbullying is dramatically more likely to occur between current or former friends and dating partners than between students who were never friends or in a romantic relationship, suggests a new study being presented this week at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) in Seattle.

“A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated with close connections,” said Diane Felmlee, the lead author of the study and a professor of sociology at The Pennsylvania State University...

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Opponents Challenge New California Vaccine Law

Anti-vaccination groups are challenging a new California law requiring students in public schools to show proof of vaccination, which went into effect on July 1. A judge in a San Diego courtroom heard arguments on August 12.

According to reporter Paul Sisson for the San Diego Union-Tribune:

A judge declined to immediately decide whether to suspend California’s nationally watched school vaccination law after a hearing (August 12) in downtown San Diego.

The courtroom session took place as the law, one of the toughest of its kind in the United States, is being rolled out for the first time with resumption of K-12 classes...

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Learning Policy Institute (LPI) Study Finds Teachers Improve as They Gain Experience

Teachers, on average, increase their effectiveness as they gain experience, and this improvement continues in the second and often third decade of their careers. This is a key finding from a comprehensive review of 30 studies analyzing the effect of teaching experience on student outcomes, released by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI).

The report reexamines this question in light of recent studies using advanced research methods. It is co-authored by Senior Policy Advisor Tara Kini and Researcher and Policy Analyst Anne Podolsky. Among its key findings: as teachers gain experience, their students’ achievement gains increase...

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Big Disparities Persist in Californians’ Access to Broadband Internet at Home

According to a new statewide Field Poll, released on August 1, 84% of California households now have access to high-speed Internet at home. This proportion is up nine points from 2014.

Most of the increase in broadband Internet connectivity is due to the growing popularity of mobile, smart phone devices. There has been a near doubling – from 8% to 14% – in the proportion of Californians who access the Internet at home only through a smart phone. While this is enabling more to get online, these users have more limited functionality when connecting to the Internet than those connecting from a desktop, laptop or tablet computer...

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