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Governor Signs Three Student Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Bills

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed three Assembly bills related to student health emergency preparedness and response in school districts and charter schools.

Assembly Bill 1719 requires any school district or charter school whose graduation requirements include a health education course with compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction. AB 1748 authorizes school districts, COE's and charter schools to obtain FDA-approved opioid antagonists to administer...

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California’s Spending per Student Has Increased Due to Proposition 30, but Still Trails the Rest of the Nation

Spending on K-12 schools is one of the most critical public investments we make. California voters’ approval of Proposition 30 in November 2012 has provided more dollars for the state to support schools and helped the state gain on the rest of the US in K-12 spending per student.

  1. In 2012-13, the gap between California’s spending per student and the rest of the US had grown to its widest point...

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Time for a Closer Look at Apprenticeships in American High Schools

In a welcome bit of good news, America's high school graduation rate has steadily increased, hitting a record high of 82 percent in 2014. Given the grim employment and earnings prospects for high school dropouts, getting more students to the finish line is truly cause for celebration.

The good news continues if we look at what those graduates are doing right after they leave high school: about 70 percent are enrolling in college the following fall. But this is where the story starts to change...

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Whether or Not Voters Approve Prop. 51, Inequities in School Facilities Funding Likely to Continue

Earlier this week the California Budget Project released an analysis of Proposition 51, the $9 billion state general obligation (GO) bond for K-12 school and community college facilities on the November ballot. Our analysis shows the difficult choice faced by California voters who want to help students from low-income families. State bond dollars for K-14 education facilities effectively have been exhausted for several years, leaving local school districts without a key source of state support. So, there is obvious appeal in approving the new bond funds that Prop. 51 would provide...

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Bill to Expand Affordable Housing for Teachers Signed by Governor

A measure authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by the City of San Francisco to expand affordable housing options for teachers was signed by Governor Brown on September 27. SB 1413 will help California retain quality educators by allowing school districts to establish housing for teachers and employees on district-owned property.

"When high quality teachers can’t afford to live where they work, the entire community suffers,” said Senator Leno. “Governor Brown’s approval of SB 1413 will help districts directly address the housing affordability...

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Responsible Use of Digital Student Data is the Focus of New Stanford Website

As today’s students click, swipe and tap through their daily lives – both in the classroom and outside of it – they’re creating a digital footprint of how they think, learn and behave that boggles the mind.

“We’re standing under a waterfall, feasting on information that’s never existed before,” said Mitchell Stevens, a sociologist and associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE). “All of this data has the power to redefine higher education.”

To Stevens and others, this massive data is full of promise – but also peril...

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