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CDE Announces School Resources Following Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on February 7 that the California Department of Education (CDE) is offering resources aimed at preventing those under 21 from using marijuana, something even more important now that Proposition 64 has taken effect.

Proposition 64, besides legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and older, creates a tax on cannabis for wholesalers, retailers, and purchasers of cannabis...

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LAO Releases Prop. 98 Education Analysis for '18-'19 Budget

(Editor’s note: on February 7, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a detailed analysis of Prop. 98 funding for education. The reports executive summary is below, click on the link at the end to read the complete report.)

In this report, we analyze the Governor’s overall Proposition 98 budget package as well as his specific spending proposals for K-12 education and early education.

Overall Proposition 98 Budget
Governor’s Budget Contains $6.3 Billion in Proposition 98 Spending Proposals. Of the new spending...

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U.S. Dept. of Education Launches New English Learner Website

On January 29, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new interactive web page dedicated to data on English Learner students (ELs). The site uses colorful maps, bar graphs and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America's diverse ELs population in a “data story” format based on data from the Common Core of Data (CCD).The data story shows nearly every state has at least one school district where the EL population has increased by more than 50% since the 2010...

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Washington Post: After a Year on the Job, DeVos Hails Shrinking of the Education Department

(On February 7, the Washington Post carried an interview between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and reporter Moriah Balingit reflecting on the Education Secretary's first year as head of the U.S. Department of Education.) By Moriah Balingit

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed Wednesday that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking the role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations. ...

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Solar Capacity at Schools Has Nearly Doubled Nationwide Within Last Three Years

With installation costs plummeting, American schools are switching to solar energy at a rapid pace, reducing their electricity bills and freeing up resources to invest in education. There are now 5,489 K-12 schools in the United States that use solar energy, nearly double the total solar capacity that was installed at schools in 2014, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation, Generation 180, and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)...

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Torlakson Announces New Drinking Water Testing for Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on February 1 that California public schools built before 2010 must test for lead in drinking water.

Last year, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 746, which requires community water systems statewide to complete lead testing in these older schools by July 1, 2019...

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