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Proposed Bill Would Suspend CAHSEE for Three Years

Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada/ Flintridge) has introduced legis-lation in Sacramento (SB 172) that would suspend administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) for three years, and specify that passing the CAHSEE is not required for graduation during the same three-year period (2016-17, 17-18, 18-19).

Liu notes that the CAHSEE was made a requirement for high school graduation beginning with the Class of 2006. However, SBE adopted the Common Core academic standards in 2010...

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Education Funding Debate Underway in Sacramento

Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler, capitol bureau chief for the Sacramento-based NPR affiliate, reported on February 9 that:

California’s economy is on the rebound, but there’s little extra revenue to go around for the next state budget. Yet there’s one area that will see a big increase in funding: education. And that’s sparking a debate at the Capitol over how to spend the money.

Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature’s majority Democrats agree on the need to raise per-pupil K-through-12 spending...

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Study: High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

U.S. students are graduating from high school at a higher rate than ever before, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, released on February 12. The nation's high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, the highest level since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating graduation rates five years ago.

"America's students have achieved another record-setting milestone," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said...

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Reimagining the College Experience: Q&A with Stanford Professors Stevens and Kirst

In "Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education,"(link is external) co-editors Mitchell Stevens, associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Michael Kirst, Stanford professor emeritus (and president of SBE), argue that Americans need to rethink their understanding of learning after high school. The dream of the four-year residential campus is not a realizable one for many, they say, and "it may not even be a good idea."...

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ACSA, TSS Team Up in July for Comprehensive Training Programs for Classified Leaders

The Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and Total School Solutions (TSS) will be holding comprehensive training programs for classified leaders in July, with a specific focus on:

  1. Director, Maintenance & Ops
  2. Director of Student Nutrition
  3. Superintendent/Board Administrative Assistants
  4. Director of Fiscal Services...

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New Analysis Brief from LAO Recommends Rethinking How the State Funds School Facilities

On February 17, the LAO released a brief recommending a major revision of California’s system for funding construction and modernization of school facilities. The brief begins:

Recommend Transitioning to a New School Facility Financing Program. Many groups over the years have raised serious concerns with the state’s current school facilities program. Notably, the existing program fails to treat school facility costs as an ongoing expense despite the recurring nature of facility needs...

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