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LAO Report on Community Colleges Finds “Notable Progress” in Some Areas Under Student Success Act

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Legislature Requires Community College Improvement Plan.
The California Community Colleges (CCC) serve more than 2 million students annually at 112 colleges operated by 72 districts throughout the state. For years, the Legislature has expressed concern about the low completion rates of CCC students...

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Controller: California Finishes Fiscal Year with First Positive Cash Balance Since 2007

On July 10, State Controller John Chiang released the cash report for the month of June, and announced that the state's General Fund – the primary account from which California funds its day-to-day operations and programs – ended the fiscal year with a positive cash balance for the first time since June 30, 2007. A positive cash balance means that the state had funds available to meet all of its payment obligations...

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State Board of Education Adopts First English Framework Based on Common Core

California’s State Board of Education adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework) on July 9.This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts and English language development...

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Obama’s Education Secretary Takes Heavy Criticism at Teachers Union Conventions

Arne Duncan came in for pointed criticism at national conventions held by the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers this month.

Duncan has been viewed as an antagonistic figure by many educators since he was appointed Secretary of Education in 2009...

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Growth in Equity Market Spurs Second Year of Healthy Investment Returns for CalSTRS

Continued growth in the equity market, coupled with a bias to U.S. companies, fed a second year of healthy investment returns at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), which closed the 2013-14 fiscal year with an 18.66 percent return on its investments, CalSTRS reported on July 14...

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USDA Oversteps Authority with School Nutrition Regulations, NSBA Says

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to evaluate the financial impact the federal school nutrition law and proposed regs will have on school districts and give waivers to school districts that prove the financial and regulatory burdens are insurmountable...

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