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Torlakson Supporting Several Bills to Address Teacher Shortage

State Sup. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said on June 8 that legislation is advancing at the state Capitol to help address a growing shortage of teachers in California.

Several bills moved forward last week as the Legislature faced a bill deadline. Torlakson spoke in favor of the legislation at a Capitol news conference earlier in the year, when legislators introduced new measures to recruit more educators and help them earn teaching credentials.

“I will continue to work with all members of the Legislature who want to help talented and committed people enter this rewarding profession,”...

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May Cash Report Shows Lower-than-Expected State Revenues

May state revenues fell short of projections in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal by $154.3 million, weighed down by corporation tax refunds far higher than expected, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on June 10.

“The state’s other major taxes came close to or exceeded estimates in May, so we should not jump to conclusions about a downturn,” said Controller Yee, the state’s chief fiscal officer. “However, it is worth noting that this is the second month in a row in which overall revenues have fallen short. At this point, the signals are mixed.”...

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New Research Shows U.S. Facing Crisis in Student Attendance

The release of the first-ever national compilation of data on how many public school students are missing so much school they are academically at risk shows the country is facing a crisis of chronic absence that’s keeping millions of kids from learning.

The new report, 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection: A First Look, released on June 7 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, found that more than 6.5 million students (13%) missed 15 or more days of school (nearly a month of school) during the 2013-14 academic year...

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Realizing the Economic Advantages of a Multilingual Workforce

In a new economic analysis released on June 1, UCLA Civil Rights Project Co-director Dr. Patrícia Gandára and coauthor Sylvia Acevedo visit the issue of bilingual education from an economic perspective.

"Realizing the Economic Advantages of a Multilingual Workforce" shows how the transformation of the global economy has enabled countries and businesses to provide American consumers with products and services in English without leaving their home country, thus bypassing the American workforce. The loss of these jobs to bilingual workers outside of the U.S. has made an impact on many industries – from call centers to accounting services, and even medical radiography...

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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 throughout their careers, their students’ achievement gains increase...

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Upgrading Technology Infrastructure in California’s Schools

As California schools move into online testing and online learning, an adequate technology infrastructure is no longer an option, but a necessity. To fully benefit from digital learning, schools will require a comprehensive technology infrastructure that can support a range of administrative and instructional tools. An earlier PPIC report found that most schools need significant technology upgrades in order to accommodate online learning. What upgrades do schools need most, and how much will they cost? How can policymakers help ensure that all students have access to 21st-century learning tools?

This report describes findings based on new statewide data...

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