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Community Colleges, UC Sign Agreement to Boost Transfers, Increase Academic Preparation

April 21, 2018

The California Community Colleges and the University of California announced on April 11 that they have signed a joint agreement aimed at increasing the number of academically prepared community college students who transfer to UC and earn a bachelor’s degree.

UC President Janet Napolitano and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley signed the memorandum of understanding, “Enhancing Student Transfer,” that immediately initiates a comprehensive effort to guarantee admission for all qualifying California community college transfer students to the University of California’s system of nine undergraduate campuses...

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Frinzell Named New Director for Nutrition Services Division at CDE

April 21, 2018

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on April 6 the appointment of Kim Frinzell as the new Director of the Nutrition Services Division (NSD) at the California Department of Education (CDE). She began her new assignment on April 1.

Frinzell has over two decades of administrative and operations expertise in both federal and state nutrition programs and policy. She formerly served as the NSD’s Associate Director...

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SBE Adopts Revised Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

April 21, 2018

On April 12, the State Board of Education today unanimously approved revisions to California’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, a document that outlines the use and management of $2.4 billion in federal assistance to the state’s neediest students. California’s revised plan now moves on to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.

Every state that receives funding under ESSA is required to submit a plan to the federal government that meets federal statutory requirements...

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Education Reform, Teacher Tenure, Free Tuition: Where Candidates for California Governor Stand

April 7, 2018

By Luis Gomez

Four of the leading California gubernatorial candidates - Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, Republican business John Cox, and Democrats former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - debated in San Diego on March 25 at a forum co-hosted by The San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) and ABC 10 News.

The U-T has transcribed their responses. Here is what the candidates said about education when asked to answer in 45 seconds.

Gov. Jerry Brown famously a few years ago derided the whole idea of education reform as a siren song, suggesting that California and other states don’t really know specific ways to improve their schools. Yet union-friendly states in New Jersey, in Massachusetts and in New York have achieved significantly better test results across ethnic groups by adopting reforms that they find very effective. Should California emulate these states? Which states? Which reforms?...

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Actress Rosie Perez
“We Have to Do the Right Thing, and Fund the Arts in Our Kids' Schools”

April 7, 2018

By Rosie Perez

The educational system in America is antiquated: We live in the 21st century, in which kids are constantly online and plugged in, and then we ask them to come to school, walk into a classroom and just sit there and memorize. It doesn't work anymore. We need to think about ways to keep students engaged, and we need to think about integrating arts in the classroom and arts in our schools.
Using the arts in teaching other subjects - known as arts education - is based on kinesthetics, so it uses all of your senses: It uses movement, sound, sight and your vocal abilities. It makes you get up off of your feet and participate and become part of the classroom...

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California Teachers of the Year Join Torlakson in Open Letter Opposing Trump's Efforts to Arm Teachers

March 23, 2018

On March 8, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the release of an “Open Letter to President Trump” opposing efforts to arm teachers, calling for the elimination of military-style assault weapons from our communities, and providing increased access to mental health services.

The open letter to President Donald Trump was signed by 61 California Teachers of the Year, including Michael Hayden (2014) and Brian McDaniel (2018).

California Teachers of the Year are selected from among California’s 295,000 teachers each year through a rigorous process of applications, interviews, and classroom visits. They are considered the best of the best...

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Candidates for State Superintendent Share Views in First Campaign Forum, Next Form Planned on April 7

March 23, 2018

The three candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction met for the first time on March 19 in a forum at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The forum was the inaugural event of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Center on Education Policy, Equity, and Governance, and was co-sponsored by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a collaboration between the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and the University of California, Davis...

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CTA Supports Brown, Becerra as They Denounce Federal Lawsuit

March 9, 2018

California Teachers Association President Eric Heins issued a statement on March 7, supporting Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra for standing up to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who personally served the state with a lawsuit when he visited Sacramento on March 6.

Heins said “Like our country, California is a land of Dreamers. We are proud of our diversity and value the rich tapestry of cultures that comprise this golden state. Students in California's public schools speak more than 65 languages. Every one of them deserves an equal opportunity to succeed...

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ACSA Forms Task Force to Study School Safety Issues

March 9, 2018

On March 2, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) announced the formation of a task force in response to the growing number of school violence situations.

The task force will be led by ACSA President-elect Holly Edds. A joint email signed by Edds, ACSA President Lisa Gonzales and Executive Director Wes Smith announced the task force being formed, and immediately the association was deluged with ACSA members volunteering and wanting to be involved...

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Teachers Unions: Educators ‘Overwhelmingly Reject’ Idea of Arming School Staff

February 24, 2018

In a “listening session” held at the White House on February 21 with survivors of several recent school shootings, President Donald Trump proposed to arm teachers and school staff in an attempt to prevent further mass shootings.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association (NEA), said in response:

“Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence. Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms. Parents and educators overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff. Educators need to be focused on teaching our students...

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