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California County Boards of Education annual conference starts tomorrow

12 Sep
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By Janet Wohlgemuth, CCBE President-elect The 2019 CCBE Annual Conference  in Monterey at the Hyatt Regency begins tomorrow, Sept. 13 and runs through Sept 13-15. This year’s theme is “Educational Changes on the Horizon: What and How to Prepare for them.” The Conference Committee looked at what has happened in the past year with the devastating fires in Northern Callfornia and the impact on our students, as well as how we move forward. We also realized that we had a...

AB 1505 passes Legislature, sent to Gov. Newsom

11 Sep
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Assembly Bill 1505 (O’Donnell, D-Long Beach), a bill that would make substantial changes to processes governing charter school petitions and renewals, has been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk after passing the Senate with a 27-11 vote (with two members not recording a vote) on Sept. 9 and concurred by the Assembly with a 60-16 vote (with three members not recording a vote) on Sept. 10.  On Aug. 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that an agreement had been reached with...

California sets record for high school sports participation while football continues decline

9 Sep
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Participation in high school sports in California set an all-time high for the seventh straight year in 2018–19, though the most popular sport, football, continued its trend of seeing substantial decreases in participation. The results indicate that many of California’s student athletes who left football didn’t stop playing sports altogether but instead are choosing to play other ones. The recently released California Interscholastic Federation Sports Participation Survey found that 814,004 students competed in high school sports last school year, marking...

Concerns about bias, anti-Semitism dominate Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum feedback

19 Aug
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After myriad advocacy organizations sounded their opposition to the first draft of California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, the State Board of Education indicated in a statement that the curriculum will be “substantially redesigned.” The statement, from State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond, board Vice President Ilene Straus and board member liaison to the Instructional Quality Commission Feliza Ortiz-Licon, acknowledges that a “model curriculum should be accurate, free of bias, appropriate for all learners in our diverse state, and align with Governor...

New report finds fewer complaints by LGBTQ students are investigated under Trump administration

5 Aug
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A new Center for American Progress report finds that unresolved complaints to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights related to sexual orientation or gender identity have increased by 20 percent since the repeal of Obama-era guidance that protected transgender students. The guidance cited Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funds, as protecting all students on the basis of their gender identity “including discrimination based on a...

New survey points to importance of social-emotional learning in student achievement

30 Jul
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Are U.S. high schools doing enough to prepare students for college, career and civic life in the 21st century? That question is explored by a recent nationally representative survey of current and recent high school students conducted by Civic with Hart Research Associates for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Respected: Perspectives of Youth on High School & Social and Emotional Learning finds that while the majority of surveyed students give their schools and staff a passing...

A conversation with State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond

29 Jul
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A well-respected research and policy expert described as “a giant in the world of education” by The Washington Post, Linda-Darling Hammond began her new role as State Board of Education President in February 2019 after Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her to the body. The 11-person board oversees policy, academic standards, curriculum, assessments and accountability for the state’s K-12 public schools. Darling-Hammond is also president of the Learning Policy Institute, a non-partisan research organization based in Palo Alto, and served as...

Report examines test scores in wake of California’s major education reforms

22 Jul
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A new report by the Public Policy Institute of California examines how two major educational reforms in California in the past decade — the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 and the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013 — have effected student test scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The study finds that while the state’s students are making progress in English, math scores are relatively stagnant and indicate...

A look inside the enacted 2019–20 budget act

2 Jul
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On June 27, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed his first state budget act as Governor, wrapping up a 2019–20 budget that invests more than $3 billion above the Proposition 98 guarantee in pension relief and special education. While the budget invests heavily in ongoing programmatic support, there is no one-time discretionary money in the 2019–20 budget. The budget leaves no maintenance factor obligation or payment in 2019–20, and makes a $687 settle-up payment, leaving no additional outstanding settle up. During the...

California schools facilities needs make case for proposed bond measure

25 Jun
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In a June 17 EdSource webinar, Building for the future: Funding school renovation & construction, a panel of school facilities experts discussed a proposed school bond measure making its way through the Legislature. Assembly Bill 48 (O’Donnell-D, Long Beach), the Kindergarten-Community Colleges Public Education Facilities Bond Acts of 2020 and 2022, would place a $13 billion school facilities bond on the March 2020 ballot and an additional bond of as-yet-undefined value on the November 2022 ballot. Panelists included CSBA Legislative...