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Bonds would fund business investment in schools under Steinberg proposal – by Kathryn Baron

By Kathryn Baron The leader of the California State Senate says the way to encourage more and stronger bonds between industry and education is through, well, bonds. With California facing a shortage of qualified workers for 21st century jobs, Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg wants to entice businesses to become more involved in job training by asking them to invest in a new type of s... »

Advocacy groups urge rejection of NCLB waiver for California districts – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Seven advocacy and civil rights organizations, led by Washington-based The Education Trust, have called on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to deny nine California districts a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, saying any deviation from a statewide wavier “would be the wrong path forward.” “Instead, we urge California’s district and state leaders to work together on a ... »

Foundation gives large gift to advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee – by Jane Meredith Adams

By Jane Meredith Adams The Walton Family Foundation, funded by heirs to the Walmart fortune, announced Tuesday that it is “significantly increasing its support” in the Sacramento-based national lobbying and policy group StudentsFirst, with an $8 million investment. The Walton Family Foundation has invested $3 million in StudentsFirst since Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., ... »

New Yorkers Sound Off On New State Exams

By John O’Connor edenpictures / Flickr New York students, parents and teachers now have a place to sound off about new state exams tied to Common Core standards. A professor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University has set up a website to allow New York students, parents and educators to post comments about the new state English language arts test. The tests are now tied to Common Core educ... »

Brown fights back, responds to critics of his funding formula – by John Fensterwald

Brown fights back, responds to critics of his funding formula – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Gov. Jerry Brown emphatically vowed Wednesday “to fight with everything I have and whatever we have to bring to bear” for passage this year of his school finance reform, as proposed. Back from a trip to China and re-engaged on a priority issue, Brown spoke at a news conference a day after Senate Democrats announced they would propose a bill that would delay action on the govern... »

Comparisons of Propositions 30 and 38, Via EdSource & the California Budget Project

Comparisons of Propositions 30 and 38, Via EdSource & the California Budget Project

This one’s from EdSource, a very reliable non-profit education news outlet. EdSource: Proposition 30 | Proposition 38 Comparisons This one’s from the California Budget Project, also a very reliable non-profit state budget watchdog outlet that has excellent information on education. California Budget Project: How Do Propositions 30 & 38 Compare? »

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

Step 1: Get informed. We’re on the verge of either saving our public schools from an annual cycle of disinvestment caused by budget cuts ($20 billion in the past 5 years) — or setting off harmful triggers if the November 2012 ballot initiatives to fund K-12 (or K-14) don’t pass. Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 are the two main solutions we can choose to revitalize our chronical... »

California Secretary of State’s Official Titles and Summaries of Proposition 30 and Proposition 38

These are reproduced from pdfs found on the California Secretary of State’s website and are the official titles and summaries of Propositions 30 and 38. Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. CA Proposition 30: TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION. GUARANTEED LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING. INITIATIVE CO…... »

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project‘s Senior Policy Analyst and specialist in education issues, Jonathan Kaplan, recently released Budget Briefs analyzing the potential impact of two ballot initiatives in California that propose to fund K-12 education. This November, voters will decide if they want to vote for one, both, or none, and in order to do so, they’ll have to understand what each one ac... »

Special Podcast: Weighted Pupil Funding & California’s Budget Process, 2012 — Call to Action

I just spoke with two impassioned and well-informed high school student leaders and a community coordinator at Californians for Justice about an emergency action to support public schools that they’re conducting in the next 18 hours, ending Friday, June 15, 2012. You can listen to the podcast here: Listen to internet radio with MOMocrats on Blog Talk Radio California’s budget must be p... »

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