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March 14, 2014: Remarks at the Association of Children’s Librarians Annual Institute

Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K-12 News Network. On March 14, 2014, I was invited to speak to the Association of Childen’s Librarians of Northern California at their annual Institute in the beautiful San Francisco Main Public Library. Here’s the substance of the talk I gave. In re-arranging my address to the ACL for publication here, I decided to flip the order and put the call to acti... »

The Vergera v. California Trial: More Double Standards From the 1%

We know that two epicenters of the funding for profiteering from public schools are Silicon Valley and Wall Street. And in looking at some of the major players pushing privatization of public schools, such as the ones based in Northern California detailed in this Crooks and Liars report, I can see a pattern that emerges again and again among the entitled 1%. They have one standard of expectations ... »

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

  Newsflash from the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee: A ballot measure submitted by a political consultant for education advocate Michelle Rhee seeks to remove seniority as a factor when California school districts lay off teachers, requiring that they instead base decisions on performance ratings. Performance, under the proposal, would be determined in part based on student test scores. Why... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald In order to avoid serving two masters – the old state academic standards and the new multi-state Common Core standards – state leaders are now proposing to discontinue nearly all state standardized tests next spring, including English language arts and math. Instead, districts with technical capacity will be required to … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsou... »

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

By Deb McCurdy, special to K12NN and reposted with permission. Students throughout California are finally getting some relief.  A few weeks ago, the state legislature reached a compromise on the 2013-2014 budget, which also includes a plan for future K-12 public education funding, and Governor Brown has signed it. The compromise budget provides for about $55.3 billion in local and state revenue fo... »

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature – by John Fensterwald

After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a parcel tax case with statewide implications, leaving it up to the Legislature, if it chooses, to change the law that undid one district’s parcel tax and left similar parcel taxes in other districts vulnerable. A bill that would do that failed to move this year but will resurface in 2014. Proposition 13 banned new taxe... »

Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

Governor Brown, Add SB69’s Revisions To Your Local Control Funding Formula

UPDATE: as of 1:13 pm, PDT, Monday, June 10: Good news, keep signing! It’s a constantly changing picture, but so far the main points of agreement seem to be these (as of the past weekend’s negotiations): Put more money into the base grants (raise all districts equally) Supplemental grant percentages would be 20% of the higher base (not 35% as the Governor proposed) Increase the Concent... »

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue

By thenotebook This story is part of a multi-city partnership reporting on issues surrounding expanded learning time. by Michelle Maitre for EdSource When Tony Smith became Oakland schools superintendent four years ago, he vaulted the struggling district into the national spotlight with his vision of creating a “community school district” that would vastly expand the role of schools in the lives o... »

California could get $350 million for preschool under federal proposal – by Lillian Mongeau

By Lillian Mongeau California could nearly double its spending on public preschool with an influx of federal funding if the president’s proposal to significantly increase the money available for early childhood programs passes Congress, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. Since President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January, early learning has... »

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