State Education Law

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

CCSS Tests: Kids Need a Three Year Moratorium From Penalties For Many Good Reasons #TEACH13

On Monday, July 22, I appeared as a guest of AFT TEACH 2013’s town hall on Common Core State Standards. To give you an idea of the ambivalence with which CCSS is met by both teacher and parents, the title of the town hall was “Common Core: The Good, The Bad, The Promise, and the Politics.” I mostly discussed the politics, jumping off from the points I made in my San Jose Mercury ... »

Groups Dismiss Report Critical Of ALEC’s Influence Over Education Policy

Groups Dismiss Report Critical Of ALEC’s Influence Over Education Policy

By Gina Jordan Two groups named  yesterday in a report which criticizes ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council – for its “damaging influence” on public education policy have responded. Progress Florida and eight other left-leaning organizations from around the country issued the report, ALEC v. Kids: ALEC’s Assault On Public Education. ALEC crafts model legislation mostly promoting right... »

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... »

Charismatic Charter Charlatan Amir Khan: Mayor Of Camden?

Charismatic Charter Charlatan Amir Khan: Mayor Of Camden?

By darciecima This one comes straight out of the “I couldn’t make this %#*@ up if I tried” file. Amir Khan is running for Mayor of Camden. Yes, THAT Amir Khan. The Amir Khan who Just last year Khan was living in Voorhees, trying to open a charter in Cherry Hill, but now he has moved Source: Mother Crusader      Related articles The Illinois Charter Commission. An über commit... »

Are We Winning Against Corporate Reform in NJ?

By Duke I really don’t want to get my hopes up too much, but the last day has brought two stunning pieces of news. The first is that virtual charters in New Jersey have been halted: State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf yesterday told the organizers of two proposed online charter schools that he would not grant them the final approval needed to open next fall. The decision comes as somethi... »

California looks to Ontario schools’ reformer for guidance – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Michael Fullan may be coming soon to a school district near you. The man credited with transforming the Canadian province of Ontario into one of the world’s most effective school systems is ready to help California do the same. Fullan, though, would lead the state in a sharply different direction from the forced march that federal officials in Washington, D.C., have led over th... »

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... »

School Safety Since Newtown: Analysis Tallies State Legislation

By thenotebook A version of this article first appeared at Education Week. by Nirvi Shah & Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week After the devastating school shootings in Newtown, Conn., in December, state lawmakers around the country vowed to act. The mission: Devise ways to prevent a similar tragedy. They came up with hundreds of possible strategies. An Education Week analysis of nearly 400 bill... »

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... »

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