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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... »

Common Core test is on track, State Board told – by John Fensterwald

Common Core test is on track, State Board told – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Four states have encountered serious glitches and system meltdowns over the past several weeks as they have moved their own state assessments online. But the head of the state-led consortium creating the Common Core tests for California and two dozen other states expressed confidence Wednesday that his organization is working closely with states and taking precautions to avoid ... »

Many charter schools to begin offering transitional kindergarten in fall 2013 – by Lillian Mongeau

By Lillian Mongeau After a year’s delay, many charter schools will begin offering transitional kindergarten classes in the fall. There had been some disagreement with the California Department of Education over whether charters were required to offer the new program for children who turn five in the first few months of the school year. While school districts rolled out the transitional programs at... »

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... »

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... »

California Public School News Updates

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Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

By Deb McCurdy, Special to K12NN On March 18, 2013, public education advocates, administrators, school board members, school administrators, non-profit organizations and philanthropists convened at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event followed from a discussion a group of First District CA PTA delegates had with State Senator Carol Liu’s staff on state funding issues. ... »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Budget/School Funding)

The California PTA Legislative Conference is an excellent gathering orchestrated by the state PTA and usually happens every spring after everyone’s had a chance to digest the governor’s January budget announcement and State of the State address. (KQED has provided 7, 15, and full 30 minute versions of the State of the State here.) We legislative chairs and “lege trackers” f... »

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