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Minnesota Changes LIFO Policy

Yesterday, for MinnPost, Erin Hinrichs covered the changes to Minnesota’s state statute regarding the “last in, first out” layoff policy for teachers. This policy, also known as LIFO, is no longer written in the state statute as the default policy for districts and union leaders who can’t reach an agreement on how […continue]

California Assembly Passes AB 1220

The California Assembly passed Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), advancing the recently amended version of the bill to the state senate in a bipartisan vote of 60-5. The legislation, proposed by Assemblymember Weber at the encouragement of teacher organizations Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence will now be considered […continue]

Vladovic: We Need Highly-Trained Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Yesterday, for LA School Report, Mike Szymanski covered LAUSD Board member Richard Vladovic’s belief that LAUSD should move highly trained teachers to low-performing schools within LAUSD. According to LA School Report, more new teachers in LA Unified are certified by a national teacher accreditation program than any other district in the nation. Vladovic […continue]

LAUSD Board of Education Election: The Results Are In

On Wednesday, for EdSource, Mikhail Zinshteyn reported on the successful efforts by Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez to win seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. Melvoin defeated incumbent school board President Steve Zimmer in District 4, while Gonez defeated Imelda Padilla in District 6. This […continue]

How Assemblymember Shirley Weber Became an Education Advocate

Yesterday, for the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton shared the story of how Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) — who moved from Arkansas to Los Angeles at the age of 3 because a lynch mob was chasing her father — became an education advocate. Her father, whose schooling ended after sixth grade, […continue]

The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board Endorses AB 1220

On Monday, the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board endorsed California Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), which is also sponsored by two teacher organizations, Educators for Excellence and Teach Plus. AB 1220 passed through the Assembly Education Committee last Wednesday in a bipartisan vote of 4-2. The legislation would lengthen the probationary […continue]

California Assembly Education Committee Passes AB 1220

Yesterday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald covered the passage of the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220) through the California Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday. Authored by education expert and civil rights champion Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) at the prompting of two teacher organizations, Educators for Excellence and Teach Plus, […continue]

Connecticut School Choice Lottery Cap is a Cap on Student Potential

Yesterday, for The CT Mirror, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas reported that while Connecticut will continue with a school choice lottery that originated many years ago as an attempt to desegregate schools in Hartford, the state Department of Education did not clarify whether it will fund additional seats for students in desegregated magnet and suburban […continue]

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