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AB 1220 Will Give California Public School Teachers More Time for Tenure

On Thursday, for the Times of San Diego, Chris Jennewein reported on AB 1220, a bill designed to give California’s public school teachers additional time to earn tenure scheduled to be considered in committee later this month. Introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber of San Diego with the support of Teach […continue]

Assemblymember Weber: California Should Support New Teachers with More Time for Tenure

On Wednesday, for the Associated Press, Sophia Bollag reported on legislation proposed by California Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) that would support new teachers by prioritizing them for additional mentoring and other professional development resources and giving them three to five years to demonstrate classroom success before a decision is made on whether to […continue]

AB 1220: The Teacher and Student Success Act

On Wednesday, The 74’s Sarah Favot covered the introduction of the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a California bill introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) with the support of Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence. The legislation would extend the probationary period for awarding teacher tenure from two to three years and […continue]

Growing Concerns about California School Dashboard

Yesterday, LA School Report’s Mike Szymanski covered the growing concern among parents and community organizations across California that the state’s new School Dashboard is far too complex and inaccessible to its intended audience. This new, statewide public school rating system represents an attempt by the State of California to replace the Academic Performance Index […continue]

Senate Votes to Overturn School Accountability Rule Under Every Student Succeeds Act

Yesterday, POLITICO’s Caitlin Emma and Michael Stratford reported that the United States Senate voted 50-49 to overturn a rule created by the Obama administration under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act regarding school accountability for student progress. The resolution has already passed the House, and will now advance to the […continue]

LAUSD Board of Education Election: Don’t Forget to Vote!

Yesterday, LA School Report published a list detailing everything Los Angeles voters should know about the thirteen candidates running for the LAUSD Board of Education, ahead of next Tuesday’s election. Three of the seven seats are up for election this year, and with a potential runoff in May, the race […continue]

Duncan and Lhamon: Why We Must Protect Rights for Transgender Students

Today, in an op-ed published by the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon criticized the Trump administration’s decision to rescind guidance clarifying civil rights protections for transgender students — including directives allowing students to use school […continue]

Connecticut Education Advocates Ask for Charter Public School Funding

Yesterday, The Hour’s Kevin Schultz reported that education advocates in Connecticut are calling for a change in how the state allocates funding for public education. Specifically, as part of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell case, the coalition, Advocates for Educational Choice, is asking the state Supreme Court for […continue]

Martinez v. Malloy: Plaintiffs Respond to State’s Motion to Dismiss

Today, the students and parents who brought the landmark educational equity and adequacy lawsuit Martinez v. Malloy filed a response to the State of Connecticut’s motion to dismiss their case. The Martinez lawsuit challenges Connecticut’s “Anti-Opportunity Laws” — a magnet school moratorium, a cap on charter public schools and the laws discouraging the Open Choice enrollment program — that prevent […continue]

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