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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]

Common Core: California Teachers Need More Preparation

On Monday, EdSource’s Theresa Harrington reported on a major challenge with the implementation of Common Core standards in California — ensuring teachers statewide are prepared to effectively teach the new math and English language arts curriculum. The state adopted the new standards in 2010; however, teacher’s Common Core preparation has […continue]

Will California Legislature Act on Vergara?

Today, on the three-year anniversary of the first day of the Vergara v. California trial, student plaintiff Daniella Martinez urges the legislature to take action on the issues raised by the case to ensure that all students have access to the great teachers they deserve. This push for the California Legislature […continue]

National School Choice Week: Great Public Schools For All Students

Every January, families, educators and communities from all 50 states join together to celebrate National School Choice Week. Here at Students Matter, we believe in public school choice policies that give all students — regardless of zip code — the opportunity to attend great public schools and enable great public […continue]

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