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Improving the Effectiveness of California’s Teaching Force

On Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee published an opinion piece by Steve Westly that outlined suggestions for improving the effectiveness of California’s teaching force. In particular, Westly suggests expanding alternative certification programs, improving outreach to college graduates, and utilizing funding and other incentives to attract STEM teachers, particularly in low-income communities.  Westly also […continue]

Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board Decries Efforts to Kill AB 1220

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board decried the CTA’s so-far unsuccessful efforts to kill the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a bill authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) at the urging of teacher organizations Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence. Assemblymember Weber decided to hold AB 1220 in the Senate Education Committee, […continue]

AB 1220 To Be Taken Up Next Year

Yesterday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald covered Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s (D-San Diego) decision to hold the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220) in the Senate Education Committee as a two-year bill, allowing the committee and AB 1220 supporters to take it up next year. In a statement, Assemblymember Weber explained, “We […continue]

Why LAUSD Board of Education Member George McKenna III Supports AB 1220

Today, the Los Angeles Daily News posted an op-ed authored by LAUSD Board of Education Member George McKenna III in support of the Teacher and Student Success Act (AB 1220), a teacher tenure bill that will be voted in in the California Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, July 12. This legislation was […continue]

Additional Mentoring Benefits New Teachers — and Their Students

Yesterday, Education Week’s Madeline Will reported on findings from a new study that pairing new teachers with high-quality, well-trained mentors results in the equivalent of up to five months of additional learning for their students. The study was conducted by SRI Education and included trials in Chicago and Broward County, Florida. The evaluation […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]

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]

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