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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]

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]

California Education Ranks Below National Average

On Thursday, Bay Area News Group reporter Sharon Noguchi published a piece in The Mercury News that takes a look at California’s dismal education ranking in Education Week’s 2017 Quality Counts report card — 10th from the bottom among the 50 states and Washington, DC. The assessment examined states’ performance […continue]

Bill of Rights for Children Introduced in CA Legislature

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times’ Jazmine Ulloa reported on the introduction of legislation to create a Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California in the California Legislature. The bill, introduced by Senator Richard Pan and sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action, aims to expand and formalize the rights […continue]

Doe v. Antioch Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit in Court

Today, a group of California teachers, parents and concerned taxpayers seeking to ensure that public school educators are meaningfully evaluated, as required by state law, will have their day in court. Their lawsuit, Doe v. Antioch, asks the California Superior Court of Contra Costa County to compel thirteen school districts […continue]

California State Board Approves New Accountability Measures

On Wednesday, the California State Board of Education approved a new set of school accountability measures that will be used to rate California schools, including never-before-used non-academic metrics. In total, the board endorsed a half-dozen metrics, including factors like school climate, high school graduation and student suspension rates. Collectively, the measures will form […continue]

Editorial Boards Weigh in on Vergara Appeal

ACTION ALERT: California students can’t wait. Click here to tell Governor Brown and the California Legislature that our students deserve great teachers! Editorial Boards: Flawed Ruling in Vergara Appeal, Time for Legislative Action Following a flawed ruling by the California Court of Appeal in Vergara v. California last week, newspaper editorial boards […continue]

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