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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]

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]

Creating Systematic Change for Young Men of Color

In LA School Report yesterday, Sarah Favot covered a report by The Education Trust—West that calls for systematic change in order to help Latino and African American boys in California to get to and succeed in college. The report, titled “Hear My Voice: Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California” urged […continue]

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]

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]

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]

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