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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]

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]

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]

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