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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]

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]

U.S. Department of Education Releases Final ESSA Accountability Rules

On Monday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that backed away from earlier drafts that instructed states to create school accountability systems with a single summative rating for each school — among other rules meant to […continue]

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Education Bills

Yesterday, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that among the 60 bills Governor Jerry Brown approved on Wednesday, zero education bills were signed. Fensterwald highlighted four of the six K-12 education-related bills vetoed that day, citing the proposed additional costs as precarious during “a time of financial uncertainty.” Brown’s veto message addressing […continue]

Will California Ensure School Accountability under ESSA?

Last week, EdSource’s John Fensterwald reported that California’s top two education officials, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education outlining their complaints with new federal regulations proposed under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The officials […continue]

Derek Mitchell: California Needs More Master Teachers

In an EdSource op-ed published yesterday, Partners in School Innovation CEO Derek Mitchell makes the case for an increased focus on recruiting master teachers, as policymakers and education advocates work to combat California’s teacher shortage. “[W]e should be wary about just expanding the pipeline of teachers,” Mitchell writes. “What we also need […continue]