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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]

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]

A Failing Grade for CA’s New School Accountability System

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board weighed in on the California State Board of Education’s decision to move forward with a color-coded system for judging public-school performance and progress, calling it “overly-complicated” and “confusing.” The Editorial Board highlights parents’ need for transparency and accountability to easily compare public […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]