September 11, 2010
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in California have sued Gov. Schwarzenegger and the state over class fees, from textbooks to AP exams to gym uniforms, that dozens of school districts routinely charge students.
The class-action lawsuit, filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charges that mandatory course-related fees violate the state constitution’s guarantee of a free public education and a state court decision, Hartzell vs. Connell, in 1984, also banning fees for other school activities, which districts appear to be ignoring.
The suit asks for an immediate injunction against charging students […]
Acting governor to push money along
John Fensterwald - Educated Guess
September 10, 2010 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ended a week of speculation and jitters for school districts by formally requesting two bills that will provide quick billions for schools. Then he took off to Asia, leaving Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado as acting governor to make a big deal over signing them into law this morning at a Los Angeles [...]
September 9, 2010- K-12 schools and community colleges are becoming increasingly frustrated – and anxious – over the state’s failure to pay its bills.
The impasse over the state budget, now into its third month, has created a cash-flow crisis for the state, which in turn is passing it on to school districts and health-care agencies by stiffing them. [...]
September 9, 2010 - Does California’s school spending rank 28th or 43rd among the states? It depends if you factor in the relative cost of labor.
California’s per capita K-12 spending was above the national average, but its spending per student was $591 below the national average. Can both be true? Yes.
People will cite various figures and rankings on California’s [...]