Saturday, December 15, 2012

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State board approved three out of four ed waivers in 2011


(Friday, December 14, 2012)
School districts submitted nearly 900 applications for waivers from various elements of the state’s Education Code in 2011 with the California State Board of Education granting its approval 75 percent of the time. ...
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New CTE standards reflect fast-moving tech changes, higher academic goals


(Thursday, December 13, 2012)
After almost two years of work, state officials have completed proposed revisions of the Career Technical Education curriculum standards encompassing the addition of several new pathways including game design and integration. ...
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Last of the school construction money going out


(Thursday, December 13, 2012)
The board that approves state construction funding for California schools on Wednesday issued the bulk of its remaining cash to 90 districts, effectively ending for now the pool of money set aside to match local contributions. ...
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Non-profit ed collaboration recruits, connects top school leaders


(Tuesday, December 11, 2012)
Three top nonprofit education organizations have teamed up to create a system that not only recruits and trains top students and skilled professionals for leadership roles in the field but connects them to those opportunities and allows them to easily network with each other to share information and practices nationwide. ...
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Ed Trust-West criticizes state for snail’s pace on common core


(Tuesday, December 11, 2012)
The state’s much-delayed implementation of common core curriculum standards puts thousands of minority and English learner students at risk of falling further behind, a new report released Monday concludes. ...
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Academic senate influence challenged at community colleges

Academic senate influence challenged at community colleges

December 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment | By Kathryn Baron

An Oakland-based policy and advocacy organization is alleging that the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges drew up unlawful regulation more than two decades ago giving excessive power to faculty, in violation of state law. The nonprofit organization California Competes this week filed a legal challenge against the regulation, which it claims has obstructed efforts to improve student success rates. The legal maneuver relies on a rarely used section of the state education code … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College Completion, Community Colleges, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Twenty-first Century Learning

Three California districts win in federal Race to the Top competition

Three California districts win in federal Race to the Top competition

December 11th, 2012 | 6 Comments | By Lillian Mongeau

Three California school districts are among 16 winners in the latest round of the federal Race to the Top funding competition. The relatively small districts beat out several of the state’s largest districts, which didn’t even make it into the final round. This round of funding was the first in the series of Race to the Top competitions to be made available to individual districts. New Haven Unified in Union City, with about 13,000 students, was … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Race to the Top, Reporting & Analysis

Legislative support elusive for adult ed funding plan

Legislative support elusive for adult ed funding plan

December 11th, 2012 | 1 Comment | By Susan Frey and Kathryn Baron

California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office says the state’s embattled adult education system needs a dedicated and permanent funding stream that can’t be appropriated for other school programs when the state budget goes south. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Reporting & Analysis

Credentialing commission imposes tougher test to become school administrator

Credentialing commission imposes tougher test to become school administrator

December 10th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald

Alone among states, California has permitted passing a primarily multiple-choice exam as one path to become a school or district administrator. That will change. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on Friday voted to require aspiring administrators to pass a more challenging “performance-based assessment,” showing how they’d handle complex situations that administrators face on the job, like designing a school improvement plan and evaluating teachers. The new test will replace the current exam, the California … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Featured, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis

A greater role in math education for parents: mathematical reasoning at home

A greater role in math education for parents: mathematical reasoning at home

December 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments | By Katie Kormanik

While policymakers, researchers and educators decide how our children learn math, parents don’t seem to be anywhere in the mix. Yet parents can and should play a greater role in their children’s math education. The problem is that most parents simply don’t know how. This situation is complicated by the fact that many parents struggled with math themselves, making it more difficult for them to help their children and often resulting in their inadvertently passing on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Parents, STEM

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