Loosely cobbled together from mostly the UCLA/IDEA Just Schools California Weekly News Roundup, Click headlines below to access full stories.
By Martha Irvine/San Francisco Chronicle
Her neighborhood, with its police cameras and abandoned buildings, isn't known for inspiring hope. Yet, 18-year-old Ariel Williams feels empowered. She's lobbied her state lawmakers to increase education funding. She and other students traveled to
By Laurel Rosenhall/Sacramento Bee
Laying off teachers, school bus drivers, librarians and counselors. Adding more kids to every classroom. Charging students fees to play sports. Getting rid of music. In e-mails and newsletters, during board meetings and rallies, school districts across
State students deserve more aggressive efforts at improvement.
We suppose the latest education announcement by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell is better than completely ignoring the problems in
LAUSD'S COFFEECAKE A RECIPE FOR FAILURE …or Daily News uses typo in recipe to justify District break-up
Los Angeles Daily News, CA -
IT'S starting to seem that the
By Bess Keller/Ed Week
A leading model for professionalizing teaching and changing the way teachers are paid shows mixed capacity for raising student test scores, concludes the first independent examination of the Teacher Advancement Program. While elementary schools in the program do better than comparison schools, TAP middle and high schools lag behind their non-TAP counterparts in test-score gains, the study says. The research, presented this week at a conference on teacher pay organized by the
CHEATING SCANDAL ROILS ELITE HARVARD WESTLAKE SCHOOL
Los Angeles Times, CA -
The tests were then shown to several other students before midterm exams last month, said Harvard-Westlake President Thomas Hudnut. ...
smf: What fun to wring one's hands and bemoan the downfall of the rich and privileged - but his story contains one of the great pieces of pseudo-scientific research jumped-to-conclusions of all time: "According to a national survey of high school students by the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute of Ethics, young people display deeply entrenched habits of dishonesty."
Here's a little song we can all join in with ...from Bye Bye Birdie
'Why can't they be like we were,
- perfect in every way?
Oh whatsthematter with kids today?
- wackado, wackado, wackado'.
Opinion by Wendy D. Puriefoy/USA Today
Wendy D. Puriefoy is CEO of the Public Education Network, a Washington-based association working to advance public school reform in low-income communities
Listen to the fevered rhetoric of the presidential candidates and you get the impression that the country is in a state of crisis. They have talked pointedly about the war in
Two in mayor's program are being lent by another district.
By Howard Blume/
The mayor's office acknowledged Thursday that two top hires it introduced this week are technically on loan from the
Editorial/Riverside Press-Enterprise (Monday)
Blog by John Fensterwald/San Jose Mercury News (Monday)
The Legislature never should have signed off on the $3 billion out-of-court settlement two years ago between Gov. Schwarzenegger and the California Teachers Assn. over education funding that the governor had promised but withheld. But legislators shouldn’t cut it now; they should reject the recommendations of Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill. In the budget alternative that she presented last week, Hill suggested suspending next year’s allocation of $450 million of the Quality Education Investment Act, the seven-year, $3 billion agreement to funnel more money to low-performing schools.
Blog by John Fensterwald/San Jose Mercury News (Tuesday)
Thanks, EdTrust-West, for making it pain-free to find out how every school is doing — and other vital stats parents and teachers need to know. Raising the Roof is a terrific new data-mining tool that EdTrust-West introduced yesterday at the start of its conference in
Consolidating grants saves money and more
Editorial/San Diego Union-Tribune (Tuesday)
In a state Capitol full of grandstanders, lazybones and union puppets, Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill's pragmatism and professionalism stand out. This was once again on display with a key element of her proposal on how to tackle the state's massive budget crisis. Hill argues one simple reform could allow education spending to be frozen through the next fiscal year – wiping out at least $2.8 billion in projected funding increases – without any downside. That reform: consolidating 43 “categorical” K-12 spending programs mandated by state rules into four basic grant programs. We think this approach not only wouldn't have any downside; it would probably improve schools.
Poor people and schools. Those four simple words are meant to nudge anyone who can help. There is a special need this year for Californians of all stripes to go to the defense of poor people and schools as the not-so-Golden State prepares for the messiest budget battle of recent memory. Many others will be hurt as well, but most are headed into this fight better protected than poor people and schools. Budget cutting usually starts with the poor, for reasons that include lack of an effective lobby. And while it might seem, based on the purported strength of the California Teachers Association, that the schools are well organized and able to fight for themselves, the results of many past budget cycles contradict that thinking.
Blog by Mitchell Landsberg/
An organization started last year by the James Irvine Foundation to promote career and technical education -- the newfangled term for what used to be called vocational ed -- issued a report today with policy recommendations for