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By George Sanchez, Staff Writer | Daily News
August 30, 2008 - Even while grappling with funding shortfalls, the Los Angeles Unified School District is employing more than 800 consultants - paid, on average, more than twice as much as regular employees - to oversee school construction.
by A.J. Duffy from United Teacher
Aug 15 -- If you’ve been to the Beaudry building lately, you may have noticed that LAUSD has installed a pricey, state-of-the-art security system for headquarters—a building that I don’t need to remind you houses people who work far away from students.
From United Teacher | 8/15
Capitol Alert/ Sac Bee
A message from 4LAKids the California State PTA and The Education Coalition.
LA Daily News
August 27, 2008 - Los Angeles Unified School District students' college application scores continue to lag behind national and state averages, according to results released today.
By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A sharply critical report released Monday asserts that commercial publishers are going about the digital textbook revolution the wrong way. Researchers find that since students can re-sell printed books, the price is roughly the same, and that expiration dates on e-texts make them a less viable alternative for some students.
FOCUS ON CHARACTER BOOSTS ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: St. Genevieve's innovative program has turned the school around -- improving academic performance, increasing college enrollment and attracting more students from all over L.A. County.
By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 26, 2008 -- With classes in Mandarin, overseas trips to China and France, bus transportation for commuters and individualized fitness instruction that includes salsa and tai chi, new students at St. Genevieve High School quickly come to realize that things are a bit different at this Panorama City campus.
By Kristen A. Graham - Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted on Fri, Aug. 22, 2008 -- Building small high schools was a costly exercise in inequality. Teacher pay should be revamped, with financial rewards for special skills, not just longevity.
By David J. Hoff | Education Week
Democrats are almost certain to leave their convention in Denver united behind Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois as their nominee for president.
But it less likely that they’ll settle an intraparty disagreement over the most pressing question in K-12 education policy: How much can the public expect of schools?
The stark differences emerged the week after Sen. Obama secured enough delegates to claim the nomination in June. On back-to-back days, two groups released public statements outlining approaches for improving K-12 achievement.
· One argued that policymakers need to invest in health care and other social programs before schools can deliver large increases in student achievement,
By Kimberly S. Wetzel - Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News
August 25 -- Children across the country will return to school this year to face a money-hungry bully: the unstable economy.
Soaring food prices will extract more lunch money from students, while higher pump prices mean children will either pay more to ride a gas-guzzling bus or won't get a seat at all. Field trips are being reduced or scrapped altogether to save fuel.
It doesn't stop there.
California budget cuts mean students will compete for the attention of fewer teachers. Some electives will be nixed, and booster clubs and education foundations, which raise money for such things as classroom projects, are collecting less as businesses cut back and parents fret over job security.
A STATE WITHOUT A BUDGET
Capitol Alert/ Sac Bee | Published 4:29 PM Friday, August 29, 2008 by Shane Goldmacher
Secretary of State Debra Bowen declared Friday that it is now too late to add any more measures to the November ballot, saying "any more changes would seriously jeopardize the integrity of the election." ... (more)
Capitol Alert/ Sac Bee | Published 1:29 PM Friday, August 29, 2008 by Shane Goldmacher
Though the tally isn't final yet, the state Senate budget vote failed along party lines, with 24 votes in favor and 15 against.
The lone abstention was moderate Democratic Sen. Lou Correa of Orange County.
See sacbee.com for more. ... (more)
Capitol Alert/ Sac Bee | Published 12:48 PM Friday, August 29, 2008 by Amy Chance
Here's what Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata had to say about the budget he put up on the Senate floor this morning. ... (more)
CAPITOL ALERT/SAC BEE: Posted by Dan Walters on August 29, 2008 11:49 AM
August 29, 2008 - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today praised a new Democratic version of the state budget as "very courageous" and urged Republican senators to vote for it.
A message from 4LAKids the California State PTA and The Education Coalition.
The Senate has announced a budget vote for 10 am Friday -- at stake are deep cuts to vital services for all Californians, both now and into the future.
The Assembly may vote shortly thereafter.
It is unclear whether the proposal has the support of any Republicans.
By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 29, 2008 -- SACRAMENTO -- -- Democrats in the state Senate said they would attempt to break the budget impasse today by offering their own spending plan for a vote.
It would be the first floor vote on the budget in that house since the fiscal year began 60 days ago.
Details of Proposed Compromise Emerging
By Frank D. Russo - California Progress report
Thursday Aug 28 7PM - Word has just been received that Democratic President pro Tem Don Perata has scheduled a vote on a compromise proposal to end the budget stalemate that has California on the verge of setting a record for the longest delay beyond the fiscal year for passing a budget. The vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning, August 29, at 10 a.m.
by Dan Walters from the Sacramento Bee - published Wednesday, August 20, 2008 ...and still true today
Dan Walters walks us through some key mileposts on the road to this year's state budget stalemate, and offers some key statistics to help you get to the bottom of the debate.
By John Laird | Chair Assembly Budget | Committee
FROM THE CALIFORNIA progress report
Aug 28 /1PM - The state budget is now nearly two months late. Republican legislative leaders refuse to offer a budget for consideration, let alone level with California about the need to increase revenue in order to prevent very deep, draconian cuts.
By Dan Walters - Sacramento Bee Columnist
August 28 - So where is the state of California's struggle with a long-overdue, deficit-ridden state budget headed? Nowhere fast.
By JULIET WILLIAMS – Associated Press
August 27 - SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the Republican convention opens Monday night, its prime-time lineup could be missing one of its biggest draws: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The Associated Press | san Jose Mercury News
08/25/2008 12:15:42 PM PDT -- SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Karen Bass has abandoned her plan not to hold sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a move that would have freed fellow Democrats to attend the party's national convention in Denver.
The LA Now Blog in the LA Times -- from Veronique de Turenne
10:55 AM, August 25, 2008 -- Tick-tock, tick-tock -- 56 days and counting without a state budget. Our own George Skelton sits down with California's governor to talk money, politics and (in the nicest way) says "I told you so" about raising taxes.
Confronted by realities, Schwarzenegger turns to tax hike: With the state budget 56 days overdue, the governor explains his shift on taxes.
George Skelton, LA Times | Capitol Journal
August 25, 2008 -- SACRAMENTO -- It can't be done, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was insisting, staring at me over a table in his office. You can't have a responsible, honest state budget without a tax increase.
Not this year.