CALIFORNIA’S HEALTHY FAMILIES HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM LOOKS FOR FUNDS; First 5 may come to the rescue
Saturday, August 01, 2009 2:45 PM
AUTUMN CRUZ / email@example.com Amy Whittle, of the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Division, speaks at the Capitol on Thursday at a meeting of the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, which oversees the state's Healthy Families health care program.
SCHOOL VIOLATES WATER RESTRICTION LAW
By Carlos Granda | KABC News Friday, July 31, 2009 -- GRANADA HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- At a time when L.A residents face penalties for wasting water, a San Fernando Valley school is under fire for allegedly running its sprinklers all day long, and violating conservation guidelines. The sprinklers on the field at Porter Middle School in Granada Hills are now off. But they were on earlier
COURT SAYS ENGLISH-ONLY TESTS OK IN SCHOOLS
Bob Egelko, SAN FRANCISCO Chronicle Staff Writer (07-30) 17:21 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- California is entitled to administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English to all students, including the nearly 1.6 million who speak limited English, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected arguments by bilingual-education
CALIFORNIA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM BROKEN
EDITORIAL IN THE LOMPOC RECORD July 31, 2009 -- To better understand why California’s public schools — once the envy of the nation and, perhaps the world — have fallen deep into the pit of academic despair, one has only to follow the recent interaction between federal education officials, and the folks who oversee this state’s school system. Last week, federal officials — some holding fairly
WANT AN EDUCATION REVOLUTION? BREAK UP LAUSD!
Random Thoughts By Diana L. Chapman | CityWatch – an insider look at city hall July 31, 2009 - My toes are curling and my head is spinning with the Mayor of Los Angeles’ recent endorsement to pretty much sell off our new schools and let non-profits, charters or teacher partnerships run them – rather than Los Angeles Unified School District. In a long editorial endorsement in the Los
LAUSD MOUNTS ITS OWN CAMPAIGN FOR FEDERAL GRANTS
By Connie Llanos Staff Writer | LA Newspaper Group/Daily News 07/30/2009 12:39:52 PM PDT -- Cash-strapped Los Angeles Unified wants to compete on its own, rather than as part of a statewide effort, to secure federal stimulus money for education, officials said today. Superintendent Ramon Cortines sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, formally applying for money from the $4.35
WHY CALIFORNIA MUST FUND MUSIC EDUCATION
OpEd by Ted Barone | San Francisco Chronicle - Barone is the principal of Albany High School. Thursday, July 30, 2009 - The budget straits the state of California is facing are forcing our leaders to make a series of pernicious choices with legacy implications. One such choice is whether to fund music programming or refocus our funding priorities to the "core academics" (which happen to be those
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:49 PM
from sacBee CapitolAlert In case you missed it: Legislators could find themselves back in the Capitol in late September for yet another special session. Kevin Yamamura examines the legal issues surrounding the governor's line-item vetoes. Still wondering what's in, what's out and what it all means? Read the Legislative Analyst's Office's summary of the package here.
L.A. RESIDENTS ARE NOT THE MOST CHARITABLE, STUDY FINDS by Jessica Garrison from the LA Times 7:16 AM | July 29, 2009 - To the woes caused by bad traffic and bad air, Los Angeles can now add a new concern: uncharitable neighbors. A new study from the Corporation for National and Community Service has found that Los Angeles ranks 45th out of 51 large American cities in the percentage of people who volunteer their time to help their neighbors or
CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS CHIEF REACTS TO U.S. CRITICISM ON TEACHER EVALUATION: Jack O'Connell visits Long Beach to show that districts in the state are allowed to tie test scores to educator assessments. Obama and his Education secretary chided California on the issue last week.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 10:55 AM
By Seema Mehta | From the Los Angeles Times The Long Beach Unified School District’s use of student scores to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, instructional strategies and teachers is a rarity in California, and state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell called it a model for other California school districts. “Becoming a data-oriented culture, as Long Beach is, won’t be easy, and
BLUE PENCILING THE LINE ITEMS: Full budget summary and breakdown of additional cuts
from the Sac Bee Capitol Alert | Posted by Torey Van Oot In case you missed it: Today was blue-pencil day at the Capitol and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't make any new friends with his"> line item vetoes of an already lean budget. Read the ">legalese of the reductions. The 27-bill budget "fix" signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today included an additional $489 million in line-item veto
A NEW CROP OF SCHOOL GARDENS: Even as state funding wilts, support for school gardens is growing.
PHOTO: Ava Allred, 2, helps during a volunteer gardening day at Farragut Elementary School in Culver City. By Krista Simmons | LA Times July 29, 2009 -- A freckle-faced Malloy Sparling wraps her dirt-dusted fingers around a three-pronged cultivator and looks up with a big-toothed smile. "We're making a garden," she says, plucking a weed out of the
VILLARAIGOSA ADVOCATES SELLING YOUR CHILD'S LAUSD EDUCATION TO WHOEVER'S GOT THE 'SUPERIOR' PLAN
by Lindsay William-Ross in LAist News July 27, 2009 11:30 AM -- If it's broke, fix it, right? Only what happens when the people who are supposed to fix it are the ones who broke it in the first place? And they happened to have run out of the money it's going to likely take to do the fixing? Easy solution: Sell management of the school(s) to the highest--well, "
H1N1: SWINE FLU GOES TO CAMP. WILL IT GO TO SCHOOL NEXT? + FLU SHOT ISN'T FOR H1N1
The summertime outbreak provides an education for school districts and universities, whose administrators are bracing for illness. By Seema Mehta and Nicole Santa Cruz from the LA Times July 27, 2009 - Hundreds of children have been sent home from summer camps across Southern California in recent weeks with flu-like symptoms, and camp
L.A.'s SCHOOLS – A NEW DAY? Mayor Villaraigosa calls on the Board of Education to vote for a reform that will allow groups to bid on running new L.A. schools.
LA Times Op Ed By Antonio R. Villaraigosa July 27, 2009 -- We've all heard the horror stories about crumbling campuses, falling test scores, growing class sizes and decreasing graduation rates. Yet the debate over education reform remains stuck in neutral. School leaders, principals and unions haggle over contracts instead of hashing out lesson plans. We fight yesterday's battles – over
LOS ANGELES UNIONS FIGHT SCHOOL PRIVATIZATION EFFORTS: Politicians, charter school companies are behind the scheme
By: David Feldman | from PSL.org The writer is a public school teacher and member of UTLA. Friday, July 24, 2009 -- On July 14, the Los Angeles Board of Education decided to delay the vote on a proposal that would have allowed charter and outside groups to bid on control of 50 new schools scheduled to open in the next four years. Los Angeles teachers take action against budget cuts >
GREEN DOT CONNECTS: The charter is being used as a model for other groups that want to run up to 50 new LAUSD schools.
Editorial From the Los Angeles Times July 25, 2009 -- When Green Dot Public Schools took over Locke High School a year ago, the thinking was that a well-run charter might prove an instructive model for improving Los Angeles' public schools. That might yet prove true. What few expected was that Green Dot would set a new example for other charter schools. But that's exactly what has happened, as
US SENATE CONFIRMS APPOINTMENT OF POMONA SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT FOR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POST
Staff Reports LA Newspaper Group/LA Daily News Posted: 07/25/2009 06:01:08 PM PDT Updated: 07/25/2009 06:49:54 PM PDT WASHINGTON - Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, the Pomona Unified School District Superintendent of Schools, has been approved as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, according to information from the U.S. Senate Web site. The
CALIFORNIA TAKES CONTROL OF CASH-STRAPPED MONTEREY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger authorizes a $13-million loan to the King City Joint Union High School District. A state administrator will be named Thursday. By Seema Mehta LA Times July 23, 2009 -- The state is taking over a Monterey County school district that was facing bankruptcy and lending it $13 million, state officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed emergency
“WE HONOR OURS” AWARDS GO TO EDUCATION ACTIVISTS: Twelve people are honored with WHO awards at annual dinner by the UTLA/NEA WHO Committee
By Ana Valencia, UTLA /NEA Vice President |From the June 19, 2009 United Teacher • UTLA Newsletter May 18, 2009, will be remembered as a warm and sunny day when 11 UTLA/NEA members and one community member were honored for their individual achievements at the annual UTLA/NEA “We Honor Ours” Awards dinner. The WHO awardees, along with their family and friends, enjoyed a hosted dinner at the