Sunday, January 31, 2010


from Rough & Tumble and FCMAT News

Class cuts wreak havoc at California universities -- California's budget crisis came into stark focus in the halls of Sacramento State last week, where many students returning for spring semester were turned away from classes they had hoped to get into, or strained from hallways to hear lectures in classes that had enrolled way more students than there were seats. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/10

Fensterwald: Tough graduation goals for CSU campuses -- The California State University System has set an ambitious goal of raising student graduation rate 8 percentage points, including 10 percentage points for low-income and minority students, over the next six years. John Fensterwald -- 1/31/10

Denham bill would cap college fee hikes -- Legislation that would require a 180-day waiting period and a 10% cap on fee increases at California’s public universities was introduced Friday in the state Senate, state Sen. Jeff Denham said during an appearance at California State University, Fresno. Eddie Jimenez in the Fresno Bee -- 1/31/10

Teacher pay can vary greatly by district, California report says -- The amount of money a California teacher makes these days depends greatly on the school district that cuts the paycheck, according to a state report released this month. And the gap between the high and low salaries is wide. Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee -- 1/31/10

Berkeley schools look to shift funds to help close achievement gap -- After talking about the problem for years, Berkeley school officials are on the verge of shifting millions of dollars to underperforming black and Latino students, adding to an old debate about how to reduce the disparities between the top and the bottom. Doug Oakley in the Contra Costa Times -- 1/31/10

Cost of teaching English learning students in SB County $34M -- San Bernardino County public schools are spending more than $34 million in state and federal money this school year to educate English learners, a group whose population has doubled since 1995. Stephen Wall in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 1/31/10

UC sleuths seek proof for glorious claims on admission applications -- Like no other higher education system in the nation, the University of California has a quiet team of vigilant auditors that review the accuracy of randomly selected applications — and may yank ones shined up by too much balderdash, big-talk or bull. Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury -- 1/31/10


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