Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th -or- Meanwhile ….in Sacramento

briefly, from various sources

Legislators pack it in -- Sac Bee/Capitol Alert | With lawmakers' work done, it's now time to figure out exactly what they did during the legislative session's final hours. As political junkies are also no doubt aware, Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, starts at sundown. In the meantime, Capitol Alert will be sorting through all the trees that got killed before lawmakers packed up. -

Contested teacher dismissal bill heads to Jerry Brown -- A union-backed teacher discipline bill is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown, despite concerns from school districts, the California School Boards Association and the Association of California School Administrators that it falls short of improving the current process. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/13/13

Fees for some summer, winter community college courses could triple under bill on governor’s desk -- Community College students would have to pay as much as 300 percent more for some high-demand classes under a divisive bill on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown after passing the state Senate and Assembly this week. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 9/13/13

Arne Duncan unsuccessful in 11th-hour effort to block state legislation September 11th, 2013  By Louis Freedberg | EdSource | Veteran education watchers in California could not recall a presidential cabinet officer ever attempting to block state legislation and certainly not in the heavy handed way U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attempted to do on Monday night. In an extraordinary move, Duncan issued an after-hours statement in an effort to ... … Read entire article »

In game of chicken with Federal government, California legislature approves slow switch to new standardized tests Adolfo Guzman-Lopez | KPCC September 11th, 2013, 7:31pm On a 51-22 vote, California’s state assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would transition schools to new standardized tests - and temporarily reduce the number of tests during a transition period - despite warnings from the federal government that the plan is against the law.

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