Postal union targets Staples over mail services program
Boston Globe | May 21, 2014
The announcement last year drew little notice: The long-troubled United States Postal Service was teaming up with equally distressed retailer Staples Inc. to offer mail services in 82 of its office supply stores.
Hillsborough Democrat urges boycott of Staples stores
Creative Loafing | May 20, 2014
Last fall, a new partnership between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Staples, Inc was announced. The pilot project called for the opening of 82 Contract Postal Units (CPUs) in Staples stores across the country. The initial announcement said that if successful the program could be expanded to the remainder of Staples' 1,500 domestic locations.
Independent campaign mega-cash cuts both ways
San Francisco Chronicle | May 20, 2014
In politics, money is nice, but it can come with a cost. Especially if it’s arriving in chunks way bigger than California’s campaign finance laws typically allow.
Big money pours into California schools chief race as challenger gains steam
Sacramento Bee | May 19, 2014
Among California’s eight statewide constitutional offices, the superintendent of public instruction is a peculiar case.
Students protest against new rainy day amendment proposal, demand money is needed now
The State Hornet | May 1, 2014
In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s rainy day fund constitutional amendment proposal in January, activists rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday and demanded re-investment in education, social services and healthcare.
This is what real postal privatization looks like
Bloomberg News | May 1, 2014
American postal workers and their allies complain that U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is trying to privatize his agency, and Donahoe says this is preposterous. Who’s right?
Political pressure builds against accrediting commission in CCSF saga
San Francisco Examiner | May 23, 2014
Three San Francisco lawmakers have joined the growing list of politicians voicing support for embattled City College of San Francisco.
State lawmakers urging CCSF accreditor to extend deadline
SFGate.com | May 22, 2014
State lawmakers have introduced a pair of resolutions urging the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to give City College of San Francisco more time to fix problems and avoid closure.
Give City College of San Francisco more time to improve
San Francisco Chronicle | May 21, 2014
It's clear to everyone but a hard-line review panel that City College of San Francisco deserves more time to fix its problems before losing its all-important academic pedigree. The outside reviewers should heed the latest advice from federal officials about extending a crucial deadline for an institution that's vital to the city's economy and future.
Schools chief candidate files ethics complaint against teacher union
Sacramento Bee | May 21, 2014
Marshall Tuck, one of two challengers in this year's race for state superintendent of public instruction, has filed an ethics complaint against the California Teachers Association for a series of television ads supporting incumbent Tom Torlakson.
Officials Say City College Deserves More Time To Fix Shortcomings
San Francisco Appeal | May 21, 2014
Elected leaders this week are calling on the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to give City College of San Francisco more time to fix more of its alleged shortcomings before revoking its accreditation.
CCSF accrediting group can extend deadline, feds tell Pelosi
SFGate.com | May 21, 2014
In its clearest communication yet, the U.S. Department of Education has told House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that the commission seeking to revoke accreditation from City College of San Francisco can extend that looming deadline to give the school more time to fix its problems and avoid closure.
CCSF support gains momentum, but accreditation deadline remains unclear
San Francisco Examiner | May 21, 2014
As City College of San Francisco prepares for a record-high number of graduates at its commencement Friday, support is pouring in to keep California's largest community college alive amid an ongoing accreditation crisis.
Pelosi urges new review of troubled San Francisco City College
Los Angeles Times | May 20 , 2014
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi called Tuesday for a new review of embattled City College of San Francisco, arguing that its accreditation loss would devastate thousands of students and the community.
A different way to implement Common Core
Washington Post | May 20, 2014
Critics of the critics of high-stakes standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards often say that the attackers don’t provide alternatives but just complain. That has never been true of many of the critics of these school reforms, and it still isn’t.
It's time for a new accountability in American education
Huffington Post | May 19, 2014
Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards.
California should delay Common Core tests for at least 2 years
EdSource | May 19, 2014
Since June 2011 when California joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the target date for implementation of computer-adaptive Common Core tests has been spring 2015. With that date now fast approaching, are California schools ready?