CFT in the News: July 31, 2013
Retirees demonstrate against proposed cuts to Social Security
On July 2, thousands of retirees across the nation took a stand against a proposal that would reduce Social Security benefits for all recipients.
“Social Security is really popular. To put it on the table is a blow to us; seniors are really upset,” says Hene Kelly, an AFT retiree who rallied in San Francisco. “Chained CPI is difficult to explain, but if you put it in terms of how many bags of groceries you can buy, it’s a little easier to understand. This is a cut to Social Security,” adds Kelly, who is legislative director for the California Alliance for Retired Americans and chair of the California Federation of Teachers Retired Educators Committee.
Ratliff Retires Campaign Debt With Broad Base of Support
Before her election to the LA school board in May, Monica Ratliff was virtually unknown. Now, the race to influence her is on — and all sides have entered.
The California Federation of Teachers’ Political Action Committee also gave $1,000. Posted on July 30, 2013 by Hillel Aron
Education News: July 31, 2013
Adelanto school at center of parent trigger controversy opens -- Parents used the state law to transform a public elementary school into a charter campus, Desert Trails Preparatory Academy. By June, the director says, students should be a year ahead of their peers. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/31/13
Rebooted summer programs in Oakland make learning fun to prevent 'summer slide' -- While summer classes targeted at struggling students are nearing extinction on many school campuses, school districts such as Oakland Unified are rebooting the traditional summer education model by blending academics with recreational activities intended to prevent students from falling even further behind. Michelle Maitre in the Oakland Tribune -- 7/31/13
State News: July 31, 2013
CalSTRS investment entangled in legal dispute over playground for rich -- Tucked away in the vast investment portfolio of the California teachers pension fund is a luxury resort in Montana that features lavish villas, pristine golf links and world-class ski slopes. Charles Piller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13
Supporters of inmates on hunger strike urge Jerry Brown to act -- Supporters of California prison inmates on a weeks-long mass hunger strike convened on the Capitol Tuesday morning to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in resolving the protest. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ 7/31/13
California will spend $232.9 billion in new state budget -- California will spend $232.9 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year if the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13
Morain: A cost of dismantling mental health care -- Kathy Gaither, the person in charge of daily operations at the California Department of State Hospitals, went on an unexplained administrative leave earlier this month, a week after the state Senate confirmed her appointment. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13
CFT in the News: July 30, 2013
City College of San Francisco: 99% vs. corporate education reform
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The California Federation of Teachers recently labeled the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) a "rogue college accreditation commission." by: Michelle Kern July 29 2013
Immigration Reform Press Conference and Town Hall
Labor, Community, and Academic Leaders to Participate
Los Angeles, CA–On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the UCLA Labor Center, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) will hold a press conference in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
Education News: July 30, 2013
Even if CCSF survives, dropping enrollments could transform it
Officials at City College of San Francisco are striving to convey the news that their school is "open, accredited and enrolling." That message is essential because CCSF's enrollment matters if it is to remain the institution that students remember. by Andrea Koskey
College accreditation report accepted
“Very few colleges are not on sanction, and we’re very proud to be one of them,” Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna told the board of trustees at its July 18 meeting.
Faculty and administrators at Feather River College can breathe deeply once again, as the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepted the school’s follow-up report submitted in March. Laura Beaton Staff Writer 7/30/2013
Parents to weigh in on how school districts spend new funds -- A new report out Monday by the State’s Legislative Analyst spells out accountability measures school districts must meet under California’s new funding formula, which gives district with lots of low-income or English-learning students more money - and more control over how to spend it. One significant requirement: schools must get input from parents about how to spend the money. Julie Small KPCC -- 7/30/13
Rosenblatt: 21st Century Learning easier said (or written) than done -- In one of the more exciting moments in my tenure on the San Carlos School Board, this spring we passed a new Strategic Plan that recognizes and addresses the need for fundamental structural changes in a public education system designed for an era long past. Seth Rosenblatt EdSource -- 7/30/13
Less Emphasis on Test Scores in New Funding Formula
The Legislative Analyst's Office has just released a brief on the rollout of the new local control funding formula for K-12 schools. Beginning this year, districts with large numbers of at-risk students will get more state funding. But now they’ll have to show improvement in multiple areas, not just testing. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
State News: July 30, 2013
California groups worry over environmental law reform -- A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul. Laura Olson Associated Press -- 7/30/13
Unemployment benefits, water top Jerry Brown's post-vacation list -- Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/30/13
Education News: July 29, 2013
National Spotlight: Districts adapt policies for new devices in classroom -- It used to be that in most schools across the nation, students were banned from using cell phones and other personal gadgets while on campus. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/29/13
Saving City College of San Francisco -- Bob Agrella, the special trustee entrusted with saving City College of San Francisco, wants to make one thing clear: City College is fully accredited and open for business, and his intention is to keep it that way. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/29/13
Moody's cuts San Francisco Community College District GO bonds
(Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service said on Friday it cut San Francisco Community College District's general obligation bonds to A2 from A1, affecting about $358 million of debt. Fri Jul 26, 2013
Recruiting on campus for MBAs is on the rise -- On-campus recruiting for business graduate students at the nation's colleges is on the rise, with nearly half of schools reporting an increase, according to a report on MBA hiring trends released last week. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/13
Rep. Honda homes in on STEM gulf with new advisory board -- Congressman Mike Honda convened the first meeting of a newly formed STEM advisory board on Friday, bringing together dozens of leaders from tech companies, nonprofits, and local universities and school systems. Preeti Upadhyaya Silicon Valley Business Journal -- 7/29/13
The Teacher's Guide to Social Media -- Education is a two-way street — oftentimes, those who teach could stand to learn a few things as well. Social media, for one, is largely dominated by Generation Y. We invented it, we grew up with it and we know it like the back of our keyboard-ready hands. Eric Larson Mashable -- 7/29/13
Education News: July 27-28, 2013
Debate looms over how to spend money for high-needs students -- As school districts statewide get their first revenue installment from Gov. Jerry Brown's new education funding model, Los Angeles Unified officials are debating the best way to boost the performance of disadvantaged students. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/28/13
California national rank on per-pupil spending abysmal, but tide is poised to change -- It's difficult to believe now, but there was a time -- through the eras of flower children, bell bottoms and disco -- when the Golden State was widely seen as the gold standard on education spending. Rob Kuznia in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/28/13
More money per pupil to bring out-of-classroom improvements to schools -- Inland Empire public schools are going to be getting more money per student in the coming school year. Even if it doesn't show up in the classroom, it'll still have an impact, say local experts. Beau Yarbrough in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/28/13
Cal State L.A. graduate students hone crime scene expertise -- In the same building as the LAPD's crime lab, the university's 'criminalistics' program is training a new generation of scientists who will analyze and interpret evidence. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/13
Critics question billion-dollar tutoring program -- Community college student Ernesto Fajardo was looking for a seasonal job two years ago when a friend told him about an opening at a federally subsidized tutoring company. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/13
GED test changes have students scrambling -- Across the state and nation, adults are racing to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates by December -- or start all over again with tougher, computerized tests next year. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/27/13
Hiltzik: The perils of online college learning -- The failure of San Jose State's Udacity courses highlight an inherent problem: treating the educational content as secondary to Silicon Valley's much-hyped tools provided by the online platform. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/13
All of LA's 640,000 schoolkids will get iPads by the end of 2014 -- After signing a $30 million iPad deal with Apple in June, the Los Angeles School Board of Education has revealed the full extent of the program that will provide tablets to all students in the district. Matt Brian The Verge -- 7/27/13
State News: July 29, 2013
Gov. Brown seeks overhaul of unemployment insurance program -- With so many people in California needing to use benefits, the state has had to borrow from the feds. Proposal would make businesses pay more. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13
Walters: Economist questions California's energy conservation claims -- It's right there on the California Energy Commission's website – the oft-ballyhooed boast that the state's tight energy conservation standards have saved countless billions of kilowatts of power and "more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1975." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/13
Skelton: Pat Brown stood firm on civil rights -- But comparing the father's fight against Prop. 14 to Jerry Brown refusing to defend Prop. 8 is ludicrous. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13
Landmark California regulations under federal fire -- Companies are going through Congress to fight California's stricter workplace, consumer and environmental laws. Gridlock and sympathetic Republicans in the House could work in their favor. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13
CFT in the News: July 26, 2013
Accreditation Issues, 13.9% Enrollment Drop: City College Urging Students To Register For Fall Classes
City College of San Francisco officials along with state Assemblyman Phil Ting were reminding students today to register for classes this fall.
Alissa Messer, president of the teachers’ union AFT 2121, said the quality of education has never been in question during the accreditation process.
Assemblymember Ting Encourages Students to Enroll at City College of San Francisco
San Francisco – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) held a press conference today urging students to continue to enroll in classes at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). Ting was joined by CCSF Board of Trustees President, John Rizzo, Trustees Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, and Dr. Anita Grier, AFT2121 President, Alisa Messer, outgoing Academic Senate President, Karen Saginor, and outgoing VP of Communications, Associated Students of Ocean Campus, Melanie Ortanez. By AsianWeek Staff – July 25, 2013
Elected officials vow to work on effort to save CCSF from closure
Elected leaders are throwing lifelines to City College of San Francisco as they look for ways to help save the state's largest community college. by Andrea Koskey
Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the Revocation of Accreditation of City College of San Francisco
The Steering Committee of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP) unequivocally opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) [accjc [at] accjc.org] to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
1. The CA-AAUP joins the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the California Federation of Teachers in asking the Department of Education to reverse AJCC’s decision to revoke CCSF accreditation;*
Education News: July 26, 2013
San Jose school district paid teachers, administrators more than required -- Even in tight budget years, the Alum Rock Union School District paid many of its teachers and administrators more than required by its contracts and rules, a practice that in 10 years has cost more than $1 million. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/26/13
CSU audit dings globe-trotting employee for suspect spending -- An internal audit by the California State University reveals a pattern of questionable travel expenses by an employee in the university's risk management division, including a tour of a giraffe center in Kenya, excessive lodging costs at hotels in London and Tel Aviv and brief overnight stays in San Francisco, St. Louis and New York City that left no time for conducting business in those cities. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/13
‘Run, hide, fight’ new mantra for schools in post-Newtown environment -- Traditional school safety techniques had students huddling in locked classrooms and waiting for rescue if danger approached during school hours. But tragic lessons in Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., have given rise to new recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education for keeping students safe: Run away and hide, they say. Or if you have to, fight. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 7/26/13
Former Michigan State provost nominated to head UC Riverside -- The former No. 2 administrator at Michigan State and a recent finalist to lead several other public universities across the country has been nominated to be the next chancellor of UC Riverside, officials announced Thursday. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/13
State News: July 26, 2013
Ballot measure targets doctors overprescribing pain meds -- California's low medical malpractice cap is the hot item in a proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday, but the measure also seeks to stop physician drug abuse and keep doctors from over-prescribing pain medications. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 7/26/13
CFT in the News: July 25, 2013
City College of San Francisco Enrollment Plunges After Threatened Accreditation Loss
By Alex Emslie July 25, 2013 Posted by KQED News Staff
City College of San Francisco is facing a heavy loss of students following the announcement early this month that the school’s accreditation will be terminated next summer if a review and appeal don’t reverse the decision.
Some classes that are usually full by now have just a few students, said City College faculty union president Alisa Messer, who’s been fielding calls from panicked teachers.
Education News: July 25, 2013
City College of San Francisco Trustees to Address Accreditation Situation
By NBC Bay Area Staff Thursday, Jul 25, 2013
A special news conference is being held today to talk about the fate of California's biggest junior college.
Members of City College of San Francisco’s board of trustees will address the state's decision to strip the college of its accreditation in July of 2014.
LAUSD parents, teachers fight mainstreaming of disabled kids -- Waving signs and chanting "Our kids, our choice," scores of Los Angeles Unified parents and teachers protested the looming transfer of hundreds of disabled students from special-education centers to traditional schools, as the district complies with laws to integrate students who have physical and developmental challenges. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/25/13
Advocates: Start spending new money now on high-needs students -- Two dozen organizations advocating for disadvantaged students wrote county and school district superintendents and chater school administrators Wednesday reminding them that the new funding formula directing more money to low-income kids and English learners is now the law even though the initial regulations for the system are months away. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/25/13
Deferred classroom repairs loom as a costly crisis for taxpayers -- For years, the Legislature conditioned the use of state bond funds that helped schools make major renovations on requirements that districts set aside some of their own money for facility upkeep and maintenance. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/25/13
Jordan High's staff shakeup puts students on better track -- New, motivated teachers have helped improve test scores. The school's turnaround is a key to redeveloping the housing project. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/13
State attorney general probes San Diego company's for-profit colleges -- As part of a wider investigation into for-profit and online colleges, the California attorney general on Wednesday moved to obtain potential evidence about the telemarketing, enrollment and financial practices of two schools owned by a San Diego company. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/13
CA officials encourage Latino students to pursue higher education -- Legislators and state officials extolled the power of education to a group of 120 students participating in the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project at the state Capitol on Wednesday. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/25/13
State education officials: We’re sticking with Common Core -- As the political debate swirls in some statehouses over the Common Core math and reading standards, most state education officials responsible for implementing the new K-12 standards are confident that their states will stick with the program, according to a survey released Wednesday. Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post$ -- 7/25/13
Senate passes student loan interest rate compromise -- A hard fought deal to keep student loan interest rates down cleared the Senate Wednesday on a 81-18 vote, despite strong opposition from liberal Democrats who believe it would make skyrocketing student debt even worse in the long run. Libby A. Nelson Politico Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 7/25/13
Stanford ranked top U.S. university on Forbes list -- California schools bested East Coast universities in Forbes' annual ranking of top U.S. colleges on Wednesday, with Stanford University and Pomona College capturing the top two spots. Patricia Reaney Reuters -- 7/25/13
Stanford University Is Investigating An Apparent Security Breach, Urges Community To Reset Passwords -- Stanford University urged network users to change their passwords late Wednesday evening, explaining that it “is investigating an apparent breach of its information technology infrastructure.” Billy Gallagher TechCrunch -- 7/25/13
State News: July 25, 2013
Revamp Capitol lobbying rules, say watchdogs -- There are a lot of titles used around the state Capitol for those who hope to influence the work of the Legislature and governor. But only one -- 'lobbyist' -- comes with a formal set of rules. John Myers News10 -- 7/25/13
CalBuzz: Larry Jinks: How Politics Has Decayed Over 70 Years -- My old friend and colleague Phil Trounstine greeted me with a question: “How long have you been following politics in this country? Sixty years?” “More like 70,” I said. “I used to listen to political conventions on the radio when I was a kid.” Larry Jinks CalBuzz -- 7/25/13
CFT in the News: July 24, 2013
Fight to Appeal City College’s Accreditation Status Continues
July 23, 2013
When she first came to City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in 2002, Shanell Williams, who had just come out of the foster care and drug court system, says she wasn’t fully prepared to succeed academically. She ended up dropping out of school to work full time and to get her own place.
The California Federation of Teachers, along with the CCSF faculty union, American Federation of Teachers and Local 2121, filed a nearly 300-page complaint against the accreditation commission, charging them with conflict of interest…
Education News: July 24, 2013
Contra Costa Community Colleges Reap Rewards Of Prop. 30 Money
CONTRA COSTA CO. (KCBS)— East Bay community colleges are beginning to reap the benefits of the passage of Proposition 30 last November. The tax initiative is helping to make more classes available to students; something they haven’t seen available in a long time. Reporting Dave Padilla July 23, 2013
Six college in Los Angeles, Orange and Imperial Counties were given the least severe sanction, a warning, by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this month. The schools have until March 2014 to address the shortcomings visiting reviewers found. Those included things like management structure fixes and assuring colleges have enough staff to properly serve students. By Kyla Calvert Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Why democracy matters
EDITORIAL There's a troubling anti-democratic trend taking place in this country, one that's been recently reflected everywhere from the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down key provisions of the landmark Voting Rights Act to City College of San Francisco losing its accreditation and being placed under state control. 07.23.13 SFBG
Cal State trustees approve pay for six presidents -- with no raises -- Presidents Willie J. Hagan at Dominguez Hills will receive $295,000; Eduardo M. Ochoa at Monterey Bay, $270,315; Joseph F. Sheley at Stanislaus, $270,000; Joseph I. Castro at Fresno, $299,000; William A. Covino at L.A., $299,000; and Donald J. Para, interim president at Long Beach, $320,329. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/13
State rushes first of Local Control money out to schools -- A total of $26.7 billion is going out from the controller’s office by July 31, which represents the first regular installment for the fiscal year as well as about $2.1 billion for LCFF activities. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/24/13
Irritation or two aside, charter leaders pleased with new funding system -- California Charter Schools Association chief executive Jed Wallace turned rhapsodic in a message last month to charter school operators summarizing the impact of the new school funding system on their campuses. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/24/13
Dems argue over bill to reduce student loan rates -- A compromise bill in Congress could reverse the doubling of student loan interest rates that took effect at the beginning of the month, saving California students an average of $1,565 in loan repayments. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/24/13
L.A. Fund unveils Shepard Fairey art project in LAUSD campaign -- Los Angeles Unified on Tuesday unveiled its final public arts project under a recent campaign -- a bold graphic by contemporary artist Shepard Fairey that will be displayed on bus wraps and hundreds of billboards promoting the importance of creativity in education. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/24/13
Affeldt: California moving away from Washington’s corporate education reform -- California’s shift to a new weighted student funding model represents just the most recent example of how Democratic state policymakers here are charting a different course in education policy than the Obama Administration and Congress. John Affeldt EdSource -- 7/24/13
State News: July 24, 2013
Prison officials and inmate advocates discuss hunger strike -- California prison officials met Tuesday with advocates for inmates on the third week of a hunger strike. The action was taken to protest the long-term solitary confinement of thousands of inmates with ties to prison gangs. Julie Small KPCC -- 7/24/13
Jerry Brown's approval ratings take a dip but remain high -- Public approval of Gov. Jerry Brown has dipped from a high point earlier this year, but he continues to enjoy support from a majority of California voters, according to a Field Poll being released today. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/13
CFT in the News: July 23, 2013
We're Taxing the Rich... and So Can You
Progressive Taxation is an Alternative to Austerity
by FRED GLASS, July 23, 2013
There is no alternative to austerity,” insist the rich, along with their politicians, foundations, think tanks, and media.
At that point the governor called in CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to talk.
Education News: July 23, 2013
There is a way forward for City College
by John Rizzo
City College of San Francisco is currently enrolling students, is open and is fully accredited — at least until July 2014. But there is a good chance that it will remain open and accredited after that.
City College of San Fran offering free classes despite losing accreditation over financial concerns
By Katherine Timpf
The City College of San Francisco plans to continue to offer the community free classes this fall, despite having been stripped of its accreditation over a shortage of money.
Closure of seven Sacramento schools upheld -- A federal judge on Monday denied a bid by parents seeking to prevent Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary campuses. The judge said blocking the district was not warranted based on the evidence plaintiffs presented in court. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/13
CSU To Pay New Presidents the Same as Predecessors
Cal State trustees are sticking to new rules on executive compensation and paying six new campus presidents what their predecessors earned. The trustees meet Tuesday in Long Beach, and among other things, the compensation packages are on their agenda. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart
By Gary Cohn Posted on 22 July 2013
For more than 30 years each, Cheryl Smith-Vincent and Cheryl Ortega have shared a passion for teaching public school in Southern California. Smith-Vincent teaches third grade at Miles Avenue Elementary School in Huntington Park; before retiring, Ortega taught kindergarten at Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park.
State News: July 23, 2013
Field Poll: Californians' assessment of Obama plunges -- California voters' approval of President Barack Obama has plummeted to just over 50 percent, according to the Field Poll released Monday. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/13
CFT in the News: July 22, 2013
We're Taxing the Rich... and So Can You
July 22, 2013 / Fred Glass
“There is no alternative to austerity,” insist the rich, along with their politicians, foundations, think tanks, and media.
They’ve been saying it for decades. “Taxes are bad,” they also claim. “Government doesn’t work. And public employees are greedy.”
At that point the governor called in CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to talk. - See more at:
Education News: July 21-22, 2013
More community colleges facing accreditation problems -- Cutbacks are seen as one reason for lack of maintaining standards. Students' credits can be in jeopardy if campuses lose their status. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/22/13
Community college opens doors for women
Linda D. Hallman July 21, 2013
Strong emphasis on programs will increase women's access to STEM training and careers.
The pictures from NASA look great: Four women and four men make up the agency's latest astronaut class. Unfortunately, this gender parity remains elusive in most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workplaces. Women make up nearly 50% of the wider workforce yet hold fewer than 25% of all jobs in STEM fields.
Districts leave Washington without waiver but still confident one is coming -- Representatives of nine California districts did not head home from Washington on Friday, after two and a half days of intense discussions with federal officials, with the waiver from the No Child Left Behind law that they had been hoping for. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/22/13
As Arizona governor, Napolitano put higher education on agenda -- The next UC system president placed an emphasis on medical and science facilities, saying training would fill job needs in her state. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/22/13
CA produces only half the number of special ed teachers needed -- Even as enrollment in special education programs statewide continues to escalate, California’s teacher credentialing system is turning out only about half the number of fully authorized classroom educators needed to serve students with disabilities. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/22/13
Vargo: Let districts choose from an effective marketplace of Common Core providers -- After a long period of hesitation, California has finally gotten serious about the Common Core State Standards. Merrill Vargo EdSource -- 7/22/13
Alternative education for troubled California students raises questions -- Youth advocates say Erick's situation typifies a troubling pattern of authorities removing students from regular school and dispatching them to alternative campuses, where plans sometimes seem disturbingly casual – including long stretches of stay-at-home independent study. Susan Ferriss in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13
School districts moving quickly to meet national education standards -- The teams of Los Angeles Unified educators huddled around the auditorium of the Northridge middle school, brainstorming and debating innovative new strategies for teaching math. Barbara Jones in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/21/13
With student demand flagging, law schools and law firms adapt -- When McGeorge School of Law announced July 5 that it would be reducing the size of its staff and student body by 40 percent, it was acknowledging a harsh new reality for law schools: Demand for their diplomas has dropped. Jack Newsham in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13
iPads on the way for education overhaul -- School districts are going on computer buying sprees as they ramp up for the introduction of the Common Core curriculum in fall 2014 and the state's new online tests in 2015. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/21/13
Work paid off for Watts winners in national engineering contest -- Four students from Markham Middle School in Watts poured 500 hours into a prosthetic arm design that took top honors in MESA USA's national contest. "I feel like somebody now," Jacqueline Sanchez says. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/21/13
State News: July 22, 2013
Bill Would Make Union Talks Confidential
By Max Pringle
A bill that would give union officials confidentiality protection when they speak with their members is under consideration at the California capitol.
Walters: Big money in California influences huge money -- The Bee has published an online database about lobbying expenditures during the 2011-12 legislative session totaling $564 million, up about 5 percent from the previous two-year period. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13
Rhee: With Voting Rights Act gutted, who will protect electorate? -- A couple of weeks before the 2004 presidential election, Luis Alejo found out that the only polling place in Pajaro – a poor, largely Latino farming community just outside Watsonville – wasn't going to open. To vote, several hundred residents would have to trek nearly 10 miles to Aromas, without easy public transit. Foon Rhee in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13
CFT In the News: 7/19/13
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Education News: 7/19/13
San Jose State suspends collaboration with online provider -- San Jose State suspends its project with Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after many students fail to pass them. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/19/13
House poised to leave 'No Child' behind -- Republicans lined up Thursday behind a bill that would roll back the federal government’s involvement in education, despite concerns earlier this week that the party’s more conservative members weren’t on board with the legislation. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/19/13
UC Davis unveils plan for World Food Center -- UC Davis officials are forging a plan to turn the campus into a nexus for food research, policy and new technology, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi told the University of California Board of Regents on Thursday. Edward Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/19/13
LAUSD proposes transformation of arts education program -- Five years after Los Angeles Unified's arts programs were devastated by the recession, district officials want to pump millions of dollars into arts education and integrate dance, music, theater and the visual arts into core academic classes. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/19/13
Older adult and parent ed programs left out of adult education budget compromise -- An effort to narrow adult education’s core mission is being met with resistance from advocates for older adult and parent education programs, which would lose funding under a budget compromise crafted by supporters of adult education and Gov. Jerry Brown. Susan Frey EdSource -- 7/19/13
The head of the University of California's top engineering college says the public university has failed to meet the national and global demand for high-tech talent. The Engineering Dean at UC Berkeley says he’s stuck rejecting hundreds of qualified students, because he can not afford to train them. Reporter: Aarti Shahani. KQED California Report
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State News: 7/19/13
AM Alert: Who is lobbying California lawmakers?
We start with a bit of shameless self-promotion today: The Bee's state lobbying database has been updated to include data on the California Legislature's most recent 2011-2012 session.
While you might not be able to get details on the dollars thrown at the current session, you can still comb through the half-billion in lobbying money from last session to get a sense of where the funds are flowing.
Brown tackles debt wall, but other walls loom large -- When Gov. Jerry Brown first compared California's growing debt problems to a massive wall between the state's current position and its future, it instantly caught on with everyone from pundits to policy makers. After all, everyone knew the state had a problem that needed to be addressed. John Myers News10 -- 7/19/13
Education News: July 18, 2013
ACCREDITATION WATCH And -FEATURING ACCJC GONE WILD - on you tube Save CCSF featuring Marty Hittelman Published on Jul 11, 2013 Marty Hittleman, author of "ACCJC Gone Wild," delivers a scathing critique of the private accrediting agency which just de-accredited
Why This California College's Loss Of Accreditation Should Scare You PolicyMic 7/18/13
Community College Accreditation Does Not Equate to Quality ... IVN News-3 hours ago The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is in the process of losing its accreditation, its ability to award meaningful degrees and transferable credits to students.
Editorial: Will Napolitano perpetuate UC's bloated pay? By the Editorial Board - Updated: 12:20 am As the University of California Board of Regents votes Thursday on a new president, Californians should watch the compensation package.
Sac Bee AM Alert: Janet Napolitano faces UC confirmation vote Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7/18/13
Today we turn to San Francisco, where the University of California's Board of Regents is voting on whether Janet Napolitano, until earlier this month head of the Department of Homeland Security, should be the next president of the UC system.
UC chief nominee Janet Napolitano has long involvement in university affairs -- If Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is appointed UC president on Thursday, Californians will be getting more than just a big-name politician who has wrangled unwieldy bureaucracies and responded to natural disasters, supporters say. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/18/13
Muslim Student Named to Board By UC Regents Janet Napolitano is expected to make her first public appearance as the next president of the University of California today. The UC Board of Regents will formally present her with the job at its meeting in San Francisco. But the former Secretary of Homeland Security won’t be the only new face on the board. Reporter: Ana Tintocolis. KQED 7/18/13
The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues KQED by Claudio Sanchez | July 16, 2013 Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students. But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools? The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues A new K-12 funding system demands new thinking in building local budgets -- As the most sweeping change in K-12 school funding in decades, the new school finance system that took effect this month will require school officials to clear their minds of old formulas and assumptions and to think anew in constructing their budgets. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/18/13
LAUSD's Grumpy Old Man Richard Vladovic Could Squelch Reform -- For the first time in six years, the politicians on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, responsible for educating one in every 10 children in California, have chosen a new president, the inscrutable Richard Vladovic. Hillel Aron LA Weekly -- 7/18/13
‘Stand Your Ground’ group pushes privatization of public education -- The group behind “Stand Your Ground” laws in a number of states has been mighty busy working to get laws passed in the area of school reform — and the aim has been the privatization of public education. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post$ -- 7/18/13
State News: July 18, 2013
Americans Want Congress to Pass the Senate Immigration Bill -- United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds even Republicans want the House to move reform with a citizenship path. Shane Goldmacher National Journal -- 7/18/13
Education News: July 17, 2013
The following article brought to our attention by Julien Minard.
Professor Balderama presented at a CFT Convention about repatriation with his wife, former ABCFT member Christine Valenciana and Christine's mother, Emelia, a survivor of the deportations:
Raymond Rodriguez dies at 87; documented 1930s mass deportations to Mexico By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times Story | July 6, 2013 | 2:13 PM Raymond Rodriguez was 10 years old in 1936 ... the Mexican community," Rodriguez and co-author Francisco Balderrama wrote in the 1995 ... Angeles County officials. Rodriguez, 87, a former Long Beach ... without the scholarly work by Ray and Francisco, no one but a handful of ...
Opposition rises to Janet Napolitano as next UC president -- Objection is mounting to the nomination of Janet Napolitano as the next University of California president, with students and immigration activists planning to protest against her at Thursday's meeting of the governing Board of Regents in San Francisco. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/17/13
UC Community Weighs in on Janet Napolitano University of California Regents will meet in San Francisco to vote on the appointment of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to be the next UC president. It's considered one of the most prestigious jobs in higher education. Many people are praising Napolitano’s decades-long history of managing large agencies. But others are asking whether she's the right fit for the job. Reporter: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez. KQED California Report 7/17/13
Funding Cuts Mean UC Nursing Degree to Cost More KQED California Report 7/17/13
Federal funding for nursing programs at the University of California are under the weather. UC officials say the situation is forcing them to place a heavier tuition burden on nursing students in graduate programs. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis. KQED California Report 7/17/13 California budget includes new emphasis on foster youth in schools -- The odds were stacked against Cookiey Ropati when she started high school four years ago. As a foster child, she had a less-than-50-percent chance of graduating from high school and a less-than-3-percent chance of going on to college. Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/17/13
Student loan debt tops $1 trillion -- Federal student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will announce Wednesday, a milestone that will only intensify the debate in Congress over what to do about student loan interest rates. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/17/13
House GOP rolls out conservative education bill -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made a fresh push Tuesday to pass a massive rewrite of No Child Left Behind, as Republicans try to roll back the controversial education performance standards of the past decade while touting conservative priorities like charter school vouchers. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/17/13
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States push back against Common Core standards Opposition to Common Core — the national curriculum standards championed by governors and the Obama administration — is heating up throughout the country as legislators and activists across the political … Daily Caller · ByRobby Soave · 37 minutes ago
Et tu, Jerry Brown? Wall Street Journal-1 hour ago Jerry Brown, a liberal Democrat, was forced to choose between two dear political friends: President Obama and the California Teachers Association. Guess who ...
State News: July 17, 2013
Numbers Show State's Economy Improving The latest numbers from California’s Department of Finance show the state’s economy is steadily improving. Reporter: Scott Detrow.
University of California, AFSCME contract talks deadlocked strike and union accusations that its medical facilities are understaffed and poorly managed, the University of California
CFT In the News: July 16, 2013
Harris Fox and Hounds Daily-11 minutes ago California's attorney general showed again she knows how to get things moving in a tough situation. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ... The quick turnaround was crucial, since Brown had filed a compromise initiative (he'd dropped his original to make a deal with progressive groups, including the California Federation Teachers) so late that, under the normal timeline, his measure might ...
Education News: July 16, 2013
Political Heavyweights Push Effort To Regain Accreditation At City ... CBS Local-27 minutes ago SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco's four members of the state legislature have issued a joint endorsement of City College of San Francisco, with the ...
City College Of San Francisco Loses Accreditation, Tens Of ... Latin Post-4 hours ago The City College of San Francisco learned on Wednesday that it will lose its accreditation a year from now, in addition to their Board of Trustees losing their ...
San Francisco Bay Guardian-15 hours ago City College will Appeal 7/9/13 7/9/13
KCBS In Depth: Crisis At City College Of San Francisco CBS Local-17 hours ago SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — City College of San Francisco is under threat of closure, after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ...
S&P cuts San Francisco Community College District GO rating MSN Money-22 hours ago July 15 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday cut its rating on San Francisco Community College District, California, general obligation ...
Hart: $50M economic impact if NMC meets the same fate Saipan Tribune-Jul 15, 2013 (Northern Mariana Islands and around the globe) The City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation on July 3 and was given a year to prepare for its closure. The institution is among the largest in California, ...
California holds out on teacher evaluations, federal education plan UPI.com-10 hours ago SACRAMENTO, July 15 (UPI) -- A federal plan to reward the best school teachers has been stalled by California's refusal to participate in ...
Critics question how next UC president was chosen -- But some skeptics are voicing concerns about her lack of education administrative credentials and question the secretive process that led to her selection. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/16/13
Bill curtailing school bond advisers as campaign conultants stalls in Senate -- A bill that would prohibit school districts from entering into financial contracts with the same firms that provide bond measure campaign services is being held over until next year as the author attempts to gain support for the proposal. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/16/13
Ex-Cal State San Marcos student gets prison for trying to rig election -- A 22-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for stealing the identities and computer passwords of more than 700 students so he could rig an election and become student body president at Cal State San Marcos. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/16/13
CORE districts to make final personal pitch for No Child Left Behind waiver -- Quickly running out of time, a delegation from nine California school districts will go to Washington this week to make a last pitch to federal officials for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/16/13
R Riley: California should embrace new national teacher preparation standards -- Are we finally about to get serious about improving the professional training of school teachers and principals in this country? And will California be a leader or laggard in this effort? Benjamin Riley EdSource -- 7/16/13
California's Public School Teachers Get Free Pass To The ... The San Francisco Appeal-18 hours ago The Exploratorium in San Francisco is offering free admission to 40,000 public school teachers over the next two years. The free admission program, sponsored ...
State News: July 16, 2013
Walters: Politicians gone bad in the news -- Politicians go to extraordinary lengths to convince voters and constituents that they are hard-working, sober and utterly devoted to their families and to societal betterment. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/16/13
Education News: July 13-15, 2013
VVC’s Troubles Opinion: Victorville Daily Press 7/15/13 When he was available, he was far too sympathetic to the California Federation of Teachers, the union that rules the school's full-time faculty members.
Teachers, Petaluma Schools District reach impasse Petaluma Argus Courier 7/15/13 The Petaluma City schools District and Petaluma Federation of Teachers are asking the assistance of a state mediator to help reach an agreement on a contract for the 2013-2014 school year.
University of California, State leaders Praise Napolitano Appointment Issues in Higher Education 7/15/13 “She might have a lot of background in government, but there is concern about the depth of her knowledge and experience in higher education,” said Bob Samuels, president of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents ...
County colleges weigh impact of looming CCSF closure San Mateo Daily Journal-6 hours ago The recent announcement that City College of San Francisco could lose its accreditation next year means some of its 85,000 students may look to neighboring ...
City College of San Francisco redoubles efforts to fight closure People's World-Jul 12, 2013 On July 3rd, 2013 another chapter in the saga of the future of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) took an unexpected turn when the accreditation committee, ...
City College of San Francisco to lose accreditation World Socialist Web Site-Jul 12, 2013 The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which one year ago threatened to revoke the accreditation of the City College of ...
Thousands March and Rally to Save City College of San Francisco IndyBay 7.13.13 On July 9, thousands marched down Market Street in San Francisco to the Department of Education to protest the privately run Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges' (ACCJC) revelation that they aim to terminate City College of San Francisco’s accreditation. Thousands of students could be cut off from this educational resource by 2014.
Dan Walters Daily: Why Janet Napolitano as UC president? Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7.15.13 Dan wonders why Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been selected as the next president of the University of California system.
Napolitano to inherit turmoil at helm of University of California -- In hiring Janet Napolitano to run the sprawling University of California, state officials are counting on the Homeland Security chief's political savvy and fund-raising prowess to restore a system racked by years of budget cuts and turmoil. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 7/14/13
In Move to University of California, Napolitano Trades One Challenging Bureaucracy for Another -- The departing Homeland Security secretary may have had enough of Washington, but running the financially strained UC system is no cushy gig. Eliza Gray TIME -- 7/14/13
Janet Napolitano would take UC helm at a critical time -- Janet Napolitano would become UC president at a time when the system is under pressure to raise graduation rates and add more online classes. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13
Janet Napolitano the answer to UC problems? Head of union hopes so -- The head of an influential union said Friday that she hoped Janet Napolitano, nominated to lead the University of California system, would "restore the spirit of cooperation and respect" to the 10-campus system. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13
Praise for appointment of Janet Napolitano to UC President post -- Friday's news that a University of California Regents committee recommended U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the University of California presidency spread fast in California. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 7/13/13
UCLA 'Dreamers' express dismay at choice of Napolitano to head UC -- Seth Ronquillo is a fourth-year film and linguistics major at UCLA. He is co-chair of IDEAs, a group for students in the country illegally. Like many immigrant rights activists, he holds Janet Napolitano responsible for the increasing number of deportations during her tenure as Department of Homeland Security secretary. Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13
California congressman criticizes Napolitano nomination -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) said it was "disappointing to see an individual with such a poor record on civil liberties and government selected to run the University of California," he said in a statement. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13
Douglas E. Mitchell: California facing a severe teacher shortage By Douglas E. Mitchell Special to the Mercury News Posted: 07/12/2013 01:00:00 PM PDTCalifornia public schools are about to face a serious shortage of qualified teachers. Prompt action is needed to prepare new teachers and avert a significant loss of educational quality.
Obama holds out against Obama’s education vision LA Times 7/15/13 WASHINGTON - California is almost always there to boost President Obama's policy agenda as he fights fierce headwinds in Congress, working with the executive branch to carry out the administration's vision on healthcare, renewable energy and clean air.
How Far Should Disciplined Students Have to Go for School? KQED California Report In Kern County, when students are removed from regular school they are dispatched to alternative campuses, where plans sometimes seem disturbingly casual and can include long stretches of stay-at-home independent study. Reporter: Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity.
Degrees, separation Sacramento State University survey says hundreds of ’super seniors’ can’t graduate 7/11/13 The term “super seniors” doesn't refer to a league of heroes past their prime. It's a pet name for the hundreds of students beyond their fourth year at Sacramento State University who have accumulated the necessary 120 units to graduate, but still don't have a degree to show for it.
President of Michelle Rhee’s group leaves -- After less than a year on the job, Kahlil Byrd will leave his post as president of the group StudentsFirst, according to a staff-wide email obtained by POLITICO. He will remain an adviser to the group. Byron Tau Politico -- 7/13/13
State board says no to Chino Valley charter school petition -- On Thursday, five California Board of Education members backed the charter application, while three voted against and one member abstained. At least six members need to support the motion for it to be approved. Canan Tasci in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/14/13
Study: Low-income kids throughout California are missing out on ... San Jose Mercury News-2 hours ago California Food Policy Advocates' analysis of data provided by the state Department of Education shows that the number of free and reduced-price summer ...
California lawsuit challenges mandatory agency fees Education News: Internet based 7.14.13 SACRAMENTO – If the California Teachers Association and its parent, the National Education Association, represent Goliath, then ten teachers and a small union alternative called the Christian Educators Association International are fitting stand-ins for David.
State News: July 13-15, 2013
CCSF: July 11-12, 2013
Mayor Lee: “Adequate notice” Given For Additional Question Time ... The San Francisco Appeal-3 hours ago The voter-mandated monthly appearance of San Francisco's mayor in front of the city's ... about the potential loss of City College of San Francisco's accreditation.
City College of San Francisco has a year to prove it can govern itself San Francisco Chronicle (blog)-by Lois Kazakoff-5 hours ago Brice Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, told The Chronicle: I can guarantee you that if this institution (City College of San ...
City College of SF loses accreditation Party for Socialism and Liberation-7 hours ago The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers local 2121 have filed a complaint with the Department of ...
Calif. System's Chancellor Has Stern Words for City College of San ... Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)-8 hours ago The City College of San Francisco has failed to govern itself and must do “heavy lifting” to fix its problems, or it will lose its accreditation and be forced to close, ...
City College Of San Francisco Students, Supporters Plan Protest ...
Huffington Post-13 hours ago
Agrella hopes to reverse San Francisco college's fortunes Santa Rosa Press Democrat-19 hours ago Now, he finds himself with the fate of City College of San Francisco in his hands. ...“What they have sanctioned San Francisco City College on has nothing to do ...
City College supporters march through streets of San Francisco Los Angeles Daily News-Jul 11, 2013 On Monday, the state's community college chancellor appointed a special trustee Monday to run City College of San Francisco, whose accreditation was ...
San Francisco Bay Guardian Examiner.com-14 hours ago Students, faculty, union organizers and citizen supporters of City College of San Francisco marched through the streets of San Francisco on July 9 to protest the ...
Fitch: San Francisco Comm. College Entering Uncharted Territory The Herald San Francisco Bay Guardian-15 hours ago City College disaster, starving BART, Cool Ghouls, Fruitvale Station, Non Stop Bhangra, ... (Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV ...| HeraldOnline.com-Jul 11, 2013
College monitors gone wild Los Angeles Times-Jul 11, 2013 City College of San Francisco's 85,000 students will lose their affordable public community college if its accreditation is revoked as scheduled. Some of the ...
ERRORS, EXAGGERATIONS AND BIAS in the FCMAT Report on ... Beyond Chron-Jul 11, 2013 Sensational but false information from the report was featured in the SF Chronicle. It was even referenced in a Sacramento hearing on community colleges.
Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the ... Bay Area Indymedia-Jul 11, 2013
Education News: July 11-12, 2013
States Push Post-Citizens United Reforms As Washington Stands Still Huffington Post-5 hours ago The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest union in the nation with 1.5 million members, gave ... Howard Berman (D-Calif.) ...
Rapid Response: Janet Napolitano is new UC president and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to head UC system Bee Capitol Alert 7.12.13 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that she will leave the federal government to become president of the University of California system.
UTLA: 85% of teachers rate superintendent below average -- L.A. Unified's teachers' union has again come out swinging at the superintendent, releasing a survey showing 85% of teachers gave Superintendent John Deasy a below average or poor job performance rating. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/12/13
Sacramento school plaintiffs allege faulty data behind closures -- A witness in the lawsuit seeking to block Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary schools testified today that the district overstated capacity of some campuses when it decided which ones to close. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/12/13
Money flows to California schools, but little goes to summer programs -- Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/12/13
Drink up: Schools required to expand water service during meals -- Let them drink water. That’s the message of a new federal regulation that requires schools to expand free water service for students at meals, beginning in September. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 7/12/13
Kids These Days: Unions, Workers' Rights and the "Now" Generation By Rebecca Band in the California Progress Report 7.12.13 California Labor Federation …Young people are actually big fans of unions. Fully 61% of young people view labor unions favorably – and that’s more than 10 points higher than the national average, according to a new Pew poll. In fact, young people are the only age group that views unions more favorably than they view corporations.
"Go Public" – Finally, A Film That Celebrates Public Schools! Truth-Out-3 hours ago The underlying message is that while occasionally a rare teacher can light ... is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. .... teachers unions, and the "parent trigger" law that California and several ...
State News: July 12, 2013
Schrag: Did Prop. 13 help produce the pension mess? -- Twenty years ago, the ever-perspicacious Joel Fox, who then headed the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, often complained that liberals were trying to blame everything that went wrong in California, from power failures to kidnapping, on Proposition 13. He even wrote a book spelling it all out. Peter Schrag in the Sacramento Bee$ --
CFT in the News: July 10, 2013
City College Of San Francisco Students, Supporters Plan Protest Over Loss Of Accredidation
The Huffington Post | By Tyler Kingkade
City College of San Francisco students, faculty members and California lawmakers on Tuesday planned to protest the community college's loss of accreditation.
The California Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education accusing the ACCJC of shredding documents to thwart a federal review of the commission's actions regarding the community college. The ACCJC insisted there were no irregularities in its CCSF accreditation decision.
City College of San Francisco special trustee given broader powers in bid to keep accreditation
By Kathryn Baron July 9th, 2013
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously Monday to elevate the special trustee overseeing City College of San Francisco, giving him extraordinary powers to assume control and management of the troubled community college in place of the locally elected Board of Trustees.
Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union, said the process is also taking a toll on teachers.
Opponents of City College takeover to march through SF
07.09.13 | Steven T. Jones
Opponents of last week’s decision to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco and place the district under state control until that death sentence becomes official in July 2014 plan to rally and march through San Francisco today [Tues/9] at 4pm.
Among the local officials who will join the march are Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, who this morning issued statements condemning the decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Nine Lives: City College May Still Survive
By Kate Conger Friday, Jul 12 2013
Last week's announcement that City College of San Francisco will have its accreditation revoked in June 2014 shocked the city. "It's imperative City College stay open," Mayor Ed Lee said. "I'm concerned about the devastating impact City College's termination would have on our great city."
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating the commission itself, after a complaint by the California Federation of Teachers alleged misconduct in its evaluation of CCSF.
世界日報-Jul 4, 2013
加州教師工會AFT2121主席梅瑟（Alisa Messer）指出，舊金山市大付出數千小時改善營運的努力顯然白費，「事實上市大從一開始就不該被列入『必須 ...
by MARY ANN IRWIN Tuesday Jul 9th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the Revocation of Accreditation of City College of San Francisco
The Steering Committee of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP) unequivocally opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) [accjc [at] accjc.org] to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
Education News: July 10, 2013
Who killed City College
Loss of accreditation tied to federal push for austerity and a curriculum that feeds universities and the economy
The day City College of San Francisco heard it would close was the same day, July 3, that 19-year-old Dennis Garcia signed up for his fall classes.
With a manila folder tucked under his arm, he turned the corner away from the registration counter and strode by a wall festooned with black and white sketches of every City College chancellor since 1935, including a portrait of bespectacled founder Archibald Cloud. 07.09.13 | Joe Fitzgerald
Watch Protesters March for City College of San Francisco
July 9, 2013 • Posted by KQED News Staff
About 200 people marched to the Federal Department of Education's offices in San Francisco Tuesday to protest City College of San Francisco's loss of accreditation.
California to weigh science standards stressing experimentation -- California Board of Education will consider new science standards that replace memorization of facts with hands-on experimentation. Some say the state needs to improve its education, not its standards. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/10/13
California Considers New School Science Standards
Science has become more like science fiction in the past decade, with amazing innovations from stem cell research to driverless cars. Now science instruction in California could experience a transformation as well. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
Despite drop in number of foster youth, significant educational obstacles remain -- Children’s advocates are welcoming a new report showing a sharp drop in the number of foster youth in California, but also caution that less isn’t necessarily a sign of improvement. This is especially the case in education, where most schools still have not figured out how to help foster youth succeed academically. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/10/13
Los Angeles community colleges begin to deal with sanctions -- Los Angeles Mission College President Monte Perez had shut off his smartphone and sat down for a late afternoon movie when he had a bad feeling about the accreditation of his campus. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/10/13
Southern California is big summer destination for Chinese teenagers trying out American education -- Dozens of Chinese teenagers aboard the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday were headed to a summer English program in a religious school in the San Fernando Valley. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 7/10/13
Looking for a solution to the jump in student loan interest rates -- Interest rates on federal student loans double to 6.8%, but Congress could pass a retroactive fix. Democrats want a short-term rate extension while a bipartisan group seeks a long-term solution. Marina Villeneuve in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/10/13
Harry Reid blasts student loan rate plans -- Senate Democratic leadership is showing no sign of letting up on its pursuit of a one-year extension of subsidized student loan rates of 3.4 percent. Burgess Everett Politico -- 7/10/13
Crowdsourced Classroom Opens Door to Interactive Learning -- In theory, the idea of online courses sounds extremely convenient. In reality, sitting in front of a computer screen passively watching a video and then filling out standard multiple choice quizzes can quickly become boring. Luisa Rollenhagen Mashable -- 7/10/13
New lawsuit an ‘assault’ on unions
A California lawsuit filed this spring against teachers unions could have widespread national implications for labor laws. Ten non-union teachers and the Christian Educators Association are suing their local, state and national unions, alleging that the organizations are forcing them to pay to support political activities they do not agree with in violation of their first amendment rights.
Why Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters
By Robert Reich
A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage.
State News: July 10, 2013
29,000 inmates enter 2nd day of hunger strike in largest prison protest in California history -- In the largest prison protest in California history, 29,000 inmates have refused to eat for a second day in a row to protest long-term isolation of inmates in what are called security housing units, or SHU. Julie Small KPCC Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 7/10/13
Cascade of poor decisions led to broken Bay Bridge bolts, oversight panel says -- Taxpayers looking to place blame for the missteps behind the catastrophic failure of steel bolts on the new Bay Bridge will find plenty of targets in a blistering 102-page report unveiled this week and on the table for debate at a public meeting Wednesday. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/10/13
CalPERS to post 500,000 pensioners' data online -- The California Public Employees' Retirement System will launch a searchable pension database with information that is deemed public, such as a retiree's name, monthly gross pension payment and some employment history, said spokeswoman Amy Norris. The database is expected to go live next week. Associated Press -- 7/10/13
CFT in the News: July 9, 2013
Alisa Messer on KPFA - Up Front this morning
City College of San Francisco gets special trustee over accreditation
By Carla Rivera July 8, 2013
Trustee is appointed to address problems at City College of San Francisco, which is appealing an impending loss of accreditation.
"It's good and reassuring that the state chancellor cares about City College and recognizes that allowing it to shut down is not a reasonable option," said City College board member Rafael Mandelman. "But I have a real question about whether we can retain accreditation without a governing board, a question about how the process moves forward without locally elected officials participating."
Faculty union President Alisa Messer was also unconvinced.
"It doesn't appear that there are a lot of things, unfortunately, that will satisfy the accrediting commission," said Messer, an English instructor.
Advocates plan march on federal education officials in fight to save City College
SAN FRANCISCO — A coalition of City College San Francisco students, faculty and supporters are planning a march Tuesday to speak out against last Wednesday's decision to terminate the school's accreditation.
The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations.
Students And Faculty Marching On Feds In Protest Of Plan To Pull SF City College Accreditation
by Bay City News | July 8, 2013
A coalition of City College San Francisco students, faculty and supporters are planning a march Tuesday to speak out against last Wednesday’s decision to terminate the school’s accreditation.
The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations.
Education News: July 9, 2013
City College of San Francisco trustees lose power -- State officials stripped authority from the elected Board of Trustees for City College of San Francisco on Monday and installed a "special trustee" with unilateral powers to try and save the school from losing accreditation in one year. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/9/13
Calif. removes City College of San Francisco board
SAN FRANCISCO—State officials have installed a new chief for City College of San Francisco in an effort to save the school from losing its accreditation.
The move comes after the school's elected Board of Trustees was stripped of authority on Monday. The Associated Press 07/09/2013 KTVN 07/09/2013
LAUSD summer school a 'sorry' experience with limited offerings -- "Sorry, we're not offering Spanish." "Sorry, algebra is full." "Sorry, your name's not on the list." "Sorry ..." "Sorry ..." "Sorry ..." And so it went early Monday at Chatsworth High School, where a couple hundred students had lined up by 8 a.m. in hopes of securing one of a handful of open seats in Los Angeles Unified's bare-bones summer school program. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/9/13
Boehner blames Senate Dems for student loan interest rate hike -- Speaker John Boehner on Monday blamed Senate Democrats and President Obama for letting interest rates double on student loans. Molly K. Hooper The Hill -- 7/9/13
With Vote Scheduled, Senate No Closer to Answer on Student Loans -- A week away from Washington with appearances at parades, barbecues and picnics did not push senators any closer to agreement on how to deal with expired federally subsidized student loan rates. Meredith Shiner Roll Call -- 7/9/13
McGeorge law school says it will shrink by more than 40 percent -- Student enrollment at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will scale down to about 600 students over the next three years, accompanied by about a 40 percent reduction in staff. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/9/13
State News: July 9, 2013
Bay Bridge: Opening of new span to be delayed for weeks or months -- The broken bolts on the Bay Bridge have broken the schedule, forcing the construction team to postpone for weeks or months the opening of the Bay Area's shiny new white signature bridge. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury
California prison officials say 30,000 inmates refuse meals -- California officials Monday said 30,000 inmates refused meals at the start of what could be the largest prison protest in state history. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/9/13
Businesses Among Top Recent Brown Donors -- California Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t officially said he’s running for re-election, but a burgeoning campaign account suggests it’s likely. And the list of donors may surprise you. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 7/9/13
CFT in the News: July 8, 2013
Appeal or Bust
By Paul Fain July 8, 2013
There are no clear answers to the question of where City College of San Francisco’s 85,000 students will go if the college shuts down next year.
"We've been losing an incredible amount of talent, both through retirement and people going elsewhere," said Alisa Messer, an English instructor at City College and president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the college’s primary faculty union.
KGO Pat Thurston
7/8/13 6pm Sunday
Setting the record straight about the BART union is executive director of SEIU Pete Castelli. At 6:30pm, Alisa Messer and Li Miao Lovett are from AFT 2121 in the studio to discuss the ACCJC stripping City College of its accreditation, effective July 31, 2014.
San Francisco City College to Lose Accreditation
July 7, 2013 | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco last week that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation’s largest institutions of higher learning.
“I am furious, and I think this decision is absolutely outrageous,” Rafael Mandelman, a member of the college’s elected Board of Trustees, said. “Every person and every part of this school have done backflips to address issues the ACCJC raised. At the end of all of this, to reach this result, is mind-boggling.”
California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt, whose union represents community college faculty and staff, characterized the commission’s decision as petty and mean-spirited. He said his organization planned to file a grievance against the accrediting commission with the U.S. Department of Education, which authorizes regional accrediting bodies. Court action is another possibility, he said.
Stunned by Accreditor, City College of San Francisco Suddenly Faces Hard Choices
By Paul Basken July 7, 2013
For the past year, the City College of San Francisco worked hard to meet accreditation rules—cutting its staff, retooling its management, and winning critical new taxpayer support. A core part of its community, the institution appeared to many to have done just enough to save its life.
The federally recognized accrediting agency's decision was unexpected and "outrageous," said Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents City College faculty members. That's because the City College was making progress on governance and budgetary issues, all while showing no signs of poor or declining student performance, Ms. Messer said.
Mammoth 2-Year College to Lose Accreditation
By Paul Fain July 5, 2013
City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation in one year and be shut down, its regional accreditor announced on Wednesday, unless the college can prevail in a review or appeal process with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Faculty unions have been harshly critical of the commission over its handling of the CCSF crisis, as well as its sanctions of other California community colleges. The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the commission of having conflicts of interest and failing to follow state and federal laws.
Accreditation Commission Gives City College of San Francisco a Death Sentence
Friday, July 05, 2013
City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California, has failed its biggest test and was officially informed this week it will lose the accreditation that is critical to its survival.
The California Federation of Teachers called the commission’s actions “the poster child for ACCJC overreach” and accused it of terrorizing community colleges throughout the state for very little reason. The federation said the commission used “linguistic sleight-of-hand” to change the rules for receiving accreditation between 2006 and 2012.
City College of San Francisco to Lose Accreditation Next Year
By Bay City News | Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013
City College of San Francisco teachers, administrators and advocates responded with shock and outrage to a regional accrediting commission's announcement today that the school's accreditation has been terminated, effective next year.
Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, City College's faculty union, called the ACCJC's decision "shocking for the whole City College community" and said it will have "a terrible effect" on the school.
Josh Pechthalt, president of California Federation of Teachers, which in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations, said today's decision was more of the same.
City College loses accreditation, throwing its future into doubt
Joe Fitzgerald 07.03.13 -
City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation, it was announced today, and the venerable local college may not survive. With its impending death, the future of thousands of San Franciscans seeking education and a better life are in limbo.
Despite City College's improvements the California Federation of Teachers is set on fighting the accreditation commission's decision. They filed a massive 280-plus page complaint to the U.S. Department of Education alleging that the accreditation commission violated many of its own rules in evaluating CCSF.
Education News: July 8, 2013
CALIFORNIA ACCREDITATION AGENCY GOES "All In" ACCJC threatens to terminate CCSF
by Rick Sterling‚ Jul. 08‚ 2013
On the second floor of a small office building in suburban Novato, California are the headquarters of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). A "For Lease" sign is out front. ACCJC office neighbors on the second floor are "1st Global Capital" and "Big Cat Advertising". The office is unassuming but ACCJC has managed to acquire the power to threaten the existence of community colleges throughout the state.
It's time to get serious about saving CCSF
by Examiner Editorial
There is a grim date looming on the horizon for City College of San Francisco: July 31, 2014. That day, which is a little more than a year from now, is when the community college would lose its accreditation and potentially close — if appeals are unsuccessful.
GED test changes have students scrambling -- Across the state and nation, adults are racing to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates by December -- or start all over again with tougher, computerized tests next year. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/8/13
Don Brann's biggest challenge yet: saving Inglewood schools -- The former administrator has revitalized struggling school districts before, but he has never faced the massive financial burdens of Inglewood Unified. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13
Effort to shorten process of firing teachers faltering again -- For the second straight year, legislation to quicken and simplify dismissal procedures for teachers is in danger of running aground. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/8/13
Costs to implement new student testing system starting to pile up -- Buying and installing a new system of K-12 student assessments aligned to the common core state standards will likely cost California $67 million, according to a report before the board of education this week. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/8/13
An empty chair at graduation because of a promising life cut short -- Clarence Bourne, 20, had excelled in Venice YouthBuild, a program that provides education and leadership opportunities. Gunshots in South L.A. ended his dreams. Nicole Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13
UCLA, Southwestern law students to write 'real world' amicus briefs -- Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13
Scrambling for student loan rate fix -- Congress returns to Washington this week groping for a way to retroactively fix a high-profile doubling of some federal student loan rates. Burgess Everett Politico -- 7/8/13
Supt. John Deasy faces rocky relationship with new LAUSD president -- Supt. John Deasy threatened to resign over the election of board President Richard Vladovic. Now the two must find a way to work together. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13
Lawmakers to end excessive bond practice -- California lawmakers are on the verge of passing sweeping legislation to rein in school districts that raise money for construction projects by using an expensive and once-obscure financing tool. Michael Gardner UT San Diego$ -- 7/7/13
Online remedial classes get an A for effort but need work -- As colleges experiment with online remedial classes to save money and serve more students, they're finding the concept isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13
School gardens in Bell Gardens feed a community -- The Environmental Garden Club operates an urban farm at every public school in the city. For many of the city's poor Latino residents, the farms are the only source of organic produce. Titania Kumeh in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13
UC Riverside's goal: more Native American students in college -- A camp at UC Riverside encourages Native American high school students to pursue higher education. So far, it has a 90% success rate. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13
State News: July 8, 2013
Walters: California oil could boom again -- When the Legislature's 2013 session began, one of its hottest topics – as indicated by the number of bills – was hydraulic fracturing, a technique to extract oil from shale thousands of feet below the earth's surface with high-pressure injection of water and chemicals. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/8/13
CFT in the News: July 3, 2013
Announcement imminent on fate of City College of San Francisco -- With a decision on the future of City College of San Francisco due as early as Wednesday afternoon, most community college leaders are optimistic that the credentialing commission that ordered the college to “show cause” as to why it shouldn’t be shut down will allow City College to keep its accreditation and possibly move it to a lower level of sanction.
“What we’ve heard is anecdotal,” said Chris Hanzo, executive director of AFT Local 2121, which represents the City College faculty. “We think we’ll continue on sanction, possibly ‘show cause’, which would be very bad.”
Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/3/13
Education News: July 3, 2013
Michelle Rhee’s group tripled its budget -- Former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s advocacy group tripled its budget in the second year of existence, while spending heavily on politics across the country. BYRON TAU Politico -- 7/3/13
Brown targets middle class families with scholarship funding -- Jerry Brown, head of a state that has sharply reduced funds for higher education in recent years, is showing his efforts for change by signing into law a bill that helps a middle class family struggling to foot increasing bills. Samantha Gallegos Capitol Weekly -- 7/3/13
Vladovic replaces six-term incumbent as L.A. Unified board president -- The choice has symbolic importance, signaling that the board majority intends to exert more control over L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. The ascendancy of Vladovic also marks the decline in influence of just-departed L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Garcia was Villaraigosa's most loyal ally on the seven-member body. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/2/13
Transitional kindergarten enrollment varies widely across districts -- Local control and parental prerogative, two hallmarks of the state’s new transitional kindergarten program, led to large variations in enrollment rates across the largest school districts in the state during the first year the program was available, according to an EdSource survey. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 7/3/13
Counselor Helps At-Risk Teens to Talk, Rather Than Fight
Many public schools are trying to create environments where at-risk students can talk through their struggles with an adult, instead of getting suspended or expelled. It's called "Restorative Justice," and the idea is to keep kids in school and off the streets. In this installment of our occasional series "What's Your Story," we meet Eric Butler, a Restorative Justice counselor at Ralph Bunche High School, a continuation school in West Oakland. His story was produced by Aaron Mendelson.
State News: July 3, 2013
State agrees to move 2,600 inmates at risk of valley fever -- California corrections officials say they will try to "fully comply" with a federal court order to move up to 2,600 inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of harms way. Don Thompson Associated Press Julie Small KPCC -- 7/3/13
BART strike talks resume as attention turns to Fourth of July travel -- As train stations sat empty for a second day and commuters grew increasingly impatient, BART and its unions resumed negotiations Tuesday night with pressure mounting to halt a strike that now threatens Bay Area Fourth of July plans. Mike Rosenberg and Matt O'Brien in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13
Political Pressure Grows as BART Strike Continues
by KQED News Staff and Wires | July 2, 2013
Contract talks between striking BART workers and the transit agency resumed on Tuesday evening, and some political pressure is growing for the two sides to reach an agreement.
Education News: July 2, 2013
Infusion of money for career education in new state budget -- Programs that prepare students for college and careers are about to get a jolt of one-time state money that supporters are counting on to lead to a permanent and sustainable expansion of programs. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/2/13
Governor Jerry Brown signs pension reform law exception for new leader of Inglewood Unified -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a little-known bill Monday that allows the new state-appointed leader of the troubled Inglewood Unified School District to collect his pension while getting paid by the K-12 district. Rob Kuznia in the Torrance Daily Breeze -- 7/2/13
Jerry Brown signs school funding overhaul — Gov. Jerry Brown ushered in the most sweeping changes to the way California funds its public schools in 25 years on Monday, signing into law a new funding formula that was the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year. Juliet Williams Associated Press — 7/2/13
Jerry Brown says UC, CSU leaders pledged to pursue online ed 'vigorously' -- ov. Jerry Brown said today that he vetoed his own budget proposal to earmark $20 million for online education at the University of California and California State University systems only after leaders of those institutions assured him they would pursue online course offerings on their own. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13
L.A. County must pay millions to LAUSD -- An appeals court has ordered Los Angeles County to refund the Los Angeles Unified School District millions of dollars in redevelopment area property tax revenues that it had inaccurately withheld for years, and avoid shortchanging the LAUSD in the future. Christina Villacorte in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/2/13
Stanford's record gift: $151 million -- Stanford University has received a jaw-dropping $151 million donation, its largest gift ever from a single living person, the university announced Monday. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/2/13
Judge rejects claim that yoga in schools is religious instruction — A San Diego Superior Court judge Monday rejected a claim by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$— 7/2/13
Everything you need to know about the politics of the student loan fight -- The interest rate on a widely utilized student loan doubled Monday after lawmakers on Capitol Hill failed to reach a deal to keep them from rising. How did Congress get to this point? And what’s next? Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post$ -- 7/2/13
Marwell: Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology -- The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week includes $1.25 billion to accelerate the adoption of the Common Core in California. Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99 percent of America’s K-12 students to 1 gigabit of bandwidth in the next five years. Evan Marwell EdSource -- 7/2/13
State News: July 2, 2013
Data breaches accessed information of 2.5 million Californians -- Electronic data breaches put the personal information of 2.5 million Californians at risk in 2012, according to a new report released Monday by Attorney General Kamala Harris. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13
BART strike costing Bay Area economy more than $73 million a day -- The Bay Area economy stands to lose more than $73 million a day in lost productivity and commerce for each day the BART strike persists, an influential group estimated Monday. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13
California sees strong tax revenue in June -- The fiscal year ended on a high note for California, according to a report released Monday evening by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/2/13
California budget gets positive report from S&P — with caveats — A Wall Street ratings agency gave California's new spending plan a thumbs up on Monday while also expressing concerns about the state's debt and its politicized budget process. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ — 7/2/13
Pink is order of the day at California Legislature -- California Democrats rarely find themselves praising the decisions of Texas officials -- more often they're antagonists, if the airwave spat between Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Gov. Rick Perry earlier this year is any indication -- but for at least a day, Wendy Davis changed that. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13
BART strike moves into second day -- Many Bay Area commuters may have gone to bed Sunday night wondering if BART would manage to make a deal with its employee unions, averting the transit agency's first strike in 16 years. Monday night, there was little cause for optimism: All appearances were that the strike would not be resolved before the Tuesday morning commute began. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13
Oakland workers strike, shutting down City Hall -- They didn't snarl traffic or bring commuters to their knees, but Oakland municipal workers walked off their jobs for the first time in more than a half century Monday and threatened to do it again if the city doesn't sweeten its contract offer. Matthew Artz in the Oakland Tribune -- 7/2/13
CFT in the News: July 1, 2013
S.F. City College's finances in disarray
Money management at City College of San Francisco is rife with problems - from payroll headaches to infighting to poorly trained staff - even after a year of transformation, concludes a new analysis of how the troubled school manages its $343 million budget. …
"Pay cuts and shifting pay schedules have already been a hardship on workers," said Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union. "The added injury of not getting a correct paycheck - or sometimes any paycheck at all - is inexcusable."
Supreme Court decisions
The California Federation of Teachers today issued the following statement regarding two important decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court:
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:08 AM PDT
On the Voting Rights Act: In striking the section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act subjecting states and local governments with a track record of voting exclusion to preclearance, the Supreme Court majority is sending an unfortunate message to young people of color: if you live in the wrong place, don't expect, when you are voting age, to be able to vote, and don't expect the government, if you face problems, to help you vote.
Education News: July 1, 2013
City College students a step closer to earning SF minimum wage
06.28.13 | Joe Fitzgerald |
Student workers at City College may soon be paid San Francisco’s minimum wage of $10.55 an hour, thanks to a motion made by Student Trustee Shanell Williams at last night’s college board meeting.
Student discipline must move beyond ‘willful defiance,’ educators say —California schools urgently need strategies for discipline that help children learn from mistakes, make reparations for harm and go on to succeed, a group of educators said last week in support of a bill that would dramatically change school discipline practices by banning the use of “willful defiance” in meting out expulsion and restricting its use in mandating suspension. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource —7/1/13
Judge to rule on whether yoga tied to religion —An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over the public school program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit in February to stop the district-wide classes. Julie Watson Associated Press —7/1/13
Tell Me More: Education Special And Twitter Chat
by Tell Me More Staff | July 1, 2013
Use #NPRAspen to share your ideas about improving education and learning.
Education has been a critical topic for Michel Martin at NPR's Tell Me More, and we are eager to again tackle the topic of learning and education.
Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors
Katrina Schwartz | July 1, 2013
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.
CFT in the News: April 30, 2013
California lawmakers latest to consider limits for cops in schools - By Susan Ferriss - As the national debate grows louder over deploying police in schools , the largest state in the union — California — is considering a bill that would require schools to set “clear guidelines” defining the role of school police and limit their involvement in disciplinary matters. ; … ; Jones-Sawyer’s bill does have support from the California Federation of Teachers, the union representing many Los Angeles teachers. That support helps it over one major political hurdle. The California Teachers Association, an even larger union, has no position yet.
Editorial: Attack on school reformers rings hollow - Teachers union-backed denunciation at California Democratic convention draws scant support. - ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - This time, the powerful teachers' unions went too far. At this month's California Democratic Convention, a resolution attacking education reform movements was approved by delegates. It was sponsored by the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers and the California Faculty Association.
Education News: April 30, 2013
Accreditation Review at Community College Puts Local Economy at Risk, Too - A number of community colleges in California have been so battered by budget cuts, and frankly, mismanagement, they're at risk of losing their accreditation. It's a big deal for the communities around these colleges, which are often tightly tied to the local economy. Alice Daniel has this story about College of the Sequoias in the Central Valley city of Visalia. Reporter: Alice Daniel
High-stakes test time for state's schools -- Preparations for standardized testing include assemblies, free food, high-tech analyses. Gary Warth UT San Diego -- 4/30/13
Positive school climate boosts test scores, study says -- It’s the million-dollar question or, given the size of the California education budget, the $50-billion-dollar question: What makes extraordinarily successful schools different from other schools? The answer: school climate, according to a new study from WestEd, a San Francisco-based research agency. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 4/30/13
Brown's "Principle of Subsidiarity" Draws Support - with an Asterisk -- California Governor Jerry Brown wants to give local school districts more flexibility in how they spend state tax dollars. But many lawmakers have conflicted reactions: They support the broad idea - except when it comes to their favorite programs. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 4/30/13
Advocacy groups urge rejection of NCLB waiver for California districts -- Seven advocacy and civil rights organizations, led by Washington-based The Education Trust, have called on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to deny nine California districts a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, saying any deviation from a statewide waiver “would be the wrong path forward.” John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/30/13
L.A. Unified board will back classroom breakfast program -- A majority of L.A. Unified School Board members said they will vote to continue a classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by the teachers union. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/30/13
How One College Is Closing The Computer Science Gender Gap -- There are still relatively few women in tech. Maria Klawe wants to change that. As president of Harvey Mudd College, a science and engineering school in Southern California, she's had stunning success getting more women involved in computing. WENDY KAUFMAN NPR -- 4/30/13
Budget Cuts Nix $90 Million in Federal College Aid -- Schools near military bases and tribal lands will face a $60 million shortfall between now and September and aid to college students will be cut by almost $90 million, according to the Education Department’s plan to carry out the automatic spending cuts mandated by Congress. PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press -- 4/30/13
Freedberg: Washington and Sacramento must end Cold War on education -- Some high level diplomacy is called for to end the Cold War between Sacramento and Washington that has frozen out the state from benefiting from the major education initiatives of President Obama’s education reform agenda. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 4/30/13
Stanford study says MRI scans can predict outcome of math tutoring -- When it comes to math, MRIs may be better than IQs -- and even past math scores -- at showing whether a tutor can help a child master everything from trapezoids to trigonometry. Jessica Shugart in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/30/13
Deval Patrick’s and Pat Quinn’s Multi-Billion Dollar Teachers’ Pension Woes - April 30, 2013 - When people talk about the nation’s insolvent teachers’ pension that make up a key part of traditional compensation, the Massachusetts State Teachers Retirement almost never comes to mind.
State News: April 30, 2013
Handful of lawmakers wants to end 'gut-and-amend' bills -- A bipartisan handful of legislators is trying to stop the Sacramento tradition known as the "gut-and-amend" bill -- the last-minute, late-night law-making that has become the summertime norm in the Capitol. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 4/30/13
State must remove thousands at risk of valley fever at two prisons -- The federal court official in charge of running healthcare for California's troubled prison system on Monday directed the state to immediately remove more than a third of the inmates at two state prisons because of the risk of valley fever. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/30/13
Walters: California's health turf war should cause fear -- Senate Bills 491, 492 and 493 won approval of a Senate committee Monday and we should all be afraid – very afraid – because once again, state legislators are voting on "scope of practice." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/30/13
Education News: April 29, 2013
City College of San Francisco Reaches Pact With a Key Group of Faculty Leaders - April 29, 2013by Charles Huckabee - The City College of San Francisco, which is under pressure from its accreditor to streamline its governance structure and make other changes, has reached a key labor agreement that is expected to save the institution $1.6-million a year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
CCSF department chair contract finalized, expected to save $1.6 million - By: Andrea Koskey | 04/28/13 SF Examiner Staff Writer - CCSF says a structure change will cut its costs associated with department chairs by 50 percent. ;City College of San Francisco department chairs will be back in the classroom, albeit in reduced numbers, and working on-site five days a week. ;An agreement with the Department Chair Council was approved by the board of trustees Thursday.
Elk Grove Unified sets the pace on common core -- As the state struggles to bring common core curriculum standards into California classrooms, one district in the Sacramento region is well ahead of the curve in developing tools and resources needed to dramatically shift how students learn. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/29/13
California earns mediocre marks on national study of early childhood education -- California earned a lackluster rating on state spending, preschool access and program quality for early childhood education for the 2011-12 school year, according to the annual State of Preschool Report released Monday by the National Institute for Early Education Research. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 4/29/13
Analysis: Experience in Florida suggests caution with teacher evaluations not a bad idea -- Last week California lawmakers failed for a second consecutive year to find agreement on a new system for evaluating classroom educators – shooting down in the state Senate what the author called a modest proposal requiring districts to use multiple measurements in performing evaluations at least every three years for veteran personnel. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/29/13
Off-course or on track? Education bill could let community college students pay more for in-demand classes -- A new bill that may give community college students the chance to get into needed, high-demand courses during winter and summer sessions by paying more has sparked outrage among those who say it creates an unfair system in which the poor are left outside the door. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach Press -- 4/29/13
State funding for preschool drops as Obama calls for expansion -- State funding for preschool across the country dropped last school year after a decade of growth, tapping the brakes on the quality and reach of programs as President Obama has called for a massive expansion of early childhood education, according to a national survey scheduled for release Monday. Michael Alison Chandler in the Washington Post -- 4/29/13
First academic study of controversial LA Unified teacher evaluation program -- An academic study of a teacher evaluation method that looks at how much teachers are able to improve students' test scores gave the pilot program a good grade. But the study comes too late -- the teacher's union and Los Angeles Unified School District agreed not to use the measure in the district's new teacher evaluation protocols. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 4/29/13
Union Democracy for Some? - Scott Jaschik April 29, 2013 - The Professional Staff Congress -- which represents faculty members at the City University of New York -- is one of the largest faculty unions in the country, representing more than 25,000 people. The union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, has long been outspoken in discussions about the mistreatment of faculty members off the tenure track.
Education News: April 26-28, 2013
Walters: California Legislature ignoring teacher pension gap -- David Crane, a businessman who advised former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on financial matters – particularly long-term public pension deficits – recently wrote an I-told-you-so piece for the Bloomberg news service about the State Teachers Retirement System. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/28/13
Efforts to split Santa Monica-Malibu district gain new traction -- School board's decision to redistribute PTA funds to less wealthy schools is a turnoff for many in Malibu. Some in Santa Monica also see potential pluses in a breakup. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/28/13
Nearly 12% of Sac City students chronically absent, UC Davis study finds -- Thousands of Sacramento City Unified School District students consistently fail to take the most basic step toward learning at school – showing up for class. Loretta Kalb and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/28/13
Lopez: iPads in school: a toy or a tool? -- Whether equipping all students with iPads is a gimmick or a great idea, one San Fernando Valley school that's using them is sold. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/28/13
Tony Bennett takes note of an East L.A. high school -- Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, were at Esteban E. Torres High School in East Los Angeles on Friday to launch the expansion of their New York City-based nonprofit organization Exploring the Arts. Dalina Castellanos in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/28/13
L.A. Unified fight focuses on breakfast program -- Supt. John Deasy is leaving key funding decisions up to the board, the most controversial being the fate of morning meals in the classroom. Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/27/13
Blackface parody video at UC Irvine reminds students of past racism -- A member of a UC Irvine fraternity seen wearing blackface in a parody music video isn’t the first time charges of racism have been lobbed at the campus community, students said. Ari Bloomekatz in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/27/13
Denied job, blind man receives cash -- A national education provider has paid $100,000 to extract itself from a lawsuit over its refusal to hire a blind man for a position at its Rancho Cordova campus. Denny Walsh in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/27/13
30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report - by Claudio Sanchez | April 26, 2013 - Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan's administration released "A Nation at Risk," a report warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education.
State News: April 29, 2013
California may go forward without a financial reserve -- Arnold Schwarzenegger persuaded voters nine years ago that if they let him borrow money to cover the budget deficit, California's financial woes would end for good. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/29/13
Bill to boost California minimum wage approved by panel -- California's $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen. But don't count on it; Alejo has tried this before. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/29/13
California High-Speed Rail Authority sneaked in change to bidding process -- When the California High-Speed Rail Authority put the first stretch of its statewide train system out for bids last year, the agency set a high technical standard for five contracting teams courting the more than $1 billion construction contract. Tim Sheehan in the Modesto Bee -- 4/29/13
CFT in the News: April 26, 2013
Michelle Rhee, Once More, Fast and Loose with the Truth - By Joshua Pechthalt Posted on 26 April 2013 - "When will the Teflon wear off?" is a question many have asked about Michelle Rhee, self-proclaimed public school advocate, but in practice, tip of the spear for the school privatization industry.
Hunger hides in plain sight on Central Coast - Mark James Miller/Looking Forward - Hunger wears many faces. It could be that of a homeless man or woman standing on a street corner, holding a crude cardboard sign that says, “Will work for food.” ... ; Mark James Miller is president of the Part-Time Faculty Association of Allan Hancock College, California Federation of Teachers Local 6185.
Education News: April 26, 2013
Democrats push back on governor's school funding plan -- Democrats in California's state Senate are pushing back, ever so politely, on the specifics in Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to redirect billions of dollars to school districts serving the poor and English learners. John Myers News10
How do the education funding plans differ? -- Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/26/13
Democrats split on timing, specifics of Brown’s funding formula -- Joan Buchanan, the Democratic chair of the Assembly Education Committee, grilled administration officials at length Wednesday on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to reform school funding. She wanted, without success, to get them to concede there are flaws and inconsistencies in the plan. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/26/13
Podcast: Getting Schooled -- In the real life classroom that is politics, the next few weeks will be fascinating at the state Capitol on the subject of education. John Myers News10 -- 4/26/13
L.A. Unified removes four administrators from their posts -- Two senior officials and two principals were removed pending completion of a probe into their handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a teacher. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/26/13
UC Irvine fraternity being investigated over 'racist' video -- Officials at UC Irvine have launched an investigation after a public outcry over a recent video produced by students from a fraternity that showed a person in blackface. Ari Bloomekatz in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/26/13
Law that holds parents accountable for kids truancy applied differently across Southern California -- Last week, six parents in Orange County who had let their kids miss up to 22 days from school were charged with two misdemeanors: contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to reasonably supervise or encourage school attendance. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 4/26/13
Bills seek to reopen California 9-11 scholarship fund -- Three state lawmakers proposed legislation on Thursday to reopen a memorial scholarship program for the relatives of Californians who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but did not know they were eligible for the program, which is funded by the state's sale of specialty license plates. JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press -- 4/26/13
New Graduation Requirements Will Require Support -- Freshmen in San Diego city high schools this year are the first class to have to complete the courses needed to get into the University of California or California State University in order to graduate. Kyla Calvert KPBS -- 4/26/13
The Coming Revolution in Public Education -- Critics say the standardized test-driven reforms pushed by those like Michelle Rhee may actually be harming students. JOHN TIERNEY The Atlantic -- 4/26/13
Study says many online students prefer face-to-face classes -- As colleges are rushing -- or being pushed -- to embrace online education, they might want to take pause: Most students prefer connecting with teachers and fellow students and don’t want to take all of their classes online, a new study suggests. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/26/13
Bruno: California should not adopt Next Generation Science Standards -- With the release of the final draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), states must begin in earnest to consider replacing their own existing standards. California should be especially cautious in this deliberation because, by some measures, the Golden State already has some of the strongest science standards in the country. PAUL BRUNO EdSource -- 4/26/13
AM Alert: Is California back? UC event looks at money, politics - The notion of California being transformed from national poster state for dysfunction to leader was a recurring theme during the California Democratic Party convention, and talk of California getting back on the road to prosperity has become even more popular as we get reports of fiscal stability. A symposium today is taking a more rigorous look at such sunny claims.
State News: April 26, 2013
Congressional Democrats demand resignation of Brown appointee -- Five Congressional Democrats have demanded the resignation of a top official in Gov. Jerry Brown's administration for comments the official allegedly made about the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/26/13
Governor urges fast review of Delta tunnels -- Gov. Jerry Brown wants federal officials to expedite review of the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, his proposal to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/26/13
CFT in the News: April 25, 2013
COLLEGES: Educators fighting online course legislation - Posted on | April 24, 2013 As more colleges and universities gravitate toward the Internet, offering more online classes, including massive open online courses, which cost users nothing, some teachers are trying to put on the brakes. ; … ;The group is made up of representatives from the California Teachers Association, the California Faculty Association, the California Federation of Teachers and the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.
Education News: April 25, 2013
Teacher evaluation bill opposed by unions dies in committee -- Legislation that would have required more frequent evaluations of educators was killed by a state Senate committee Wednesday under strong opposition from teachers' unions. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/25/13
Brown vows 'battle of their lives' for school funding critics -- Gov. Jerry Brown laid down a large political marker Wednesday, vowing to do whatever it takes to get the Legislature to approve his plan for shifting more education dollars to school districts that serve low-income students and English learners. John Myers News10
CSU chief concerned about Brown’s higher ed plan -- California State University Chancellor Timothy White expressed concern Wednesday that the governor wants to tie state funding to increasing the number of freshmen who graduate in four years and to other targets that could undermine the mission of the nation’s largest university system. Karen Kucher UT San Diego -- 4/25/13
State Lawmakers Take Up Measure on Online Higher Education by KQED News Staff and Wires | April 24, 2013 - On Wednesday, California state lawmakers once again took up the controversial subject of online higher education. A Senate committee heard a new version of a bill that would require the state's public colleges and universities to grant credit for online courses offered by outside groups, including for-profit companies.
California education: Making high school students pass all courses needed for admission to the University of California could backfire -- As schools strive to prepare students for college, more districts are requiring teens to take college prep courses -- the same courses required for admission to the University of California -- in order to graduate from high school. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/25/13
Rumor of deal roils teachers union -- UTLA members allege that one of their leaders made a private arrangement on staffing with a school board candidate. Antonio Sanchez and union vice president Gregg Solkovits deny any deal. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/25/13
ACLU sues state over English-language instruction -- Civil rights groups sued the state Department of Education and the Board of Education on Wednesday, saying they are failing in their obligation to require school districts to provide 20,318 English learners with the language instruction they are entitled to by law. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 4/25/13
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg donates $350,000 to LAUSD reformer's campaign -- Earlier this year when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked his New York City counterpart to back a slate of candidates in the Los Angeles Unified board primary election, Michael Bloomberg donated $1 million to the Coalition for School reform. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/25/13
Students seek recall of 4 LBCC trustees -- A student leader at Long Beach City College this week issued recall notices to four trustees who voted in favor of eliminating 11 arts and trade programs earlier this year. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach Press -- 4/25/13
Jerry Brown promises opponents 'battle of their lives' on education overhaul - April 24, 2013- Facing resistance at the Capitol to his proposal to overhaul California's school financing formula and to shift more money to poor and English-learning students, Gov. Jerry Brown said today he considers the matter one of civil rights and will give opponents "the battle of their lives."
State News: April 25, 2013
LA mayor's race: City worker unions power the pro-Wendy Greuel Working Californians PAC -- A political action committee backed by city labor unions has collected $2.7 million in support of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, making it the biggest independent PAC in the race. Sharon McNary KPCC -- 4/25/13
CFT in the News: April 24, 2013
Teacher evaluations: Let the battle begin - By U-T San Diego Editorial Board, April 23, 2013 - It’s muscle-flexing time for the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers . On Wednesday, the state Senate Education Committee will take up a bill by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, that would adopt a formal state standard for evaluating teachers. But since one of the evaluation factors is student performance, the CTA and CFT have declared war on SB 441.
Education News: 4.24
Senate Democrats to propose alternative education plan -- Senate Democrats today suggested reservations about major elements of Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to overhaul California's school funding system, saying they will announce an alternative plan this week. Tom ChorneauSI&A Cabinet ReportJohn FensterwaldEdSource -- 4/24/13
CSBA's price of support: $5 billion more -- The California School Boards Association has indicated it would back Gov. Jerry Brown’s new funding formula for schools, but only if the governor delivers at least an additional $5 billion to raise the level of spending for all students. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/24/13
Panel moves to include grad rates as part of the API -- A state advisory panel got its first look Tuesday at a new formula that will integrate graduation rates into the state’s school accountability system but asked staff to circulate the proposal among stakeholders and bring it back before they will contemplate a final recommendation to the Legislature. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/24/13
Cal students want oil money for education, green energy, county governments and state parks -- Tired of rising tuition at UC Berkeley, a group of students said Monday it would help gather signatures for a state ballot measure taxing oil and gas extraction $2 billion for education, green energy, county governments and state parks. Doug Oakley in the Contra Costa Times -- 4/24/13
30 years later, nation remains at educational risk -- U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren't adept at new technology. America's economy will suffer if schools don't step up their game. PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press -- 4/24/13
Bay Area College Offers Master's in Batteries - By ;Bob Moffitt (Sacramento, CA) Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - San Jose State University has created a new master’s degree in battery technology. ;The school says there is a need for the degree because California's alternative fuel cell industry can't find enough qualified people to fill available positions.
State News: April 24, 2013
Jerry Brown urges budget restraint despite strong revenue -- Despite relatively robust income tax returns and a projection that the state will finish April billions of dollars ahead of estimates, Gov. Jerry Brown today dismissed a reporter's suggestion he must be "pretty happy," suggesting any overage may be tied up by Proposition 98, California's school-funding guarantee. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/24/13
Gov. Brown Facing Pressure On Prison Overcrowding -- Governor Jerry Brown is taking hits both inside and outside the State Capitol as he faces a stinging federal court order to reduce California’s prison population - and impassioned calls to expand it. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 4/24/13
Wealth of nearly all Americans fell after the recession -- The richest 7% of U.S. families saw their average wealth soar 28% from 2009 to 2011, while the remaining households lost 4% of their net worth over the same period, a new report finds. Don Lee in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/24/13
Education News: April 23, 2013
California ranks low in rates of attention deficit disorder -- California has one of the lowest rates of diagnosis in the nation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, raising questions about the role of regional, economic and cultural differences in identifying what scientists regard as a brain disorder. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 4/23/13
Getting SFUSD students to college - By: Richard A. Carranza | 04/22/13 - When Tanya, a senior at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, started high school, she met with a volunteer counselor from the Bar Association who sat down with her to map out her entire high school career. Because of this, Tanya knew exactly what she needed to do to get to college.
State officials to decide penalty for Burbank school breach of test security -- Burbank Unified may be punished by the state after a teacher allegedly helped students answer questions on a high stakes test. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 4/23/13
Are Student Loans Destroying the Economy? -- Recoveries are powered by two things. Houses and cars. And young people aren't buying either. That's the conclusion from a new study out of the New York Fed, via Brad Plumer, that can be easily read as blaming student debt for holding back the recovery by squashing home and auto sales. DEREK THOMPSON The Atlantic -- 4/23/13
Amended but Not Commended - By Ry Rivard April 22, 2013 - A closely watched and controversial California bill to allow online courses from unaccredited providers to count for credit in three of the world’s largest public college systems has been amended in an effort to calm faculty concerns -- but perhaps not to the faculty's own satisfaction.
Charter School Teachers Join the Union - April 22, 2013 / Samantha Winslow - Teachers at Ivy Academia in Los Angeles are the latest to join a wave of union organizing victories at charter schools.
;Fifty-six teachers and counselors joined the L.A. teachers’ union in February, following on the heels of schools in Michigan and New York.
Community Colleges Work to Fight Stereotypes - by Jasmine Evans April 22, 2013 - SAN FRANCISCO — Hundreds of community college faculty, staff and administrators have participated in several days of collaborative and motivational sessions at the American Association of Community Colleges’ Annual Conference. Dr. Walter Bumphus, AACC president and CEO, proudly stated to a crowd of more than 300 people that this is a “Camelot moment for community colleges.
Which New Ideas to Use - By Scott Jaschik April 23, 2013 - SAN FRANCISCO -- Some community colleges are exploring ways to use massive open online courses and open educational resources in their curriculums, but plenty are skeptical. Those are among the findings of a new survey of distance education officials at community colleges, released here on Monday.
State News: April 23, 2013
Brown wants to tie some funding of universities to new proposals -- Gov. Jerry Brown wants to tie some state funding for California's public universities to a host of new requirements, including 10% increases in the number of transfer students from community colleges and the percentage of freshmen graduating within four years. Chris Megerian and Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/23/13
California could end April $3.5 billion ahead of expectations -- California's tax revenues began 2013 stronger than expected and will end the all-important month of April some $3.5 billion ahead of Gov. Jerry Brown's assumptions. John Myers News10 -- 4/23/13
Education News: April 22, 2013
Test scores under investigation at Burbank school -- A McKinley Elementary teacher has been placed on administrative leave after a third-grade student reported that the teacher helped a class answer questions on state standardized tests this week. Kelly Corrigan in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/22/13
Kerchner: D.C. cheating issue calls test-driven incentives into question -- The smoke surrounding allegations of test score cheating in the Washington, D.C., public schools burst into flame last week. Charles Taylor Kerchner EdSource -- 4/22/13
State toughens regs for interns teaching English learners -- The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will now require non-credentialed Teach For America teachers and other intern teachers to receive more training in how to teach English learners and to get weekly on-the-job mentoring and supervision. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 4/22/13
Adelanto High School opening delayed again -- Since a majority of Adelanto's 30,000 residents voted in 2008 to start paying for the state-of-the-art campus, they've eagerly awaited promised openings in August 2012, then January 2013, then August 2013. Now, construction is finally complete, but residents say they're separated from their dream by a chain-link fence and an unsympathetic school board. Ryan Hagen in the San Bernardino Sun -- 4/22/13
Time to Make Teaching a Real Profession - April 20, 2013 - Teachers have somehow gotten themselves exempt from public accountability as a profession, such as the independent requirements doctors, nurses, accountants, and others must meet. ;The results for 60 million students, their parents, and the general public has been dismaying for too long.
Jerry Brown detailing plans for universities -- Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing forward with plans to shake up California's higher education system, including strict rules on tuition and fees, according to an administration spokesman. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/21/13
Students ready to fight bill that would create higher-fee classes -- Assemblyman's proposal to allow extension programs for community colleges is similar to the controversial two-tier system that Santa Monica College had sought. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/21/13
GED high school equivalency test to get major overhaul, become more difficult -- Hundreds of thousands of high school dropouts hoping to earn an equivalency diploma will have to pass a more challenging GED test that is being designed to improve the prospects of low-skilled workers in a high-tech economy. Michael Alison Chandler in the Washington Post -- 4/21/13
New standardized tests feature plugs for commercial products -- Talk about corporate-based school reform. New high-stakes standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards are featuring plugs for commercial products. And the companies didn’t have to pay a penny. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post -- 4/21/13
School Funding Plan Takes Stage in Budget Talks - A recent opinion poll found more than 70 percent of Californians surveyed support Gov. Brown's proposal to spend more of the state's budget for K-12 on English learners and low-income students. The conversation in Sacramento is about to kick into high gear, as budget negotiations get started. Reporter: Charla Bear
State News: April 22, 2013
Delta pipeline pact could 'get project done, then go away' -- Southern California water agencies have been quietly negotiating with state officials to take a major role in designing and building the giant Sacramento River diversion tunnels at the core of Gov. Jerry Brown's water policy for the state, according to documents obtained by The Bee. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/22/13
State, cities in next round of redevelopment fight -- A second round of bureaucratic bickering has begun over the dismantling of California's community redevelopment agencies. JUDY LIN Associated Press -- 4/22/13
How much can pensions squeeze other programs? - The question of whether pensions are “sustainable” may get an answer as a CalPERS board action last week ratchets up annual state and local pension costs during the next seven years.
Skelton: Chasm divides gun control and gun rights advocates -- The gun lobby is so hard-line that it's ignored by Sacramento Democrats. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/22/13
Education News: April 19, 2013
School chiefs offer mixed reviews of budget plan -- A trio of San Diego County school superintendents testified before a special Senate subcommittee Thursday, offering divergent views on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to overhaul state funding formulas for K-12 education. Michael Gardner UT San Diego -- 4/19/13
Innovative online developer to broaden college partnership -- The marriage of innovative online course developer Udacity and San Jose State University is going so well that the partners are offering for-credit summer classes to 10 times as many students per course. Susan Frey EdSource -- 4/19/13
University of California Admits Record Number of Students For Fall 2013 - By ; Marianne Russ - The University of California has admitted a record number of applicants for the fall freshman class, and that includes thousands more from outside California.
Rhee's Credibility Questioned as High-Stakes Testing is Exposed Again - By Lisa Schiff, 19 April 2013 ;Last week, high-stakes testing queen Michelle Rhee, was exposed. Thanks to the impressive investigative work of reporter John Merrow , the final dots have been connected making it clear that when Rhee was superintendent of Washington D.C.'s public schools, serious levels of cheating were occurring spurred on by the unrealistic pressure she put on principals and that she was fully aware of what was happening.
UC admits more out-of-state students - University of California campuses admitted a record high number of students for this fall, data released today show, including fewer in-state residents than last year and more students from other states and countries.
State News: April 19, 2013
Audit finds problems with California specialty plates -- State auditors reported significant problems on Thursday in how California agencies collect and spend money from certain specialty license plate funds, including the loss of more than $22 million in revenue that could have been used for programs to help veterans, college students, firefighters and others. DON THOMPSON Associated Press
Podcast: Questions for Brown -- You'd think reporters traveling with Gov. Jerry Brown for nine days in China would have exhausted all of their questions for the man. You'd be wrong, of course. John Myers News10 -- 4/19/13
Effort to save state's unemployment insurance program is underway -- The system, which helps 525,000 jobless Californians, is more than $10 billion in the red. A fix would involve raising employer costs, cutting benefits or both. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/19/13
CFT in the News: April 18, 2013
Public Education Fights for Its Life - Wednesday, 17 April 2013 By Max Eternity - ;This is not a new problem, per se. ; It is, however, an escalating one, and one that is being resisted. ; … ; KQED reports that California’s community colleges have dropped to a 20-year enrollment low, and in a video report at the Real News Network, Alisa Messer , President of CCSF Faculty Union, says that “what happened in California in the last several years is that we’ve pushed a half million students out of the community college system.”
Education News: April 28, 2013
San Francisco urges City College to use funds for classes - By: Andrea Koskey | 04/17/13 SF Examiner Staff Writer - ;Ailing City College of San Francisco is planning to use some of its Proposition A windfall, $16 million a year, to build up its tapped-out reserve funds. ;Two supervisors are calling on City College to use millions of dollars from a parcel tax to fund more classes rather than shoring up its financial reserves as college accreditation officials have warned it to do.
LAUSD OKs parent-trigger petition -- The school board ratifies a partnership between L.A. Unified and a charter school to take control of the low-performing 24th Street Elementary in Jefferson Park. Dalina Castellanos in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/18/13
Brown's school funding plan gets thumbs up in statewide poll -- Brown's push to eliminate most state-driven earmarks and to direct more money to districts with impoverished students was supported by more than two of every three adults surveyed, according to the Public Policy Institute of California poll. im Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$ 4/18/13
Math framework for Common Core ready for your critique -- A draft of the California math curriculum framework went online Wednesday for public comments and suggestions. While weighing in at 1,200 pages, the document is actually a readable grade-by-grade manual that puts meat on the bare-bones Common Core standards that the state adopted in 2010. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/18/13
Bill restricting ‘willful defiance’ for suspending students moves ahead -- With new data showing that more than half of all suspensions and a quarter of expulsions in California schools are for “willful defiance” of school authorities, the Assembly Education Committee voted 6-0 to move forward a bill that would restrict the use of the vague category by school administrators. Susan Frey EdSource -- 4/18/13
Districts collaborate to make one of CA’s best attendance oversight programs -- It might seem incongruous that one of the state’s best truancy prevention programs has emerged from the affluent, highly-educated coastal communities of south Los Angeles County. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/18/13
Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations -- Michelle Rhee, head of a group that advocates using student test scores to evaluate teachers, fends off accusations that she failed to pursue evidence of cheating when she ran the D.C. school system. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/18/13
L.A. Community College trustees approve salary plan -- College presidents in the Los Angeles Community College District will get a lower car allowance, but a higher salary under a plan approved Wednesday by the Board of Trustees. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/18/13
State News: April 18, 2013
Feinstein vows to keep fighting for ban on assault weapons -- A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines fell well short of the votes needed to pass the Senate Wednesday, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., vowed to continue her long fight for such legislation. Curtis Tate in the Sacramento Bee
CA Legislature kills bill to shield identities of armed teachers -- A bill pushed by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to train and shield armed "school marshals" failed to make it out of the Assembly Education Committee today after a 5-1 vote. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee
Jerry Brown starts push to revamp California's environmental law -- The governor is restrained in his expectations, however, acknowledging that the appetite for such change 'is bigger outside the state Capitol than it is inside.' Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/18/13
Skelton: Welcome home, governor. Now get to work -- While Gov. Jerry Brown was in China, a trip paid for by special interests, the real work was piling up — the budget, school funding, water, environmental act reforms, and the list goes on. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 4/18/13
Education News: April 12, 2013
College Of Sequoias At Risk Of Losing Accreditation -- College of the Sequoias is in danger of losing its accreditation and will be forced to close next year if it doesn't improve, the college said Thursday in a startling announcement. LEWIS GRISWOLD in the Fresno Bee -- 4/12/13
L.A. Teachers Vote 'No Confidence' In Supt. Deasy -- In a referendum, 91% disapproved of the superintendent, the teachers union says. A measure sharply criticizing the union's leadership and laying out priorities passes too. HOWARD BLUME in the Los Angeles Times $ ADOLFO GUZMAN-LOPEZ KPCC -- 4/12/13
New Teachers Entering Workforce Reaching Decade Low-Point -- The number of new teaching credentials issued in California last year fell below 16,500 – the lowest in more than a decade – continuing a serious downward slide that began at the onset of the recession. TOM CHORNEAU SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/12/13
Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation
By Mark Naison in the California Progress Report ; When people decide to resist unjust policies that have overwhelming support and for which there are few antecedents in their lifetime, mass movements do not erupt overnight. They are often inspired by the accumulation of individual acts of protest, taken at great risk.
CFT in The News: April 11, 2013
California Coalition Unites To Pass the LIFE Act to Reduce Gun Violence - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 -- Progressive groups in California are re-forming the powerful coalition of organizations that were instrumental in pushing forward legislation that protected California homeowners from predatory banks and passed Proposition 30 to balance California’s budget. ; … ; The coalition is led by the progressive California-based ;CourageCampaign.org ;in conjunction with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Bend the Arc: A Jewish Alliance for Justice, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, California Church Impact, the California Federation of Teachers , Clergy and Laity for Economic Justice - California (CLUE CA), CREDO Action, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and PICO.
Education News: April 11, 2013
Cal State to offer online engineering course at 11 more campuses -- Expansion comes after promising results at San Jose State and amid a push by Gov. Brown to offer classes online as a way to cut costs and serve more students. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/11/13
Bills move consolidating online services and preparing for common core -- Education lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step toward creating an updated, cohesive statewide technology network aimed at providing support to California schools and teachers as they transition to new common core curriculum standards and computer-based testing. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/11/13
Securities regulator adopts campaign disclosure rules on bond underwriters -- In a significant move aimed at curbing so-called ‘pay-to-play’ practices within the municipal bond market, a federal regulatory agency has adopted new disclosure requirements on dealers and underwriters participating in local bond elections. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/11/13
Dan Walters Daily: Legislators shredding Brown's school plan - While Gov. Jerry Brown tours China looking for business partners, lawmakers back in California have been taking apart his school finance plan, Dan says.
AM Alert: Torlakson, Molly Munger talk at education conference - Early childhood education has gained some traction as a strategy for reducing schooling discrepancies -- President Barack Obama called for universal pre-K in his State of the Union speech this year -- and advocates are hosting a conference on the issue this week at the Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento.
State News: April 11, 2013
Jerry Brown on the clock in China, signing MOUs -- Of all the things the Chinese government appears to take seriously, one of the most innocuous is the memorandum of understanding, known in city halls and state houses in the United States as the lowly MOU. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/11/13
Skelton: Brown's China trip may have dubious value for the state -- Special interests stand to gain, but the sorry track record of foreign trade offices opened by past governors holds a lesson. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/11/13
CFT in The News: April 10, 2013
Brown's China game plan steers clear of human rights issues -- April 10, 2013 - BEIJING – Gov. Jerry Brown opened his trade mission to China with a news conference here today, and the bank of Chinese television cameras on hand suggested his marketing value is high. ; … ; Like Davis, however, Wong cautioned against lecturing. Wong, who is also vice president of the California Federation of Teachers , said the United States has its own shortcomings to attend to, including economic inequality.
Education News: April 10, 2013
Fewer community college students completing degrees, transferring -- Fewer than half of California’s community college students transferred to a four-year school or earned an associate’s degree in 2011-12, the lowest level of completion in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the chancellor’s office. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/10/13
New scorecards show challenges for state’s community colleges -- Students who start community college prepared to take college-level courses have a better than 70 percent chance of earning a degree or certificate or transferring to a four-year college within six years. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 4/10/13
Long Beach City College fares well in California Community Colleges rankings - By Josh Dulaney and Dana Bartholomew Staff Writers 04/09/2013 A report released Tuesday shows Long Beach City College ranking above average in the state when it comes to graduating or sending college-ready students to four-year schools.
State graduation rates inch higher -- Despite the recession and years of budget cuts, California schools overall haven't lost any ground in getting students to graduation day, according to 2012 statistics released Tuesday. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 4/10/13
Bill would boost private-college Cal Grant awards -- Students at some private colleges and trade schools could receive more state grant money under one of several financial aid measures that passed a legislative committee Tuesday. LAURA OLSON Associated Press -- 4/10/13
Antioch: More parents of autistic children come forward alleging abuse -- Two weeks after her autistic son came home with bruises on his neck and face, allegedly at the hands of his teacher, a frustrated Michele Smith complained to Antioch's top two special education administrators. She says she received a stunning response: They asked her not to call police. Matthias Gafni in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/10/13
Assembly ed leaders challenge Brown’s school funding plan -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping plan to restructure school funding took a double hit Tuesday from key lawmakers who expressed what may be a growing consensus in the Legislature – that the proposal may need a lot more discussion before it is ready to be voted on. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/10/13
Apples to apples comparison of Brown’s funding formula -- Twenty-two of the 50 largest districts in the state would receive more money under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed K-12 funding formula when it’s fully funded, potentially in seven years, while 28 districts would do better if additional money were simply divvied up under the current system, with no reforms, according to data provided this week by the state Department of Finance. Of course, glaring problems with the current system would also persist if nothing were done. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/10/13
K-12 science education standards get revamp, include evolution, climate change -- After nearly two years of study and discussion, California and 25 other states released new K-12 science standards Wednesday, emphasizing critical thinking and including guidelines for teaching climate change and evolution. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 4/10/13
The University of Private Enterprise -- The infusion of corporate cash at UC Berkeley has drastically changed the type of scientific research conducted on campus. Joaquin Palomino East Bay Express -- 4/9/13
L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats -- Tenth Street Elementary is in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles, a few blocks west of the Staples Center and downtown skyscrapers. It's a tough neighborhood; school security is always an issue. Kirk Siegler NPR -- 4/10/13
California’s ‘parent trigger’ law tested in L.A. school decision - Stay Connected ;By Natasha Lindstrom | The Hechinger Report - NEW YORK — South Los Angeles parents were on the cusp of making history Tuesday by possibly becoming the first in the nation to force a public school overhaul without a court fight through California’s controversial “parent trigger” law.
State News: April 10, 2013
Brown trip gives lieutenant gov a chance to shine -- As Jerry Brown begins his first trip out of the country as governor, the man who might someday seek to replace him finds himself overseeing the affairs of the nation's most populous state - if only temporarily. JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press -- 4/10/13
Villaraigosa looks back and ahead during final state of the city address -- In his final State of the City address Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lashed out at the two candidates seeking to succeed him for their lack of “serious discussion” about education reform. Frank Stoltze KPCC
Prominent grower uses racial slur to refer to President Obama-- Mark Borba, one of the Central Valley's leading agricultural businessmen, referred to Obama as "Blackie" in a emailed rant about federal water policy laced with profanity and misspellings. Diana Marcum in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/10/13
CFT in The News: April 9, 2013
AM Alert: California Federation of Teachers lobbies lawmakers - April 9, 2013 ;It's lobby day for the California Federation of Teachers , which means members of the state's second-biggest teachers union (after the California Teachers Association) are in Sacramento to petition lawmakers.
TARGETING CLASSROOM PREDATORS: THE ENCORE - By Chris Reed, April 9, 2013 - Last June saw one of the rawest displays ever of the power wielded by the half-million-plus members of the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers.
Education News: April 9, 2013
UCLA report: public school suspension policies do more harm than good -- A report released Monday by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that suspensions affected as many as one-in-nine students beyond the elementary level. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 4/9/13
Some San Diego Schools Shy Away From Suspensions -- A new report finds middle and high schools across the country have increased their use of out-of-school suspensions since the 1970s. The increase has disproportionately affected African-American students and those with disabilities. Kyla Calvert KPBS -- 4/9/13
Cal Grants for Dream students rolling out for first time -- More than 20,000 unauthorized immigrants have applied for state grants for college — and at least a quarter of them are expected to qualify for a projected total of $19.5 million in the next school year, according to the California Student Aid Commission. Elizabeth Aguilera UT San Diego -- 4/9/13
LAUSD college-prep plan faces uphill struggle, Harvard study says -- A Harvard study released Monday found that just 16 percent of LAUSD's Class of 2011 passed the classes needed to attend California's public universities, an indicator of the challenges facing the district as it makes rigorous college-prep courses a requirement for graduation. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/9/13
Community colleges to offer Web data on their performance -- California community colleges on Tuesday will launch a new tool that provides a snapshot of performance at all 112 campuses, designed to help students pick the right school and push the institutions to improve. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/9/13
State News: April 9, 2013
Assembly passes bill limiting use of controversial school bonds -- The California Assembly passed a bill today that will limit the use of a controversial facilities improvement bond that allows school districts to delay repayment for decades while hefty interest obligations accumulate. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/9/13
Fracking foes in California win in court -- Fracking opponents in California have won what may be their first victory in court, with a federal magistrate's ruling that federal authorities broke the law when they leased land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil drillers without studying the possible risks of hydraulic fracturing. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle
Education News: April 8, 2013
LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system -- Los Angeles Unified would create a team of professional investigators to handle serious misconduct complaints against teachers as part of a new plan to overhaul the district's disciplinary process, which has been criticized as costly, unwieldy and unfair. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 4/8/13
UC, CSU systems revamping A-G criteria in advance of common core -- As California’s K-12 schools move to new common core curriculum, the state’s public four-year university systems are also revising their entrance course guidelines to provide clearer direction for high schools developing new standards-aligned, college-required classes. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/8/13
Long Beach has jumpstart on transitional kindergarten -- When California school districts were required by state law to start a new early kindergarten class for some 4-year-olds for the first time this year, Long Beach Unified had an easier task than most: to simply expand the existing “preppy kindergarten” program it started five years ago. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 4/8/13
Bennett: Brown’s funding formula must work for all districts -- Over the past few weeks, we have seen a marked change in the debate about education funding and the rebuilding of our decimated funding level. Ron Bennett EdSource -- 4/8/13
Few finishing community college courses on time -- Long Beach City College student Katherine Hamilton graduated from high school at age 16 with the hopes of finishing college early and starting a career. Four years later, Hamilton, 20, said she's still stuck in community college unable to get the classes she needs to transfer to a four-year university. Kelly Puente in the Long Beach Press -- 4/7/13
Charter school operators guilty of misusing funds -- In a case that could have impact statewide, a Los Angeles jury Friday found the operators of a west San Fernando Valley charter school guilty of illegally taking or misappropriating more than $200,000 in public funds. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/7/13
Assembly panel approves teacher dismissal bill -- A key Assembly committee has approved legislation that would expedite the dismissal process for California teachers accused of misconduct. Michael J. Mishak in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/6/13
Inland area makes a grab for Prop. 39 money -- The Inland region is in a strong position to tap into some of the $2.5 billion from last year’s Prop. 39 for energy-saving projects over the next five years, speakers testified Friday at a special Senate hearing in Riverside Adult School JIM MILLER in the Riverside Press -- 4/5/13
Even 'Highly Motivated' Students Aren't Ready For College - Low-performing high school students are often unprepared for college. But some analysts say even gifted students are falling behind. Host Michel Martin discusses why many students, across the board, aren't hitting the mark.
State News: April 8, 2013
Reform of California's landmark environmental law is on life support -- For years, California's business leaders have lamented that the state's 43-year-old environmental law is too often used to protect everything but the environment. Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/8/13
Gov. Brown will mean business on his weeklong trip to China -- After two years largely spent cloistered in California tending to the fiscal crisis, he travels to China in a bid to reclaim the state's reputation as a global economic powerhouse and innovator. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/8/13
State water tunnel plans call for rerouting of 3 Delta highways for years -- The state of California's proposal to build two massive water diversion tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a major undertaking by itself. But the current plans also call for rerouting and reconfiguring three state highways to handle a decade of heavy construction traffic. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee -- 4/7/13
Education News: April 5, 2013
Parents with power over L.A. school weigh their options -- About 50 parents on Thursday attended a presentation to help them decide who should run 24th Street Elementary School, a campus whose fate is in the hands of families who are trying to change the management of the school under the controversial parent trigger law. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/5/13
Brown’s funding plan faces vigorous review – and speed bump -- The chair of the Assembly Education Committee turned Gov. Jerry Brown’s comprehensive plan for education finance reform into bill form Thursday, ensuring that all aspects will get an extensive review, while raising the possibility that the plan may not pass in time to take effect July 1, as the governor wants. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 4/5/13
Leg Counsel says Brown can’t count Prop. 39 money toward school guarantee -- A legislative legal opinion released Thursday casts further doubt on a proposal by the governor to include as part of the state’s constitutional funding guarantee for schools next year $450 million earmarked for energy efficiency projects. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 4/4/13
Good news for California community college students: more summer classes -- The first major sign of recovery is appearing at California's community colleges, months after voters threw their support behind the state's struggling public education systems. Summer classes, slashed by 60 percent during the economic crisis, are on their way back. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury -- 4/5/13
UC Riverside student leaders revoke Israel divestment policy -- After much debate that brought the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts to campus, UC Riverside’s student government has reversed itself and revoked a prior resolution that urged the UC system to divest from companies that have contracts with Israel’s military. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/5/13
Posted on 05 April 2013 By Lisa Schiff
In the midst of a protracted assault on public education, teachers unions have in front of them a tremendous opportunity. The need for strong leadership asserting child-centric approaches to education has never been greater - teachers and their unions can seize this moment to break the mold of the traditional union and expand that organization's legitimate sphere of action to formally include the very structure and quality of students' learning experiences.
State News: April 5, 2013
Democrats urge Brown to consider alternative to water project -- A group of nearly two dozen Democrats is challenging Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build a massive water project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Michael J. Mishak in the Los Angeles Times -- 4/4/13
Maldonado positions to run against Jerry Brown -- Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, long rumored to be considering a challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown, filed paperwork Thursday that allows him to begin raising money for a gubernatorial campaign. Seema Mehta in the Los Angeles Times
Podcast: The Middle Kingdom -- Gov. Jerry Brown, after more than two years of selling his California vision to California, is all set to take his message international. Destination: China. John Myers News10 -- 4/5/13
CFT in the news: March 27, 2013
SF Chronicle Employees Walking Out (Briefly) Wednesday Afternoon
Hearst SF Chronicle by Eve Batey | on March 26, 2013
Two days after members of the San Francisco Chronicle Media Workers Guild mounted a social media campaign against an increase in health care costs, union employees are planning what they’re calling a “mass break” today at 3:15.
Just as unexpected as management support is, perhaps, the support offered by Alisa Messer, the president of City College of San Francisco’s union AFT 2121.
CFT in the News: April 5, 2013
Report: Teacher pensions need $4.5B more each year
By Mike Luery Mar 21, 2013State's nonpartisan budget analyst finds long-term funding needs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California needs to pay an additional $4.5 billion a year for the next three decades to shore up its financially shaky teacher retirement fund, according to a report released by the state's nonpartisan budget analyst. …"Educators look at this CalSTRS report and realize we have a problem on our hands," said Monica Henestroza, of the California Federation of Teachers. "Our system needs to be better funded in order to make sure we keep our promises to teachers."
CFT in the News: May 31, 2013
Accrediting commission denies violations over City College of San Francisco -- The accrediting agency that placed City College of San Francisco on the most severe sanction last year has denied charges of irregularities and violations contained in a lengthy complaint filed by the college’s faculty union last month.
Union President Alisa Messer called the commission’s response “a very predictable move” and “mostly a non-response,” because the AACJC wouldn’t address many of the issues raised in the complaint. Messer wouldn’t comment on the union’s next step, saying they’re still reviewing the response with their attorneys.
Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/31/13
Calif. Accreditor Says It Followed Procedures in Review of City College of San Francisco
The agency that accredits California's two-year colleges says that its review of the process it followed in evaluating City College of San Francisco found no irregularities, rebuffing allegations made last month in a complaint filed last month by several employee unions.
A spokesman for the California Federation of Teachers called the accreditor's report a "non-response" that was "completely predictable," and said the union was weighing its next steps. Inside Higher Ed May 31, 2013
Education News: May 31, 2013
Advocates fear Gov. Jerry Brown's school funding plan could hurt small programs -- Pregnant at 14, Rhianna Schoon thought she had slender educational prospects. She wasn't sure if the demands of parenting would allow her to finish high school. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/31/13
In Silicon Valley, even high-achieving schools fail Latinos, report says -- When it comes to preparing Latino children for college, some of the most successful school districts in the South Bay and Peninsula post the worst failure rates. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/31/13
Bill would require school districts to clarify the role of campus police -- Unlike most school safety legislation introduced after the Newtown shootings, which called for increased security measures and beefing up school police forces, a bill by one California assemblyman takes a different tack: It seeks to limit the police role on school campuses. Susan Frey EdSource -- 5/31/13
How parents' immigration status affects their children's education -- A new report boils it down to education: The children of unauthorized immigrant parents — particularly those whose mothers are in the country illegally — tend to wind up with fewer years of education than kids whose parents are here legally or are U.S. citizens. To a lesser degree, the effect can even trickle down to the next generation of children. Leslie Berestein Rojas KPCC -- 5/31/13
New student testing in common core cleared to officially begin in 2015 -- Legislative action Thursday clears the way for California schools to begin statewide student testing based on the new common core curriculum beginning in the spring of 2015. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/31/13
Tea party groups mobilizing against Common Core education overhaul -- Tea party groups over the past few weeks have suddenly and successfully pressured Republican governors to reassess their support for a rare bipartisan initiative backed by President Obama to overhaul the nation’s public schools. Peter Wallsten and Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post -- 5/31/13
Lawsuit against fired teachers dismissed by federal judge -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against two teachers who were fired from a Christian school in Thousand Oaks for refusing to fill out forms about their faith and church attendance. Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/31/13
Bill requires more disclosure from charter schools -- California charter schools would be subject to the same open meeting laws and disclosure requirements as school boards and local governments under a bill passed by the Assembly. Associated Press -- 5/31/13
To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small
When asked why he became a scientist, Nobel Laureate Isidor Rabi attributed his success to his mother. Every day, she would ask him the same question about his school day: “Did you ask a good question today?” MindShift | May 30, 2013
Community College Students Applaud Additional Summer Classes
This summer, more college students in California are cutting their vacations short to hit the books. And believe it or not, a lot of them are looking forward to it. Recent reports show more than half-a-million community college students across the state have been shut out of classes over the past five years because of budget cuts. A recent addition of some summer courses means more students will be finally able to graduate. Reporter: Charla Bear
State News: May 31, 2013
House members blast Brown’s Delta water plan -- Five members of Congress held a news conference in Sacramento this morning to renew their staunch opposition to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 5/31/13
California high-speed rail faces delays as high-stakes trial begins Friday -- On Friday morning, opponents from the Bay Area and Central Valley, led by the former chairman of the project, will begin arguing in Sacramento Superior Court that the train has run so far off-track that a judge should take the extraordinary step of hitting the brakes on construction plans. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury
California legislature may restore $100 million to court system from surplus funds -- Lawmakers in Sacramento are considering adding $100 million from surplus funds to bolster local courts, which have seen their budgets slashed in recent years. Erika Aguilar KPCC -- 5/31/13
CFT in the News: May 30, 2013
Pajaro Valley school unions split on pay increase offer
By Donna Jones Santa Cruz Sentinel 05/29/2013
WATSONVILLE -- Pajaro Valley school leaders and classified workers on Wednesday reached a tentative deal that provides for a 4 percent raise, a $500 bonus and the possibility of a further pay increase if state budget projections pan out.
A district official said the deal represented "Phase 1" in a reinvestment plan as the state increases education funding.
A similar proposal offered to the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers was rejected Tuesday.
Francisco Rodriguez, teachers union president, said the offer was "completely inadequate."
Education News: May 30, 2013
Mountain View's Coursera strikes huge online-education deal with state university systems -- On Thursday, 10 large public university systems -- including the giant state systems of New York, Tennessee, Colorado and the University of Houston -- will announce plans to incorporate MOOCs and platforms offered through for-profit Coursera of Mountain View into their teaching. Justin Pope Associated Press -- 5/30/13
LAUSD submits amended application for No Child Left Behind waiver -- In response to concerns raised by federal regulators, Los Angeles Unified and eight other school districts have filed an amended application for a waiver from a federal law requiring that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/30/13
Elk Grove teen goes 9 for 9 in elite college admissions -- Lloyd Chen can't afford the $70 for a high school yearbook. His family can't pay for a graduation party or a trip abroad.But the Laguna Creek valedictorian has something his fellow graduates don't: nine full-ride offers to elite universities. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/30/13
Sequester cuts hit Monrovia Head Start program, others soon to follow -- But due to automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration, the school is eliminating its afternoon program in the fall. Jose is among 20 kids who can try to vie for spots that may open up in the morning program, but competition for head start programs is fierce. Deepa Fernandes KPCC -- 5/30/13
Assembly approves bill to ease teacher firing -- The state Assembly on Wednesday passed a labor-backed bill that would make it easier to discipline and fire teachers accused of misconduct. Lawmakers approved AB375 by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, on a 51-12 vote, sending it to the Senate. JUDY LIN Associated Press -- 5/30/13
In California, incarcerated students fall through gaps in special education laws -- School ended for Michael Garcia with a routine transfer from juvenile hall to adult county jail. There was no fanfare, diploma or cap and gown. He hadn’t graduated or dropped out. He’d simply turned 18. Joanna Lin Center for Investigative Reporting -- 5/30/13
Justices Poised to Allow School Workers to Handle Insulin Shots -- What a difference a chief justice makes. When the American Nurses Association obtained a 2010 decision that barred unlicensed school personnel from giving insulin injections to schoolchildren, it was Tani Cantil-Sakauye — then a justice on the Third District Court of Appeal — writing the decision in their favor. Scott Graham The Recorder -- 5/30/13
Huffman Wants to Freeze Interest Rates on Student Loans
If you are thinking about taking out a student loan, keep this in mind: Interest rates on Stafford government-backed loans will double on July 1 unless Congress acts.
That’s the warning from Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who is backing HR1595 to maintain the current rate of 3.4 percent for the next two years. by Laird Harrison | May 30, 2013
State News: May 30, 2013
State orders department-wide review of Caltrans -- The Brown administration said today it has ordered an independent, system-wide review of Caltrans, the department at the center of controversy surrounding construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$
Poll: Californians back governor's budget, school plan -- While Democratic lawmakers push Gov. Jerry Brown for a more generous budget, clear majorities of Californians affirmed the governor's cautious approach in a new Public Policy Institute of California poll. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$
Budget Battle Over Indigent Care Funds Pits Brown vs Counties -- California counties and Governor Jerry Brown don’t agree on what to do with more than $1 billion counties spend on health care for the poor once the new federal health law kicks in next year. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 5/30/13
Education News: May 29, 2013
Brown shelves K-12 online learning agenda as Senate bill moves it ahead -- As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders appear to be careening this month toward a major confrontation over several parts of next year’s education budget, the administration has moved to take one of its issues off the table – online learning. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/29/13
Nine districts resubmit ‘stronger’ application for NCLB waiver -- Nine California districts resubmitted their application Tuesday for a waiver from key provisions and sanctions of the No Child Left Behind law after spending weeks revising the application in response to dozens of questions by a panel of reviewers from the U.S. Department of Education. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/29/13
Parent trigger group in Watts votes for 'choice' school -- The third group of parents to successfully use California's parent trigger law has chosen to turn their Watts school into a "school of choice." Beau Yarbrough in the San Bernardino Sun -- 5/29/13
‘I passed 100%!’ High school and college students master new skills at City College campuses in Bayview Hunters Point
As City College waits for its accreditation status to be decided this coming June 15, budget cuts continue to limit course sections, reduce available part-time instructors and eliminate student services.by Jackson Ly May 26, 2013
California Education Department releases 2013 school rankings
23 area schools near the top; nine near the bottom
Only 24 of the 198 schools in the Long Beach area ranked at or near the top 10 percent of schools in the state's annual list of K-12 school rankings based on student performance on standardized tests. Nine schools ranked at or near the bottom 10 percent. By Phillip Zonkel 05/28/2013
California State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports Sharp Drop in Number of Districts in Financial Jeopardy
May 28, 2013 - SACRAMENTO—A new report shows that less than half as many California school districts are in financial jeopardy now as a year ago, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
State News: May 29, 2013
Walters: Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats duel over budget -- Two analyses of the pending California state budget frame a looming conflict with just days remaining before the June 15 deadline for passage. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/29/13
Bullet train's risk of cost overruns reduced, rail chief says -- Dan Richard, chairman of the California high-speed rail authority, said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in Madera that the agency had reduced the risk of future cost overruns, but the project's price tag could increase in the future. Ralph Vartabedian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/29/13
Cost of Bay Delta tunnel project could be $9,000 a household -- Opponents of the governor's Bay Delta Conservation Plan say the construction of 35 miles of concrete tunnels around the sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will cost the average household in Los Angeles as much as $9,000, or add $5 to $16 a month to already increasing water bills over 40 years. Steve Scauzillo in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/29/13
CFT in the News: May 28, 2013
Labor, Business to Test Democratic Supermajorities
After Democrats captured two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature in last fall's election, observers speculated on what the real-world implications might be.
Kenneth Burt, political director of the California Federation of Teachers, said he considers AB 880 to be a test of the Democrats' supermajority.May 27, 2013
Education News: May 28, 2013
CA’s RTTT early leaning program wins feds’ support for additional funds -- California’s effort to improve early learning programs, supported by a Race to the Top grant, has received a rare sign of support from the Obama administration after completing its first year – news of a pending supplemental grant expected to be about $22 million. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/28/13
School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue, even without Tony Smith -- When Tony Smith became Oakland schools superintendent four years ago, he vaulted the struggling district into the national spotlight with his vision of creating a “community school district” that would vastly expand the role of schools in the lives of their students and the community as a whole. Michelle Maitre EdSource -- 5/28/13
UCSC offers professional degree in games and playable media -- UC Santa Cruz has established a new master's degree program in games and playable media offered from the UCSC Silicon Valley site in Santa Clara. The item is in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 5/28/13
Giving Science Center parking to USC could hurt museum, some say -- A proposal to guarantee USC most of the parking spaces in a state-owned garage during Trojan football games and other events could hurt the neighboring California Science Center by driving down attendance, some supporters of the Exposition Park museum say. Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/28/13
Education News: May 25-27, 2013
Differences Give Mixed-Heritage Students A Common Bond -- Increasing numbers of college campus clubs give voice to those who don't fit into the traditional perceptions of race. LARRY GORDON in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/27/13
Walters: Does spending more boost education outcomes? -- Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to change how K-12 schools are financed – giving more money to districts with large numbers of poor and/or English-learner students – faces criticism on several points. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/26/13
San Jose State professors fire back at online class offer -- In a nationwide push to experiment with online university courses, San Jose State stands at the forefront, making deals with private sector startups to package lectures from Ivy League professors and opening some for-credit classes to the masses. Now, a counterrevolution is underway. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 5/26/13
America's Top Colleges Have a Rich-Kid Problem -- The wealthiest schools in the country could have more economic diversity if they wanted it. So why don't they? JORDAN WEISSMANN The Atlantic -- 5/26/13
Assembly adds its version of school finance reform to the mix -- The Assembly has produced its own version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula, further complicating the governor’s goal of passing school finance reform as part of the new state budget by July 1. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/25/13
Student loan interest rates could spike under House bill -- Interest rates on student loans could double or more under several scenarios being debated in Congress. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/25/13
CSUS prods students to graduate more quickly -- Sacramento State will graduate 4,600 students in ceremonies ending today – 837 more than last spring. Diana Lambert and Richard Chang in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/25/13
Popular principal's dismissal leaves a South L.A. school divided -- Irma Cobian was highly regarded at Weigand Avenue Elementary in Watts. But under California's 2010 trigger law, she was ousted last week. 'It devastated our morale,' one teacher said. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/13
Two dozen East Bay schools get top marks compared with similar campuses statewide -- Two dozen public schools in the East Bay ranked high compared with similar schools statewide, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Education, while 52 schools were ranked at the bottom of the list. Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times -- 5/25/13
State school API rankings show middle school can be tough, but some excel -- As California's Academic Performance Index scores released Friday indicate, even districts with high-scoring elementary schools falter in grades 6, 7 and 8. And while some high-performing schools in the South Bay and Peninsula excel on middle-school standardized tests, more falter. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/25/13
California releases annual school rankings based on API scores -- The state on Friday released its annual list of K-12 school rankings based on student performance on standardized tests, revealing little in the way of surprise for the South Bay and Harbor Area, where nearly 60 percent of the schools surpassed the statewide average. Rob Kuznia in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/25/13
Bond rating agencies give higher marks to the Los Angeles Community College District -- The nation's two top bond rating agencies have hiked their credit rankings for the Los Angeles Community College District, noting its improving financial health, district officials announced Friday. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/25/13
On Caltech's 'Ditch Day,' they make a science out of shenanigans -- Rappelling down a school building and retrieving clues in a water-cornstarch mix are among the creative challenges presented to underclassmen. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/25/13
State News: May 28, 2013
Labor-backed group runs radio ads touting Gov. Jerry Brown's tunnel project -- A labor-backed group is running campaign-style radio ads touting Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build two massive tunnels to deliver water from the Delta to Southern California, even though voters aren't likely to have a say in whether the project gets underway. Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/28/13
Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline -- In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 5/28/13
Walters: California's sales-tax loophole should be closed -- About a quarter-century ago, the California Legislature punched a very large loophole in the state's sales tax law by exempting custom computer software from taxation. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/28/13
California is richest, poorest state -- It’s fair to say that California is the richest state in the nation. We have more millionaires than any other state, and mansions dot our coastal bluffs and inland canyons. But California is also, arguably, the poorest state in the nation. We have more people in poverty — 6.1 million — and more children in poverty than any other state. Daniel Weintraub HealthyCal.org -- 5/28/13
Walters: California's State And Local Finances Intertwine -- One of Proposition 13's unintended consequences was to intertwine state finances with those of cities, counties and school districts. DAN WALTERS in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/27/13
Education News: May 24, 2013
San Jose Teachers, Board Adopt Landmark Teacher Evaluation System -- Breaking new ground in California, San Jose Unified has adopted an innovative teacher evaluation process that gives teachers a role in reviewing their peers and greatly revises the current – and some say outmoded – method of measuring teacher success. JOHN FENSTERWALD EdSource -- 5/24/13
Hawaii's Experiment In Fixing Schools May Hold Lessons For California -- If there was ever doubt about the challenge of school reform, Hawaii’s multi-million dollar campaign is an expensive reminder of how difficult it can be. WILLIAM CELI KPCC -- 5/24/13
As Legislators Debate Adult Ed Proposal, Oakland Reinstates Its Program -- The Oakland school board has called off plans to shutter its adult education programs, voting Wednesday to fund the programs for at least one more year. SUSAN FREY EdSource -- 5/24/13
Moir: Evolving From Professional Development To Professional Learning -- Every student deserves an effective teacher, one who is always seeking the very best ways to reach each student. ELLEN MOIR EdSource -- 5/24/13
CFT in the News: May 23, 2013
Pajaro Valley teachers seek pay increase, reduced class sizes
By Donna Jones Santa Cruz Sentinel 05/22/2013
WATSONVILLE -- "May revise is in. Settle the contract this year."
That was one of more than a dozen signs raised by a crowd of teachers at the Pajaro Valley school board meeting Wednesday.
Sarah Henne, a Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers leader, said teachers made their proposal to the district six weeks ago, and the district has yet to counter. Having a plan in place is necessary to ensure a smooth and productive opening to the new school year in August.
Education News: May 23, 2013
City College of San Francisco receives final accreditation report -- Embattled City College of San Francisco has received the final report from the accreditation commission on its progress in making reforms to address a host of financial and management problems. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/23/13
California community colleges add summer classes -- Two-year colleges are seeing the first signs of relief from years of cost-cutting that produced a virtual stranglehold on students' ability to sign up for needed classes. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/13
Teachers Association Backs Brown's School Funding Plan -- The California Teachers Association says it backs Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to change how the state distributes money to school districts. That puts them at odds with legislative Democrats. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 5/23/13
Monica Ratliff's election to L.A. school board is 'huge upset' -- The fifth-grade teacher's low-budget effort defeats Antonio Sanchez, who had $2.2 million spent on his behalf and was endorsed by the mayor's reform coalition. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/23/13
Teacher victory in LAUSD board race may not bode well for superintendent -- Teacher Monica Ratliff’s win of an open seat on L.A. Unified’s Board of Education Tuesday could provide some discomfort for the future of Superintendent John Deasy’s reform agenda. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 5/23/13
Decision on statewide facilities bond will have to wait until 2014 -- Legislation needed to place a statewide bond measure before voters to help pay for school construction projects will have to wait at least another year, officials said Wednesday. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/23/13
Cal State trustees appoint new Cal State L.A president, others -- William A. Covino, a veteran Florida and California administrator, was named Wednesday as the new president of Cal State L.A., becoming the first new leader of the El Sereno campus in 33 years. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/13
Questions raised about huffing after college student in Claremont dies from allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide -- Law enforcement officials said inhaling nitrous oxide - which apparently killed a Claremont McKenna College student last week - is becoming abused by more and more people seeking a high, especially teens and young adults. Wes Woods II in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 5/23/13
Democrats push back on House student loan bill -- The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a measure that ties those loans to the price the government pays to borrow money. But Democrats say that's still too expensive. Kitty Felde KPCC -- 5/23/13
Complaints filed against USC, UC Berkeley over rape reporting -- Gloria Allred and students and activists say the schools, as well as two East Coast colleges, fail to follow federal laws including the reporting of campus crimes such as sexual assault. Dalina Castellanos in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/13
Woman who never intended to teach now praised as California Teacher of the Year -- California’s Teacher of the Year never considered a career in teaching, not as a child, not in high school and not in college – not even when she was accepted into Teach For America after graduating from Occidental College in 1999. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/23/13
Silicon Valley website Piggybackr helps kids use 'crowd funding' -- If you're a kid trying to raise money for a science project, team or social cause, what do you do? Hold a car wash? Sell candy bars door to door? Get some old guy to organize a charity golf tournament for you? Joe Rodriguez in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/23/13
State News: May 23, 2013
Court receiver says Brown ignores prison conditions -- In a report Wednesday to federal judges, the official overseeing prison medical care said Gov. Jerry Brown's public opposition to crowding reductions, and his corrections officials' refusal to move inmates at risk of a deadly disease, show California is unready to run its own prisons. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$
Unions had bad night in mayor's race, did better in council races -- Organized labor may have lost its highest profile and most costly race in backing defeated Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel in Tuesday's election, but unions overall -- both public and private -- also scored some wins. Catherine Saillant and Kate Mather in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/23/13
In his own words: California Gov. Jerry Brown has business people rolling in laughter -- Gov. Jerry Brown, who once had a frosty relationship with the business folks who ran the traditional Sacramento Host breakfast, had them rolling in laughter Wednesday with one quip after another in a 30-minute address. Steven Harmon in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/23/13
Southern California weighs in on Jerry Brown's water plan -- Weather, terrain, culture, beach sandal-to-hiking boot ratio -- there are plenty of things to distinguish the north state from Southern California. Add to that list where congressional delegations stand on Gov. Jerry Brown's divisive plan to construct a massive new water delivery system. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/23/13
Bay Bridge documents reveal decisions that led to broken bolts -- Caltrans and private engineers deliberated three months in 2003 over the proper corrosion method to use on high-strength steel rods for the new Bay Bridge, a decision that led to the embarrassing failure of 32 rods a decade later. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury
Young Adults a Key to Obamacare in California
Officials with Covered California are expected to release, for the first time, a list of the health plans and rates they plan to offer on the state-run insurance marketplace this fall. They'll probably be watching closely for the reaction of one group--young adults. They make up the largest segment of the state's uninsured, and if they opt out of the insurance market Obamacare could be in trouble. Reporter: Mina Kim
Education News: May 22, 2013
LAO takes cautious tone on Brown’s plan to put $1b into common core -- The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst cast doubts Tuesday that schools will need a full $1 billion next year to implement the common core standards – as Gov. Jerry Brown proposed last week in his revised May spending plan. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/22/13
Budget plan makes foster youth a priority, but takes away dedicated funding -- Students in foster care will be moving to the front of the class if the new school accountability rules the governor proposed in his budget revision become law. Susan Frey EdSource -- 5/22/13
Duncan defends preschool funding proposal to House committee -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared Tuesday before the House Education and Workforce Committee to promote what he called the “centerpiece” of the administration’s 2014 education budget proposal, the $75 billion plan to expand public preschool through a funding initiative that would encourage states to offer preschool to low-income and middle-class children. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 5/22/13
New community college classes could cost pupils
CCSF would be able to offer more classes to students trying to graduate on time under a new bill — but students could pay up to $200 a unit.
California community college students could have more summer and winter course options, albeit at more than triple the current cost, under a bill being discussed by the state Legislature.By: Andrea Koskey Beth Laberge/2012 Special to The S.F. Examiner| 05/21/13
State News: May 22, 2013
Garcetti wins race for L.A. mayor; Greuel concedes -- Garcetti's victory caps a nearly two-year campaign that saw a record $33 million spent by the candidates and outside groups. Seema Mehta and Laura J. Nelson in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/22/13
$500 million cap-and-trade loan to state hits wall of opposition -- Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shift $500 million in cap-and-trade fees levied on business for greenhouse emissions into the state budget ran into bipartisan opposition Tuesday. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/22/13
Costly Tax Loophole Remains Open -- Every year, wealthy investors and corporations avoid paying millions of dollars in property taxes in California by exploiting a large loophole in state law that homeowners are not allowed to use. Darwin BondGraham East Bay Express -- 5/22/13
Census: Immigration Will Be Main Driver Of U.S. Population Growth -- New data from the Census Bureau projects that immigration will be the main driver of United States population growth sometime between 2027 and 2038, surpassing births on U.S. soil. Adrian Florido KPBS -- 5/22/13
CFT in the News: May 21, 2013
Cut the Cuts at City College, Says Education Group
By Christian Watjen, Epoch Times | May 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO—Amid ongoing negotiations with teachers, and the finalizing of the budget at City College, an education coalition pushes for an end to lay offs and wage cuts.
“We cannot lose City College. We cannot have City College compromised. It is critical to our city, critical to the education of our children,” Dennis Kelly, president of the United Educators of San Francisco said at the City College Mission campus on Tuesday
“Our communities deserve to have education and to have quality education that everyone has access to,” said Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2121, representing the faculty at City College.
Education News: May 21, 2013
Bill to add class offerings at higher price passes Assembly -- A bill authorizing additional community college classes for students willing to pay higher fees divided Assembly Democrats on Monday as some questioned whether the proposed legislation would create a two-tiered system. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star -- 5/21/13
UC schools draw record application numbers; UCLA as exclusive as Tufts — for state students -- The University of California system remains a popular destination for incoming freshmen – and getting into UCLA is now as hard as getting into Tufts and Cornell, at least for California students. William Celis KPCC -- 5/21/13
CA, feds suspend talks on latest NCLB waiver application -- In a cryptic release Monday, state schools chief Tom Torlakson and education board president Mike Kirst announced they had broken off negotiations with federal officials over a waiver that would have given California schools relief from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/21/13
California won't try again for No Child Left Behind waiver -- Citing the difficulty of reforming the state's education system, California will not make another attempt to get a waiver of the federal law requires that every youngster be proficient in English and math by 2014, officials said Monday. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/21/13
California won't get relief from No Child Left Behind law -- The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/21/13
San Diego leaders urge funding for early childhood education -- San Diego County community leaders were in the Capitol Monday pressing lawmakers to spend more on early child care and preschool programs, saying the investment will pay off for the state in the long run. Michael Gardner UT San Diego$ -- 5/21/13
May budget revise offers funding reprieve to some Regional Occupational Centers -- Some California Regional Occupational Centers – the primary providers of career technical education for high school students in the state – have been given a reprieve from Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to eliminate any future dedicated funding for them. Susan Frey EdSource -- 5/21/13
May budget delays adult ed transfer, long-term funding worries persist -- Education advocates are applauding Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to fund a planning period for transitioning administration of California’s adult education program to a regional network of community colleges. But, concerns remain that without dedicated funding in the interim, the system could disintegrate under the proposed K-12 school finance restructuring. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/21/13
Jerry Brown, on script, urges Berkeley graduates to combat climate change -- Of all the speeches politicians give, one of the most difficult may be the commencement address, given as it is to an audience that is often hot and tired and preoccupied with its own excitement – or anxiety – about the future. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/21/13
Trial Begins In Lawsuit Over Encinitas School District Yoga Class -- The lawsuit was filed by the National Center for Law and Policy on behalf of Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, whose children attend one of the district's nine schools. They contend that Ashtanga yoga is religious in nature, and that opting out costs students physical education time. KPBS -- 5/21/13
State News: May 21, 2013
Jerry Brown says new Bay Bridge won't open 'unless it's ready' -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday he was "digging deeply into" the questions surrounding the safety of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and said he could not commit to a scheduled Labor Day opening for the new span. Josh Richman in the Oakland Tribune -- 5/21/13
Walters: Is Bay Bridge debacle a harbinger? -- Jerry Brown did one of his characteristic political pirouettes Monday. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/21/13
New talks could save Prop. 13 reform for commercial property taxes -- California's Assembly has postponed a controversial proposal to hike commercial property taxes, but the bill’s author says it’s not dead yet. Christopher Arns LA Biz -- 5/21/13
Inventing the headline number
The playbook is familiar now—gin up a study on public pensions and government debt to be released to media outlets with a headline-grabbing number shrieking doom for public finances. The latest exhibit is a propaganda piece tossed out to the media by the anti-public employees group California Public Policy Center (CPPC) purposely inflates pension debt.
Education News: May 20, 2013
Brown ignores LAO warning, stands pat with distributing $1b in Prop. 39 funds -- Three months ago the typically reserved nonpartisan Legislative Analyst used especially robust language in calling into question a plan from Gov. Jerry Brown to use new corporate tax revenue to improve energy efficiency at K-12 schools and community colleges. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/20/13
Just as K-12 online learning hits tipping point, evaluation program threatened -- Driven in part by the coming implementation of common core curriculum standards, California schools have never been more engaged in online learning programs – especially at the high school level – according to draft results of a new statewide survey. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/20/13
Teacher layoffs lowest since economic downturn, CTA reports -- Teacher layoffs shrank to the lowest number since the recession began in 2008, with about 1,300 teachers, librarians, counselors and other public school employees receiving final layoff notifications by the May 15 deadline, according to the California Teachers Association. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 5/20/13
Education News: May 18-19, 2013
Gov. Brown's school funding plan runs into lawmakers' concerns -- Gov. Jerry Brown had hardly finished presenting his annual budget revision last week before state Sen. Ted Lieu lit up on Twitter with a burst of criticism of a major part of the plan, a bid to shift more state aid to poor and English-learning students. David Siders and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/19/13
Cal Poly Pomona tests digital textbooks -- Engineers and other technical majors at Cal Poly Pomona are no strangers to heavy textbooks that strain the seams on their book bags. But a digital textbook pilot program at the school may help ease the pain for future students. Beau Yarbrough in the San Bernardino Sun -- 5/19/13
Gov. Jerry Brown pitches education budget at East L.A. school -- California Gov. Jerry Brown visited an East L.A. campus Friday to tout his proposed state budget, which would shift more money to students with greater needs. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/18/13
More than just test scores: Local educators wants real estate agents to learn that many other qualities define good schools -- On his website and in his newspaper ads, Palo Alto real estate agent John Forsyth James touts the state test score rankings of schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties because potential home buyers frequently ask for those numbers. Bonnie Eslinger in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/18/13
College Is Going Online, Whether We Like It Or Not -- The United States has a problem: rapidly rising student debt. It also has a solution: online education. The primary reason for spiraling student debt is the soaring costs of a college education at a physical college. ZACHARY KARABELL The Atlantic -- 5/18/13
Pelosi implores UC Davis law graduates to embrace justice, public service -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on UC Davis' law graduates to "pursue the work of justice." Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/18/13
Banks: Troubled youths deserve more effective discipline than suspension -- There is no simple fix for disruptive behavior, but we owe it to struggling students to focus on ways to keep them in the classroom, not shut out of it. Sandy Banks in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/18/13
State News: May 20, 2013
California oil tax push would direct new funds to schools -- Just months after California voters passed Proposition 30 to stave off education cuts, a push is under way to ensure that the next stream of higher education funding flows out of the ground. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/20/13
Union money looms big in L.A. mayor's race -- Unions like the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which is backing Greuel, or the Teamsters, who endorsed rival Eric Garcetti, are making a big push in the Los Angeles mayor's race, sending workers to canvass, phone bank and gather signatures. But mostly, they are raising money. Dakota Smith in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 5/19/13
Analyst projects $3.2 billion higher state revenues than Jerry Brown -- Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor projected state revenues Friday that are $3.2 billion higher than those projected by Gov. Jerry Brown this week in his revised budget proposal. Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$
CFT In the News: May 17, 2013
KSBW-NBC Monterey-Salinas story played multiple timesPM**] Preview Clip On the school watch results are in after teachers in the Salinas union high school district voted to accept or reject a new contract. The contract focuses mainly on overloaded class sizes and for a grievance procedure teachers can use to handle overcrowding. The president of the Salinas valley FEDERATION OF TEACHERS tells us, 97.8 percent accepted the contract and 2.2 percent rejected it.
Education News: May 17, 2013
Jerry Brown's Plan Could Increase Future School Costs -- Even as Gov. Jerry Brown pledges to chip away at the state’s debt, his budget plan will leave California on the hook for billions more in school funding down the line. CHRIS MEGERIAN and ANTHONY YORK in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/17/13
Gov. Brown, Lawmakers Still Apart Over Details Of School Funding Plan -- When a mother sends her young child off in the morning, notes the leader of the California Senate, she does not say, “Have a good day at district.” TIMM HERDT in the Ventura Star -- 5/17/13
No A's For State Lawmakers From Uc Students -- Not a single member of the California Legislature earned an A from the tough graders at the University of California Student Association, who released their first-ever legislative scorecard at the regents meeting in Sacramento Wednesday. LAUREL ROSENHALL in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/17/13
California Community Colleges Plan To Boost Summer Programs -- Buoyed by an infusion of new state funds, many California community colleges will offer more classes this summer after years of cutbacks, according to a new survey released Thursday. CARLA RIVERA in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/17/13
State Bill Seeks To Reduce School Suspensions For Defiance -- The Los Angeles Unified school district isn't the only government body seeking to reduce the number of student suspensions. The item is at KPCC -- 5/17/13
Senate Leader Criticizes Brown's School Plan -- Senate leader Darrell Steinberg says that, for all practical reasons, he should support Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to redistribute school funding. His hometown, Sacramento, would benefit. CHRIS MEGERIAN in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/16/13
Jerry Brown Urges Uc To Stress Graduating Students In 4 Years -- The graduation rates of UC students came under more scrutiny Wednesday as Gov. Jerry Brown urged administrators and faculty to prod more undergraduates to earn a degree in four years, not six. LARRY GORDON in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/16/13
Sacramento Area Sees Fewer School Layoffs As Budgets Improve -- Wednesday's deadline for school districts to hand out layoff notices to educators ended this year with 182 teachers losing their jobs in Sacramento County. DIANA LAMBERT in the Sacramento Bee -- 5/16/13
Police Arrest 13 Union Protesters At Uc Regents Meeting -- University of California police arrested 13 people this morning who staged a noisy but orderly protest during the governing board of regents' meeting at the Sacramento Convention Center. LARRY GORDON in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/16/13
Social And Emotional Learning Gaining New Traction Under Common Core -- School is nothing if not an intensely social experience, which is why teacher Michelle Flores posed this question to 24 third graders at Aspire Capitol Heights Academy: “When someone makes a mistake, what do we say?” JANE MEREDITH ADAMS EdSource -- 5/16/13
California struggles to assess teacher training programs The Hechinger Report
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—On a recent afternoon at California State University, Northridge, Nancy Prosenjak was attempting to quiet the graduate students spread out across conference tables in the back of her classroom.
Skelton: In New Era, Brown Has The Clout To Corral Legislature -- As budget-negotiating season opens, the governor is preaching 'prudence, not exuberance,' and he holds the strongest hand. GEORGE SKELTON in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/16/13
Can Money Buy a Committee Assignment in Sacramento?
This week, the non-profit Center for Investigative Reporting published a compelling breakdown of one of the ways money makes the world go 'round in Sacramento. Computer analysis of more than 38,000 donations from last year's legislative campaign suggests a strong correlation between financial donations made by state lawmakers to political races identified by the Assembly Speaker, and choice assignments to the so-called "juice" policy committees. Reporter: Rachael Myrow.
Bill Gates Tax the Rich More to Reduce Deficit
PolicyMic – 1 hour ago
According to data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2009, 1,400 American millionaires didn't pay U.S. federal income tax, but this is less than 1% of the nearly 237,000 returns with incomes above $1 million. On the other hand, Americans ...
Education News: May 15, 2013
AM Alert: UC regents meet in Sacramento Sac Bee Capitol Alert
Brown Commits $1 Billion For Common Core, Sticks With Funding Formula -- Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Tuesday to direct all of the extra $2.8 billion in revenue that the state expects to receive this year to K-12 schools and community colleges, mostly for one-time uses, including $1 billion to implement the Common Core standards. JOHN FENSTERWALD EdSource -- 5/15/13
May Budget Offers Big Boost To Common Core -- Nearly three years after California formally adopted national common core curriculum standards, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed Tuesday the state’s first major investment in transitioning students to the new classroom goals. TOM CHORNEAU SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/15/13
Gov. Jerry Brown Sticks To Controversial K-12 Education Funding Plan, But Adds Accountability In May Revision -- After proposing a bold new education-funding plan in January aimed at helping schools better educate disadvantaged students, then facing push-back from his own party, Gov. Jerry Brown stuck to his guns in his May budget revision released Tuesday. THERESA HARRINGTON in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/15/13
Community Colleges Get Boost Under Governor’s Revised Budget -- Community colleges will receive millions more to begin to restore cut classes, rebuild flagging enrollment and strengthen student support services under Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget released Tuesday. KATHRYN BARON EdSource -- 5/15/13
Early Education Advocates Disappointed With Governor’s Revised Budget -- Early education advocates in California were hoping for increases in preschool and child care funding in the governor’s revised budget, released Tuesday. No such luck. LILLIAN MONGEAU EdSource -- 5/15/13
Governor Tries To Fix Adult Ed Plan, But Controversy Remains -- Backing away from his controversial plan to hand control of adult education over to community colleges, Gov. Jerry Brown is instead proposing that regional consortia, made up of community colleges and school districts, determine adult ed’s future. However, his new plan is also stirring controversy. SUSAN FREY EdSource -- 5/15/13
Jury Still Out On Brown’s Enhanced Lea Spending Accountability -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed restructuring of school finance would hold schools accountable for how they spend state dollars on students by using a system similar to one already in place that monitors district budgets, members of his administration said Tuesday. KIMBERLY BELTRAN SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/15/13
State News: May 15, 2013
May Revise Budget Forecast Dr. Jeff Michaels Valley Economy Blog 5.14.13
A lot of people are surprised at the pessimistic tone of the economic and revenue forecast in the revised budget released today. I don't think the actual economic outlook has declined, it is just that the Governor is backing away from the relatively optimistic forecast they assumed for the January budget release. Using a slightly optimistic forecast in January allowed them to declare that the 2013 budget was balanced with much fanfare in the local, state and national press about California's comeback and the Governor's success.
Brown Takes Restrained View Of California Spending -- Riding a wave of state tax revenue, Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget proposal Tuesday that looks much different from the ones Californians have become accustomed to in recent years: It has a surplus. JUDY LIN Associated Press -- 5/15/13
California Gov. Jerry Brown Proposes More Education Spending, But His Budget Is Less Upbeat -- Warning Democratic legislators that he will not sign a budget that ramps up spending, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday framed a much less upbeat vision about the California economy than just four months ago. STEVEN HARMON, JOSH RICHMAN, THERESA HARRINGTON and KATY MURPHY in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/15/13
California Governor Issues Cautious Budget, Disappointing Democrats -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday proposed a smaller budget than projected earlier this year and repeatedly cautioned against new spending, disappointing Democratic lawmakers who had hoped that rising state tax revenues would finance social programs after years of austerity. NORIMITSU ONISHI in the New York Times
Walters: California School Aid, Safety Net Programs In Budget Conflict -- Twenty-five years ago, California voters approved – albeit very narrowly – the education community's ballot measure that engraved a complex school finance structure into the state constitution. DAN WALTERS in the Sacramento Bee -- 5/15/13
Education News: May 14, 2013
Open up UC search for Mark Yudof's replacement
Re "CSU must return to open policy for job finalists" (Editorials, May 13): The California State University system is the not alone in the secrecy of its search and hiring practices. Monday, May. 13, 2013
Sac Bee Capitol Alert
Jerry Brown to propose $1 billion for common core education standards
Gov. Jerry Brown today will propose spending $1 billion to implement English, math and other educational standards in California's public schools, part of a revised budget plan he is scheduled to release this morning, a source said. 5.14.13
Brown To Propose $1B For New School Standards -- Gov. Jerry Brown will propose giving California school districts an additional $1 billion to implement new, more rigorous academic standards and boost funding for his K-12 funding overhaul by an additional $240 million in the revised budget he will propose Tuesday, administration officials told The Associated Press. JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press -- 5/14/13
Linked Learning Pilot To Expand in Next School Year
The school year's almost over for California's students. For kids in some 60 districts across the state, it'll mean goodbye to traditional classes. Next fall, these students will be part of a new approach to education called Linked Learning. Some state lawmakers are endorsing the strategy as a way to help students not only graduate but do so ready for college and careers. KQED California Report Reporter: Charla Bear.
UC survey: Value of education falling, but quality intact
By SCOTT MARTINDALE / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
The perceived value of a University of California education has fallen precipitously, but undergraduate students across the UC system are reporting they're still satisfied with instructional quality and course availability, according to the findings of a new UC student survey.
Some 82 percent of UC undergraduates said they were somewhat satisfied to very satisfied with their overall academic experience, and 73 percent expressed at least some level of satisfaction with their access to UC courses necessary to graduate, according to the ...
Most University Of California Leaders Make Less Than The National Average, Study Finds -- Students, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown often grumble that California's university executives are overpaid, but a new report shows college leaders in the rest of the country take home even fatter paychecks. KATY MURPHY in the Contra Costa Times -- 5/14/13
Parent Trigger Law Invoked To Kick Out L.A. School's Administrators -- A group of parents appear ready to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to enact sweeping changes at their elementary school. BEAU YARBROUGH in the San Bernardino Sun -- 5/14/13
Suit Accuses Compton School District Of Abuse, Racial Profiling -- A group of parents and students have sued the Compton school district, alleging a pattern of abuse and racial profiling of Latinos by school police. ABBY SEWELL in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/14/13
Indiana Halts Common Core Implementation -- Indiana, one of the most education reform-minded states in recent years, is postponing implementation of the Common Core initiative so that there can be more discussion on the quality and impact of the standards. VALERIE STRAUSS in the Washington Post -- 5/14/13 By Linda Darling-Hammond Last modified: 2012-02-14T16:19:42Z
State News: May 14, 2013
AM Alert: Jerry Brown's revised California budget plan arrives
WOMEN'S WORKPLACE WOES: Members of the Women's Caucus will be discussing workplace injuries common among women at a breakfast put on by the California Applicants' Attorneys Association. Sen. Hannah Beth-Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, will be speaking, and Sen. Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, and Assembly members Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, are expected to attend. Starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Eureka room. Sac Bee Capitol Alert: 5.14.13
VIDEO: Jerry Brown discusses his revised budget plan
The terrain for the 2013 version of California's annual budget trek got a little clearer on Tuesday morning, with Gov. Jerry Brown releasing an updated blueprint.. May 14, 2013
CFT In the News: May 13, 2013
As Obama’s National Economic Agenda Falters, Activists Must Mobilize in States
President Obama’s State of the Union address pushed for a minimum wage hike, public investment in infrastructure, and expanded pre-school education, but he has “talked little about” such goals since announcing them.
Had not the California Federation of Teachers, AFSCME, ACCE and other groups not promoted a “Millionaire’s Tax” as an alternative to Brown’s measure, Prop 30 would have been far less progressive and raised too little revenue for too short a period. by Randy Shaw‚ May. 13‚ 2013
Education News: May 13, 2013
CCSF campuses make money, recent data show
By: Andrea Koskey |
CCSF’s Southeast campus had a $440,000 surplus in the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Seven of City College of San Francisco’s campuses make money for the district, despite anecdotes that have been used in discussing possible closures as the community college district works to overhaul its system. 05/12/13 SF Examiner Staff Writer
Tracy district wins state waiver for use of capital appreciation bonds -- After a month’s reflection, the California State Board of Education has approved a waiver that paves the way for a Tracy school district to borrow $23 million from financial markets even though much of it would come from selling capital appreciation bonds. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/13/13
After Sandy Hook, some legislative fixes fall away – some move ahead -- In the aftermath of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, California lawmakers were quick to offer up a number of new ideas aimed at keeping schools and students safe. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/13/13
Villaraigosa-backed school board candidate leads money race -- The money race among two remaining candidates for the Los Angeles Board of Education is competitive, but outside spending has skewed resources decidedly toward the one backed by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/13/13
Lower-income districts would benefit from 55 percent parcel tax threshold, study suggests -- Only about one in eight school districts in California have passed a parcel tax, and they predominantly have been wealthier and smaller districts. But if the threshold for passing a parcel tax were dropped from a two-thirds majority to 55 percent, an EdSource analysis suggests more districts with larger enrollments of low-income students would pass them. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/13/13
Walters: Love could kill Jerry Brown's school plan -- Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious plan to overhaul how California schools are financed may be loved to death. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/13/13
Schools: Funding formulas a top budget issue -- The Riverside County district of Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez embodies the competing interests in the Capitol debate about overhauling the state’s convoluted funding system for schools. The issue will be center stage Tuesday, May 14, when Gov. Jerry Brown releases a revised spending plan that will kick off intense negotiations on a new budget. JIM MILLER in the Riverside Press -- 5/13/13
LAUSD board could ban suspensions for 'willful defiance' -- Backers of the resolution say 'zero tolerance' is harming kids. 'Instead of punishing students, we're going to engage them,' says one supporter. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/13/13
House to Tackle Student-Loan Rates -- Last year they were blindsided. This year they are ready. House Republicans are preparing to pass legislation that would remedy, once and for all, the looming problem of student-loan interest rates. Fawn Johnson National Journal -- 5/13/13
College commencement fees leave California graduates grumbling -- After scrimping, borrowing and sacrificing for years to pay for college, graduating seniors are finally preparing to celebrate. But at many California public universities, you don't just pay to get in. You pay to get out. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 5/13/13
College Presidents’ Pay Climbs as State Funding Shrinks -- State and local funding for public universities fell by 7% last year, but that didn’t prevent some college presidents from getting raises. Kayla Webley TIME -- 5/13/13
College enrollment down, experts cite low funding, high cost -- In the midst of a debate over the value of a college degree, recent findings by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show college enrollment among high school graduates is at its lowest in years. Josh Dulaney in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 5/13/13
Limerick Elementary makes Breakfast in Classroom program a success -- Five months after signing on to Los Angeles Unified's new Breakfast in the Classroom, the staff and students at Limerick Avenue Elementary School have it down to a science. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/13/13
Schwartz: You reach more kids when you use the arts to teach -- When I tell people I use the performing arts to teach my second grade students, they often ask, “You’re responsible for teaching kids academics. How do you find the time for that?” Jon Schwartz EdSource -- 5/13/13
Education News: May 11-12, 2013
LAUSD cracks down on teacher misconduct; 100 fired, 200 resign, 300 'housed' -- The personnel files stretched the length of the 15-foot conference table in Superintendent John Deasy's office, a chronicle of the corporal punishment, verbal and physical abuse and sexual misconduct reported in the classrooms of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/12/13
The LAUSD misconduct files, teacher by teacher: Dr. John Deasy chronicles 15 months of accusations against educators who were terminated -- In a series of interviews, Superintendent John Deasy chronicled the cases of classroom employees in Los Angeles Unified fired for misconduct over the last 15 months. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/12/13
LAUSD fighting for zero-tolerance on teacher cheating -- The school district says a decision by a state panel — determining there was test-score cheating but the teacher shouldn't be fired — sends the wrong message. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/12/13
LAUSD letters warned Wilmington teacher to stop touching students -- A former Wilmington teacher accused of molesting 11 students was warned in writing by his elementary school principal to "keep his hands off students," a prosecutor said in court Friday. Brian Charles in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/12/13
Second racial incident at UC Irvine roils campus -- Police said Friday that someone put a note in a black student's backpack that read, "Go back 2 Africa slave." The female student discovered the note while she was in the science library Tuesday, UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said. Jeremiah Dobruck in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/12/13
Attorney General Holder speaks to UC grads -- With protesters outside demanding closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday gave an unambiguous endorsement of the civilian court system to try suspected terrorists, telling UC Berkeley Law School graduates that failing to do so "would weaken our ability ... to punish those who target our people." John Coté in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 5/12/13
Some Santa Rosa schools explore alternatives to student suspensions -- Somewhere in the midst of the boy’s apologies, his promise to straighten out his life and his acknowledgment that smoking pot and ditching class had caused harm for others and not just himself, his father began to cry. KERRY BENEFIELD in the Santa Rosa Press -- 5/12/13
College enrollment down, experts cite low funding, high cost -- In the midst of a debate over the value of a college degree, recent findings by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show college enrollment among high school graduates is at its lowest in years. Just 66.2 percent of high school graduates in 2012 were enrolled in colleges or universities in October - the lowest rate since 2006. The record high was 70.1 percent 2009. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach Press -- 5/11/13
For the First Time, SAT Test Gets Canceled in an Entire Country -- Some 1,500 South Korean students who dream of attending elite American colleges are scrambling after the U.S.-based administrator of the SAT cancelled the scheduled May 4 session of the exam due to allegations of widespread cheating. It’s the first time the SAT test has been called off in an entire country. Kayla Webley TIME -- 5/11/13
Federal Budget Cuts Hit Low Income Oakland Students Hardest
by Barbara Grady |
Federal sequestration would take money from reading instruction for kids, low income students and English learners.
The Melrose Leadership Academy elementary school in Oakland is bracing for losing one of its 15 teachers and the services of a reading specialist next September, thanks to the U.S. Congress and its sequestration. May 10, 2013
Editorial: Voters are only ones who can fix Prop. 13 tax dodge
By the Editorial Board Published: Sunday, May. 12, 2013
Under Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that slashed property taxes in California, the sale of property is supposed to trigger a reassessment for tax purposes. Because residential property turns over more frequently than businesses, home property values are reassessed more frequently. But even when a business is sold, new owners often avoid higher taxes.
State News: May 13, 2013
Lawmakers debate how to spend $900M in new revenue -- California schools are expecting a boost from the $900 million to be raised over the next year through the closure of a corporate tax loophole, but Gov. Jerry Brown is locked in a disagreement with state lawmakers over how to hand out that money. LAURA OLSON Associated Press -- 5/13/13
Education News: May 10, 2013
California governor's school funding plan would alleviate inequities, report says -- An independent organization that focuses on fiscal and policy analysis is urging the Legislature to approve the governor's school funding proposal, with increased accountability requirements. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 5/10/13
Berkeley: Budget cuts slam school gardening and cooking program -- The school district will ask the public for donations to run a drastically scaled down version of its groundbreaking gardening and cooking program next fall after losing all of its $2 million in federal funding. Doug Oakley in the Oakland Tribune -- 5/10/13
As Latinos Make Gains in Education, Gaps Remain -- After lagging behind other Americans in education for generations, Latinos have significantly narrowed the gap, and last year they passed a milestone, with new Hispanic high school graduates more likely than their white counterparts to go directly to college, according to a new study. RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA in the New York Times Jill Replogle KPBS -- 5/10/13
Starting salaries for new college graduates up over last year -- Starting salaries for college graduates in 2013 outpace those of graduates who turned their tassels and tossed their caps in the air last year, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach Press -- 5/10/13
High school students' tweets could lead to charges -- At least one high school student in San Bernardino County could be charged with a crime after photos of nude juvenile girls ended up on social media, police said. Joseph Serna in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/10/13
Bills Would Prevent Rise in Student Loan Rates -- Congress now has an array of legislative options to prevent the interest rate on student loans from doubling to 6.8 percent on July 1, as scheduled. TAMAR LEWIN in the New York Times -- 5/10/13
Elizabeth Warren: Students Should Get the Same Rate as the Bankers -- Consumer protection maven Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced her first piece of legislation this week, a proposal that would allow students to take out government educational loans at the same rate that big banks pay to borrow from the federal government. Kayla Webley TIME -- 5/10/13
Despite federal ban, tobacco ads continue to lure teen smokers -- The dramatic decline in tobacco use among California high school students appears to have flattened, and a new national study provides one possible explanation: Students continue to be saturated with pro-tobacco messages at convenience stores, in magazines and on the Internet. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 5/10/13
Vargo: On the limits of planning (or, It’s all about the pants) -- There is a great, but also deeply challenging, story in Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Merrill Vargo EdSource -- 5/10/13
State News: May 10, 2013
Critics slam GOPer Maldonado’s latest move as a “Willie Horton” misstep -- The 2014 governor’s race isn’t even officially kicked off, and Republican former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado has kicked up a storm of controversy, thanks to a press conference that’s already being slammed as his “Willie Horton” moment. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle
Walters: Can crime again be big issue in California? -- Crime dominated California's political landscape during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s before giving way to other preoccupations. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/10/13
AM Alert: California water politics take center stage
May 10, 2013
Interest in Delta water issues continues to rise as details of Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious water project pour out. Part of what makes the governor's proposal so complex is that it doesn't just concern water delivery -- while the tunnels that would send water south are a big part of it, the blueprint also calls for restoring and preserving the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
CFT in the News: May 9, 2013
The unions' huge influence in the L.A. mayor's race: Opinion
LANG editorial board 05/08/2013
There's a huge misconception in this Los Angeles mayoral race, one that could well decide who wins on May 21: that there's only one union candidate in this race.
Greuel might have DWP workers' expectations to deal with. But Garcetti will have some payback expected as well, including a virtual IOU to United Teachers Los Angeles,and the California Federation of Teachers, which has donated thousands to a superPAC for Garcetti.
Education News: May 9, 2013
New student testing would use machines for most of the scoring -- When state schools chief Tom Torlakson unveiled his vision for the future of student performance assessments in California, the notion that the tests would eventually be taken online and that some items would be graded by machines raised a fair amount of skepticism from the mainstream press. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/9/13
SBE challenges school accountability measurement, looks for options -- California’s State Board of Education raised some major red flags Wednesday over changes being considered to the state’s K-12 school accountability system, leaving in question the next steps for updating the system. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/9/13
Common Core test is on track, State Board told -- Four states have encountered serious glitches and system meltdowns over the past several weeks as they have moved their own state assessments online. But the head of the state-led consortium creating the Common Core tests for California and two dozen other states expressed confidence Wednesday that his organization is working closely with states and taking precautions to avoid significant problems. John Fensterwald EdSource Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee -- 5/9/13
CFPB lays out options for easing repayment of private student loans -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday issued a series of proposals to create more flexible repayment plans for the millions of Americans struggling with private student loans. Danielle Douglas in the Washington Post -- 5/9/13
Santa Rosa Junior College's Latino enrollment skyrockets -- In just 20 years, Latino enrollment at Santa Rosa Junior College has skyrocketed, a dramatic trend that is expected to continue into the future. Nearly 29 percent of students at the college are Latino, up from almost 9 percent two decades ago. MARTIN ESPINOZA in the Santa Rosa Press -- 5/9/13
State News: May 9, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Will Prop. 30 burnout kill cigarette tax plan?
California's low smoking rates make a proposed cigarette tax seem plausible, but that could run up against wariness about again raising taxes in the wake of Proposition 30.
AP Exclusive: California exchange granted secrecy -- A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it sweeping authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, creating a barrier from public disclosure that stands out nationwide. MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press -- 5/9/13
Assembly speaker outlines budget plans -- Pérez (D-Los Angeles) wants to increase state-subsidized employment for welfare recipients to put more people back to work, help the federal government process veterans' benefits faster and cut college costs for students from middle-class families. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/9/13
Unions, lawmakers line up against Koch brothers -- California legislative leaders and 10 public employee unions announced opposition Wednesday to any sale of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers to a pair of wealthy brothers who fund conservative causes throughout the country. Patrick McGreevy and Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/9/13
CFT in the News: May 8, 2013
Behind the attacks on City College
How's CCSF doing after last year's sanctions? The update you need to hear
OPINION Last year the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges harshly sanctioned City College of San Francisco and gave us just nine months to shape up or face the consequences. This was pushed on the community even though the quality of education provided at City College was never in question. 05.07.13
State Senate special election on May 21
When state Sen. Michael Rubio suddenly announced earlier this year that he was resigning, it sparked the need for a special election at a time when voters typically aren’t in election mode. The special election for the 16th state Senate seat is May 21.
Perez’s endorsements include Costa, the California Democratic Party, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen and the California Federation of Teachers.
Education News: May 8, 2013
New revenues ease California school district fiscal woes
Voter approval of a multi-billion-dollar tax increase last year has reduced financial pressure on California's nearly 1,000 school districts and thus dropped the number of districts in fiscal distress, the Legislature was told Tuesday. May 7, 2013
In California, Push for College Diversity Starts Earlier -- As the Supreme Court weighs a case that could decide the future of affirmative action in college admissions, California offers one glimpse of a future without it. RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA in the New York Times$ -- 5/8/13
UC classes easing into online world -- Like higher education institutions everywhere, the University of California is moving to expand its online course offerings, albeit slowly. The UC may be cautious for a reason: An earlier digital foray didn’t work out so well. Karen Kucher UT San Diego$ -- 5/8/13
Many charter schools to begin offering transitional kindergarten in fall 2013 -- There had been some disagreement with the California Department of Education over whether charters were required to offer the new program for children who turn five in the first few months of the school year. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 5/8/13
High school 'twerking' suspensions to be appealed -- Students will get a chance to shake their fingers in protest over being busted for shaking their behinds in a suggestive "twerking" video. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/8/13
Louisiana Supreme Court rules school voucher funding unconstitutional -- The Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled 6 to 1 on Tuesday that the way the state funds its school voucher program is unconstitutional and that public money now being used to pay private and religious school tuition should instead be going to public schools. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post -- 5/8/13
The only three California universities that Bill Bennett says are "worth it" -- Former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett published a book on whether going to college is "worth it," and just three schools in the Golden State -- Harvey Mudd and Cal Tech in Southern California, and Stanford in the Bay Area made his top 10 cut. San Francisco Business Times -- 5/8/13
The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media
By B. Justin Reich | By MindShift
The Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around education technology. One the one hand, deep integration of new learning technologies into classrooms requires substantially rethinking pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and teacher practice (someday). May 8, 2013
"Other People's Children": The Corollary of Bad Policy
By Mark Naison
For some time, I have argued that School Reform is the most destructive bi-partisan initiative we have suffered in the United States since the Vietnam War, a policy which has, and will continue to inspire mass movements to limit the damage it inflicts through universal testing of the nation's children, and the humiliation and micro-management of the nation's teachers.
L.A. mayoral candidates support making teacher evaluations public -- Los Angeles' two mayoral candidates said Tuesday that they support making teacher evaluations public, going well beyond a level of disclosure that is supported by top school district officials. Seema Mehta, Howard Blume and Michael Finnegan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/8/13
Dan Walters Daily: School funding woes not over yet
California got some rare good news about the financial situation of its school districts, although Dan warns that school deficits still pose a problem. May 8, 2013
State News: May 8, 2013
Two Prop. 13 defenders decry abuse of loophole by corporations -- Two prominent defenders of Proposition 13 spoke out on Tuesday against "gimmicks" used by some companies to avoid paying additional property taxes when buying real estate in California. Jason Felch in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 5/8/13
Assembly speaker to push for new 'rainy-day fund' to help budget -- Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is proposing a new state spending restriction that would set aside money from capital gains taxes in good years to help the state through economic downturns. Melody Gutierrez and David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/8/13
California Senate leader proposes mental health program expansions -- State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) on Tuesday proposed a plan to significantly increase mental health services in California with the goal of reducing the number of people ending up in prison, jail and emergency rooms. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times
Education News: May 7, 2013
Cal State University system and EPA form learning partnership -- A new five-year partnership between the Cal State University system and the Environmental Protection Agency promises to increase environmental research at all 23 campuses. Josh Dulaney in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/7/13
“Alarming” truancy figures, prompts AG Harris to call on schools to do more -- More than 1.8 million students – almost a third of the state’s entire student body – were classified as “truant” in 2010-11, according to new figures released by Attorney General Kamala Harris. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/7/13
Summer enrichment programs prove their value -- The organizers of a statewide campaign to encourage school districts to offer quality summer enrichment programs have documented gains in learning and growth in social skills that they anticipated would benefit low-income, minority students in their programs. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/7/13
California Teachers Association turns 150 -- The California Teachers Association is celebrating the 28th annual national Teacher Appreciation Week with a bigger milestone – the 150th anniversary of its founding. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/7/13
Socrates and Cyber Education
Assemblyman Das Williams may find himself if a squeeze as both a life-long friend to unions and a champion of improving education. Weekly column by Loretta Redd May 7, 2013
State News: May 7, 2013
Walters: California reverting to secrecy -- There's nothing ambiguous about Article IV, Section 8a of the California Constitution: Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 5/7/13
Brown Mystified At Continuing Prison Legal Case -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday defended his combative approach to the federal court case over California's prison system by saying the state has undergone an "incredible transformation" since the courts took over the inmate health care system. JUDY LIN Associated Press
California objects to moving inmates because of fungus -- It is premature to move more than 3,000 inmates out of two state prisons until more is known about an airborne fungus that is being blamed for nearly three-dozen inmate deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said in a court filing Monday night. JUDY LIN and DON THOMPSON Associated Press -- 5/7/13
What should California do with the $4.6 billion in extra tax revenue? -- The internet was humming last week with the news that the California economy has generated $4.6 billion more in state tax revenue than budget writers had anticipated. Now comes the big question: What to do with it? James Mayer Cal Forward -- 5/7/13
CFT in the News: May 6, 2013
Berkeley Teachers Fight for Fair Compensation -- By Aminta Gueye -- Since the start of the year, the Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT) has been in constant negotiation with the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) to increase teachers’ salaries for the first time in four years and to combat increasingly expensive health care costs.
Education News: May 6, 2013
Legislature moves to protect career tech -- When Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his new education spending plan as part of his January budget, Christine Hoffman, who oversees one of the largest career preparation programs in California, knew she – and arguably, the rest of the state – had a problem. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/6/13
Report: High school teachers and college professors differ on college preparedness of freshmen -- Yes, they're ready. No, they're not. A new survey shows a wide gap between high school teachers and college professors when it comes to the question of whether incoming freshmen are prepared for higher learning. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach Press -- 5/6/13
Common core drives revision of English learner assessments too -- The Legislature begins debate in earnest this month on plans for a major revision of the state’s academic student assessment program – the STAR system. But just down the street from the Capitol, officials at the California Department of Education are developing similar plans to upgrade testing of English learners. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/6/13
Obama vows early childhood education push -- The president will be touring the country in the coming weeks to press for congressional action on his State of the Union agenda, the White House said Sunday, starting with a stop in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. Julian Pecquet The Hill -- 5/6/13
Parenting preschools face budget cuts in proposed state law -- At 74-year-old Broadmoor Preschool, parents do more than drop off and pick up their children. It is a cooperative preschool part of the San Leandro Adult School that provides education to both children and parents. Ashly McGlone in the Oakland Tribune -- 5/6/13
CSU chancellor defends secrecy of Fresno State president candidates -- The chancellor of the California State University system defended the closed-door search for Fresno State's new president Friday as selection committees met with four candidates. Michael Krikorian in the Fresno Bee -- 5/5/13
Severe technical problems raise concerns over online tests -- Add this to the list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests: Technical glitches in several states during the online administration of new exams have been so severe in recent weeks that officials suspended testing in some places, students cried and educators worried about how scores would be affected. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post -- 5/5/13
UC system cuts lifetime coverage limit for health insurance -- Chancellors at all 10 University of California campuses have agreed to eliminate the lifetime coverage limit and other caps on essential health benefits in the student health insurance program. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 5/4/13
Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards, poll says -- Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers released Friday by the American Federation of Teachers. Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post -- 5/4/13
Santa Cruz City Schools saves money with bond 'refunding' -- Santa Cruz City Schools is taking advantage of historically low interest rates in the municipal market to refund some outstanding bonds. Similar to refinancing a home, refunding allows the district to lower debt with their bond program by issuing new bonds. Shanna McCord in the Santa Cruz Sentinel -- 5/4/13
State News: May 6, 2013
Skelton: Pérez vows fiscal discipline from Democrats -- Speaker John Pérez wants voters to know something: Cash may be cascading into state coffers as it hasn't for years. Democrats may totally control the Assembly with a new supermajority. But they're not going to be drunken sailors. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/6/13
Prop. 13 loophole gives edge to big players -- Change of ownership, key to reassessment, is cut-and-dried for homeowners but not businesses. It means a loss of tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue. Jason Felch and Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/5/13
At a glance: Brown's plan to ease prison crowding -- The item is in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/4/13
CFT in the News: May 3, 2013
COS stands by commission sanction Accrediting Commission slammed by teacher group -- Though the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges is under fire from the California Federation of Teachers, College of the Sequoias’ president/superintendent said he believes its sanction was justified. -- 5/3/13
Orange County Register: "Attack on school reformers rings hollow" -- This time, the powerful teachers' unions went too far. At last month's California Democratic Convention, a resolution attacking education reform movements was approved by delegates. It was sponsored by the California Teachers Association, the California Federation of Teachers and the California Faculty Association. -- 4/29/13
Education News: May 3, 2013
California looks to Ontario schools’ reformer for guidance -- The man credited with transforming the Canadian province of Ontario into one of the world’s most effective school systems is ready to help California do the same. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/3/13
Alarm over possible spike in student loan interest rates -- Interest rates on some popular federal student loans are set to double in two months, a prospect that has alarmed students, parents and activists concerned about soaring student debt. JEREMY HAY in the Santa Rosa Press -- 5/3/13
Students suspended for making 'twerking' video on campus -- A group of San Diego high school students has been suspended for making a risqué video on campus of teens involved in “twerking.” Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/3/13
Professors at San Jose State Criticize Online Courses -- San Jose State University has publicly committed to using online courses to bring in more students — and bring down costs — but its philosophy department is balking. TAMAR LEWIN in the New York Times -- 5/3/13
Bill aims to help expelled and truant students get back on track -- The purpose of a complicated bill aimed at preventing students from languishing in alternative schools became much clearer after the testimony of a former student who got stuck in one. Susan Frey EdSource -- 5/3/13
La Costa Canyon High Newspaper Fights For Journalism Curriculum -- Megan Mineiro, editor of La Costa Canyon’s school paper, said she believes there’s a connection between the school principal's decision to cancel the school’s journalism class and an editorial in the school paper critical of his decision to fire the school's athletic director. Alison St John KPBS -- 5/3/13
The ‘Componentized’ School of the Future, Built in 90 Days -- Project Frog built a school in a warehouse. Or at least, part of a school. The “componentized” building company — Frog management dislikes the terms “prefab” and “modular” — put up a life-size model of one classroom, a hall, and a couple other rooms in their warehouse on a San Francisco pier. NATHAN HURST Wired -- 5/3/13
Oakland Parents Want AIMS Charter Schools to Stay Open -- by KQED News Staff and Wires -- Parents and staff at "AIMS", the American Indian Model Schools in Oakland are fighting to keep the schools open this fall, despite accusations of financial mismanagement. Oakland Unified voted to revoke the schools' charter last month, but the AIMS board is appealing the decision. -- 5/2/13
State News: May 3, 2013
Jerry Brown offers early releases, private prisons to ease crowding -- Gov. Jerry Brown's office late Thursday produced a court-ordered plan to reduce prison crowding that includes the early release of elderly inmates and the relocation of thousands of offenders to private lockups or state fire camps, among other measures. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/3/13
CFT in the News: May 2, 2013
CCSF faculty unions files complaint - Nanette Asimov Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - The commission that could revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation this summer should rescind its threat and reform its entire agenda to be more fair to all colleges under scrutiny, says a 298-page complaint from the California Federation of Teachers.
City College of SF Teachers Accuse Accrediting Commission of Intimidation - Thursday, May 2, 2013 - City College of San Francisco's teachers have filed a complaint against the accrediting commission that placed sanctions on the school last year, accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations. The American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents about 600 faculty members at CCSF, joined the California Federation of Teachers to file the third-party complaint on Tuesday against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Accreditor too harsh on CCSF, complaint says - By: Andrea Koskey | 05/01/13 SF Examiner Staff Writer - CCSF will find out next month whether it will keep its accreditation.A complaint filed against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges requests the removal of the harshest sanction issued against City College of San Francisco, claiming the commission violated “federal law, state law and their own guidelines.”The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which jointly filed the claim this week, say the commission is designed to review CCSF’s educational program but that instead it evaluated the administration and finances, among other things.
CCSF Teachers Accuse Accrediting Commission Of Intimidation - by Bay City News May 1, 2013 - City College of San Francisco’s teachers have filed a complaint against the accrediting commission that placed sanctions on the school last year, accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations.The American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents about 600 faculty members at CCSF, joined the California Federation of Teachers to file the third-party complaint on Tuesday against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
CA bill would curtail police role on public school campuses - Julie Small | May 1st, 2013 - A bill to limit the role of campus police in disciplining students passed its first committee hearing in Sacramento Wednesday. … The California Federation of Teachers, which includes many teachers from Los Angeles, supports the plan. The larger California Teachers Association hasn’t taken a position. Nor has L.A. Unified.
California teacher evaluation bill fails again -- Legislation that would alter how California schools judge teachers flunked another test on Tuesday, failing to advance for the second time in a week. …"The best way to improve schools is to include teachers in the dialogue," said Chris Simenstad, a San Rafael teacher testifying on behalf of the California Federation of Teachers.Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee -- 5/2/13
Education News: May 2, 2013
Duncan says it’s still possible for state to get NCLB waiver -- California remains interested in receiving a waiver from sanctions under the No Child Left Behind law, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday it remains possible for the state to get one. But, Duncan said in an interview after an event in Sunnyvale, “It’s getting late in the game” to apply for a state waiver to take effect this fall. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/2/13
Common core moves a step closer in CA, GOP attacks standards in other states -- Plans to commit California schools to a new student testing system aligned to the new common core curriculum standards by 2014-15 won passage Wednesday out of a key legislative committee. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/2/13
Chicago Charter Schools Unionize -- Teachers in one of the country's largest nonprofit charter-school groups voted to unionize, fortifying efforts by organized labor to expand in an area of public education where it has been largely unwelcome. CAROLINE PORTER in the Wall Street Journal$ -- 5/2/13
California teachers sue unions to stop dues -- Ten California teachers — several of them from Orange County — are suing in federal court to stop mandatory union dues. The lawsuit seeks to expand last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision involving union activity in a California special election. Kitty Felde KPCC -- 5/2/13
Using technology to fight cheating in online education -- Finding ways to thwart the ingenuity of computer-savvy students is crucial to proving Internet courses and diplomas are valid. Webcams and keystroke monitoring are among tools in use. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/2/13
Block bill to aid Community College students advances -- Legislation to restore $50 million worth of cuts imposed on Community College programs that help disabled and poor students cleared the Senate Education Committee Wednesday. Michael Gardner UT San Diego -- 5/2/13
StudentsFirst under scrutiny from the left -- Michelle Rhee frequently says her StudentsFirst lobbying group is a bipartisan organization that backs Democrats and Republicans who support her vision for education: charter schools, vouchers and performance pay for teachers. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee -- 5/2/13
State News: May 5, 2013
Walton Foundation giving $8 million to Rhee’s StudentsFirst -- plus 2012 donations -- The Walton Family Foundation is giving $8 million to Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst to add to the scores of millions of dollars it hands out each year to support the public education reform agenda of Walton family members. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post -- 5/2/13
Bill to change California's environmental review law advances -- A bill that would make changes to California's landmark environmental review law moved forward in the state Senate Wednesday, as Democrats rejected a GOP-backed proposal as "too broad and comprehensive a change." Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee
http://cft.org/components/com_jce/editor/tiny_mce/plugins/anchor/img/anchor.gif)Dan Walters Daily: Legislature takes 1st step on CEQA overhaul - Don't be fooled by how easily a Senate panel approved a bill to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act, Dan says: A lot of work lies ahead.
CFT in the News: May 1, 2013
Teachers try to dis-accredit accreditation group -- 05.01.13 - The union representing teachers at San Francisco City College have fired back at the accreditation commission that's threatened to shut the school down and forced dramatic changes in its mission. The California Federation of Teachers and AFT Local 2121 filed a legal complaint May 1 charging the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges with violating its own rules and federal law -- and the complaint asks the federal Department of Education to withdraw the accreditation of the accreditation commission.
Faculty vs. Accreditor - By Paul Fain May 1, 2013 - SAN FRANCISCO -- The battle between faculty unions and an accreditor over the fate of City College of San Francisco intensified this week, just two months before the college learns whether it will be shut down. …“The appointment of Crabtree to the team destroyed the wall which is supposed to exist between the evaluation team and the commission staff,” said the complaint , which the California Federation of Teachers and the City College chapter of the American Federation of Teachers filed with the commission on Tuesday afternoon.
Las Vegas Review-Journal Promotes Flawed Merit-Based Pay Scheme For Teachers - SALVATORE COLLELUORI - The Las Vegas Review-Journal promoted a plan to create a merit pay system for teachers, but failed to note that merit-based pay schemes have not succeeded and could hurt students in low-income areas.…Merit pay systems could also put low-income students at a disadvantage. According to a post by Joshua Pechthalt, vice president of the United Teachers Los Angeles - American Federation of Teachers, merit pay would "create a disincentive" for teachers to go to the most challenging schools and communities:
Education News: May 1, 2013
College Accreditation: Reviewing The CCSF Experience - by Rick Sterling‚ May. 01‚ 2013 - Accreditation of community colleges in California (plus Hawaii and South Pacific Territories) is by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). ACCJC is part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Duncan admits flaws in current standardized testing -- Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged serious flaws in the standardized tests that currently drive American schools, telling an audience of education researchers on Tuesday that the tests are an inadequate gauge of student and teacher performance. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 5/1/13
AM Alert: Students First rallies troops for California teacher evaluation bill - Students First, the Sacramento-based education advocacy group headed by school reform crusader (and wife of Sacramento major Kevin Johnson ) Michelle Rhee, has launched a major blitz in advance of a hearing today on Senate Bill 441, a union-opposed teacher evaluation bill that was granted reconsideration after registering a 4-4 committee vote last week, with Democrats and Republicans on both sides.
Bill would overhaul student testing in California -- A key hearing is set today for consideration of what may prove to be landmark legislation that would replace the state’s existing statewide student performance testing program with one that is designed to be taken online and is also aligned with the new common core curriculum standards. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 5/1/13
LAUSD Supt. John Deasy faces 'performance evaluation' by teachers union -- Barely two weeks after delivering a stinging no-confidence vote on the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy, the teachers union announced it will do a first-ever "performance evaluation" of the Los Angeles Unified chief. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 5/1/13
Rocketship Education’s next phase: technology in a blended classroom -- Palo Alto-based Rocketship Education has attracted national attention in the past few years for its innovative use of technology and impressive test scores for its largely low-income, Hispanic students. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 5/1/13
Bonds would fund business investment in schools under Steinberg proposal -- The leader of the California State Senate says the way to encourage more and stronger bonds between industry and education is through, well, bonds. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 5/1/13
Lawsuit targets union fees collected from nonmember teachers -- A conservative organization has joined with a group of California teachers in an effort to overturn laws that allow teacher unions to collect fees from those who don't want to be members. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/1/13
Parents rally to protest possible end of classroom breakfast program -- Union officials representing school cafeteria workers led a noisy rally of parents Tuesday to save a Los Angeles Unified classroom breakfast program that feeds nearly 200,000 children but was in danger of being axed after sharp criticism by teachers. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/1/13
Walton Foundation increases donation to StudentsFirst -- The Walton Family Foundation announced Tuesday that it is “significantly increasing its support” in the Sacramento-based national lobbying and policy organization StudentsFirst, with an $8 million investment. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 5/1/13
USC journalism school loses new leader after just two days -- The search for a new director of USC’s journalism school has taken a confusing turn after a Northwestern University professor accepted the job but then suddenly withdrew two days later. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/1/13
Online provider offers courses in education, teacher training -- A leading online course provider announced Wednesday that it will offer free professional training and development courses to prepare teachers worldwide for Web-based classes. Dalina Castellanos in the Los Angeles Times -- 5/1/13
MOOCs for Teachers: Coursera Offers Online Teacher Training Program - April 30, 2013 | By Katrina Schwartz - Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs , have forced universities to reconsider their value in light of free high-quality education available online. Coursera, a private company founded by two Stanford professors has been at the forefront of that movement, actively courting new institutions of higher education to their portfolio and trying to monetize the effort by certifying courses for college credit. Now they’re expanding that model to K-12 teacher professional development.
No Child Left Behind Waiver Still in Play - by Charla Bear | May 1, 2013 - The federal Department of Education is forging ahead with its review of whether to waive No Child Left Behind requirements for some California school districts.
Education News: June 29-30, 2013
2 LAUSD officials demoted, principal leaves over handling of sex-abuse complaints — Two senior Los Angeles Unified administrators have been demoted and a principal has left the district following a two-month investigation into the handling of sex-abuse allegations against an elementary school teacher in Wilmington, Superintendent John Deasy said Saturday. Barbara Jones in the Torrance Daily Breeze — 6/30/13
Student loan hike fears provoke protests in Claremont — An Inland Empire group rallied Thursday, protesting Congress' inaction to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on Monday. Beau Yarbrough in the Inland Daily Bulletin — 6/30/13
Walters: Does latest school 'reform' benefit students — or teachers? — Periodically – albeit, not frequently – it dawns on the Capitol's politicians that the 6 million kids in California's public schools aren't learning as much as they should be, and they vow to do something big about it. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ — 6/30/13
Funding windfall helps new Cal State chancellor, but can he reshape 23-campus system? -- Six months ago, Tim White took over as chancellor of a California State University system that is a shadow of its former self. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 6/29/13
Student loan rate likely to double on Monday, but lawmakers hope to reverse hike -- Lawmakers acknowledge that the rate on a low-interest federal loan for millions of college students in financial need is likely to double on Monday because of a congressional stalemate over how to stop that from happening. Nick Anderson in the Washington Post$ -- 6/29/13
State appoints new administrator to oversee Inglewood schools -- Don Brann, the former head of the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne, was selected Friday to lead the Inglewood Unified School District — the third leader to take the helm after the state takeover of the financially troubled school district. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/29/13
State News: July 1, 2013
Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown holds strong hand on prisons —Standing up to three federal judges, who want nearly 10,000 inmates released, makes the governor look like he's protecting Californians from thugs. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ —7/1/13
Walters: California farm belt district a big target — California's 12th Senate District was born in a bipartisan political deal after the 2000 census. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ —7/1/13
Transit workers go on strike after failed talks —Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions went on strike after weekend talks with management failed to produce a new contract, ensuring a nightmarish journey ahead for Monday commuters. Terry Collins Associated Press
BART's top-level employees' vacation bank tops 69 years of unused time off -- Thanks to an extraordinarily generous vacation policy, a select group of BART's white-collar employees have stockpiled a combined seven decades' worth of unused time off -- literally like money in a bank that can be cashed in for fat retirement windfalls. Thomas Peele in the Oakland Tribune -- 6/29/13
Oakland city employee unions said they plan to call a one-day strike Monday — Oakland city employee unions said they plan to call a one-day strike Monday, Mayor Jean Quan said Sunday night. Natalie Neysa Alund in the Oakland Tribune —7/1/13
CFT in the News: June 28, 2013
California union complaint has accreditors in hot seat
The U.S. Department of Education has told the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that it has until July 8 to provide a documented response to a complaint the accrediting agency received from the California Federation of Teachers and its City College of San Francisco affiliate.
On April 30, the CFT and AFT Local 2121, representing 1,650 full-time and part-time faculty, counselors, librarians and researchers at CCSF, filed a 298-page complaint and third-party comment with the ACCJC, raising serious concerns about the commission.
What strategy will defeat the privatizers?
Monica Hill, June 2013
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has been attacking California community colleges since 2001. In July, 2012, it bombarded City College of San Francisco (CCSF) with austerity demands and closure threats. An interim chancellor and the Board of Trustees endorsed ACCJC’s business-oriented vision and immediately began budget slashing.
Faculty have leaped to the defense of students, the progressive mission of CCSF, and their own jobs and union, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 2121. Drawing in non-faculty classified staff has been difficult, because they’re demoralized by the unwillingness of campus union leaders of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 to fight back during the last several years of severe austerity cuts.
Education News: June 28, 2013
Antonio Villaraigosa leaves his mark on L.A. schools -- The mayor vowed to turn the district into an incubator of education reform. In his two terms, during which his nonprofit took over more than a dozen campuses, he's had mixed results. Teresa Watanabe and Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/13
Amended bill to rein in high-cost construction bonds moves on -- A bill that would rein in the type of build-now, pay-later school bonds that saddle a future generation of taxpayers with costly balloon payments passed another hurdle after the author, Assembly Education Committee Chair Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, accepted changes easing a few of the restrictions she had proposed. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/28/13
UCLA turns MBA degree into self-supporting program -- UCLA wins approval from UC president to support the MBA program through tuition and donations, freeing $8 million for other purposes. Louis Lavelle Bloomberg Businessweek -- 6/28/13
Officials, students debate funding change at UCLA's MBA program -- Debate continued Thursday over the upcoming switch that will end any state funding for UCLA’s MBA program and make it dependent on tuition and donations. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/28/13
Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1 -- The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday. Claudio Sanchez NPR -- 6/28/13
State News: June 28, 2013
Assembly sends Jerry Brown enterprise zone revamp -- Gov. Jerry Brown's push to restructure an enterprise zone program of hiring tax credits that has been criticized as wasteful and ineffective passed Thursday with a 54-17 approval in the Assembly. Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/13
Walters: Budget won't end fiscal angst -- Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature's Democratic leaders patted themselves on the back Thursday for enacting a 2013-14 state budget that's balanced and has a reserve. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/28/13
CFT in the News:
Teachers fight increase in healthcare costs
They do not believe the union should cover the 'Cadillac tax' mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act.
June 26, 2013|By Bradley Zint
More than 50 Newport-Mesa Unified School District employees expressed their concerns about rising healthcare costs at Tuesday's board meeting.
Such a change would shift the "bulk of the burden onto those least able to afford it" and provide, in essence, an "unacceptable" income boost to those in the district who make more than $200,000 a year, according to a news release from the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Assn. Chapter 18, which represents classified workers.
Education News: June 27, 2013
UC president OKs self-supporting plan for UCLA business master's program -- UC President Mark G. Yudof has approved a controversial plan to turn UCLA's MBA program into a self-supporting unit that depends wholly on tuition without state funding. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/13
Next steps in common core will cost state ‘tens of millions’ of dollars -- The $1 billion set aside in next year’s budget to help schools transition to new testing and instruction based on common national curriculum standards might seem like plenty of money to get the job done. But new analysis suggests the Legislature will be responsible for tens of millions more before the entire program has been implemented. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/27/13
After legal ruling leaves some parcel taxes in jeopardy, clarity must come from Legislature -- The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a parcel tax case with statewide implications, leaving it up to the Legislature, if it chooses, to change the law that undid one district’s parcel tax and left similar parcel taxes in other districts vulnerable. A bill that would do that failed to move this year but will resurface in 2014. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/27/13
Financial misdeeds sinking Oakland charter school -- A high-performing charter school is one step closer to closing under the weight of an audit showing its former director broke the law by paying himself $3.8 million from school funds for construction and rental services. Doug Oakley in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/27/13
L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases -- Attorneys representing a group of Miramonte students and parents responded aggressively to renewed pressure on their clients to settle abuse claims filed with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/13
Summer lunch gap persists for Sacramento-area students -- During the academic year, more than half of students in Sacramento and Yolo County public schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/27/13
Family of girl sexually abused by teacher awarded $5.6 million -- The lawsuit alleged Chino Valley school district did too little to stop the teacher, now a convicted sex offender, even after learning of inappropriate emails. Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/27/13
Stanford named smartest U.S. city -- In a turn that probably won't make Stanford seem any more accessible to mere commoners, a new study names the Peninsula city the nation's smartest locale. Lauren Hepler Silicon Valley Business Journal -- 6/27/13
State News: June 27, 2013
Gay marriage: Proposition 8 appears doomed in California after Supreme Court ruling -- And foes of gay marriage, from the architects of Proposition 8 to CatholicVote.org, immediately signaled they are not ready for wedding bells to ring in California just yet for same-sex couples. They plan to try to skirt the impact of Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, which most legal experts predict ends the defense of Proposition 8 for good. Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/27/13
Gov. Jerry Brown says building two multibillion-dollar, 39-mile tunnels will save the Delta and bring more H20 to Californians. Sacramento County residents worry it will destroy their communities.
By Alastair Bland, published on 06.27.13.
The brown water of the Sacramento River lumbers quietly downstream along the levee bank, swirling eddies and occasional surges of turbulence revealing the power of this greatest of California's waterways.
AM Alert: With Jerry Brown's signature, California gets a budget
This year's budget process comes to a conclusion today: Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to make the pact between him and legislative leaders official at 11 a.m. in the Governor's Council Room. Fiscal year 2013-2014, its allocations and obligations set in writing, starts Monday.
Education News: June 26, 2013
More charters, including those in California, outperform district schools in reading, study says -- The nation’s charter schools, including those in California, have made “slow and steady” progress over the past four years, with students in nearly a quarter of charters now outperforming their traditional school peers in reading and, on average, catching up to them in math, a group of Stanford researchers reported. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/26/13
No reprieve for Oakland Indian charter schools -- Three controversial Oakland charter schools facing closure this summer failed to win a reprieve from the Alameda County Board of Education on Tuesday night. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/26/13
Inactive school districts face losing millions in state support for construction -- Time is running short for a number of California school districts with approval to build or upgrade facilities but which have yet to claim the millions set aside for their projects under the state’s school construction program. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/26/13
LAUSD summer school expects full house for limited courses -- All 5,100 seats in Los Angeles Unified School District's summer school program have been snapped up by high schoolers needing to make up a failed class, with a wait list not available until classes start July 8, officials said. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/26/13
L.A. Unified presses families to settle Miramonte abuse claims -- Alleged victims of abuse at Miramonte Elementary have until July 5 to accept recent settlement offers from the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials said Tuesday. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/26/13
Miramonte: LA Unified settlement countdown website has lawyer seeing red -- The Los Angeles Unified school district put up a new website Tuesday for victims of abuse by teachers at Miramonte Elementary School — and at least one plaintiffs' lawyer is not happy about it. Jed Kim KPCC -- 6/26/13
Common Core foes spreading misinformation, Duncan says -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan planned a robust defense on Tuesday of the Common Core standards, new academic standards in reading and math that have been adopted by 45 states and D.C. Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post$ -- 6/26/13
Schools would be required to track anti-gay bullying under new federal proposal -- For the first time, the federal education department is proposing that schools collect data about anti-gay bullying in its biennial survey of civil rights compliance on school campuses, a move advocates said could drive policies to reduce bullying and improve school climate. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 6/26/13
Public Research for Private Gain -- In a unanimous vote last month, the Regents of the University of California created a corporate entity that, if spread to all UC campuses as some regents envision, promises to further privatize scientific research produced by taxpayer-funded laboratories. Darwin BondGraham East Bay Express -- 6/26/13
Student Loan Rates Likely to Double With No Congressional Agreement in Sight -- With immigration center stage and a bipartisan agreement to stave off the student loan interest rate hike nowhere in sight, principal negotiators on both sides conceded Tuesday that rates will likely double on July 1 and will need to be fixed retroactively. Lauren Smith Roll Call -- 6/26/13
Proposed California budget to deepen attacks on public education and social programs
By Dan Conway 26 June 2013
The California state legislature last week passed a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The proposed budget which is expected to be signed by Democratic Governor Brown this week, continues a statewide assault against social programs. This, in spite of a projected budgetary surplus rather than a deficit for the first time since the onset of the financial crisis of 2008.
State News: June 26, 2013
Feinstein, NSA’S top congressional defender, has built respect over decades of service -- Just as she is playing such high-profile roles, Feinstein, who turned 80 on Saturday, is blazing a new political trail as a symbol — an unwilling one — of the changing workplace. Emily Heil in the Washington Post$ -- 6/26/13
Morain: Legislators, lobbyists? This time it's hard to tell -- The California Legislature has decreed that it is within its rights to approve legislation that specifically targets one particular business. No matter your political persuasion, this ought to be of concern. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/26/13
Plans to ease voter hurdles for local taxes on hold -- for now -- Proposition 13, California’s iconic, tax-cutting ballot initiative of 1978, is confronting its most serious political challenges in decades as majority Democrats push to reduce the thresholds needed to approve local tax measures. Samantha Gallegos Capitol Weekly -- 6/26/13
Jerry Brown tells California counties to issue gay marriage licenses
In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling undercutting California's same-sex marriage ban, the Brown administration told county officials this morning the ruling applies statewide - with all 58 counties required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples once a lower court stay is lifted.
Education News: June 25, 2013
Duncan indicates support for district waiver, praises Brown’s funding reform -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan set aside years of acrimony and disagreements with Gov. Jerry Brown and sang the governor’s praises during an event Friday night in San Francisco. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 6/25/13
Supreme Court retains affirmative action if needed for diversity -- Defying widespread expectations that they were on the brink of doing away with affirmative action in higher education, the Supreme Court justices Monday upheld using race as a factor in admissions decisions but said colleges and universities must prove that race-based policies are truly necessary to achieve diversity. David G. Savage in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/25/13
Study: charter school students show reading gains over public schools -- The nation's charter school students showed more academic gains in reading than their public school counterparts did according to a new study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University. The study showed no difference in math performance between the two groups. Jed Kim KPCC -- 6/25/13
Tablets in the classroom bring cutting edge problems, too -- Tech writer and wireless network administrator Lee Badman outlines a multitude of problems educators face when incorporating iPads into the school day including failing wireless networks and teachers serving double duty as tech support. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 6/25/13
Senate Faces July 1 Deadline for Student Loan Reform -- Over seven million college students will see their subsidized student-loan rates double on July 1 if Congress can’t reach a compromise to avert the hike. In the meantime, House Republicans—having acted first this time—are using the issue to bludgeon Democrats. Miles Graham TIME -- 6/25/13
New Scholarships Would Help Middle-Income Students
by Charla Bear | June 24, 2013
School is about to become a little cheaper for some university students in California.
After years of tuition increases, the state is set to launch the Middle Class Scholarship program.
When fully funded, it would cover between 10 and 40 percent of tuition, applied on a sliding scale, for students whose families make up to $150,000 a year.
BC's appeal of football sanctions denied
Tuesday, Jun 25 2013 By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Bakersfield College officials announced Tuesday morning that the Southern California Football Association has denied the college's appeal of athletics sanctions.
The college said it has 10 days to appeal, and will.
State News: June 25, 2013
Bay Bridge: Caltrans releases hundreds more bolt documents -- Caltrans has released 15 volumes and hundreds of pages of inspection and test data on thousands of high-strength steel fasteners installed on the eastern replacement span of the Bay Bridge. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/25/13
CFT In the News: June 24, 2013
Sac Bee Capitol Alert: TEACHERS UNION TRAINING: The arrival of summer means it's time for those of us on an academic schedule to adjust. For some members of the California Federation of Teachers, that will entail a visit to "CFT Union Summer School" to learn organizing and collective bargaining techniques. The weeklong labor training retreat starts today and takes place at the idyllic Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Peninsula
Education News: June 22 – 24, 2013
Feds to panel: Take faculty complaints seriously at CCSF San Francisco Chronicle (blog)-5 hours ago Faculty at City College of San Francisco have been in a slow burn for a year, since the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said their ...
Tier Parcel Tax Relief Will Take Another Year -- Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court let stand a ruling invalidating a tiered parcel tax measure put before voters in 2008 by Alameda Unified. The move also held open an invitation to the Legislature to weigh in on the question of ‘rational classification’ of tax rates. TOM CHORNEAU SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/24/13
Districts To Get $1.25 Billion This Fall To Implement Common Core -- With uncommon speed, school districts and charter schools this fall will receive substantial money they didn’t foresee coming their way a few months ago to prepare for the Common Core standards. The catch: They first have to tell the public how they plan to use it. JOHN FENSTERWALD EdSource -- 6/24/13
Are Teachers Getting The Right Training? -- A new report said most teacher-credentialing programs in San Diego County do a poor job of preparing future educators — and three are deficient enough that students should consider avoiding them. GARY WARTH and KAREN KUCHER UT San Diego$ -- 6/24/13
Parenting Classes Tailored For Latino Families Show Promise In Closing Achievement Gap -- A program offering parenting classes tailored to Latino families is showing promise as a way to help children arrive in kindergarten ready to learn, a key early benchmark that educators say can help close entrenched achievement gaps across racial and economic lines. LILLIAN MONGEAU EdSource -- 6/24/13
Stem Advocates Call Pedagogy ‘Out Of Touch’ With K-12 Classrooms -- As work begins on the first comprehensive evaluation of the state’s teacher preparation system in more than a decade, a widely respected math and science advocacy group is calling for sweeping change in support of STEM instruction. TOM CHORNEAU SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/24/13
California Schools: New State, Federal Strategies Flawed, Familiar By Lisa Schiff in the California Progress Report Almost as much has happened in the two weeks since public schools let out for the summer than in the entire second semester. In the first part of June, a revised version of federal education policy was introduced in the Senate and a California state budget has all but passed that includes dramatic funding changes for our state's schools.
Affirmative Action Ban At Uc, 15 Years Later -- Janelle Scott went to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate in the early 1990s. When she returned as a professor in 2008, she saw the effect of a decade-old ban on racial preferences -- in the faces of the students. The thriving black student scene of her college days was gone. KATY MURPHY in the Contra Costa Times -- 6/23/13
For Many Community College Students, A Full Summer -- Some campuses' class offerings have increased more than 500% this session. Schools are looking to help students meet their goals faster. CARLA RIVERA in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/13
L.A. Unified's Change In School For The Blind Draws Outrage -- Shift from a separate Frances Blend campus to joint arrangement with Van Ness Elementary is part of a district plan to integrate learning. Not everyone approves. DALINA CASTELLANOS in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/23/13
Data Security Is A Classroom Worry, Too -- Like many privacy-minded parents of elementary students, Tony Porterfield tries to keep close tabs on the personal information collected about his two sons. NATASHA SINGER in the New York Times$ -- 6/23/13
Education News: June 21, 2013
Why Our Schools Are Broke: Five Years of Corporate State Tax Avoidance
by Paul Buchheit‚ Jun. 18‚ 2013
We hear a lot about corporations avoiding federal taxes. Less well known is their non-payment of state taxes, which along with local taxes make up 90% of U.S. education funding. Pay Up Now just completed a review of 2011-12 tax data from the SEC filings of 155 of the largest U.S. corporations. The results show that the total cost of K-12 educational cutbacks in recent years is approximately equal to the amount of state taxes left unpaid by these companies.
$1b in common core money comes with lots of flexibility, some strings -- While California school districts will have wide discretion over spending the additional $1.25 billion in this year’s budget to help them integrate new academic content standards, they must first adopt spending plans showing how the money will be used and then follow that up with detailed expense reports to the state. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/21/13
After passage of school finance plan, focus shifts to implementation -- Less than a week after the state Legislature approved a sweeping school finance reform plan that will funnel additional funds to low-income students and English learners, the state’s finance chief says school districts will have to spend the extra funds in a way “that shows improved outcomes” among their students. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 6/21/13
Task force recommends including mental health training in teacher credential -- Sweeping national reforms in children’s mental health care have yet to materialize in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, but a group of high-profile educators and policy analysts in California is mapping a plan to transform student mental health services in the state. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 6/21/13
Duncan grants relief to some schools facing two sets of standardized tests next year -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has just made the challenge of transitioning to the Common Core standards less burdensome for about one in five schools in California. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/21/13
LAUSD studying new curriculum plans -- Los Angeles Unified's incoming freshmen class will be the first that will have to pass a rigorous college-prep curriculum with a "C" in order to get a diploma, which has district officials scrambling to identify and replicate successful programs that can get and keep students on track to graduation, Superintendent John Deasy said Thursday. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/21/13
State News: June 21, 2013
Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order -- A panel of federal judges on Thursday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population, the latest step in an ongoing legal drama over how to improve inmates' medical and mental health care inmates. DON THOMPSON Associated Press -- 6/21/13
Jerry Brown will support bill keeping Public Records Act intact -- Gov. Jerry Brown will support a bill reversing a proposed weakening of the California Public Records Act, apparently resolving the controversy that has swept over the Capitol in recent days. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$
Darrell Steinberg considering run for Sacramento mayor -- Facing the end of his career in the state Legislature next year, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Thursday that he is considering a run for mayor of Sacramento. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/21/13
Education News: June 20, 2013
Budget simplifies special education money -- Just as Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders moved last week to make overall school funding more simple and transparent, the 2013-14 budget also includes a number of changes to special education funding with the same objective. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/20/13
Salary tracker shows earning power of community college grads – often more than graduate degree holders -- With the right major, California community college graduates can out-earn workers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees – often by a lot. Kathryn Baron EdSource Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/20/13
San Diego Teacher Prep Programs Dismiss New Ratings -- A report from the National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News withheld its highest marks, three or more out of four stars, from all but 9 percent of the 1,200 teacher preparation programs reviewed for the first time by the council. Kyla Calvert KPBS -- 6/20/13
Senators Scramble to Prevent Doubling of Student-Loan Rates -- As the clock ticks down toward the doubling of some student-loan interest rates, a group of senators has been scrambling to come to an agreement to solve the problem. Elahe Izadi National Journal -- 6/20/13
San Diego Unified Hopes To Feed 600,000 With Summer Meal Program -- San Diego Unified is a partner in the Summer Fun Café program, which hands out free lunches to students who would otherwise not be able to afford them during the summer. Erik Anderson KPBS -- 6/20/13
LAUSD spending $30 million to buy 30,000 iPads for students -- The Los Angeles Unified board Tuesday approved a $30 million contract to buy iPads for 30,000 students, the first phase in an ambitious plan to equip every pupil with a tablet computer within the next 14 months. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/20/13
Camp: Guess how much we invest in our students -- In the course of a public K-12 education, how much money will be invested in the average California student? How much does a basic, public K-12 education actually cost? Jeff Camp EdSource -- 6/20/13
Looming Loan Rate Increase Has Students Worried
California congressional representatives are joining students in the nation's capital today to try to stop a student loan interest rate hike. If Congress doesn't act by July 1st, rates on federally subsidized loans will double. The hike would mean thousands of dollars more debt for the average student. Reporter: Charla Bear
State News: June 20, 2013
Legislature plots new course following Public Records Act controversy -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate leaders appeared Wednesday to reject an Assembly proposal to uphold key provisions of the California Public Records Act, instead saying the issue should go before voters as a constitutional amendment next year. Melody Gutierrez and David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$
Tom Calderon speaks: 'No idea' why Ron's office raided -- In his first comments since an FBI raid on his brother's legislative offices, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon denied any wrongdoing in his work for a Southern California water agency he has advised. Jeremy B. W hite in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/20/13
Legislators will make more money than 85 percent of California workers -- Legislators will make at least twice as much as most California workers following the roughly $5,000 pay bump approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission Wednesday, census figures show. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/20/13
CFT in the News: June 19, 2013
Reform Rekindled - A little-discussed trend in organized labor is the rise of local union reform movements, which aim to challenge unresponsive leaders, resist concessions, build ties with the community, and promote internal democracy and member control.
Beyond the local level, the 37,000-member New York State Nurses Association, the 54,000-member Public Employees Federation of New York, and the 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers now have reformers in charge.
Education News: June 19, 2013
LAUSD board passes $6.2 billion budget -- The Los Angeles Unified school board passed a $6.2 billion budget for 2013-14 on Tuesday, the first time in five years that deep cuts and gut-wrenching layoffs haven't been part of the financial plan. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/19/13
LA school board OKs $30 million for Apple iPads -- Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the L.A. Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/19/13
Herdt: Some relief for the middle class -- When CSU Channel Islands opened its doors in 2002, the annual systemwide fee to attend was $1,507. At the time, the median household income in Ventura County was $57,052. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star -- 6/19/13
Critical report on teacher preparation programs sparks debate -- California’s teacher training programs were excoriated as among the worst in a nation of poor-quality programs in a report released Tuesday, immediately sparking a debate about the validity of the report’s methodology and findings. Jane Meredith Adams and Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 6/19/13
Bill to restrict schools' use of long-term bonds face amendments, opposition -- Three of the state’s largest public education advocacy groups are leading opposition to legislation that would greatly restrict the use of long-term bond issues by school districts. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/19/13
Report: Humanities, social science education needed for innovation along with STEM -- A workforce lacking robust a humanities and social science education could be just as detrimental to the country’s future economic competitiveness as one deficient in science and technological expertise, according to an American Academy of Arts and Sciences report released Wednesday. Lynh Bui in the Washington Post -- 6/19/13
Student loan debt nearly doubles in last five years, report says -- Student loan debt has nearly doubled in the last five years, posing a potential risk to the economy, according to a new report from Congress. Adolfo Flores in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/19/13
Arne Duncan Allows Waiver States Extra Time On Teacher Evaluation
The U.S. Department of Education will allow some states that have gotten waivers from pieces of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to postpone using student growth on state tests as a factor in personnel decisions for up to one additional year, EdWeek has learned—until the 2016-17 school year. By Alyson Klein on June 18, 2013
State News: June 19, 2013
California's Latest Budget-Cutting Target: Public Records -- Jerry Brown, California’s straight-talking two-time governor, is known for making hard and often unpopular choices in the name of fiscal discipline. Elizabeth Dwoskin Businessweek -- 6/19/13
Morain: Budget goodies not so good for open process -- No matter whether it's called budget dust, Christmas tree ornaments or bling, the massive $145 billion state budget and 22 trailer bills that implement it are crammed with stuff, much of it added with little public airing. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/19/13
Proposals allowing 55% vote for local taxes sidetracked -- Proposals to lower the voter-approval threshold for various local tax increases from two-thirds to 55% got sidetracked Tuesday, with even some Democrats saying more consideration is needed. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/19/13
California House members convene on Bay-Delta water plan -- Water brought California lawmakers together on Tuesday. Or, at least, it got a bunch of them in the same room. Michael Doyle in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/19/13
CFT in the News: June 18, 2013
Minimum wage bill could be changed
Christopher Arns Staff Writer- Sacramento Business Journal
Under Assembly Bill 10, California's minimum wage would increase to $8.25 next year and continue to rise by $0.50 every year until 2017 when future raises would be linked to inflation.
Labor groups, including the California Labor Federation and the California Federation of Teachers, already have voiced their support for previous versions of the bill.
Education News: June 18, 2013
Loeb Opposes Teachers Union on Pensions as Asness Quits
By: Martin Z. Braun and Amanda Gordon
Date of Source: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 BLOOMBERG
Daniel Loeb , founder of Third Point LLC, is escalating a battle between hedge-fund managers and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten  over public-worker pensions.
What's next for City College of San Francisco?
It’s been a tough year for City College of San Francisco. The school first ran into trouble last July, when an oversight commission called CCSF’s accreditation into question, citing fiscal, structural and governance issues. By Jen Chien
A reporter's perspective on City College, from the Chronicle's Nanette Asimov.
The story at City College of San Francisco has had a lot of twists and turns since last year, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s higher education reporter, Nanette Asimov, has been one of the public’s main sources for information on it. By Ben Trefny
New teacher training study decries California universities -- A controversial policy group singles out teacher training programs at UCLA and Loyola Marymount as hardly worth attending. But the schools say the report is flawed. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/18/13
LA Unified school board member wants changes to California's Parent Trigger law -- California’s Parent Trigger law has been used five times to try and overhaul low-performing schools. Three of those were in the L.A. Unified School District. School board member Steve Zimmer has proposed a resolution up for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting calling for new restrictions. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 6/18/13
Banks: Here's a teacher I'd want for my children -- Kaylie Gomez, a rookie teacher in a South L.A. neighborhood, imparts skills that don't show up on achievement tests. Sandy Banks in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/18/13
California Implementing New Way of Teaching -- California is setting aside more than $1 billion for the implementation of a common core curriculum in the new state budget. The method takes a holistic approach to learning. For instance, students won't just memorize fractions; teachers will make sure kids understand the concept behind them. Katie Orr KPBS -- 6/18/13
Huge Minority Gaps in Higher Ed -- The Lumina Foundation produced a report last week detailing disturbing gaps in college degree attainment rates by race. Blacks, Native Americans, and Hispanics are lagging woefully behind whites and Asians in college graduations. Fawn Johnson National Journal -- 6/18/13
UC Berkeley to help overhaul green job training for public utilities -- The California Public Utilities Commission chose the University of California, Berkeley, to oversee big changes in job training meant to accelerate the state's shift to a green economy. Steven E.F. Brown San Francisco Business Times -- 6/18/13
Study: Teacher Prep Programs Get Failing Marks
Teachers are not coming out of the nation's colleges of education ready, according to a study released Tuesday by U.S.News & World Report and the National Council on Teacher Quality.
The U.S. spends more than $7 billion a year preparing classroom teachers, but teachers are not coming out of the nation's colleges of education ready, according to a study released Tuesday by U.S.News & World Report and the National Council on Teacher Quality. by Claudio Sanchez | June 18, 2013
State News: June 18, 2013
Lawsuits hit new Delta Plan -- A plan intended, at least in part, to resolve decades of water conflict in the Delta has instead spawned a flood of lawsuits, with at least five separate suits filed against the plan in recent days. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/18/13
New state budget offers few major reforms for business -- California’s lawmakers agreed last week on a state budget that tackled issues like school funding and Medi-Cal, but had little in it for business. Christopher Arns Sacramento Business Journal -- 6/18/13
California finance director will decide when state raises kick in -- State workers, welcome to the back of the line. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/18/13
Cutting Food Stamps Will Cost Everyone -- The House opens debate Tuesday on a farm bill that would include unprecedented cuts to food assistance. With less money for quality food, though, comes more obesity, more sickness, and more overall cost. CHIN JOU The Atlantic -- 6/18/13
Education News: June 16-17, 2013
Business, Military Signal Strong Support For Public Preschool, But Republican Lawmakers Unswayed -- Early childhood education advocates are working to make it clear that not everyone supporting President Barack Obama’s proposal to vastly expand federal funding for preschool and infant and toddler care is a tax-and-spend liberal. LILLIAN MONGEAU EdSource -- 6/17/13
As California Revenue Rises, School Districts On Firmer Ground -- Three local school districts, including the region's largest in Elk Grove, have stabilized their budgets enough to receive a clean bill of fiscal health from California education officials. DIANA LAMBERT in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/17/13
California Teachers Start Training for New Standards Among other things, California's newly adopted $96 billion budget includes $200 per K-12 student to implement new Common Core standards. Teachers start the first training session on the new standards on Monday. KQED Reporter: Charla Bear. 6/17/13
Class for Foster Youth Teaches Life Skills and Eases Isolation KQED California Report Less than 50 percent of students in foster care earn a high school diploma, leaving them few opportunities for jobs that pay a living wage. However, a program in Elk Grove Unified School District in the Sacramento area is improving the odds for foster youth. KQED California Report 6/17/13
Schools with fewer needy students decry California funding change California's new funding formula gives more money to districts with more needy students and less to districts with fewer needy students. LA Times 6.17.13
State News: June 16-17, 2013
California Legislators Pass New Budget There's an old saying that you can't spend money you don't have. But over the past decade or so that hasn't stopped California governors and legislators, who often use budget gimmicks and fuzzy math to make the books look balanced. But a funny thing happened in Sacramento this week, when Governor Jerry Brown and Democrats in the Legislature agreed to a budget that spends less than the state might actually KQED California Report 6/17/13
CFT in the News: June 14, 2013
Vast reforms proposed for teacher credential programs
June 13th, 2013 | By Kathryn Baron
When California placed a one-year limit on the length of teacher preparation programs back in 1970, there were no personal computers, tablets or smart phones; no online classes or Common Core standards; and not nearly as many English learners in public schools.
The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) representative got so excited about dancing that she made that seem like her union’s primary concern!
PV trustees approve raises for workers, administrators
Thursday, Jun 13th, 2013 BY: TODD GUILD
WATSONVILLE The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees Wednesday unanimously and without discussion approved a proposal to give a 4 percent raise and $500 to its school workers.
The increased spending, according to PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden, will increase deficit spending by $840,000. But thanks to Proposition 30, increased revenue from the state and the retooled school funding formula, it’s an expense district will be able to weather.
Education News: June 14, 2013
Deasy and new board member Ratliff laud teacher report -- Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy on Thursday broadly endorsed proposals from an outside group for attracting and retaining teachers, including more money for those who take on difficult assignments and deliver measurable academic gains. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/14/13
State Board handed job of defining rules of new funding system -- The Legislature will vote today on a bill establishing Gov. Brown’s historic school funding system that punts to the State Board of Education some key decisions on how dollars for disadvantaged students must be spent and accounted for. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/14/13
Study says nationalized K-12 science standards fall far short of CA’s -- Plans in California to replace the state’s existing science curriculum standards with a new national set recently released for public review would be analogous to trading in a Cadillac for a Chevy, according to new analysis from the Fordham Institute. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/14/13
Brown retreats from conditions on university funding -- Gov. Jerry Brown has backed off his proposal to tie some money for California's public universities to such requirements as improving graduation rates, enrolling more low-income students and freezing tuition for four years. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/14/13
LAUSD students awarded cars, iPads for excellent attendance -- There was an ad-libbing emcee, guests dressed in finery, a couple of acceptance speeches and a clutch of photographers snapping shots of the award-winners. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/14/13
Group urges teachers' raises based on student achievement -- A local advocacy group is pushing for teachers' raises and bonuses based on whether instructors are willing to take on difficult assignments and on whether they deliver measurable student achievement gains. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/14/13
Fruits And Nuts In The Golden State -- The “Choose California Act” was one of hundreds of Assembly bills volleyed into the Senate during the end-of-May frenzy before the deadline for legislation to leave its house of origin. GREG LUCAS Capitol Weekly -- 6/13/13
State News: June 14, 2013
Bay Bridge contractor in line for bonus if new span opens on time -- The contractor building the Bay Bridge's iconic suspension span will collect a $20 million bonus if it opens to traffic as planned on Sept. 3 -- an incentive state lawmakers fear will drive a risky rush to completion. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/14/13
Perez tuition aid plan not best way to increase college access, analyst says -- A massive middle-class scholarship program in the proposed state budget ranked last among options for increasing college access in findings prepared, but not released publicly, by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/14/13
Walters: California's budget bill 'trailers' keep on rolling -- As a legislative conference committee was doing its item-by-item sojourn through the state budget this month, many were marked "tbl." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/14/13
CFT in the News: June 13, 2013
Novato School District Reaches Tentative Deal with Teachers Union
Novato Federation of Teachers is expected to ratify the deal on Friday. Novato teachers haven't worked under a longterm contract since 2009.
Posted by Gideon Rubin, June 12, 2013
Years of negotiating futility in Novato's public schools appear to be over. The Novato Unified School District and the Novato Federation of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.
Pajaro Valley school leaders approve raises
By Donna Jones, Santa Cruz Sentinel 06/12/2013
WATSONVILLE -- The Pajaro Valley school board unanimously approved a 4 percent pay increase for management Wednesday.
Negotiators for the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers rejected an offer that would have increased teacher pay.
Education News: June 13, 2013
Middle-class scholarships to UC, CSU likely -- As tuition has soared at California's public universities in recent years, students who have the most trouble paying that bill aren't from poor families. They are middle-income students who don't qualify for financial aid. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/13/13
Schools eye smaller classes, teacher raises after California budget deal -- Woodland school leaders want to shrink kindergarten class rosters now jammed with 30 students. Natomas Superintendent Chris Evans wants to add a week of school. And Washington Unified leaders will give raises to teachers in West Sacramento. Diana Lambert and Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/13/13
Brown Plan Gives Big Money To Close Education Gap -- California schools will receive an infusion of more than $3.6 billion in extra money this year, much of it targeted to the neediest students as part of a redistribution plan pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown. JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN Associated Press -- 6/13/13
School funding change will have Inland impact -- A compromise school-funding formula at the heart of this week’s state budget deal includes more money for suburban and wealthier districts, addressing complaints that an earlier Brown administration plan was unfair. JIM MILLER and MICHELLE KLAMPE in the Riverside Press -- 6/13/13
San Francisco State University votes to divest investment in coal, tar sands -- San Francisco State University will stop investing its endowment in coal and tar sands companies, joining a growing list of universities that are avoiding investments in fossil fuels, the school said Tuesday. Associated Press -- 6/13/13
School Districts Have Different Attitudes on School Funding Formula
By Katie Orr Wednesday, June 12, 2013
School districts in California will receive varying amounts of money under the state’s new school funding plan. And attitudes about the plan vary as well.
Under the new formula, districts will receive a base level of funding for every student. They’ll get additional money for every low-income and non-English speaking student they have.
State News: June 13, 2013
Pacific Hospital of Long Beach says it has 'no direct knowledge' of Calderon scrutiny -- Pacific Hospital of Long Beach has made its first comments to The Bee since the paper began asking last week about its business relationship with the brother of state Sen. Ron Calderon, whose Capitol offices were searched by the FBI last week. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/13/13
Skelton: Give credit to California voters -- A triumphant Gov. Brown and legislative leaders savor an on-time, balanced budget. But two ballot measures helped considerably. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/13/13
Matsui to live on food stamp budget for 3 days to protest cuts -- Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento on Wednesday pledged to spend only $13.50 on food the next three days, joining nearly 30 of her fellow House Democrats in protest of cuts to the federal food stamp program. Curtis Tate in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/13/13
CFT in the News: June 12, 2013
Board Oks health coverage pact
Two Newport-Mesa employee unions agree to take on more costs to lessen the effect of Affordable Care Act tax.
June 11, 2013|By Jeremiah Dobruck
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District and its two employee unions are moving to avoid a $2.3-million tax the district predicted it would have to pay if it couldn't rein in healthcare costs.
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers and California School Employees Assn. Chapter 18 say they will pay a deductible and higher co-pay on certain services to reduce an expected rate increase from 6% to 3%.
Education News: June 12, 2013
Brown’s budget compromise slows pace of school deferral repayment -- Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders joined Tuesday to applaud agreement on next year’s budget at a Capitol news conference – a plan that would seem to include the lion’s share of what the governor wanted. A close review, however, suggests the governor had to give up a cherished element of his fiscal agenda to make the deal work – a rollback in his efforts to reduce the state’s debt owed schools. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/11/13
California budget deal overhauls four-decade-old school funding model -- Seven months after his tax initiative refueled funding for California's beleaguered public schools, Gov. Jerry Brown has orchestrated what's being billed as a major overhaul of how the state funds K-12 education. Sharon Noguchi and Mike Rosenberg in the Oakland Tribune -- 6/12/13
Adult ed, regional occupational centers, partnership academies get reprieve -- Once-threatened programs that prepare high school students for careers and adults for jobs or college appear likely to get at least a two-year reprieve under the compromise budget plan negotiated between legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown. Susan Frey EdSource -- 6/12/13
California to spend more to educate poor, non-English speakers -- Public schools in California would receive significantly more money to educate students from disadvantaged backgrounds under a deal announced on Tuesday that would dramatically reshape public school funding in the nation's most populous state. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 6/12/13
A college and a community mourn their losses -- Hundreds gather at Santa Monica College for a memorial to the five people slain in Friday's shooting rampage. 'Thank you for showing up for each other,' a faculty member says. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times$ Rina Palta KPCC -- 6/12/13
Budget deal includes agreement on Prop 39 monies -- All California school districts will be eligible for energy-efficiency grants based on district size and average daily student attendance numbers, under the budget deal reached in Sacramento this week. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/11/13
Michael Kirst, father of new school funding formula, looks back and at the work ahead -- It was the morning after the evening of the last revision, and the father of the Local Control Funding Formula looked upon all that the governor and Legislature had made, and declared, “Hey, not bad.” John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/12/13
No Child debate begins in Congress, again -- Partisan disagreements over the role of the federal government in education policy threaten this year’s best chance to overhaul No Child Left Behind. JOSE DELREAL Politico -- 6/12/13
State News: June 12, 2013
California legislators question incentive payments to speed Bay Bridge opening -- Bay Area members of the California Assembly and Senate formally requested that officials responsible for the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge disclose any incentives promised to the span's builders if it opens as proposed on Labor Day weekend. Charles Piller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/12/13
California budget accord balances restraint, social services -- Lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown announce a $96.3-billion deal, with new spending on welfare grants, tuition aid and dental care for poor adults. But they agree to pare some outlays until next year. JUDY LIN Associated Press
Largest California state workers union says pay raises on the way
By Chris Megerian June 11, 2013.
SACRAMENTO -- California's largest union of state workers, SEIU Local 1000, said it has reached a tentative agreement with officials of Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to award "across-the-board" pay raises to its members.
Brown says he hasn't agreed to consider future spending hikes -- One day after reaching a compromise with legislative leaders on the state budget, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he has not agreed to consider increased spending if the economy outperforms his administration's expectations. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/12/13
Cap-and-trade loan in state budget deal irks environmentalists -- Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers have cleared the air by announcing a budget accord, but environmental groups are choking on a piece of the deal that would borrow half a billion dollars intended for programs to curtail greenhouse gases. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/12/13
CFT in the News: June 11, 2013
June 10, 2013
The sight of tens of thousands of striking teachers and their allies marching through the streets of Chicago last fall had a back-story, a little-discussed trend in organized labor—reform movements.
Beyond the local level, the 37,000-member New York State Nurses Association, the 54,000-member Public Employees Federation of New York, and the 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers now have reformers in charge.
Education News: June 11, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: It's time to test the Governor's education reform theory
June 11, 2013
With Gov. Jerry Brown's education spending proposal relatively unscathed in the new budget deal, Dan says its successes and failures fall on Brown's shoulders.
It’s a deal: Brown, top lawmakers raise base funding in finance formula -- In a nod to suburban districts that argued they would be shortchanged, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders negotiated a new version of Brown’s plan for school finance reform that will increase the base funding level for all students and lower the extra dollars for some high-needs students. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/11/13
Majority of California districts offer transitional kindergarten in first year of program -- An estimated 39,000 students enrolled in transitional kindergarten this school year, the first year districts were required to offer the program, according to a new report. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 6/11/13
Two LAUSD seniors win new cars -- you read that right, NEW CARS -- for perfect attendance -- Graduating senior Vanessa Umana expected to leave last Friday's commencement ceremony at Francis Polytechnic High School with a diploma, a few photos and some wonderful memories. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/11/13
Higher education for the 1% or for all? Let’s discuss
by: Special to PeoplesWorld.org June 10 2013
Is higher education getting even farther out of reach for working class families in the US? What are some of the obstacles that affect young people's opportunities to get a college education? Why do we have a crisis in student debt, and what is the latest on legislation aimed to address it?
State News: June 11, 2013
Jerry Brown, lawmakers come to terms on key budget issues -- Governor wins important victories involving redistribution of money for schools and how much revenue to expect to be coming in for the state. Mike Rosenberg and Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury
Old-School Politics Reign in California's New Primary -- California’s new top-two primary system was supposed to revolutionize the state’s political process. Instead, it’s forcing candidates to revert to an antiquated practice: competing for the state party’s endorsement. Emily Cahn Roll Call -- 6/11/13
Ron Calderon speaks: "My intention is to do my job" -- In his first public appearance since the FBI searched two of his offices last week, Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, confirmed on Monday that he has retained counsel but declined to offer any details about the nature of the investigation. DON THOMPSON Associated Press
CFT in the News: June 10, 2013
City College overseers bar most speakers from meeting
The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges has the power to close City College of San Francisco, and students and faculty in line at the San Francisco Airport Marriott June 7 were there to hear about the fate of their school.
One was Teeka James, a San Mateo community college teacher speaking on behalf of the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers. Joe Fitzgerald | 06.09.13
College accreditors bar many from meeting
Nanette Asimov Friday, June 7, 2013
The private accrediting commission that will announce the fate of City College of San Francisco made no friends Friday when it barred dozens of people from attending the public portion of its three-day meeting at a Burlingame hotel.
Here is a 15-minute excerpt of testimony from Friday's meeting of the accrediting commission that is deciding the fate of City College of San Francisco. Many people were barred from the meeting, but freelance reporter Joe Fitzgerald was there and recorded Teeka James, president of the American Federation of Teachers, addressing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
California Union Seeks Federal Intervention in Battle With Accreditor
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)-Jun 6, 2013
The California Federation of Teachers has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the Accrediting Commission ...
School district benefits
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's remarks in the Daily Pilot on May 26 are disappointing on so many levels.
While the California School Employees Assn., the Newport Mesa Federation of Teachers and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District are in negotiations, the superintendent has decided to go public regarding benefits.
Education News: June 10, 2013
Inglewood schools' slide steepens despite state takeover -- Inglewood Unified's finances worsen despite a state takeover and an infusion of cash; there is even talk of dissolution. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/10/13
Separating fact from fiction about Common Core education standards -- A backlash against the Common Core educational standards for grade school has hit the radio talk shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks. The tea party has taken it up as a new rallying cry against what it claims is a government takeover of educating our kids. Renee Schoof McClatchy DC -- 6/10/13
Dream-catcher serves key role in 8th grade algebra study -- In an education system crowded with academic specialists, curriculum managers and instructional theorists – Robyn Fisher’s role might be overlooked or even unappreciated in some settings and yet, it could be argued, it is as fundamental to student success as any other. Her job is to get children to dream. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/10/13
Elk Grove program brings stability, sense of normalcy to foster youth -- Shuffled from home to home and school to school, often with no one to turn to for guidance and support, foster youth can end up feeling isolated, alienated and without purpose. A simple but effective program at Elk Grove Unified is helping to restore a sense of normalcy and stability to the lives of foster students, allowing them to connect to their school and community. Susan Frey EdSource -- 6/10/13
Stockton woman is nominated as next UC student regent -- Sadia Saifuddin, who is studying social welfare at UC Berkeley, is believed to be the first Muslim who would represent students on the Board of Regents. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/10/13
State News: June 10, 2013
California tops list of states with water infrastructure needs -- California could use $44.5 billion to fix aging water systems over the next two decades, according to an EPA assessment. Texas and New York are next in line. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/10/13
San Onofre nuclear plant closure will mean hundreds of layoffs -- Southern California Edison says its closure of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will force the company to lay off 900 workers in the next few months. Wendy Lee KPCC -- 6/10/13
Delta could get saltier if tunnels are built -- The two giant water diversion tunnels Gov. Jerry Brown proposes building in the Delta would be large enough to meet annual water needs for a city such as Newport Beach in a single day's gulp from the Sacramento River. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/9/13
Walters: Jerry Brown's allegiance to 'subsidiarity' will be tested -- Jerry Brown is fond of citing "subsidiarity" as a guiding principle of his governorship – a $5 word roughly meaning local control is usually the best public policy. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/9/13
CFT in the News: June 7, 2013
California Union Seeks Federal Intervention in Battle With Accreditor
The California Federation of Teachers has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, arguing that the accrediting body has brushed off accusations that it violated the law and was biased by conflicts of interest when it punished the City College of San Francisco and other community colleges in the state. By Peter Schmidt June 6, 2013
Education News: June 7, 2013
Dozens Protest Over SF City College’s Potential Loss Of Accreditation
BURLINGAME (KCBS)— About 75 supporters of San Francisco City College showed up at the Burlingame Marriot on Wednesday where the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges are for a three-day meeting.June 5, 2013
Funding reform worries potential ‘loser’ schools within ‘winning’ districts -- Until now, the greatest tension over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed school finance reform has been largely among districts: a political tussle between unhappy suburban and optimistic urban school factions over how new education dollars should be divvied up. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/7/13
Dan Walters Daily: Education is biggest piece in budget puzzle
June 7, 2013 With less than a week to go, Dan contemplates California's unsolved budget issues, particularly Gov. Jerry Brown's education reform plan.
Legislation being considered that would subject charter schools to disclosure laws -- Charter schools would be subject to the same open meeting and disclosure laws as traditional public schools and other local government agencies under a bill now pending in the California Senate. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/7/13
No agreement yet on holding districts accountable for new state money -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s new school funding system is based on the idea that school districts, not Sacramento, should be given control over spending and then held accountable for students’ results. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/7/13
State tells schools to repay lunch money -- The San Diego Unified School District has been ordered to pay back $13.4 million that the state says it improperly diverted from its cafeteria funds to pay for custodial and utility expenses. Aaron Burgin UT San Diego$ -- 6/7/13
Competing plans on student loan rates fail in Senate -- Democratic and Republican plans on student loan rates fail in the Senate in an opening skirmish over how to avert a sharp increase. Michael A. Memoli in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/7/13
Survey shows growing support for online education in California -- In new USC Dornsife/L.A. Times poll, 59% of respondents said increasing online classes at public universities will make education more affordable and accessible. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/7/13
Troubled Oakland charter schools to stay open -- A trio of controversial Oakland charter schools slated for closure at the end of this month can continue to operate as they move through theappeal process, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 6/7/13
San Jose Proves Public Schools Can Be Innovative, Too
Friday is a big day at Bulldog Tech, a public middle school in southeast San Jose. It’s finishing its first year as an entirely project-based learning school, a concept that’s got education reformers across the country buzzing. Bulldog is a small school with large ambition: prove that a public school can innovate as well as charter schools. June 7, 2013 • Posted by Katrina Schwartz
Study Finds Obtaining Tenure for New Teachers Difficult
California education policies outline a clear, straight path for good teachers to gain the credentials they need to earn tenure and clear the path for a long career. But a recent study finds that, in reality, the road for new teachers is actually pretty bumpy. by KQED News Staff and Wires | June 6, 2013
State News: June 6, 2013
35 years ago today, California voters passed Prop. 13
No initiative mounted by the public has brought more change to California than Proposition 13, which voters passed 35 years ago today. Did it keep the middle class in their rapidly appreciating homes or set the stage for the struggling public schools and crumbling public infrastructure California has today?
CalPERS report: State, schools pension costs will dip next year -- A new CalPERS staff report says that pension costs for California state government and school district employees will fall by a combined $102.8 million for the coming fiscal year. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/7/13
Steinberg calls Jerry Brown's education plan '80 percent there' -- With just nine days of budget negotiations left, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg called the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown "basically aligned" on public education funding. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/7/13
FBI raid should spark wider look at legislative ethics, group says -- Whether any wrongdoing is proved or not, the FBI's search of Sen. Ron Calderon's offices is a sobering reminder that California lawmakers are sent to Sacramento to represent voters, not special interests, according to a statewide advocacy group holding a Capitol news conference Thursday. Jim Sanders in the Sacramento Bee$
California high-speed rail approves cheapest firm to start building first phase -- State bullet train leaders on Thursday approved the start of construction for California's $69 billion high-speed rail line, choosing the cheapest but least qualified firm to build the first leg. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury
CFT in the News: June 6, 2013
Labor Training Program: California Federation of Teachers (CFT)
Jun 23 - 28, 2013 Pacific Grove, CA
Wellstone Action will be joining CFT's training team at their annual Summer School Conference during the "A Strong Local Union: Building Power Through Organizing" track at the Asilomar Conference Center.
Education News: June 6, 2013
Commission to vote today on accreditation of CCSF
Amy Hollyfield Thursday, June 06, 2013
BURLINGAME, Calif. (KGO) -- A vote on the Peninsula will decide whether City College of San Francisco stays open or closes its doors. That vote, by a junior college accreditation commission, will take place today in a Burlingame hotel.
City College of SF’s fate decided Thursday — but secret for now
An accrediting commission is deciding Thursday whether City College of San Francisco gets to live or die — but they aren’t telling anyone for another month.
The school has worked hard to transform itself for a year, wondering all that time about its fate. What’s another month, you say?
S.F. City College's fate decided Thursday
In a hotel meeting room near the San Francisco airport, an accrediting commission will privately decide the fate of City College of San Francisco on Thursday - but not before hearing from college leaders one last time. By Nanette Asimov June 6, 2013
LAUSD offers $17M to settle 40 more Miramonte sex-abuse cases -- Los Angeles Unified School District offered Wednesday to pay $17 million to settle about 40 claims filed by students who say they were molested by two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School, according to the district's top attorney. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/6/13
Colorado’s new school funding formula calls on rich districts to raise taxes -- As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders huddle over rival plans to restructure school funding, lawmakers in Colorado have devised a novel approach to directing more state money to disadvantaged students while calling on wealthier communities to raise their taxes if more is needed. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/6/13
Cuts force Hinkley's only school to close on Thursday -- The life center of a town struggling for decades with an infamous plume of contaminated groundwater will close on Thursday, the victim of cost-cutting at the Barstow Unified School District. Jim Steinberg in the San Bernardino Sun -- 6/6/13
Azusa Adult School closes doors, hoping for reprieve from state -- While teachers pack up their classrooms for the summer, clearing out old papers and books, the educators at Azusa Adult School are getting ready to close their classrooms for good. The Azusa Unified school's last day was Wednesday but everyone from the director to the newest students are hoping for a reprieve. Melissa Masatani in the San Gabriel Tribune -- 6/6/13
San Diego Schools Narrow Racial Gap On AP Tests -- San Diego Unified was one of just six large urban school districts across the country to make progress in narrowing the gap between black and white students who take and pass Advanced Placement exams, according to a report from The Broad Foundation that was released Tuesday. Kyla Calvert KPBS -- 6/6/13
4 more LAUSD schools qualify for federal anti-poverty money -- An LAUSD recount of applications for Title I funding determined that four more schools qualified to receive thousands of dollars in federal anti-poverty money, officials said Wednesday. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 6/6/13
California to receive largest share of proposed Universal Preschool funds -- California is expected to receive the most federal funding of any state in the country under President Obama's "Preschool For All" proposal. Deepa Fernandes KPCC -- 6/6/13
Poor ventilation in California classrooms may make kids ill, researchers say -- In the largest study of its kind, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers tracked the outdoor ventilation rate in 162 classrooms. The results, published in the journal Indoor Air, surprised researchers when they saw just how many schools fall short of what the state requires in all buildings. Cynthia H. Craft in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/6/13
Student loan battle set in Senate -- The Senate is set to vote on two separate bills to keep low the interest rates on student loans, but the issue is far from settled. BURGESS EVERETT and JOSE DELREAL Politico -- 6/6/13
Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow
Big data, open content, mobile learning, and digital printing are the big themes represented in this year’s NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition. Katrina Schwartz | June 5
Dream Act immigration amendment imposes graduation requirement -- Part-time college student Ray Jose arrived at Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s office this week with an overriding goal: To convince the West Virginia Democrat to back off his proposal to stiffen the educational requirements in the Dream Act section of the bipartisan immigration bill. Lisa Mascaro in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/6/13
State News: June 6, 2013
Debate over California's Prop. 13 still hot 35 years later
Proposition 13, Howard Jarvis' iconic property tax limit measure, was passed by California voters 35 years ago this week - but the debate over its provisions is just as heated now as it was then. June 5, 2013
Sen. Ron Calderon no stranger to political fire -- Ron Calderon landed a plum assignment back in 2005 when he took the chairmanship of the Assembly's Banking and Finance Committee, a position that would give him power over some of the Capitol's wealthiest interest groups. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/6/13
State workers want their cut of tax hike -- State labor groups are insisting that Gov. Jerry Brown return their robust support of his successful tax-hike initiative in November by rewarding them with pay increases. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 6/6/13
California high-speed rail's choice: Price or quality in building first leg? -- The leaders behind California's $69 billion bullet train face a stark choice Thursday: Should they save a hundred million dollars or more by hiring a contractor with the poorest qualifications or pick a more expensive firm they think would do a better job? Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/6/13
Governor's wife: Challenge to keep Brown focused -- Anne Gust Brown, the wife, chief adviser and de facto chief of staff of Gov. Jerry Brown, acknowledged her role in keeping her intellectual but sometimes unfocused husband on track during his second stint in the governor's office. But she also conceded that no one really manages him. JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press -- 6/6/13
Education News: June 5, 2013
Hearing on CCSF future on tap
by Andrea Koskey
The discussion about what's next for City College of San Francisco will begin today behind closed doors, but the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which will decided the school's fate, is being tight-lipped about the process.
City College was given a "show cause" sanction last year after a team found numerous violations in the institution's operations.
LAUSD board hears pleas to boost campus hiring, academic programs in 2013-14 -- The teachers union called for hiring more instructors while the administrators union wants more assistant principals. Various campus employees requested more librarians and gym teachers, counselors and social workers. Adult Education students want more classes. And parents just wanted more of everything for their kids. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/5/13
California could get $350 million for preschool under federal proposal -- California could nearly double its spending on public preschool with an influx of federal funding if the president’s proposal to significantly increase the money available for early childhood programs passes Congress, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 6/5/13
Privatizing UC Instruction -- A controversial bill proposes that California public universities partner with private technology companies to provide general education classes online. Whitney Phaneuf East Bay Express -- 6/5/13
Language Immersion Program Pushed for Vietnamese Youth -- While just a brief visit to Orange County's Little Saigon shows the deep connection the local Vietnamese community maintains with its homeland, there is growing concern that the community may be losing its most important cultural tie — its language. THY VO VoiceofOC.org -- 6/5/13
Jobs Outlook Is Brighter For Class Of 2013
This year's graduates — whether from high school, community college or a four-year college — are finding better job prospects than at any time since 2008. Overall starting salaries for college grads are expected to rise 5.3 percent this year.
Community College Farm Faces Tough Times
Even as the state begins to restore some funding to community colleges, years of budget cuts have done serious damage. Specialized programs are still an easy target for trimming. One program at risk is the Pierce College Farm Center in L.A. County's San Fernando Valley. Reporter: Chris Richard.
State News: June 5, 2013
AM Alert: Union rally mobilizes in Sacramento
Yesterday health care, today contract negotiations. A day after masses of people converged on the State Capitol to advocate for more Medi-Cal funding, thousands more are expected to arrive today to show solidarity with SEIU Local 1000's push for a new collective bargaining agreement with California.
Federal search of Capitol office ends after dark -- Federal agents wheeled boxes out of Sen. Ron Calderon's Capitol office after dark on Tuesday night and exited through the garage, ending the first such raid in nearly three decades. Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/5/13
Walters: California budget has many holes to fill in 10 days -- Anyone who would tune into the Legislature's budget conference committee sessions this week expecting to learn how the 2013-14 budget is shaping up would be disappointed. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/5/13
Slow, steady growth forecast for California -- California's economy will continue to make a steady but not spectacular recovery, but the construction market is making enough progress to create labor shortages, according to the latest forecast from UCLA. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/5/13
Hiltzik: Social Security should be expanded, not cut -- Social Security is still the best retirement program we have. Benefits should be increased, paid for by raising or eliminating the payroll tax cap. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/5/13
CFT in the News: June 4, 2013
As State Watches, LA Unified Tests New Ways to Grade Teachers
By Ashley McGlone, The Hechinger Report Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES – Robin Wynne Davis was taken aback last year when the state test score gains of her third-grade students at Melrose Elementary School labeled her a less-than-stellar teacher.
Deasy and Xavier De La Torre, Santa Clara County’s superintendent of schools, have endorsed the case, according to the nonprofit Students Matter, the advocacy group sponsoring the lawsuit. After failed efforts by the state to get the case dismissed in the last year, a judge granted a request by the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers to join the lawsuit as defendants May 2. A trial date is set for Jan. 27, 2014.
Complaint about CCSF accreditation found to be ‘without merit’
By: Andrea Koskey | 06/03/13 SF Examiner Staff Writer
A complaint filed against an accreditation agency for its evaluation of City College of San Francisco was found to be “without merit.”
According to the response to the 288-page complaint filed by the California Federation of Teachers, the commission followed the same standards it employs to review all its institutions, there was no conflict or bias in the commission, and the federation is not acting on behalf of City College.
Education News: June 4, 2013
Closing CCSF would have huge impact
Shutdown unlikely, but its ripples would harm whole region
June 3, 2013 By Nanette Asimov
If you call for paramedics or get your blood drawn, it's possible your phlebotomists and rescuers learned their skills at City College of San Francisco. The same goes for mechanics at the airport, caregivers at your child's day care, and the waiters - and owners - of your favorite watering holes.
More money for schools means less for San Mateo County, memo warns -- Unlike most counties, San Mateo annually stashes tens of millions of dollars from property taxes collected on behalf of local schools and community colleges. Bonnie Eslinger in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/4/13
Reform of California’s school finance system likely -- Less than a year after convincing voters to approve a multi-billion dollar tax increase for the state’s schools, Gov. Jerry Brown is on the verge of accomplishing a task that few California governors have dared to take on, let alone accomplish: reforming a school finance system that researchers and education advocates have for years labelled as inequitable, irrational and excessively complex. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 6/4/13
Willful Defiance Suspensions Vary Widely Among San Diego County Districts -- Students can be suspended in California for 24 types of offenses. They include causing physical harm, bullying and theft. But 48 percent of the state’s suspensions during the 2011-12 school year were willful defiance or disruption. Kyla Calvert KPBS -- 6/4/13
Schools use restorative justice to reduce suspensions -- Big change is afoot in how public schools in California discipline students. Clare Noonan HealthyCal.org -- 6/4/13
Carbon monoxide detectors, door locks among school facility bills moving on -- Lawmakers moved a bill late last week that would require schools to install carbon monoxide warning devices – but narrowed its reach to only new construction coming after January of next year. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 6/4/13
LA tests ways to grade teachers -- Nowhere else in California has the debate over the use of student test scores to grade teachers gained more attention than in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Ashly McGlone Center for Investigative Reporting via UT San Diego$ -- 6/4/13
President Obama calls on teachers to help identify mental health disorders in students -- President Barack Obama on Monday asked teachers to help identify and seek help for children who are suffering from mental health disorders, saying that it was time to bring “mental illness out of the shadows.” Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 6/4/13
San Diego School Trustees To Vote On Adding Meat-Free Meals To Cafeterias -- The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is scheduled tomorrow to consider whether to implement meat-free menus at school cafeterias on Mondays, beginning this fall. KPBS -- 6/4/13
State News: June 4, 2013
California officials launch effort to overhaul state parks -- California officials on Monday launched a new program to analyze and overhaul the state parks system, to be led by a volunteer commission. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 6/4/13
Livermore scientist still reinventing the wheel at 94 -- At 94, Dick Post is the oldest scientist Lawrence Livermore Laboratory has ever had. And he may be the most fascinating. Jeremy Thomas in the San Jose Mercury -- 6/4/13
CFT in the News: June 3, 2013
Vallejo theme park's mechanics seek help from other unions
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen Times-Herald staff writer 06/01/2013
Jon Nagel is just the kind of teacher Garry Horrocks said he had in mind when he sent out a letter asking union members to honor Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's unionized mechanics' picket line.
Federation spokesman Steve Smith said his office distributed the letter to all 1,200 of its affiliates statewide, representing 2.1 million members. The California Teachers Association is not among its affiliates, but the California Federation of Teachers is.
Education News: June 3, 2013
School bond campaign reform sought -- Critics see underwriters' role in supporting ballot measures as unfair to opponents and say their deals with school districts can leave out competitive bidding. Dan Weikel in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/3/13
Q&A: Lessons for California from New Jersey’s ‘Improbable Scholars’ -- Students in Union City, N.J., get twice the funding of students in California. They attend two years of full-day kindergarten. Recent immigrants to this country are taught initially in their native language. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 6/3/13
Online college course experiment reveals hidden costs -- About two weeks into San Jose State's online education experiment at an Oakland charter school, it became clear that something was wrong. Some of the students in the college's for-credit math courses weren't even logging on. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 6/3/13
L.A. students tackle social problems for Aspen Ideas Festival -- The high school teams' projects include growing and selling healthful food, teaching inland communities about protecting the ocean and giving small children hands-on lessons about plants. Dalina Castellanos in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/3/13
Schools' effort to shift to Common Core faces a difficult test -- The move toward standards that teach students to be analytical encounters a bipartisan backlash. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/2/13
Lawmaker faces questioning on college tuition measure -- Before a skeptical crowd Saturday morning in Ventura, Assemblyman Das Williams fielded questions and debated the merits of a measure that would let California community colleges charge more for high-demand courses during summer and winter sessions. Jeremy Foster in the Ventura Star -- 6/2/13
State News: June 3, 2013
Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown is poised for a big victory -- California is close to making the most sweeping change in how it spends money on schools since Ronald Reagan was governor four decades ago. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 6/3/13
As Bay Bridge deals with controversy, Golden Gate seismic works plods along -- As Caltrans struggles to get the Bay Bridge's seismic fix finalized, officials report no such problems on the Golden Gate Bridge, though completion of its seismic work is still at least six years off. Mark Prado Marin IJ -- 6/3/13
Feds could slow down California’s high-speed rail -- The California high-speed rail project is now rapidly approaching an intersection controlled by a powerful, but usually low-profile federal board. Michael Doyle McClatchy DC -- 6/2/13
CFT in the News: September 27, 2013
L.A. skyscraper deal raises tax questions
Activists accuse real estate giant Brookfield of using a loophole to avoid property reassessments under Proposition 13.
By Roger Vincent September 26, 2013
Provisions of California's landmark Proposition 13 property tax measure are stoking ire again as reform activists say a high-profile commercial property deal is being structured to avoid tax increases by taking advantage of a loophole.
The union is one of several members of the ReFund LA Coalition. Other members include the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the California Federation of Teachers and People Organized for Westside Renewal.
Education in the News: September 27, 2013
Brown vetoes bill to add more accountability on new school funding -- In a signal to school officials that the Brown administration is unlikely to burden districts with additional compliance requirements tied to the new Local Control Funding Formula, the governor on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have conditioned the funds with new reporting and tracking mandates of English learners. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/27/13
Commission considers performance tests for administrators in training -- Five years ago, California became the first state to mandate that all candidates for becoming a teacher demonstrate that they have the skills needed for the classroom. Soon, it will be aspiring administrators’ turn for a performance assessment. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/27/13
L.A. Unified reports 71 iPads are missing -- The lost iPads are from a trial program last year, the district says. L.A. Unified officials say security is being tightened and that student hacking is also being addressed. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/27/13
San Francisco schools gambit on green guru pays off -- There were more than a few skeptics when San Francisco city officials foisted an environmental guru on the school district five years ago. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/27/13
Diane Ravitch Rebukes Education Activists' 'Reign Of Error'
by NPR Staff | September 27, 2013
Diane Ravitch, a former assistant secretary of education, spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. She supported the No Child Left Behind Act, the charter school movement and standardized testing.
State News: September 27, 2013
California state auditor sounds warning on prison realignment -- California's woefully underfunded teachers' retirement system, the state's swelling long-term health care costs for government retirees and its deteriorating roads, bridges and other infrastructure aren't the only items on the list of "high-risk" issues noted in a new report issued Thursday morning. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/26/13
Teachers union, SEIU open wallets to California Republican Party -- One of the reasons Republicans elected Jim Brulte to be chairman of the California Republican Party earlier this year was their faith, among other things, in his ability to raise money. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/26/13
CFT in the News: September 26, 2013
Fight to save City College grows teeth and bites back
Saving City College of San Francisco became a bigger battle yesterday when the California Federation of Teachers announced a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to keep CCSF open. By Janina Glasov 09.24.13 SFBG
Teachers' unions file suit seeking to stop loss of CCSF accreditation
by Bay City News
A lawsuit was filed today by two teachers' unions on behalf of City College of San Francisco seeking a court injunction to prevent the school from losing its accreditation.
Representatives from the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 gathered at City Hall this afternoon to announce the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Stop Union Busting, Concession Bargaining, Retaliation By BART-Statement Of San Francisco
by San Francisco Labor Council Tuesday Sep 24th, 2013
San Francisco Labor Council Resolution In Solidarity With Bay Area Transit Workers
Resolution in Solidarity with Bay Area Transit Workers
… Alisa Messer, AFT 2121
Education in the News: September 26, 2013
Who pays if L.A. Unified students lose or break iPads? -- L.A. Unified board grapples with the question of whether to force parents to pay for damaged or lost iPads. It's uncertain whether responsibility was made clear to all parents. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/26/13
Tech panel calls for new teacher training to deliver digital instruction -- To make sure no California child is left off-line, all teachers must be specially trained to deliver technology instruction and the state also needs to be a dedicated leader to oversee implementation of big picture strategies, says a panel of experts convened to help transition K-12 classrooms into true 21st century learning environments. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/26/13
Children’s advocates focus on raising money through the ballot box -- In the face of federal gridlock and state budget shortages, veteran campaigners are holding an all-day conference in Oakland on Friday to teach advocates a potentially valuable skill: how to go directly to voters to raise public money for children’s programs. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 9/26/13
The Giving State: Making Science Elementary
We talk to a chemist from San Jose who teaches science to elementary school kids. It's the latest installment of our occasional series on volunteers in California, called "The Giving State."
State News: September 26, 2013
Brown says court exceeded authority in blocking out-of-state prison transfers -- When a federal court gave California another four weeks to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown was furious — not because of the extension, but because the court prohibited the state from transferring inmates to out-of-state private prisons in the meantime. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/26/13
Voters support legal pot, prison fixes, conserving water -- Voters are firm in their opinions. Except when they're not. Consider that one of the big takeaways in a new statewide poll that suggests California voters may now be ready to do what they rejected just three years ago: legalize marijuana. John Myers News10 -- 9/26/13
The Secret Stop on Legislation's Path -- Successful legislation follows a fairly typical path in California, from one house to the other and then on to the Governor. But as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, bills also make another crucial stop. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 9/26/13
Some Say Obamacare’s ‘Affordable’ Coverage Isn’t So Affordable
September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Aliferis
When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, a lot of emphasis has been placed on enrolling the so-called “young invincibles,” young people who tend to be healthy. The new Covered California insurance marketplace opens next Tuesday, and outreach workers across the state are spreading the news about new options and the coveted subsides, available from the federal government in the form of tax subsidies to make insurance more affordable.
CFT in the News: September 25, 2013
City College faculty union sues accrediting group -- A statewide faculty union filed suit Tuesday to try to stop a commission from revoking City College of San Francisco's accreditation next summer, which would shut down the venerated but troubled school of 80,000 students. The lawsuit by the California Federation of Teachers follows a similar suit filed last month in Superior Court by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. … The decision "is causing tremendous harm to students and all city residents," said Joshua Pechthalt, the union's president.
Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/25/13
Faculty sues to keep California's biggest community college open
(Reuters) - Teachers at City College of San Francisco on Tuesday sued to block regulators from taking steps to shutter California's largest community college, which was stripped of its accreditation earlier this year.
The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the 78-year-old college's 1,500 instructors. By Ronnie Cohen, SAN FRANCISCO | Tue Sep 24, 2013
Education in the News: September 25, 2013
L.A. students breach school iPads' security -- It took exactly one week for nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High School to hack through security so they could surf the Web on their new school-issued iPads, raising new concerns about a plan to distribute the devices to all students in the district. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/25/13
Gov. Jerry Brown on CSU, state budget: can’t ‘squueze blood out of a turnip’ -- Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a simple message to California State University trustees on Tuesday during a discussion on funding the system next year. Josh Dulaney in the Los Angeles Daily News Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/25/13
Cal State trustees say needs far exceed state funding -- Jockeying for next year’s state funding is already picking up speed - at least in the California State University system, where trustees on Tuesday told the governor that the proposed budget increases for next year aren't nearly enough. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 9/25/13
Foster youth switch schools at huge rate -- It’s well known that foster youth change schools more frequently than other students, but a new study using pioneering data analysis shows foster youth are more than twice as likely to switch schools as their classmates. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 9/25/13
Stanford and Berkeley researchers among MacArthur 'genius grant' recipients -- A physicist who extracted the first-ever recorded tune, an ecologist who revealed that climate change is hurting crops and a botanist who studies how ancient plants altered our world are among the Bay Area recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." Lisa M. Krieger in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/25/13
Caltech brain researcher is among MacArthur Foundation winners -- Caltech behavioral economist Colin Camerer, who studies investors' brain activity, is among five winners in California in various fields to each get $625,000. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/25/13
California school officials toss out test result in Torrance and Pasadena schools -- Standardized state test results were tossed out at elementary schools in Torrance and Pasadena because of alleged cheating by teachers, officials said Tuesday. Brian Charles in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/25/13
Campuses that lost academic ratings -- Across California, 27 schools this year lost their rating on the Academic Performance Index — the key indicator by which schools in the state are judged. The list below has links to the report on each affected school, listed by school district. The item is in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/25/13
State News: September 25, 2013
Court grants 4-week extension of prison order, tells state to negotiate -- California wants a three-year extension of a federal court’s Dec. 31 deadline to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 to ease overcrowding and improve health care. On Tuesday, the court granted a four-week extension and told state officials to start negotiating with lawyers for the inmates. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/25/13
Gov. Jerry Brown mum as court rejects prison plan -- Gov. Jerry Brown remained mum about the latest twist in the California prison saga, as a federal court ruled on Tuesday that the state cannot solve its overcrowding problem by sending thousands of state inmates outside of California. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/25/13
Brown expands family leave program to cover care for grandparents -- Gov. Brown on Tuesday signed legislation that allows workers to get partial pay while taking family leave to care for a wider variety of relatives suffering from serious illness. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Jonathan Horn UT San Diego$ -- 9/25/13
CFT in the News: September 24, 2013
Teachers' unions sue to stop loss of CCSF’s accreditation
SAN FRANCISCO — A lawsuit was filed Monday by two teachers' unions on behalf of City College of San Francisco seeking a court injunction to prevent the school from losing its accreditation.
Representatives from the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 gathered at City Hall that afternoon to announce the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
The lawsuit alleges that the ACCJC violated state and federal laws during the accreditation process for City College, CFT president Joshua Pechthalt said. KTVU.com and wires Monday, Sept. 23, 2013
Faculty union sues to keep City College of SF open
The accrediting agency that ordered City College of San Francisco closed is facing a second lawsuit in as many months.
The California Federation of Teachers and its parent union, the America Federation of Teachers, filed suit Monday in San Francisco Superior Court to keep the community college open.
At a news conference on the steps of San Francisco City Hall, Alisa Messer, an English instructor at City College San Francisco and president of the faculty union, AFT Local 2121, said, “The decisions made and processes used by the ACCJC were flawed, not just at CCSF but in numerous other cases as well. By Kathryn Baron September 23rd, 2013
Teachers' Unions File Lawsuit to Stop CCSF Closure
Another twist in the saga of City College of San Francisco:
Today, state and local teachers’ unions said they will file suit against the commission that is threatening to terminate CCSF’s accreditation next summer.
Robert Bezemek, an attorney representing the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, said the lawsuit seeks an injunction against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges for unlawful business practices.
Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers… September 23, 2013 • By Alex Emslie
New Lawsuit Aims To Keep City College Of San Francisco Open
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – State and local teachers’ unions have filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, in the latest attempt to save City College of San Francisco from closing next summer.
In the lawsuit filed on Monday, the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 said the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges didn’t follow the rules when deciding to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.
“The decision was ordered without taking into account whether the alleged deficiencies cited by the commission adversely affected the quality of education at City College,” said California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt. September 24, 2013
Unions Allege That Body Seeking To De-Accredit CCSF Broke State And Federal Laws
A lawsuit was filed today by two teachers’ unions on behalf of City College of San Francisco seeking a court injunction to prevent the school from losing its accreditation.
Representatives from the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 gathered at City Hall this afternoon to announce the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
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加州教師聯盟主席佩其索特（Joshua Pechthalt）公布了評委會的諸多違法違規操作，包括評審會本身存在缺陷，未指明對市大的改善建議和不符合規定的地方；評審會 ...
Education in the News: September 24, 2013
Schools lose academic ratings after claims of cheating -- Schools in five L.A. County districts are among 27 campuses statewide that are stripped of scores on the state's Academic Performance Index. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/24/13
Bill allowing higher fees for high-demand college classes advances -- Backers say the two-tier fee system would help students transfer or graduate faster, but foes call it unfair to low-income students. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/24/13
Enrollment in teacher preparation programs plummets -- Enrollments in teacher preparation programs in California are continuing to decline at a precipitous rate, according to new figures prepared for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 9/24/13
L.A. Unified dropped from suit to limit seniority rights of teachers -- The lawsuit, filed by the group Students Matter, originally targeted the nation's second-largest school district and two other school systems, as well as state officials and state government. But the organization decided to focus instead on the state, dropping L.A. Unified as a defendant. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/24/13
Pensions, rising costs to pressure California school budgets -Fitch -- Bigger payments to California's pension fund for teachers and other rising costs will challenge school district finances despite an increase in education spending by the state, a report released by Fitch Ratings said on Monday. Reuters -- 9/24/13
Modesto district paying absent teachers
Modesto City Schools has spent at least $5 million over the last three school years paying teachers to stay home – and it won’t say why.
The school board approved 283 paid leaves – averaging nearly 12 weeks each – for teachers and administrators in the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, a Bee investigation found. The practice involved 233 individuals, or roughly 15percent of its employees with teaching certificates. By Nan Austin - September 21, 2013
State News: September 24, 2013
Critics fear unions could gain power in ballot process under new bill --The measure, AB 857 by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), would require 10% of petition signatures to be gathered by volunteers instead of paid workers. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/24/13
California immigrant driver’s licenses bring many questions -- The ride Isabel Medina was waiting for never arrived. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/24/13
CFT in the News: September 23, 2013
City College of San Francisco Worth an Estimated $311 Million to Local Economy
City College of San Francisco (CCSF) could lose its accreditation and be shut down in 10 months, but a recent hearing to quantify the school's economic impact could influence that decision, KQED News reported.
"The report doesn't fully capture what has happened in the last year or so since the accreditation challenges really came to the forefront," said Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union AFT Local 2121. "There are at least 150 less faculty at City College of San Francisco compared to [last] fall." Posted by Russell Westerholm on Sep 20, 2013
Teachers' Unions to File Lawsuit to Stop CCSF Closure
Monday, Sep 23, 2013
Two teachers' unions are taking the next steps to block the planned closure of City College of San Francisco.
L.A. Unified dropped from suit to limit seniority rights of teachers
The Los Angeles Unified School District has exited litigation that seeks to limit the seniority rights of California teachers by voiding several provisions of state law.
Two key parties joined the litigation as intervening defendants after it began -- the California Teachers Assn. and the California Federation of Teachers. By Howard Blume , September 23, 2013
Education in the News: September 23, 2013
CCSF's critical role in local economy highlighted in report
Everybody knows that City College of San Francisco is in crisis and in jeopardy of closing. What is less widely agreed upon is exactly what impact this has on every San Franciscan's day-to-day lives.
A new report I commissioned from The City's Budget and Legislative Analyst makes the facts clear: City College generates well over $300 million in economic activity every year. The loss of CCSF would be a complete disaster for The City and its economy. by Eric Mar
Billl would prevent double testing and double frustration for students, teachers
Of all the bills sitting on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, perhaps none is more important to the future of education in California than Assembly Bill 484. Sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, AB 484 would end the standardized tests that have been in place since 1999 and move California forward in implementing tests based on the new Common Core State Standards. By Randolph Ward / commentary September 22nd, 2013
Napolitano choice fuels criticism over UC system's selection process -- Supporters of a more open method say better decisions are made when three or four finalists are formally identified to the public. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/23/13
CSU trustees to talk budget -- Next year’s budget will be on the minds of California State University trustees this week when they gather here to examine a preliminary proposal that seeks at least $100 million more than what Gov. Jerry Brown plans for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Josh Dulaney in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 9/23/13
Enduring legacy of Marin teen activist, 15, to be intro’d in San Francisco middle schools — and new national campaign -- San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, tech angel investor Ron Conway, and a host of other local elected officials Monday will kick off a new middle school program — Beyond Differences — aimed at ending bullying and social isolation, and changing the sometimes brutal classroom culture. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/23/13
State constitutional measure binds schools to open meetings -- School districts and local government agencies will forever be required to provide meeting notices and documents to the public if voters agree this June to add that provision to California’s Constitution. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/23/13
New focus on school climate in massive student survey -- The California Healthy Kids Survey – a massive survey of student behavior and a key resource for schools – has unveiled extensive revisions that put a stronger focus on students’ emotional health. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 9/23/13
In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated
The Common Core Standards establish academic expectations across states in math and English language arts.
Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support. by Claudio Sanchez | September 22, 2013
State News: September 23, 2013
Skelton: Buffaloes threaten pristine landscape --Construction of two giant tunnels to funnel water to the Central Valley and Southern California would disrupt farming and despoil the delta. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/23/13
CFT in the News: September 20, 2013
San Francisco Measures Value of CCSF
With the deadline for City College of San Francisco to lose its accreditation less than 10 months out, city officials are questioning its economic impact on the city.
But even these numbers don't account for the fallout that the accreditation process has had on the school, in addition to several years of state-level budget cuts, said Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union AFT Local 2121. September 19, 2013 • Posted by KQED News Staff
By Sara Bloomberg
LAUSD dropped as defendant in teacher tenure, seniority lawsuit
By Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Unified has been dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit that claims students’ rights to equal educational opportunities are being violated by state laws governing teacher tenure, job security and seniority.
The other defendants are the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers…
Students Walk Out, Protest PVUSD Teacher Salaries
Negotiators for both the teachers' union and the school district are due to meet Thursday evening.
A large group of high school students Watsonville walked out of class in just before noon Thursday to show solidarity with teachers who are involved in contentious contract negotiations with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
The Pajaro Valley Teachers Federation, which represents hundreds of PVUSD employees, has been embroiled in labor negotiations for some time. Posted by Jennifer Squires (Editor) , September 19, 2013
Education in the News: September 20, 2013
Teacher, two superintendents to hold key positions on funding law’s new agency -- Consistent with the goal of shifting power over education decisions away from Sacramento, the Local Control Funding Formula law creates a new agency to work with, not dictate to, local districts on how to meet their improvement goals. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/20/13
Fresno State official looks for support on Capitol Hill -- Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has a lot to teach lawmakers – and, perhaps, vice versa. Michael Doyle McClatchy DC -- 9/19/13
Schrag: How are the schools doing? This year, don’t ask -- Gov. Jerry Brown’s George Wallace act seems just a little forced. Standing defiantly against the feds in the schoolhouse door as the Alabama governor once did is probably not his shtick. Peter Schrag in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/20/13
Airing September 20, 2013 at 9am and 7pm
One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Class Dismissed takes an up-close look at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley. The stories reveal what’s at stake for their future and ours.
Dan Walters Daily: Teacher pension plans may punish California
Once again, Dan says, the Legislature adjourned without tackling the huge deficit in California's teacher retirement system.
State News: September 20, 2013
DWP says it can't track millions in ratepayer money -- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has directed an estimated $40 million in ratepayer money to two nonprofit groups charged with improving relations with the utility's largest employee union, but the agency claims to have scant information on how the public funds have been spent. Jack Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/19/13
State watchdog cracks down on stealth lobbying in Capitol -- Launching a crackdown on stealth lobbying at the Capitol, the state’s ethics watchdog agency on Thursday imposed $43,800 in fines on lobbyists and their clients for not properly reporting their activity. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/19/13
Podcast: The Bigger Debate -- The most interesting political issues often play on more than one level, and there seem to be several such issues in play as Gov. Jerry Brown mulls the stacks of bills now sitting on his desk. John Myers News10 -- 9/19/13
Education in the News: September 19, 2013
CCSF's value to Bay Area outlined in report -- It's a no-brainer that losing City College of San Francisco would cripple thousands of students who depend on its classes for a leg up into the workforce and higher education while hurting dozens of Bay Area industries that rely on its trained graduates to fight fires, nurse patients, serve up gourmet food and much more. But now there's proof. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/19/13
City College of SF 'Czar' Robert Agrella
In July, the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges announced that the City College of San Francisco would lose its accreditation by next summer. Mon, Sep 16, 2013
CCSF closure would bruise San Francisco's economy
If City College of San Francisco is shuttered, at least $300 million in economic activity would be lost annually, earning power would be jeopardized and education costs for those who enroll in comparable programs elsewhere would skyrocket, according to a new study. by Joshua Sabatini
Bill on Brown's desk to make two-tiered system of college tuition: for the rich, and the poor
It seems that one California politician is adapting an old adage for a modern era: If at first students protest and get pepper sprayed, try, try that legislation again.
AB 955 is a bill that would create a pilot program to raise community college tuition, allowing six allegedly overcrowded community colleges to charge the full cost of their classes during summer and winter sessions. Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
California school aid change already enmeshed in controversy -- A brand-new overhaul of how state aid is distributed to California schools - focusing more money on districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students - is already generating controversy. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/19/13
STUDENT AID: Implementation of the California Dream Act for undocumented students and of the middle-class scholarship, a coveted project of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, are among agenda items for a meeting of the California Student Aid Commission today. From 1 p.m. at 11040 White Rock Road in Rancho Cordova.
U.S. Ed Secretary Duncan’s testing threats may be more bluff than bully -- With Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan locked on a collision course over student testing, school officials and policy-makers in California are bracing for the Obama administration to make good on their threat to withhold potentially billions in federal funds. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/19/13
UC turns to social networks to raise scholarship money -- A celebrity-studded crowdsourcing campaign that launched Wednesday, "Promise for Education," counts on students and young alumni to tap into their extensive social media networks to ease the financial burden on students across the system. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/19/13
Jerry Brown promises brown-bag lunch in UC fundraising effort -- University of California regents spent much of Wednesday morning cheering a new fundraising initiative to encourage faculty, students and other people to raise money through their social networks for students who demonstrate financial need. Gov. Jerry Brown, who sits on the UC board and is attending its meeting in San Francisco, pledged to raise $10,000. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/19/13
Some UC regents discuss unloading university-owned mansion -- Some University of California regents on Tuesday said it might make more sense to sell off a university-owned mansion that needs a major overhaul rather than restore the Contra Costa County property. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/19/13
Online courses are failing as a teaching tool -- Massive open online courses were supposed to revolutionize — and democratize — higher education. But two years since their debut, the initial buzz seems like nothing but hype. Caitlin Emma Politico -- 9/19/13
Let Students Know They Matter
In her Tedx talk, Angela Maiers gives examples of how telling students that their voice and actions have consequence in the world can change how they perceive their contributions — and affects their level of commitment. They’ll also have a better understanding of their individual genius when they know the potential is there. MindShift | September 18, 2013
Jerry Brown’s Opportunity to Act Like a Leader for Children…
Amid revelations last year of the scandal enveloping the Los Angeles Unified School District over the long careers of criminally abusive teachers such as former Miramonte Elementary School instructor Mark Berndt — and news about how difficult it was for districts to remove such laggards from classrooms — California legislators had a chance to do right by our children.
State News: September 19, 2013
Skelton: Gov. Brown should give gun legislation the go-ahead -- Man goes to work. Woman visits a mall. Child sits in class. Couple attends a movie. All have one thing in common. They are vulnerable to being shot and killed by some "innocent law-abiding citizen." George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/19/13
CFT in the News: September 18, 2013
Opponents Back Effort To Drop ‘Increasingly Radical’ Teachers’ Unions
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two California advocacy groups are calling on teachers in Los Angeles and statewide to drop their memberships with labor unions.
The campaign also seeks to inform Los Angeles Unified School District teachers represented by United Teachers Los Angeles — which allows members to affiliate either with the California Teacher Association (CTA) or the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) — on how they can receive a rebate of $300 to $400 on dues if they drop their union memberships.
Education in the News: September 18, 2013
Feds elaborate on the requirements California can’t meet for testing waiver -- The federal Department of Education specified for the first time Tuesday what states would have to do to receive a waiver from giving state standardized tests next spring in the one-year transition to implementing the Common Core standards. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/18/13
Local Tea Party activists oppose Common Core standards -- They’re promoted as making American students more competitive with their international peers, but some local conservatives say new educational standards set to be fully implemented next school year amount to a federal takeover of local education. Beau Yarbrough in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 9/18/13
Academic Growth Over Time data show improvement at LAUSD schools -- The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday released its latest Academic Growth Over Time data, which found that 13 schools had performed “Far Above Predicted” in some categories for the last three years. The item is in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/18/13
LAUSD approves $113M budget to train teachers for Common Core standards -- After debating nearly two hours and voting down a proposed compromise, the Los Angeles Unified board on Tuesday approved a plan for spending $113 million to implement a new curriculum — the same budget that triggered the resignation of the district’s instructional chief when it was rejected last week. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/18/13
Credentialing revenues continue to slide, prompting new budget tightening at CTC -- Despite cost-cutting efforts that reduced operational costs by 75 percent since 2007, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing faces a bleak outlook next year that threatens core functions. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/18/13
Nationally recognized child care program opening center in California -- A multi-million dollar preschool and child care center that education leaders say will help close achievement gaps between low-income and wealthier students is coming to California. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 9/18/13
Lawmakers resolve community college funding gap -- Across California, some six dozen community college districts – locally administering 112 schools, the largest higher education institution in the country – were scrambling for $90 million. On the last night of the legislative session, just before lawmakers went home for the year, the Legislature approved it. Samantha Gallegos Capitol Weekly -- 9/18/13
Students build futures in old-school shop classes -- Several engine blocks sat on racks near an early 1980s white Volkswagen Rabbit and a slightly beat-up, bright yellow Porsche 914 on a lift. A greasy garage smell wafted out the door. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/18/13
UC panel OKs initial work to presidential mansion -- The UC regents' buildings and grounds committee voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the regents spend $620,000 in nonpublic funds as a first step toward renovating the grand but decaying Blake House in Kensington, a 1924 mansion that could cost $3.5 million to $6 million to fully restore. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/18/13
Zuckerberg talks with students at new San Francisco school -- A seemingly ho-hum ribbon-cutting ceremony for a charter school Tuesday turned into a who's-who, full-house event starring Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/18/13
LAUSD pays out $27 million as 58 more Miramonte molestation claims are resolved -- Los Angeles Unified has paid out more than $27 million to settle claims by nearly five dozen children who allege they were molested by former Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt, the district announced Tuesday. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/18/13
Lopez: L.A. Unified leaders don't make the grade -- The nation's second-largest public school district is dealing with a few disciplinary problems of late, but it's not the students I'm talking about.It's the grown-ups. Steve Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/18/13
Teaching Common Core
Sarah Knutson says the new Common Core Standards will require her to teach in new, exciting ways.
"Why aren't you using all the resources?"
That was the first question a district coach asked me in my rookie teaching year. She wanted me to use the nearly 60 teacher books that went along with our structured textbook series. By Sarah Knutson
School Parcel Taxes: Usage Won't Really Expand With Easier Passage
Lowering the vote threshold for passage of local school parcel taxes would likely allow far more to pass. But there is no evidence that it would expand their use beyond the sort of wealthy Bay Area school districts that already have them. These are the key findings of a report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). By Public Policy Institute of California 17 September 2013
State News: September 18, 2013
California prison riddle -- How ever California meets a December deadline to ease prison crowding, the state's prison problems are far from over. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/18/13
Jerry Brown says he will sign bills extending vehicle fees -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that he will sign legislation extending a fee on vehicle registrations and tire sales in California to pay for programs designed to reduce emissions and promote alternative fuels. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/18/13
California Bill Would Add Privacy Option in Health Insurance Paperwork -- California reproductive health and civil liberties advocates are waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on a bill that would create a more private way for patients to receive information about sensitive health services. Pauline Bartolone Capital Public Radio -- 9/18/13
CFT in the News: September 17, 2013
Capitol Alert: AM Alert: Special elections reshuffle California Legislature
For you political junkies and journalists ruing the fallow months between now and the Legislature's return in January, thank goodness for special elections.
Councilmember Paul Koretz; and Glendale College professor of politics Andra Hoffman, who has Blumenfield's blessing and the backing of the California Federation of Teachers.
Education in the News: September 17, 2013
UC leases housing at $9,950 a month for president Napolitano -- Napolitano, the former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, will be provided the housing plus an annual $570,000 salary, $8,916 a year for car expenses and $142,500 for one-time relocation costs. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/17/13
Brown not backing away from decision to suspend state standardized tests -- In remarks Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown defended the state’s decision to suspend state standardized tests this year and instead offer students a practice test in the Common Core standards that’s now being developed. And he gave no sign of steering away from a collision with the federal government over this issue. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/17/13
School finance reform prompts dispute over counting low-income students -- Delivering significantly more money to schools based on the number of low-income children they serve is at the heart of the sweeping new K-12 finance system approved by the state Legislature in June. The new system defines “low income” as those students eligible for the school’s free and reduced-price meals program. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 9/17/13
Drive seeks to save San Francisco State glassblowing course -- A young woman withdraws a long metal rod from a fire and whirls around to sit on a bench. She sets it on holders above her lap, twirling it as a second woman pulls a rod from another oven and touches its red-hot tip to the original. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/16/13
Berkeley cracks down on turning houses into mini-dorms -- It took four years and five moves, but Igor Akimenko, a UC Berkeley senior, finally found a decent place to live. He shares a converted living room with three other people, in an 11-bedroom house about a half-mile from campus. His rent: $540 a month. Carolyn Jones in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/16/13
Parcel Taxes For Schools: A Tough Sell For Most Voters
For years, education advocates have wondered what it would be like if they could lower the ballot box threshold for new parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds.
State News: September 17, 2013
Brown seeks 3-year delay on easing prison crowding -- Following through on a deal struck with legislative leaders, Gov. Jerry Brown told federal judges Monday that he is prepared to spends hundreds of millions of dollars moving inmates out of crowded prisons — but would rather use the money to rehabilitate prisoners so they don't come back. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 9/17/13
Walters: Odd events punctuate California Legislature’s last night -- Strange things tend to happen in the final hours of any legislative session. Last Thursday night was no exception. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/17/13
CFT in the News: September 16, 2013
Buchanan's teacher-firing bill passes Legislature
Bills focus on teacher discipline and dismissal
The state Legislature passed a locally authored bill Friday that aims to protect and ensure the safety of children. Assembly Bill 375, authored by Assembly Education Committee Chair Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), streamlines the appeal process for teacher dismissal, resulting in faster resolution and significant cost savings to school districts.
AB 375 received the support of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, former Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, California State PTA, Crime Victims United, Child Abuse Prevention Council, California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers. by Jessica Lipsky
Fixing California: Teachers unions demonstrate again who controls Sacramento
This past week, the Legislature offered as stark an affirmation as possible of the thesis offered by education reformer Michelle Rhee on the cover of today’s SD In Depth section: The top priority for California’s public schools in California should be helping students. Instead, priority No. 1 is protecting teachers from accountability — including perverts as well as incompetents.
And so in 2013, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers ordered their puppets to adopt AB 375 — a fake reform that in some cases actually gives teachers even more job protections. By U-T San Diego Editorial Board Sept. 14, 2013
An Immodest Proposal: Free College for the People
Congress is fighting again. About you. Specifically, about your education and how it is paid. The options are to double interest rates on government-subsidized loans and cut Pell Grants, extend the current rate and make less drastic cuts to grants, increase grants, expand loan limits, lower interest rates or cap tuition.
Bob Samuels, president of the University of California American Federation of Teachers, argues we can offer free public tuition and drastically reduce government expenditure in his article “Making All Public Higher Education Free.” By CHRISTOPHER DANIEL Opinion Columnist
Education in the News: September 14-16, 2013
Cry for help unheeded at CCSF
Three days after receiving word that City College of San Francisco would receive the most severe sanction issued by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, interim CCSF Chancellor Pamila Fisher asked state education officials for help. by Andrea Koskey
Education secretary tones down criticism of California -- Arne Duncan says his threat to withhold federal funding over state's new student test plan was a 'last resort' and praises Gov. Brown. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/16/13
Common Core opponents shift attention to new national science standards -- As the push for common academic standards in schools gains steam around the nation, a new front in the opposition is forming – this time against the Next Generation Science Standards. Carrie Marovich SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/16/13
L.A. Unified seeks to end confusion and fights over parent trigger law -- School board votes to require public informational meetings about campuses targeted in parent petition campaigns. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/16/13
Glendale district says social media monitoring is for student safety -- Glendale Unified is using the firm Geo Listening in a bid against cyberbullying, suicides, drugs and other ills. Critics say it infringes on privacy and steps beyond schools' jurisdiction. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/16/13
LAUSD superintendent Deasy 'saddened' by deputy's resignation -- In an interview with KPCC, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy expressed regret over Friday's sudden announcement that his top aide over classroom instruction, Jaime Aquino, would be leaving the district. Annie Gilbertson and Ben Bergman KPCC -- 9/15/13
Deputy Supt. Aquino departs L.A. Unified with warning -- Calling the Los Angeles Board of Education dysfunctional and warning that academic progress is at stake, a senior school district administrator confirmed Friday that he is resigning. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/14/13
Bill to streamline teacher dismissals heads to governor; critics call it flawed -- Critics say Assembly Bill 375, authored by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, and originally killed in a Senate committee in July, will actually worsen the multilayered firing procedure. They say teachers unions hijacked the bill and pressured lawmakers to pass it after quietly resurrecting the legislation this week, days before the legislative session ends. Matthias Gafni in the Contra Costa Times -- 9/14/13
Mansion may be repaired so UC presidents can live there again -- Blake House, the Northern California mansion that is intended to be the official residence of the UC system president, may be coming back to life. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/14/13
Local Tea Party activists oppose Common Core standards -- They’re promoted as making American students more competitive with their international peers, but some local conservatives say new educational standards set to be fully implemented next school year amount to a federal takeover of local education. Beau Yarbrough in the San Bernardino Sun -- 9/14/13
Google’s Boss and a Princeton Professor Agree: College Is a Dinosaur -- Colleges and universities are indecisive, slow-moving, and vulnerable to losing their best teachers to the Internet. That’s the shared view of Google (GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former Department of State official and until this month a tenured professor at Princeton University. Peter Coy Bloomberg Businessweek -- 9/14/13
Students Will Soon Face a More Difficult GED Exam
Thousands of adults in California and across the nation are racing to get their GEDs before the high school equivalency exam goes through a major transformation.
State News: September 16, 2013
Employment gap between rich, poor widest on record -- The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Hope Yen Associated Press -- 9/16/13
Brown’s influence helps moderate California Legislature -- After Democrats captured two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature in November — the first time it had happened in 130 years — some Californians predicted that donkeys would run wild through the Capitol and push the state much further to the left. Mike Rosenberg and Josh Richman in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/16/13
Podcast: We Are Adjourned -- So few things in politics -- and, well, life -- have a recognized moment of finality that when one finally comes along... it's hard to process. But let's give it a shot, shall we? John Myers News10 -- 9/15/13
CFT in the News: September 13, 2013
ACCJC Faces Its Own Challenges
Written by Stephanie Swonger Friday, September 13th, 2013
A complaint filed by the California Federation of Teachers on April 30, 2013, according to the CFT website, alleges that the Accrediting Commission of California Junior Colleges has violated several of the Secretary of Education’s Criteria for Recognition as an accrediting institution.
Jerry Brown to California’s Children: I Don’t Care About Your Futures
September 12, 2013
Nothing is all that surprising when it comes to the unwillingness of Gov. Jerry Brown and the rest of California’s political leaders to advance the kinds of systemic reforms needed to help children succeed.
This is exactly what traditionalists, including the NEA affiliate, the California Teachers Association, and the AFT division, the California Federation of Teachers, want to see happen.
Education in the News: September 13, 2013
Three Thoughts: Why Common Core Foes Can’t Sustain Their Coalition
A Confederacy of ?: Kathleen Porter-Magee is only partly right: Opponents of implementing Common Core reading and math standards can fight something with plenty of nothing. History is replete with examples of people opposed to any reform or social movement strongly fighting, and even winning winning for a time.
CUSD Adapts to the Common Core
New national standards mean the district will be going through an adjustment period
The first day of school is often accompanied by feelings of nervous anticipation and optimism. In recent years, budget cuts in school districts across the country have added an increasing sense of uncertainty to that mix, as education officials have been forced to tighten their purse strings while working to mitigate the effects of a recovering economy. By Brian Park September 13, 2013 by Staff
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
Thousands of students vie for class space at Sacramento community colleges -- Enough students found themselves on class waiting lists at Sacramento-area community colleges on the first day of fall semester to fill Candlestick Park, the football stadium where the 49ers play. Loretta Kalb and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/13/13
Lack of experience, technical issues hurt San Jose State online program -- Limited Internet experience, email glitches and confusing websites hampered many students struggling to pass online classes in a San Jose State University experiment that produced mixed results, a new report found. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/13/13
Study shows school grants targeted toward low-income students get results -- The California Teachers Association on Thursday released a report showing that nearly $3 billion in funding targeted toward low-income students statewide has helped improve academic achievement. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/13/13
Report: Race to the Top isn’t delivering big results -- The Obama administration’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top, can’t deliver much educational improvement in America’s public schools because there is a huge mismatch in its mandates and what is actually possible to accomplish with the provided funding and requirements, according to a new report released Thursday. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post$ -- 9/13/13
Pasadena City College ‘porn professor’ says he’s leaving the college -- Infamous Pasadena City College “porn professor” Hugo Schwyzer announced on his blog this week that he does not plan to return to the college as a professor. Lauren Gold in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/13/13
State News: September 13, 2013
State passes bill to license more drivers who are here illegally -- Eligibility for immigrants in the country illegally would be expanded. Another measure requires OT for domestic workers. Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/13/13
Minimum-wage hike heading to Gov. Jerry Brown -- Lawmakers voted Thursday evening to send a measure boosting California's minimum wage to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has already promised his signature. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Don Thompson Associated Press -- 9/13/13
Walters: Unions held whip hand in California Capitol -- When the Legislature’s 2013 session began nine months ago, a giant question mark hung over the Capitol. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/13/13
Jerry Brown signs prison housing bill -- Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation in which the state will seek more time from federal judges to reduce California's prison population, while committing hundreds of millions of dollars to house inmates out of state and in local facilities if the request is denied. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/13/13
CFT in the News: September 12, 2013
Thoughts on Syria
The nation waits to see what will happen
As the executive editor, I see and hear opinions of all kinds every day. They come in by e-mail, by mailed envelope, and by fax. Some are hand delivered. Some are left as voicemails.
“The California Federation of Teachers Executive Council has empowered CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to speak out in opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria. Pechthalt commented. BY VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS
Education in the News: September 12, 2013
California Legislature sends school-test bill to Gov. Jerry Brown -- California has been preparing to implement tests aligned to new national Common Core standards, but late bill amendments broadened the number of schools that can drop the current Standardized Testing and Reporting so teachers would not teach to new standards while old tests loom. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ Maureen Magee UT San Diego$ -- 9/12/13
Bill already tinkers with school funding formula -- Legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown struck a landmark agreement in June over restructuring state funding of K-12 schools – but lawmakers are already at work on changes. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/12/13
Bill to Change Standardized Testing Meets With Mixed Reviews
Every spring for more than a decade, California schools have administered standardized tests, using the scores to evaluate school and district performance. A bill now headed to Governor Jerry Brown's desk would end the old STAR tests in favor of new computerized tests. And it would exempt schools from reporting the scores for at least a year. September 11, 2013 • Posted by KQED News Staff and Wires
Enrollment, courses increase at state's two-year colleges -- California community colleges are starting the fall term on an upbeat note, with most boosting enrollment and the number of classes offered, according to a survey of the state’s two-year schools released Wednesday. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/13
LAUSD improving its investigations of teacher misconduct -- Los Angeles Unified expects to have a team of full-time professional investigators in place by December as it implements a streamlined process for dealing with teachers accused of sexual misconduct, officials say. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/12/13
State News: September 12, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown backs a minimum wage boost -- In a rare effort to move legislation more quickly, Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed a bill that would raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2016. Marc Lifsher and Tiffany Hsu in the Los Angeles Times$ Michael Gardner UT San Diego$ -- 9/12/13
California lawmakers approve fracking bill -- Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation sent to the governor's desk Wednesday. The measure includes a requirement that drillers disclose the chemicals they use in the process of hydraulic fracturing. Laura Olson and Don Thompson Associated Press John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 9/12/13
Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown is big winner in deal to ease prison crowding -- The compromise legislation will allow Brown to ease crowding in California prisons, as ordered by a three-judge federal panel, without releasing inmates. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/12/13
CFT in the News: September 11, 2013
Bill reforming process of firing teachers resurfaces with amendments
AB 375 sponsor, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan
A highly contested bill that potentially would make it quicker and less costly to dismiss teachers has risen from legislative purgatory with significant changes that could lead to passage by the Legislature this week.
The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers supported her bill but organizations representing school boards and administrators opposed it, along with the advocacy groups StudentsFirst and EdVoice, saying it didn’t go far enough to fix the problem. By John Fensterwald September 11th, 2013
PVUSD teachers to 'work to contract'
WATSONVILLE Pajaro Valley Unified School District teachers voted Monday to work to contract, a form of protest they say is designed to help ongoing contract negotiations move forward.
The vote came as Pajaro Valley Federation of teachers negotiated with PVUSD for a new contract.
Now is the time to restore lower class sizes, provide adequate preparation time for teachers and ensure that support personnel, such as nurses, psychologists, counselors and other specialists, have manageable caseloads, said PVFT president Francisco Rodriguez. But the district is intent on locking in the cuts of the previous five years.
PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden said that the district has already begun to reduce class sizes for lower grades. BY: TODD GUILD Tuesday, Sep 10th, 2013
Education in the News: September 11, 2013
COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHECK-IN: (Scroll towards the bottom)
Brice Harris, chancellor of California's community college system, will provide an update during a phone briefing this afternoon on fall enrollment and how a windfall of Proposition 30 money is being spent.
Brown backs school-test measure despite federal opposition -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he'll push forward with school-testing legislation despite U.S. Department of Education threats to withhold federal funds. Don Thompson Associated Press Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report John Fensterwald EdSource 9/11/13
Walters: California school test conflict heating up -- Gray Davis may have been the most risk-averse governor in living memory and paid the price for his reticence when he was recalled for failing to deal forthrightly with severe budget and energy crises. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/11/13
LA Unified's plan to implement Common Core standards put on hold -- The Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education on Tuesday delayed approval of the district's proposed $113 million budget to implement standards for Common Core – California’s new English and math standards shared with 46 other states. Annie Gilbertson KPCC -- 9/11/13
LAUSD teacher evaluation system prompts state labor board complaint -- The state labor board has issued a complaint charging Los Angeles Unified with implementing a new performance evaluation system without first negotiating key provisions with its teachers union. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/13
L.A. school board approves new parent trigger rules -- Pioneering guidelines to help Los Angeles Unified school staff and parents navigate the complex and controversial process to overhaul failing schools under the state parent trigger law were approved Tuesday by the school board. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/13
LAUSD moves to facilitate screening for parent volunteers -- Trying to encourage more parents to volunteer at local campuses, the Los Angeles Unified school board approved a plan Tuesday to make it easier to get necessary fingerprinting and tuberculosis screenings, although the South L.A. representative asked that her schools be excluded from the plan. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/13
State News: September 11, 2013
Brown gets bills on immigration, guns and drugs -- Measures address issues that include illegal immigration, a ban on lead ammunition and a reduction in penalties for possession of heroin or cocaine. Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/11/13
Change in 3 strikes law under review -- A voter-approved change in the three strikes law has resulted in the release of 1,000 prisoners statewide and officials are seeing a far reduced rate of recidivism among former prisoners released when their sentences are reviewed, according to a statewide study. Rick Orlov in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/11/13
CFT in the News: September 10, 2013
Southland representatives undecided about potential strikes on Syria
A day before President Barack Obama addresses the nation in an effort to rally support for military strikes on Syria, many Southland Congress members said they’re still undecided or are leaning against a potential attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s capabilities.
The California Federation of Teachers came out Monday against U.S. military intervention in Syria.
“The act of dropping bombs on Syria or any other country is an act of war,” said CFT President Joshua Pechthalt in a statement. By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News 09/09/13
AFL-CIO blasts big business prison profiteers
LOS ANGELES -- The AFL-CIO condemned the nation's prison system that disproportionately targets people of color, in a strongly worded resolution unanimously approved by the federation's quadrennial convention here Sept. 10.
Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers and a 20-year teacher at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, spoke on the resolution. He noted that his school's population was 100% black and brown. by: Eric A. Gordon & Juan Lopez, September 10 2013
Education in the News: September 10, 2013
Duncan threatens repercussions if California ends state tests for all students -- It looks like “High Noon” again for California and the Obama administration over education. John Fensterwald EdSource Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/10/13
California wins $10.8-million federal grant to pay AP test fees -- Nearly 130,000 California high school students will have most of their test fees paid by the federal government for Advanced Placement and other college-level exams, state education officials announced Monday. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/10/13
Bill inspired by St. Frances Cabrini sex offender fiasco becomes law -- Schools will no longer be able to let registered sex offenders on campus without first notifying students' families, under a bill signed into law Monday and inspired by an uproar over an incident at a San Jose Catholic school. Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/10/13
Bill limiting 'willful defiance' discipline in schools done for year -- A bill to restrict how students are disciplined under the broadly used grounds called "willful defiance" is being shelved for this legislative session. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/10/13
Udacity teams with Google, others to rethink tech education -- The company has partnered with the likes of Google and Autodesk to try to create more opportunities in tech for students. Richard Nieva c|net -- 9/10/13
UCLA, USC tie in U.S. News rankings; Princeton is No. 1 -- Crosstown rivals UCLA and USC are tied again in the closely watched university rankings by U.S. News & World Report, despite some scoring changes that give more weight to students’ graduation rates. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/10/13
State News: September 10, 2013
Prisons timeline: A scramble to comply after years of controversy -- Gov. Jerry Brown stood with top lawmakers Monday to say they would seek more time to comply with a court order requiring the state to cut its prison population. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/10/13
CalBuzz: Why DiFi Is Wrong About Who’s a ‘Real Reporter’ -- Dianne Feinstein, the senior US Senator from California, has never been a fan of the press, dating back to her days as a local official in San Francisco. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine CalBuzz -- 9/10/13
CFT in the News: September 9, 2013
Teacher misconduct bill signed by Jerry Brown
Bill in response to an L.A. Unified scandal, requiring timely reporting of teacher discipline, is among 55 signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a bill that will penalize school superintendents who fail to report to the state when teachers are disciplined or fired for misconduct.
The California Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Assn. and United Teachers Los Angeles supported the bill. By Patrick McGreevy September 6, 2013
Education in the News: September 9, 2013
With little warning, dozens forced from Pacific Oaks preschool -- For years, the respected preschool had been operating at over-capacity. When it failed to get state permission to increase capacity, it quickly laid off teachers, cut programs and booted students. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/9/13
LAUSD revives effort to reopen four blighted West Valley schools -- Under pressure to provide classroom space to popular charter schools, Los Angeles Unified plans to seek proposals to redevelop and lease four long-closed campuses in the Woodland Hills area that could cost up to $80 million to restore. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/9/13
Q & A: Documentary filmmakers aim to start a national conversation about early education -- An argument in favor of universal preschool and publicly funded early care for infants and toddlers will hit the small screen early next year in the form of a new PBS documentary series, “The Raising of America.” Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 9/9/13
Corinthian Colleges challenged by declining enrollment -- Corinthian Colleges faces a downturn in enrollment at its for-profit colleges as well as regulatory investigations by the SEC and state prosecutors. Stuart Pfeifer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/9/13
Scrutiny again for for-profit colleges -- As the Education Department gathers a panel to rewrite controversial for-profit college regulations, the motto might as well be “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 9/9/13
Farm Workers Face Tough School Choices
The school year is just getting underway across most of California. Preschoolers in Ventura County, about an hour from Los Angeles, have actually just finished the school year. It's a program that caters to the needs of parents who are migratory farm workers.
Education News: September 7-8, 2013
For-profit colleges soaking up tax dollars despite student loan defaults, low graduation rates -- and could be in trouble -- They rake in millions of dollars in federal tuition aid and still charge students more than $20,000 a year, on top of scholarships and grants. Katy Murphy and Thomas Peele in the Contra Costa Times -- 9/8/13 -- 9/8/13
Walters: Old school battles are flaring up -- California is simultaneously implementing two major – even historic – changes in its 6-million-student public school system, and all adults involved pledge that they have the best interests of those kids at heart. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/8/13
San Francisco middle schools bursting at seams -- After years, if not decades, of classrooms with too many empty seats, San Francisco middle schools this year are bursting at the seams. Jill Tucker, Marisa Lagos in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/8/13
LAUSD counselors, volunteers fan out in dropout-prevention campaign -- Alfonso Martinez had dropped his 17-year-old daughter off at Grant High early Friday, so he figured that Roxana had just missed morning roll call when he got the robocall from the school alerting him that his child was tardy or absent. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/7/13
JPMorgan Chase exits student loan business: 'No meaningful growth' -- Citing a large drop-off in private student loan originations, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the bank would stop issuing student loans Oct. 12. Ricardo Lopez in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/7/13
State News: September 9, 2013
Lawmakers save big bills for final push -- California lawmakers will wade into the final week of the year Monday to tackle an unfinished agenda that includes milestone measures to increase the minimum wage, strip tax breaks from the Boy Scouts and grant driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants. Michael Gardner UT San Diego$ -- 9/9/13
Walters: In California Legislature, some games alter the rules of others -- Our perpetual fascination with sports reflects, consciously or otherwise, the simple fact that for most of us, life itself is a competitive game. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/9/13
Education in the News: September 6, 2013
L.A. schools Supt. Deasy withdraws support for new testing plan -- He raised concerns Thursday after more details emerged about a pending major shift in how California's 6.2 million students are taught and tested. State officials plan to drop the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them with a computerized system next spring. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/6/13
Union accuses L.A. Unified of targeting its school leaders -- The Los Angeles teachers union has ramped up the battle over displaced teachers at Crenshaw High and another campus, accusing the district of removing instructors because they engaged in union activity that is protected by law. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/6/13
Daily Cal seeks funding as major donor cuts off cash flow -- Berkeley’s Daily Californian newspaper has been cut off from its biggest source of funding — a single anonymous donor — and is now tapping companies and alumni in an effort to scrounge up more sources of private funding. Renée Frojo San Francisco Business Times -- 9/6/13
Teachers in Daly City schools to get raise, but must take on more work
The Jefferson Elementary School District is giving teachers their first raise in five years, but it's also asking them to do more work.
Under the agreement, teachers will receive a 6 percent pay raise, in addition to help covering health insurance costs for their dependents. by Brendan P. Bartholomew
State News: September 6, 2013
Inmates end California prison hunger strike -- Inmates leading California's largest prison protest ended a two-month hunger strike Thursday without winning major concessions on solitary confinement conditions — their main grievance — but with the promise of legislative hearings on the issue. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$
A Corporate Tax Idea That Fixes Lots Of Problems
Here is one thing Congress could do that would create more jobs, boost the economy and reduce both the budget deficit and the trade deficit. This one thing would not only provide a big boost now, but would provide an ongoing boost from now on. Congress should modify the “deferral” tax loophole that lets companies dodge their taxes by moving and keeping profits “out of the country.” By Dave Johnson Posted on 06 September 2013
CFT in the News: September 5, 2013
CLASSROOM SAFETY BILL HELD IN ASSEMBLY FINANCE COMMITTEE
September 4, 2013 (Sacramento) – A measure that would require all school modernization projects seeking state funding to include classroom doors that lock from the inside was held today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Block authored the legislation, which was sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers.
With City College on the Ropes, 150 Sit-In
On August 3, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges revoked the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation in July 2014—which, if it goes through, will effectively shut down a historically accessible institution of higher education for working-class students.
Meanwhile, in response to a nearly 300-page complaint filed by the American Federation of Teachers 2121 and the California Federation of Teachers, the ACCJC is under federal investigation over failing to comply with federal regulations.
Education in the News: September 5, 2013
SF City College Finds Another Way to Avoid Closure
City College of San Francisco, faced with possible closure in July 2014, may have found a lifeline.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has threatened to pull CCSF's accreditation over concerns about its finances and governance. But according to the S.F. Examiner, a little-known clause in the bylaws of the ACCJC allows for a fresh review of its ruling. September 5, 2013
City College may have another chance to save itself
A little-known clause in the bylaws of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges apparently allows for a fresh review of the ruling that could force City College of San Francisco to close in July. by Andrea Koskey
The controversy over CCSF's future has Youth Radio's Morgan Boeder worried about the future of her education.
I was sitting in my boyfriend's room in my pajamas, picking out classes when I opened the email informing me that my school had lost its accreditation and might close its doors next year. By Morgan Boeder Thu, Sep 5, 2013
Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year -- In order to avoid serving two masters – the old state academic standards and the new multi-state Common Core standards – state leaders are now proposing to discontinue nearly all state standardized tests next spring, including English language arts and math. John Fensterwald EdSource Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report 9/5/13
LAUSD pays $246,000 in overtime to keep air-conditioners running -- Los Angeles Unified has paid out nearly $250,000 in overtime in the last month to keep aging air-conditioning units running on Los Angeles Unified campuses, but that’s just a fraction of the bonus pay racked up by repair crews during a heat wave last year. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/5/13
SBE guidance on LCFF accountability: Read the law -- School administrators and advocacy groups inundated the state board meeting Wednesday with yet another dose of unease and anxiety over regulatory oversight of the state’s new funding system for schools, the Local Control Funding Formula. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/5/13
State Board adopts national K-12 Next Generation Science Standards -- California became the sixth state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards with the unanimous approval Wednesday by the State Board of Education. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/5/13
Judge denies Mills High School suit against AP testmakers -- A federal judge has struck down a lawsuit by Mills High School students, their parents and the San Mateo Union High School District that sought to force the College Board and Educational Testing Service to score 634 disputed Advanced Placement exams. Aaron Kinney in the San Jose Mercury -- 9/5/13
Ranking Schools Based On What Matters
President Obama recently proposed a new college ranking system, based on more than test scores. The Washington Monthly has been doing that for years. Host Michel Martin finds out more.
In Charter School Fantasy World, Teacher Experience Irrelevant
As the New York Times reported on August 27, most charter school teachers only remain in the profession for two to five years. In contrast, traditional public school teachers average nearly fourteen years of experience. But in the fantasy world of charter school proponents, far from being a shortcoming this lack of teaching experience is a positive. By Randy Shaw Posted on 05 September 2013
Do You Have the Right to be an Advocate?
Where do teachers’ rights begin and end when it comes to voicing their opinions in the public square?
So many times, teachers, faculty, and public employees are hesitant to step forward and speak out on issues — political issues, election debates, candidate endorsements, education policy questions. By Julie Underwood, Phi Delta Kappan
State News: September 5, 2013
Brown offers pension deal to unlock transit funds -- Gov. Jerry Brown has offered the Obama administration a compromise that would keep $1.6 billion in federal transit dollars flowing into California in return for temporarily exempting unionized public transportation workers from being forced to contribute more to their pensions. Jon Ortiz
State Senate panel endorses alternative to Gov. Brown's prison plan -- A state Senate panel Wednesday approved a plan to reduce prison crowding by spending more on rehabilitation and mental illness and drug treatment. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ 9/5/13
Dianne Feinstein supports fracking regulation bill -- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday endorsed a controversial state bill that would regulate but allow “fracking” and another new means of extracting oil and gas. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 9/5/13
CFT in the News: September 4, 2013
Solidarity in the Fight for 15
September 4, 2013
Activists in several cities report on their local experiences in a one-day strike by fast-food workers fighting for a living wage and union recognition.
ON AUGUST 19, low-wage workers in some 50 cities across the United States walked off the job at various fast-food restaurants as part of the latest action in the "Fight for 15" campaign for union recognition and a $15 an hour wage.
The following day, activists and rank-and-file members of California Federation of Teachers, SEIU, the Teamsters, and United Auto Workers escorted the workers back to their jobs.
Education in the News: September 4, 2013
5 vacancies on UC Board of Regents go unfilled under Gov. Jerry Brown -- Three of the seats on the panel overseeing the 10-campus system have been vacant for at least a year and a half. A spokesman says the governor's focused on getting the best candidates possible. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/4/13
Early education advocates seek more support from governor -- Gov. Jerry Brown has been lauded for major reforms that are restoring K-12 schools to fiscal health, but advocates say he hasn’t made anywhere near the same kind of commitment to funding education for children before they enter kindergarten. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 9/4/13
LAUSD gets $113M in state money to launch Common Core -- Los Angeles Unified will receive about $113 million over the next two months to implement the new Common Core academic standards, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/4/13
Civil rights groups dispute memo to State Board on new funding formula -- In a sign of a skirmish to come, leaders of 30 civil rights and non-profit groups representing disadvantaged children are disputing a memo to the State Board of Education characterizing the purpose of the Local Control Funding Formula. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 9/4/13
International Baccalaureate curriculum teaches SoCal students to think globally -- Across Southern California and the Inland Empire, students are being held to international standards, with schools in Ontario, Fontana, Yucaipa and elsewhere adopting the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Beau Yarbrough in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 9/4/13
Poll: California voters support more testing to assess students, teachers -- By an undisputed majority, California voters strongly support more state standardized testing, both to measure student progress and to evaluate teachers, a poll released Tuesday shows. Sharon Noguchi in the Oakland Tribune -- 9/4/13
Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow
Just a couple of short years ago, the presence of tablets in schools was an exceptional phenomenon. This year, as students across the country go back to school, the presence of tablets is far more common in classrooms. Though it’s definitely not the norm yet, many more schools and districts are investing in the devices for a variety of reasons. Holly Korbey | September 4, 2013
EDUCATING EDUCATORS: California's schools are undergoing some big changes, notably the incoming Common Core standards and the newly passed Local Control Funding Formula. The California State Board of Education will discuss some of the implications at a meeting today, touching on new tests, new Common Core-driven instructional guidelines for math and what schools can expect from the new formula. Starting at 8 a.m. at the California Department of Education building on N Street.
State News: September 4, 2013
Walters: Prisons pivotal in crunch time at the Capitol -- Having taken off Labor Day and planning to observe two of the Jewish high holidays, state legislators have just six business days remaining before the scheduled end of their 2013 session, with hundreds of bills still awaiting action. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/4/13
CFT in the News: September 3, 2013
Viewpoints: Don’t rush opening the new house of education
By Joshua Pechthalt and Gary Ravani
Special to The Bee Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
A lot of hard work is being done to prepare California’s teachers, schools and districts for the implementation of Common Core standards, the new assessments that go with them, and the latest iteration of the state’s Academic Performance Index, or API.
AB 917 Would Send Charter Schools to the Back of the Class
By Katy Grimes
Calwatchdog.com news reporter Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
The popularity and success of California’s 900 charter schools aren’t making everyone happy. Union leaders have tried to organize the non-union schools, but unsuccessfully.
This isn’t the first controversial dance over charter schools. The California Federation of Teachers union sponsored AB 401 last year, which would have imposed a cap of 1,450 charters through 2017
Education in the News: September 3, 2013
In school iPad project, L.A. might need to tap funding for keyboards -- Los Angeles school officials are acknowledging a new looming cost in a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student: keyboards. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/13
State Ed Board considers key questions surrounding LCFF regs -- This week school administrators anxious over the lack of regulations governing use of more than $2 billion in new state formula funding should get some new insight over how much interim guidance the state board intends to provide. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 9/3/13
USC scholarship program keeps parents in the 7-year process -- Nearly all students who participate graduate — either from USC or other schools they're accepted to. Family involvement is key. Devin Kelly in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/13
UCSD loses two Google experts to Michigan -- The University of Michigan has raided UC San Diego, hiring a pair of young computer scientists who've been drawing attention for their efforts to help Google find better ways to operate online. Gary Robbins UT San Diego$ -- 9/2/13
Back to the Supreme Court
By Scott Jaschik Inside Higher Ed September 3, 2013
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June kept alive the right of colleges and universities to consider race in admissions. But in some states -- starting with California in 1996 -- voters have taken away that right, barring public colleges and universities from considering race and ethnicity in admitting students.
Education in the News: August 31 - September 2, 2013
Six Ways To Motivate To Students To Learn
Annie Murphy Paul | September 2, 2013
Scientific research has provided us with a number of ways to get the learning juices flowing, none of which involve paying money for good grades. And most smart teachers know this, even without scientific proof.
State review finds problems in Folsom Cordova special ed program -- The Folsom Cordova Unified School District repeatedly violated rules for evaluating special needs students and documenting their status last school year, a California Department of Education analysis has found. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/2/13
School support staff must back charter under bill -- Legislation that cleared the state Assembly on Friday could make it harder to create charter schools in California by requiring supporters to seek consent of lower-level unionized school employees. Laura Olsen Associated Press -- 8/31/13
State News: September 3, 2013
Firefighters gaining upper hand on Rim fire in Yosemite -- Firefighting officials said Monday that they are gaining the upper hand on the massive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. Containment jumped overnight from 45% to 60%, the weather was cooperating and some firefighters were beginning to be taken off the line, authorities said. Scott Gold in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 9/2/13
Crunch Time Begins for California Lawmakers -- The California legislature enters its home stretch Tuesday. Lawmakers have just two weeks left to tackle hundreds of bills before they adjourn for the year – including some that are quite controversial. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 9/2/13
The state and challenges of L.A.’s labor movement -- Even with slight improvements in the economy, the labor movement in Los Angeles continues to face challenges in 2013, fighting to keep what it has and head off renewed efforts to scale back salaries and pensions. Rick Orlov in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/2/13
New water tunnel route sets up conservation battle over Delta island -- The new route proposed for Gov. Jerry Brown's giant Delta water-diversion project may conflict with direction from California voters, who spent $35 million in 2001 to acquire part of the new route as permanent wildlife habitat. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 9/1/13
Education in the News: August 30, 2013
Accreditation worries hit City College enrollment (Video)
Uncertainty around City College of San Francisco's accreditation is crippling fall enrollment, the head of California's community colleges said Thursday, which could lead to a drop in enrollment-dependent state aid. Ron Leuty, Reporter- San Francisco Business Times
20 California community colleges face accreditation problems, chancellor says -- As many as 20 California community colleges face some sort of accreditation challenge, California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris said Thursday. Ron Leuty San Francisco Business Times -- 8/30/13
CCSF transfer influx after accreditation failure
As City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation students have been worrying about the future of their school and their education. However, for the time being CCSF’s accreditation is in good standing at least through spring 2014. This means that any classes taken before then and any degrees or certifications earned will be honored. Michelle Kelly, TSV Interim News Editor, August 29, 2013
California API scores fall, but Silicon Valley schools dominate state top tier -- After years of steady gains, Academic Performance Index scores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties dropped this year, a decline reflected across the state. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 8/30/13
State academic performance slips, but L.A. Unified improves -- California public schools lost ground this year in overall academic performance for the first time in a decade, but more than half met state goals for achievement on reading and math standardized tests, according to data released Thursday. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/30/13
Few California schools hit proficiency goals -- The idea of No Child Left Behind was sound: Make sure that every child is proficient in math and English by 2014. Yet 12 years after the federal law was passed, few schools are close to meeting that mandate. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 8/30/13
California schools' API test results: Browse our database -- Chris Keller, Evelyn Larrubia, and Emmanuel Martinez KPCC -- 8/30/13
Goodbye, API: Get ready for rough transition to better system of measuring schools -- Say farewell to the API as you know it. Welcome to new era of accountability, with at least a couple years of confusion in between. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/30/13
Freedberg: Federal education law traps schools in spiral of failure -- Nearly a dozen years after President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind law, its deepest imprint may be its labeling of 90 percent of California’s schools serving poor children as failures. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 8/30/13
What Your College Degree Will Be Worth After 20 Years -- Those who doubt the value of a college degree may want to think again. New research has found that individuals with a four-year degree make an average of $215,000 more than a high school graduate over the span of 20 years. Mashable -- 8/30/13
Criticism softens as new high school opens
CARLSBAD — Thousands of students and hundreds of teachers returned to classes in the Carlsbad Unified School District on Wednesday, but many eyes are on one particular campus. By Gary Warth, Aug. 29, 2013
State News: August 30, 2013
Jerry Brown outlines prison plan for federal judges -- Two days after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed moving thousands of prisoners to local facilities and out of state to comply with a court order to reduce California's prison population, the administration outlined the plan in a court filing this evening but suggested it is still preparing for potential inmate releases if the plan fails in the Legislature. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/30/13
Jerry Brown's Tough-Love California Miracle -- The 75-year-old governor rescued the Golden State from financial ruin - and is reshaping a national progressive agenda Tim Dickinson Rolling Stone -- 8/30/13
CFT in the News: August 29, 2013
Service Workers Close to Winning Vote in Charter Process
A bill that would allow cafeteria workers, custodians and teacher aides to vote when a public school wants to become a charter is one vote (State Assembly) and one signature (Gov. Brown) away from becoming law. Both are expected, and it could happen within days.
Currently, only teachers get to vote for conversion. But the change in the law is winning support not only from the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA), but also, according to a press release, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). Posted on August 28, 2013 by Hillel Aron
San Francisco Students Sit In to Save Beloved Community College
Wednesday, August 28 2013 Contributed by: WorkerFreedom
Late last night, 150 students staged a sit-in at San Francisco's City Hall, demanding that the mayor defend City College of San Francisco. Twenty-six were arrested.
In April the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the state-level organization of the faculty union, submitted a 300-page complaint about the ACCJC to the federal Department of Education.
Disappointed, Not Surprised
Thursday, 29 August 2013 By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed | Op-Ed
Faculty members overwhelmingly supported President Obama in his candidacies. To many, his academic background and intellectual bent were welcome relief after his predecessor. Obama – a former law professor at the University of Chicago – was one of them.
Robert Samuels, lecturer of writing at the University of California at Los Angeles and president of the University of California’s American Federation of Teachers faculty union, called Obama’s plan a “Band-Aid approach,” one that appropriates liberal think tanks ideals – such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “obsession” with access – and notions supported by many conservative groups, such as increasing dependence on MOOCs and competency-based initiatives.
Education in the News: August 29, 2013
Changing the narrative
08.27.13 | Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez SF Bay Guardian
ACCJC hit with city lawsuit and legislative investigation, broadening the discussion of City College's fate
Three distinct players with three distinct strategies for saving City College of San Francisco showed their hands last week, all centered around the Association of California Community and Junior Colleges, which plans to revoke City College's accreditation in less than a year.
Xpress staff weighs in on the CCSF accreditation crisis
With a little more than an academic year left for City College of San Francisco, its accreditation — along with its state funding — will likely be revoked, leading to the closure of the nearly 80-year-old campus.
Pass rates up for online classes at San Jose State -- The Cal State campus' project with Udacity sees better results in a summer session, boosting the touted program that saw problems with its initial spring courses. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/29/13
Two more UC campuses exonerated of fostering anti-Semitic climates -- U.S. clears UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz. Both had been accused of allowing protests against Israel's treatment of Palestinians that made Jewish students fearful. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/29/13
SAB considers urgency legislation to free up funds for high-performance schools -- An urgency legislative measure is among options being considered by a state panel to free up some $38 million in bond money intended to promote high-quality school facilities. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/29/13
New LAUSD technology panel tackles details of iPad project -- A day after LAUSD handed out iPads to kids at two of its campuses, the school board’s Technology Committee started its own deep dive into the program that will put a tablet computer in the hands of every student by this time next year. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/29/13
California school district hires firm to eavesdrop on students' social media activity
Mark Frauenfelder , Wed, Aug 28, 2013
Matthew says, "The Glendale [California] Unified School District has hired Geo Listening ["Your students are crying for help. We have heard these cries of despair, and for help and attention, loud and clear from students themselves via their public postings on social networks"]to eavesdrop and monitor students’ public posts on websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram."
State News: August 29, 2013
Dems spar over plan to reduce California inmate count -- In a direct slap to Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday rejected his plan for dealing with California's prison crisis, throwing the state's response to a federal court order into chaos. Don Thompson Associated Press Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$
Federal laws limit Yosemite firefighting movements -- Even as more than 4,000 firefighters battle the ferocious Rim fire -- the nation’s top wildland fire priority -- they have to tread carefully in Yosemite National Park. Julie Cart in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/29/13
Gov. Brown signs bills to increase state accountability, transparency -- One bill aims to flesh out the role of agency monitors, another to curb accounting errors and fraud. And one will make agency reports available to the public online. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/13
CFT in the News: August 28, 2013
The March on Washington: 1963 and 2013
By Martin Bennett and Fred Glass Posted on 28 August 2013
Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, the nation witnessed the largest march in its history. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom lives on in popular memory as the moment when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Had A Dream” speech and called for racial integration and reconciliation in America.
College for Free
Could public colleges be free?
Yes, says the head of the union for University of California’s 4,000 instructors and librarians.
Trim non-essential functions, redirect a bunch of money and end tax breaks that mostly benefit wealthy college-goers’ families, argues University Council-American Federation of Teachers President Bob Samuels. Of course, not everyone would agree with his definition of non-essential, particularly researchers. By Ry Rivard August 28, 2013
Education in the News: August 28, 2013
Release of L.A. teachers' performance ratings delayed by judge -- After earlier ruling that performance ratings of L.A. teachers must be made public, judge agrees to delay during district appeal. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/13
New law gives aspiring teachers an extra year to complete training -- A measure signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown will let aspiring teachers pursue an additional year of training. SB 5, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla, aims to ease the time crunch faced by would-be educators by extending the maximum length of graduate teaching programs to two years. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/13
Duncan wants to end test for disabled students that California overused --U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is proposing to eliminate an alternative test for students with disabilities, arguing it undercuts their academic potential. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/28/13
LAUSD launches its drive to equip every student with iPads -- Two elementary schools — Broadacres in Carson and Cimarron in Hawthorne — roll out the tablet computers. Some question if they will help learning. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ Rob Kuznia in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/28/13
Former Google exec is turning your student debt into someone else's investment opportunity -- Girouard's new venture, a Palo Alto-based startup called Upstart, is kind of like a crowdfunding marketplace that connects needy young people with investors who are willing to give them money to pay down debt and establish themselves. In exchange, those investors get a percentage of the young person's yearly income for a set number of years. Jon Xavier Silicon Valley Business Journal -- 8/28/13
CSU faculty receive modest pay raise -- The CSU agreed with the California Faculty Association to increase the compensation pool by more than $19.2 million, which will be distributed evenly as an increase to base salary for eligible employees and retroactive to July 1. Josh Dulaney in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 8/28/13
Orange County high school drama teacher who fought to stage 'Rent' resigns -- Ron Martin, who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for health reasons and to avoid having to come before the school district's review board. Hannah Fry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/13
Study: Waivers Leave Behind at-Risk Students -- Millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as the Education Department gives states permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind, according to a study education advocates released Tuesday. Philip Elliot Associated Press -- 8/28/13
Freedberg: In shadow of March on Washington, schools increasingly segregated in California -- Fifty years after the March on Washington, a major challenge facing California and the West in general is increasing segregation of black and Latino students, reviving a debate that Brown v Board of Education was supposed to resolve: whether it is possible to have “separate but equal” schools. Louis Freedberg EdSource -- 8/28/13
Oakland Schools Teach Trafficking Prevention in Schools
by Lynsey Clark | August 27, 2013
Oakland public schools are trying to prevent child trafficking by educating Oakland students and parents.
While the schoolrooms are empty for the last bit of summer, a task force of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) administrators have been planning ways to prevent child sex trafficking before it starts. The newest phase of their outreach includes educating parents about the facts of child trafficking in Oakland and holding assemblies across the district to educate seventh graders about the issue.
State News: August 28, 2013
Brown's $315 million prison plan at odds with Senate Democrats -- Gov. Jerry Brown, laboring under a federal court order to reduce California's prison population by nearly 8,000 inmates, proposed Tuesday to spend hundreds of millions of dollars housing those inmates in local lockups and out of state. David Siders and Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/28/13
CFT in the News: August 27, 2013
Mayor Lee, City Attorney Herrera Effectively Defending CCSF
As Moira Sullivan detailed in our pages on August 26, the San Francisco Chronicle’s misguided attack on City Attorney Herrera’s lawsuit to protect CCSF reflects the paper’s pattern of inaccuracies about the school’s accreditation. But it also highlights the Chronicle’s failure to understand the distinction between law and politics.
were also highlighted in an administrative complaint filed by the California Federation of Teachers and in a lawsuit by the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121. by Randy Shaw‚ Aug. 27‚ 2013
CCSF in the News: August 27, 2013
CCSF’s accreditation crisis affects potential transfers
Like the other 80,000 students at City College of San Francisco, 21-year-old Giselle Rouede had faith that her school would remain open so she took time off from her education to join the National Guard reserves.
Education in the News: August 27, 2013
Exercise in, junk food out at nation’s schools, CDC study finds -- Increasing numbers of school districts nationwide have adopted policies to prohibit junk food sales, ban tobacco use during school events and require physical education classes in elementary grade levels, according to a major new study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 8/27/13
Kerchner: Teachers deserve a shot at running their schools -- Ted Kolderie, the Minnesotan who had a large hand in drafting the nation’s first charter school law, is selling ideas again. This time he’s promoting teacher-run schools, or at least greatly enhanced teacher capacity to design their own jobs. Charles Taylor Kerchner EdSource -- 8/27/13
In California, School Anti-Bullying Efforts Falling Short
Just as kids are heading back to classrooms, a new state audit has found that most schools do not track whether their anti-bullying programs have made campuses any safer and that schools are inconsistent in how they record and resolve bullying incidents. By Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource Today August 27, 2013
Youth Wish List For Changing Education
Host Michel Martin gets perspective from two recent high school grads on what's working, and what isn't in schools. She speaks with Elijah Miles, a freshman at Morgan State University in Maryland, and Kashawn Campbell, a sophomore at UC Berkley.
CA Getting ‘Smarter’ with New Tests to Probe Critical Thinking
Posted on August 27, 2013 by Brenda Iasevoli
When California’s new statewide tests are in place by the spring of 2015, an 11th grade student might be asked the following: “Pretend you are preparing a report for a congresswoman on the pros and cons of using nuclear power to generate electricity. Gather some evidence, then write an essay arguing for either using nuclear power or banning it.”
State News: August 27, 2013
Rim fire near Yosemite state's 7th largest, containment holds at 20% -- The massive Rim fire on Tuesday became the seventh-largest wildfire in California's history, and remained 20% contained as it burned in and around Yosemite National Park. Diana Marcum, Jason Wells and Samantha Schaefer in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/27/13
Gov. Jerry Brown signs dozens of new laws -- Bills signed by Jerry Brown include one to allow government background checks for coach applicants in private youth sports leagues. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 8/27/13
Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks -- More than two decades ago, two water distributors came up with a tantalizing idea to increase reserves in parched Southern California: Create an underground lake so vast it could hold enough to blanket Los Angeles — all 469 square miles — under a foot of water. Michael R. Blood and Elliot Spagat Associated Press -- 8/27/13
CFT in the News: August 26, 2013
Santa Cruz teachers take action amid pay dispute
SANTA CRUZ -- Amid a pay dispute with the leadership of Santa Cruz City Schools, union leaders have asked teachers returning to work Monday from the summer break to halt voluntary work and be at school only when their contract requires.
Barry Kirschen, president of the Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers, called for the "work-to-rule" action Friday as a symbolic protest against what he characterized as the district's unwillingness to give teachers a "fair share" of unanticipated revenue. It's been 10 years since the union has taken such action. By J.M. Brown Santa Cruz Sentinel, 08/25/2013
Beloved San Francisco Community College Targeted by "Rogue" Accreditation Commission
Late last night, 150 students staged a sit-in at San Francisco's City Hall, demanding that the mayor defend City College of San Francisco. Twenty-six were arrested.
In April the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the state-level organization of the faculty union, submitted a 300-page complaint about the ACCJC to the federal Department of Education. The complaint charged ACCJC with abandoning its mission of judging quality of education, operating in secret, having conflicts of interest, and violating due process. Monday, 26 August 2013 By Joe Berry and Helena Worthen
Banished from Home, 10-Year-Old Rodrigo Guzman DREAMs of Real Immigration Reform
Driving her minivan down the narrow streets of downtown Cuernavaca, Reyna Mayida is in her element. She shouts to a friend walking by. She rolls down the window to buy watermelon from a street vendor.
To that end, the Bring Rodrigo Home campaign has received endorsements and support from groups ranging from the Alameda Labor Council and Berkeley Federation of Teachers to the National Latino Children's Institute. Sunday, 25 August 2013 00:00 By Andrew Stelzer, Truthout | Report
CCSF in the News: August 26, 2013
City Attorney Herrera, not the SF Chronicle, is Protecting CCSF
The San Francisco Chronicle's August 23 editorial criticizing the lawsuit filed by City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College (ACCJC) moves the Chronicle farther than ever into the realm of tabloid journalism. by Moira Sullivan‚ Aug. 26‚ 2013
Accreditation should be more transparent
As City College of San Francisco fights to regain its accreditation, two things must occur. Chiefly, the school needs to get its house in order. But at the same time, the public deserves a much better accounting of how exactly CCSF got into such precarious shape. by Examiner Editorial
Education in the News: August 26, 2013
Prop. 30 Helps Deliver $2.6 Million To State Schools — But Academic Results Are Expected
Mechale Murphy is one of those principals students consider “cool.”
She is tall and beautiful, and greets her pint-size students with a smile and handshake just like celebrities greet their fans.
Murphy is in charge of West Elementary, a suburban school nestled among cookie-cutter homes near Sacramento. It is one of 61 schools in Elk Grove Unified, the fifth-largest district in the state. By Ana Tintocalis, August 26, 2013 • Posted by KQED News Staff
Students press schools to drop fossil fuel stocks -- San Francisco State moved this summer to divest. But the UC system and others express concern about the financial impact. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/13
UC San Diego tops list of nation's 'socially conscious' colleges -- Washington Monthly's list puts three other UCs — including Riverside — in the top 10 and emphasizes such factors as enrolling and graduating low-income students. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/26/13
CSUN facing record student turnout this week -- Today begins the greatest first-day-of-school scramble for student parking, books and classes at Cal State Northridge — ever. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/26/13
Students press feds to get tough on campus sexual assault -- Activists have been pressuring the Department of Education this summer to punish colleges and universities that don’t comply with the law that prohibits sexual violence on campus. Renee Schoof McClatchy DC -- 8/26/13
May Budget Revise: Oliver Twist vs. Great Expectations
In Charles Dickens' early and dark novel, Oliver Twist, an orphan is condemned to the poorhouse and forced to labor for an undertaker. He escapes to London only to be recruited into a gang of child pickpockets. The book presents an unrelenting view of poverty and the social ills that come with it. By Sheila Kuehl
Education in the News: August 24-26, 2013
Coast board takes issue with letter to education department
Trustees say they played no part in the missive sent by a fellow member asking for probe of accreditation agency decision.
In a sometimes-tense meeting of the Coast Community College District trustees Wednesday, local college officials decided to distance themselves from a letter criticizing the body that oversees accreditation for two-year colleges in California and elsewhere. By Jeremiah Dobruck August 22, 2013
Coast Community College trustee's letter creates dustup
A Coast Community College District trustee is facing criticism from fellow board members for sending what may have been an unauthorized letter this week to federal education officials. By LAUREN STEUSSY / SCOTT MARTINDALE
Uncertainty grows over California standardized testing
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez | August 25th, 2013
The first day of school has come and gone in many California public schools, but one big question is still hanging over the year: will schools have to administer state standardized tests or not?
Are high-risk and district No Child waivers illegal? -- An unprecedented set of recent Education Department decisions about No Child Left Behind waivers is at the least an overreach and at the very worst illegal, a chorus of critics say. Caitlin Emma Politico -- 8/25/13
College housing costs: How high do they go in Bay Area? -- Tired of dorm life, Daniel Harris-Lucas made up his mind: He would spend his senior year off-campus, away from all of the annoying rules and supervision -- not to mention the false fire alarms that would drag him out of bed and down 11 flights of stairs in the middle of the night. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/25/13
With new state funding, East Bay schools eye crowded classrooms -- With the best budget prospects in years, East Bay school districts are finally taking a look at reducing their bloated class sizes after five years of brutal cuts. Doug Oakley in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/25/13
Making Mistakes: Why They’re Crucial for Learning
We try so hard to be perfect, to never make mistakes and to avoid failure at all costs. But mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those difficult moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on. Tina Barseghian | August 25, 2013
State News: August 26, 2013
Massive Rim fire continues to reshape lives and topography -- The blaze, now 134,000 acres, pushes into Yosemite National Park. Each day, what it does depends on the wind. Diana Marcum and Samantha Schaefer in the Los Angeles Times$ Brian Skoloff and Tracie Cone Associated Press -- 8/26/13
Walters: Steinberg's bills show his visions for California -- Five years ago, Darrell Steinberg carried into law a sweeping revision of California's local land-use rules, aimed at creating what the legislation called "sustainable communities." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/26/13
Walters: Jerry Brown's agenda has a tough slog -- The New York Times published what has become a standard paean to Jerry Brown from the out-of-state media the other day, citing his balancing the budget and implying that he sparked California's emergence from recession. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/25/13
CFT in the News: August 23, 2013
Panel OKs ACCJC audit
Joint Legislature Audit Committee to review accrediting group that put COS on notice
Aug. 22, 2013 Written by Crystal Morales
The Joint Legislature Audit Committee approved an audit on Wednesday to analyze the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, according to a news report.
The audit was supported by the California Teachers Association, The California Federation of Teachers, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges and the California Community College Independents.
Dennis Herrera Sues Accrediting Commission to Stop City College Closure
By Rachel Swan Thu., Aug. 22 2013
When the 85,000 students at San Francisco City College got wind that the college could close, they immediately took to the streets, forming a Save CCSF coalition and staging mass demonstrations.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and California Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris both firmly endorsed the plan over objections from the California Federation of Teachers, whose members filed their own complaint in April.
Battle Over Transgender Student Rights Law Begins, Groups File Referendum Paperwork In Effort To Put Issue On Statewide Ballot
by Joe Mello, LBREPORT.com Community Correspondent
(Aug. 22, 2013) -- Opponents of AB 1266, a bill signed into law on Aug. 12 by Governor Jerry Brown giving transgender public school students specified rights in sex segregated school programs and activities, have filed paperwork with the CA Attorney General's Office, the first step in pursuing a statewide referendum (vote of the people) to repeal the measure.
At the legislative level, the bill's supporters included The Center Long Beach, the CA State PTA, the CA Teachers Ass'n, the CA Federation of Teachers and the ACLU of CA.
CCSF in the News: August 23, 2013
San Francisco files suit to keep CCSF open -- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit Thursday against the commission that is set to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation next year and said he hopes to halt the process that could shut down the school of 85,000 students in 2014. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ Courthouse News Service -- 8/23/13
SF City Attorney Sues To Keep City College Open
August 22, 2013 Posted by KQED News Staff and Wires
City College of San Francisco's struggle to survive took another turn this morning. The San Francisco city attorney's office announced it is filing two lawsuits in an effort to keep CCSF open.
S.F. Sues Panel for Yanking City College Accreditation
By Sylvia Ramirez KRON 4 Thu Aug 22nd, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s city attorney today filed a lawsuit seeking to block a decision by a regional accrediting panel last month to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco. KRON 4; KCBS
San Francisco city attorney sues over City College accreditation fight
By Michelle Maitre August 22nd, 2013
San Francisco’s city attorney has sued the state accrediting commission to block attempts to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation.
Education in the News: August 23, 2013
New college rankings put Stanford and Berkeley in the top three -- in the world -- Two of the best universities in the world are in the Bay Area and only 40 miles apart, according to a new set of rankings. Katy Murphy in the Oakland Tribune -- 8/23/13
Key education bills await action as session deadline looms -- Whatever education bills the Legislature passes in the next four weeks will pale in importance compared to its monumental achievement of 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula, Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping school finance and accountability plan that legislators enacted as part of the state budget in June. EdSource -- 8/23/13
L.A. schools top lists of California’s best charters -- High Tech High in Lake Balboa was named Thursday as the top charter high school in California by the University of Southern California, which included 11 other Los Angeles-area campuses in its annual ranking of the best independent schools. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/23/13
LAUSD charged with violating union contract in teacher evaluation -- Los Angeles Unified’s teachers union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the school district, saying administrators failed to negotiate key changes to a controversial performance evaluation system now being used to review educators. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/23/13
LAUSD has deal for ad-free Bing searches -- The partnership between Microsoft's Bing search unit and several school districts is aimed at providing a safer experience online while drawing more users to Bing. Paresh Dave in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/23/13
How Obama could 'shake up' higher ed himself -- The Education Department doesn’t need Congress to enact some big chunks of the sweeping new higher education agenda President Barack Obama proposed Thursday. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 8/23/13
Obama's Very Smart and Utterly Hopeless Plan to Make College Cheaper -- The White House wants to tie federal aid to educational results and affordability. Too bad it doesn't stand a chance in Congress. Jordan Weissman The Atlantic -- 8/23/13
Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online
MindShift | August 22, 2013
The Internet is full of useful information. You can find everything from food recipes, new jobs, news, and information on various topics. Most students use the internet to find information, because there is so much information about almost anything you can imagine to be found on the web.
California Department of Education to Expand Access to Preschools
The California Department of Education is ramping up its effort to get more kids into preschool with a $25 million item in the new state budget.
By Harry Gibbons (Sacramento, CA) Thursday, August 22, 2013
The funds will be used to add classes and are predicted to help enroll more than 8,300 children.
Nancy Remley is with the Department. She said the new money is an important step to help make up for previous deep cuts to childcare.
With new money, California schools report less stress
With billions more dollars to spend, California's school districts are exhibiting fewer signs of financial stress, a new survey from EdSource, a California public education research organization, concludes.
State News: August 23, 2013
Legislature OKs bill to let noncitizens serve on California juries -- Controversial measures allowing legal immigrants who are not American citizens to serve on juries and as poll workers now await action by Gov. Jerry Brown. Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/23/13
Walters: Big reform of CEQA bogs down -- Substantially overhauling the 40-year-old California Environmental Quality Act may still happen, but with just two weeks remaining in the legislative session, it probably won't happen this year. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/23/13
CFT in the News: August 22, 2013
Special Trustee Agrella: 'Cooperation' Key to Save SF City College
SAN FRANCISCO – Members of the media and public packed a room Tuesday to hear what Special Trustee Robert Agrella, entrusted with saving City College of San Francisco (CCSF), had to say about the future of the school that is in the midst of a fight to keep its accreditation.
News emerged Wednesday that the administration had broken off contract negotiations with the union, highlighting their differences. In a statement, AFT 2121 president Alisa Messer said, “We are concerned that those charged with putting CCSF’s accreditation affairs in order have simply walked away from their responsibility to negotiate in good faith with faculty.”
City College's judges get judged
City College of San Francisco had its accreditation revoked by the Accrediting Commission of Junior and Community Colleges in July, and now the ACCJC is getting a taste of its own medicine — its own existence has been threatened over its treatment of City College.
The California Federation of Teachers, which filed the appeal with the DOE, wants the ACCJC to reconsider its sanction of City College in light of these validated concerns over its process. Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
San Francisco Students Sit In to Save Beloved Community College
August 21, 2013 / Joe Berry and Helena Worthen
Late last night, 150 students staged a sit-in at San Francisco's City Hall, demanding that the mayor defend City College of San Francisco. Twenty-six were arrested.
In April the California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the state-level organization of the faculty union, submitted a 300-page complaint about the ACCJC to the federal Department of Education.
The 1963 March on Washington Then and Now
by Martin Bennett and Fred Glass‚ Aug. 22‚ 2013
Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, the nation witnessed the largest march in its history. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom lives on in popular memory as the moment when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Had A Dream” speech and called for racial integration and reconciliation in America.
CCSF in the News: August 22, 2013
Lawmakers OK probe of accrediting panel over CCSF -- California lawmakers voted Wednesday to investigate whether the accrediting commission that is threatening to shut down City College of San Francisco is doing its job right. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/22/13
Commission That Revoked SF City College’s Accreditation Facing Audit
August 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The regional panel that decided last month to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco effective next year is now under increased review itself after state legislators Wednesday approved a request to audit the organization. KTVU
Protesters Arrested At San Francisco City Hall Following CCSF Sit-In
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – There were about two dozen arrests early Wednesday morning at San Francisco City Hall, following a sit-in at the entrance of Mayor Ed Lee’s office by supporters of City College of San Francisco. Reporting Chris Filippi August 21, 2013
CCSF Officials Appeal Decision To Pull Accreditation, Shy Away From Pointing Out Knocks On Accrediting Board
City College of San Francisco officials on Monday submitted a formal request for review of a regional panel’s decision to revoke the school’s accreditation, but the request made no mention of recent criticism of the accreditors by the U.S. Department of Education. - San Francisco Appeal
City College seeks review of accreditation decision
by Peter Hernandez Published 08/22/2013
City College of San Francisco's crisis took an unexpected turn when the very commission that determined its accreditation would be revoked next year was found noncompliant by the federal agency that oversees it.
Education in the News: August 22, 2013
Public opposes use of test scores in teacher reviews, poll shows -- In a reversal of public opinion, a majority of Americans now oppose using student test scores to evaluate teachers and more believe that increased testing has hurt rather than helped improve public schools, a new survey shows. Teresa Watanabe and Marina Villeneuve in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/22/13
Schools rising from budget depths, EdSource report finds -- With the passage of Proposition 30 and implementation of a new funding system channeling more money to most districts this fall, the 2012-13 school year will be the base for measuring how well schools recover from the Great Recession. Yet as EdSource documents in a report issued Thursday, there will be a steep climb out of the trough. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/22/13
State to audit sexual assault policies at UC Berkeley -- The policies of three other California colleges, yet to be chosen, will also be audited. Students at Berkeley filed a complaint, saying they had been sexually assaulted but their cases were inadequately investigated. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/22/13
Vargo: Creative leadership lies between top-down and bottom-up -- Whenever I say that “neither top-down nor bottom-up approaches to change work in public education,” educators nod in agreement. But when it comes to acting on this insight, agreement is nowhere in sight. Merrill Vargo EdSource -- 8/22/13
State News: August 22, 2013
Southern California charter school leader running for state superintendent -- Marshall Tuck, a leader of Southern California’s charter school and reform movements, launched his campaign Wednesday to become State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/22/13
Capitol Weekly's Top 100 -- Another year, another Top 100 list, but there’s a big difference in this go-round: This is the first time we’ve put the list into a dedicated booklet and we think that’s pretty snazzy. The list, like Capitol Weekly itself, is now being published by the public benefit corporation Open California -- and that’s cool, too. John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 8/22/13
CFT in the News: August 21, 2013
Listen to Marty Hittelman on KPFA Re: CCSF
Fast forward to 35:00
ACCJC found in noncompliance
Earlier this month, the United States Department of Education sent a letter to the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) that it was found out of compliance with some of the department’s criteria for recognition.
The evaluation of the ACCJC was prompted when the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) filed a complaint with the Office of Postsecondary Education over the sanction that fell on City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and other issues it found with the commission’s policies. Aug. 20, 2013
Protect local power and control
EDITORIAL There's a growing stench of political corruption — or, at the very least, hidden agendas aimed at subverting popular will in favor of entrenched corporate interests — emanating from the Mayor's Office these days. And it's undermining projects and institutions that are vital to the future of San Francisco.
Critics mocked these concerns, as they did those of the California Federation of Teachers, which formally challenged the actions by the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges, with Lee and others saying that we need to just accept the death threats against CCSF and do whatever these outsiders are asking. 08.20.13 | Guardian Editorial |
Updated - accreditationwatch.com featuring accjc gone wild
This site is an attempt to expose the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges for the rogue organization that it is and the harm it is causing at City College of San Francisco as well as at numerous other community colleges in California.
CCSF in the News: August 21, 2013
CCSF supporters stage sit-in at SF Mayor's office
SAN FRANCISCO — More than 150 students from City College of San Francisco staged a sit-in at San Francisco’s City Hall Tuesday evening to demand that the mayor help save the school from losing its accreditation. Also on KPIX
Dozens cited after CCSF protest at SF City Hall
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco City College students are calling on Mayor Ed Lee to support them in their fight to keep the school's accreditation. Protestors marched on city hall Tuesday, but ran into trouble when they refused to leave. Matt Keller
San Francisco: Arrests Being Made at City Hall
Demonstrators are being arrested in San Francisco’s City Hall just before midnight on August 21.
Chris Filippi, a reporter for KCBS radio, tweeted a picture of people being arrested inside the building. By Zachary Stieber, Epoch Times | August 21, 2013
Education in the News: August 21, 2013
LAUSD takes aim at reforming Proposition 39 charter law -- After years of battling over the co-location of charter and traditional campuses, the Los Angeles Unified board took steps Tuesday toward seeking changes to the law approved by voters in 2000 that requires districts to give unused space to the independent schools. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/21/13
L.A. school board ratifies hiring of Garcetti's top education aide -- The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday ratified the unusual hiring of the mayor’s top education advisor, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/21/13
California auditor says schools should measure if anti-bullying programs are working -- California's state auditor, citing recent high-profile tragedies tied to bullying, called on the Sacramento City Unified School District as well as districts statewide to gauge whether their anti-harassment programs are working. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/21/13
L.A. Unified union, district at odds over best way to train teachers for Common Core -- Both Los Angeles Unified officials and the union representing teachers agree that the bulk of one-time state money for the transition to the Common Core standards should be spent on teacher training. They disagree over how best to provide it. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/21/13
Poll of Americans' views on education shows little awareness of new standards, wariness of tests -- Although 45 states including California have adopted new Common Core curriculum standards aimed at improving education, more than half of Americans surveyed in May had never heard of it. Theresa Harrington in the Oakland Tribune -- 8/21/13
Berkeley Moves Forward with UC Student District -- A new council district could result in the first student elected to the city council in decades — and it could oust longtime Councilman Kriss Worthington from office. Sarah Burke East Bay Express -- 8/21/13
Sequestration slashes Head Start funding -- Last year about 1 million of the nation's poorest children got a leg up on school through Head Start, the federal program that helps prepare children up to age five for school. This fall, about 57,000 children will be denied a place in Head Start and Early Head Start as fallout from sequestration. Adrienne Lu McClatchy -- 8/21/13
State News: August 21, 2013
California Considers Force-Feeding Inmates -- If dozens of hunger-striking California state prison inmates are so close to death that they must be force-fed, the method will likely be less invasive than what was used on terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the prison system's top medical services official said Tuesday. Don Thompson Associated Press -- 8/21/13
Walters: Big school money row surfaces again in California -- When Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark overhaul of school finance – aimed at shifting more money into educating poor and English-learner students – was making its way through the Legislature this year, a big issue was whether the extra funds should go to school districts or the schools with large concentrations of the targeted kids. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/21/13
Brown: "Clutter" of Legislation Produces "Bureaucracy and Inertia"
With just three-and-a-half weeks to go before California lawmakers adjourn for the year, Governor Jerry Brown says he wants to avoid what he calls legislative “clutter.” By Ben Adler
CFT in the News: August 20, 2013
Listen to Joshua Pechthalt on KXJZ on August 19, 2013
CCSF's loss of accreditation must be reassessed
by Examiner Editorial
There is no doubt that City College of San Francisco has deep-rooted systemic problems, and regardless of what lies ahead for the community college, changes need to be made.
The letter was a response to a complaint from the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers over the commission's sanction of City College.
U.S. faults accreditation panel in City College of San Francisco ruling
In a significant win for City College of San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter, Aug. 13, which could turn the tables on the accrediting agency - citing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) for being out of compliance with a number of education codes.
The letter was a response to the 300-page complaint filed by American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 and California Federation of Teachers documenting the many irregularities in the review panel and the overall process which eventually led accrediting group to place City College on sanction and one year later to revoke its accreditation.
Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, concluded that the finding "confirms what we have known for some time, that the commission has operated as a rogue agency." by: Michelle Kern August 19 2013
The 1963 March on Washington Then and Now
Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1963, the nation witnessed the largest march in its history. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom lives on in popular memory as the moment when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his iconic “I Had A Dream” speech and called for racial integration and reconciliation in America. Most Americans today point to the emergence of a substantial black middle class and the election of the first African American President as evidence of our progress towards that goal. By Martin Bennett and Fred Glass
Education in the News: August 20, 2013
Why is Agrella defending ACCJC instead of CCSF?
Readers who are following the crisis at CCSF know that the college has student success in the top 10% of community colleges but is under threat of closure by the Accrediting Commission (ACCJC). by Rick Sterling‚ Aug. 20‚ 2013
LAUSD teachers want more time to plan for new curriculum -- With the Los Angeles Unified school board being asked to spend $113 million to implement a new curriculum, the district and its teachers union released separate poll results Monday rating how educators view their training for the new Common Core standards. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/20/13
Civil rights activists call for end to 'willful defiance' discipline -- As students across the state return to school, civil rights activists are hoping a bill working its way through the California Legislature will decrease the disproportionately high number of expulsions and suspensions among some student groups. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/20/13
White House warns of Head Start cuts in California -- But officials in California say action this summer by the Legislature will open up thousands of new slots for low-income children to take part in state preschool programs. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/20/13
Faced with job complaints, Loyola Law School accepting fewer students -- With alumni complaining they can't find employment, Loyola Law School and other universities are reducing their incoming classes. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/20/13
Principals take the initiative to keep school open in the summer -- Thanks to enterprising principals, students in a few California communities will have no trouble answering the question: What did you do this summer? Susan Frey EdSource -- 8/20/13
New national standards pump extra $113 million into LA Unified -- The Los Angeles Unified School District will soon have an extra wad of cash on hand. It's getting $113 million from the state of California over two years to phase in new national standards called the Common Core. Annie Gilbertson KPCC -- 8/20/13
More students than ever rely on federal college aid -- Students and families are more willing than ever to borrow to pay for college and increasingly reliant on federal grants and loans to help with tuition bills, statistics released today from the U.S. Education Department show. Libby Nelson Politico -- 8/20/13
San Jose State Rethinking Online Classes After Dismal Start
California is at the forefront of the effort to make college classes available online to students. But early results from an initiative at San Jose State were disappointing, with the majority of students failing the course. August 20, 2013, Posted by Charla Bear
Obama's College-Cost Tour Is A Chance To Get Past Climbing Walls
President Obama is scheduled to address the college affordability crisis in a two-day, campaign-style bus tour. Will he talk about the complex reasons behind rising costs? By Frank James
State News: August 20, 2013
Prisoner rights lawyer says force-feeding breaks international law -- A prisoners' rights lawyer says Monday's federal judge's order allowing California prison doctors to force-feed inmates on hunger strike "violates international law and generally accepted medical ethics." Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/20/13
Jerry Brown, Harry Reid criticize environmentalists' challenge to Tahoe plan -- Three months after California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval reached an agreement on the governance of the basin surrounding Lake Tahoe, the governors praised the accord here Monday, and Brown fired back at environmentalists who fear it will lead to more development. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/20/13
Jerry Brown says high-speed rail ruling won't stop project -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday that California's high-speed rail project will not be stopped by a judge's ruling that project officials failed to comply with provisions of Proposition 1A, the initiative in which voters approved initial funding for the project in 2008. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/19/13
CFT in the News: August 19, 2013
With negotiations looming, teachers make demands
WATSONVILLE - As Pajaro Valley Unified School District administrators and employees began congregating in the Pajaro Valley High School cafeteria for the annual back to school district-wide breakfast Friday, teachers represented by the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT) held up signs on the corner of Green Valley Road and Main Street to rally support as they prepare for continued contract negotiations with the district. BY: ROSEANN HERNANDEZ Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013
PVUSD Has Money to Spend
District has variety of improvement projects under way
WATSONVILLE — After several years of recessionary cuts to its budget, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District is suddenly flush with cash and has a reliable source for more — and it’s spending it.
The main reason for the influx is new legislation called the Local Control Funding Formula, which puts an emphasis on providing more money for students who are either English language learners or are economically disadvantaged. Enacted as part of the 2013-2014 budget package, PVUSD Chief Business Officer Brett McFadden said it is the most sweeping change to school funding in the past 40 years. By Jon Chown
Strife Between PVUSD and Teachers Union
WATSONVILLE — With funding flowing in to the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, workers’ salaries are set to rise. The administration and classified employees have agreed to a 7 percent raise, but the district is still negotiating with the teachers union on a raise. The Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers complains that the district’s offer of 7 percent does not go nearly far enough — failing to provide retroactive raises and pay, raises in future years, doesn’t reduce class sizes for enough grades, and reduces prep time for teachers.
Jack Carroll, executive director of the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers (PVFT), said the district isn’t being fair. By Jon Chown
School year starts, despite contract uncertainties
Petaluma City Schools students know when they will start the school year, they just don’t know for certain when they will finish. With the exception of two schools, Penngrove and Mary Collins Charter School at Cherry Valley, both on a year-round schedule, Petaluma City Schools open Wednesday, Aug. 21. Penngrove and Cherry Valley students have already returned to their classrooms.
The plan is for a 180-day school year, ending June 6. However, the 180-day plan has not been approved by the Petaluma Federation of Teachers. The teacher’s union and school district are currently at odds over proposed changes to he current contract. By John Jackson ARGUS-COURIER STAFF August 19, 2013
Petaluma city schools, teachers union reach impasse
With two schools opening in less than a week, the Petaluma City Schools District and the Petaluma Federation of Teachers have reached an impasse in contract negotiations and asked for a state mediator to help them come to an agreement. By John Jackson ARGUS-COURIER STAFF, Friday, July 19, 2013
Dispatches from the Higher Education Wars: Wins for City College of San Francisco, Outsourcing Opponents, and Adult Education
Last week I outlined the plight of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) noting that CCSF had become the “Chicago of Higher Education” as the college and their community allies were engaged in a struggle to stop the loss of its accreditation at the hands of a corrupt commission that was driven by a misguided corporate education reform agenda.
The California Federation of Teacher’s (CFT) response to this untenable situation was to file a complaint with the ACCJC noting the commission’s failure to follow state and federal law… by Jim Miller on August 19, 2013
Education in the News: August 19, 2013
'Deja vu all over again' at CCSF
As City College of San Francisco wages a last-ditch campaign to remain accredited, officials from a California school that failed the same assignment see eerie similarities and urge university supporters to cooperate with CCSF's critics. by Andrea Koskey
L.A. Unified president pushes board’s authority to set policy -- The new president of the Los Angeles Unified school board is moving aggressively to reshape the panel’s operation and mission, including plans to improve communication, enhance collaboration and take a more decisive stance in setting district policy. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/19/13
UCSD pulls in almost $1 billion for research -- Why are Navy SEALs better than most people at handling stress? Will a new molecule help fight prostate cancer? What are the best spots to place seismometers around California? And are there more effective ways to prevent terrorist attacks? Gary Robbins UT San Diego$ -- 8/19/13
Head Start eliminated services to 57,000 children in U.S. as a result of sequester -- Head Start programs across the country eliminated services for 57,000 children in the coming school year to balance budgets diminished by the federal sequester, cutting 1.3 million days from Head Start center calendars and laying off or reducing pay for more than 18,000 employees, according to federal government data scheduled for release Monday. Michael Alison Chandler in the Washington Post$ -- 8/19/13
Deasy: $1 billion price tag to restore staff, programs to pre-recession levels -- The battle is expected to begin in earnest Tuesday over how Los Angeles Unified should spend hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue generated by a voter-approved sales-tax hike that will bring a windfall to the district under the state’s new education-funding formula. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/17/13
California Upends School Funding To Give Poor Kids A Boost
As the school year begins, districts in cities such as Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles have not gone on a hiring spree. But they might soon. by Alan Greenblatt | August 19, 2013
State News: August 19, 2013
Half of California voters report difficulty paying for health care, poll finds -- Half of California voters say they are paying more for health care than they were a year ago, and the same percentage of voters say their health care costs are hard to afford, according to a new Field Poll. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/19/13
Rough seas ahead as lawmakers embark on plan to save Lake Tahoe -- Lake Tahoe has friends in high places, like Capitol Hill. Now, those friendships will be tested again. Michael Doyle McClatchy DC -- 8/19/13
CFT in the News: August 16, 2013
City College of San Francisco: Saviors, Standards, And a Ticking Clock
August 16, 2013 • Posted By Ana Tintocalis
Years of budget cuts have been brutal for California’s 112 community colleges. The hard times have also exposed deficits in management at nearly a quarter of the colleges, including the system's biggest: City College of San Francisco. CCSF is the only school at risk of losing its accreditation.
That lack of transparency frustrates CCSF faculty like counselor Li Lovett. Lovett says the commission has disregarded the fact that CCSF students transition into jobs and universities at a higher rate than students at other state community colleges. She says accreditors are grading schools based on strict administrative benchmarks.
‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver Leaves Some Behind
By Lori Abbott, California News Service
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Eight California school districts are being given more time to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but critics say all California schools should have been given a waiver. According to Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, the U.S. Department of Education has chosen to bypass the governor and the state superintendent, and engage in a piecemeal approach.
James Takata's documentary chronicles the efforts of a group of Compton parents fighting for better education through the state's "parent trigger" law.
A sort of documentary correlative to the recent activism drama Won’t Back Down starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, James Takata’s no-budget film chronicles the efforts of a group of Compton parents to secure better education for their children via California’s so-called "parent trigger" law.
Naturally this doesn’t sit well with educators, as evidenced by this quote from an onscreen interview with the president of the California Federation of Teachers: “You don’t let the patients decide what the doctors can do,” he asserts.
Education in the News: August 16, 2013
Clock Is Ticking for City College of San Francisco's Accreditation
Coming out of the Great Recession, a lot of California's 112 community colleges are looking a lot worse for wear. The years of budget cuts were brutal, but the hard times also exposed deficits in management at nearly a quarter of the colleges. Perhaps no campus epitomizes this problem more dramatically than the state's biggest, City College of San Francisco, which is at risk of losing its accreditation. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
Rampant Misinformation Surrounds City College Struggle
by Moira Jean Sullivan‚ Aug. 15‚ 2013
City College of San Francisco opens August 14. It is accredited and has made that loud and clear to the community that deserves a community college. The "Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College" (ACCJC) may have put a dent in the car but CCSF is still on the road and running at top speed. The Save City College of San Francisco maintains that the ACCJC "manufactured a crisis, deepening the atmosphere of emergency that had hung over the college since the ACCJC put it on “show cause” in July of 2012".
Gov. Brown urged to restrict suspensions for 'willful defiance' -- Civil right leaders from across the country sent a letter this week to Gov. Jerry Brown encouraging him to support legislation that would ban expulsions and restrict suspensions for "willful defiance" in California schools. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/13
Students with dental disease face new obstacle in Medi-Cal rate cut -- In a move that affects millions of California students who rely on Medi-Cal for dental services, reimbursement rates for dentists who care for low-income children will be cut, the Department of Health Care Services announced Thursday. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 8/16/13
Yoga helps children focus, relieve stress and concentrate at school -- It may be a rare sight to see an American child practicing yoga. Kristopher Rivera in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/13
College packet could pave way to elite universities -- This year, up to 20,000 of the nation's top high school students will receive an unsolicited packet in the mail that could change their lives -- if they don't toss it in the junk pile. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/16/13
Duncan pledges more help for parents seeking federal college loans -- The Education Department is taking new steps to help parents obtain federal college loans if their applications are rejected because of minor problems in their credit history — an effort to address complaints about tighter lending standards that has hurt enrollment at historically black colleges and universities. Nick Anderson in the Washington Post -- 8/16/13
Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy
By Benjamin Herold on August 16, 2013
Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently dipped into the coffers of bgc3—his personal office, think tank, and incubation engine—to make a multimillion-dollar investment in Graphite, a new venture from the San Francisco-based nonprofit Common Sense Media that aims to provide teachers with easy-to-search, Consumer Reports-style peer reviews of ed-tech products. In conjunction with Graphite's launch, Gates offered to respond via email to some questions from Education Week and our Twitter followers.
State News: August 16, 2013
Payroll system: Weak contracts, lack of expertise hurt tech projects -- California officials didn't include stricter rules in the contract for overhauling the state payroll system because they feared scaring companies away from the complex project, officials told a panel of lawmakers Thursday. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/16/13
California is re-routing delta tunnel system -- The state is moving the route of a proposed tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta away from north delta communities to a land preserve that is an important winter home for the greater sandhill crane and other migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway. Bettina Boxall in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/16/13
CFT in the News: August 15, 2013
CCSF Teachers Celebrate Department Of Educations Drubbing Of Accrediting Commission
City College of San Francisco teachers and their advocates said today that a decision to revoke the school’s accreditation should be overturned after the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter Tuesday finding fault with the regional panel that made the decision.
“It’s a clear justification for reversing the decision,” said Alisa Messer, president of American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, the school’s faculty union.
Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said the federal letter “confirms what we have known for some time, that the ACCJC has operated as a rogue agency.” by Bay City News | August 14, 2013
Feds: Group pulling CCSF accreditation didn't follow rules
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There may be some relief coming for City College of San Francisco because the same accrediting commission that investigated City College is now being reprimanded by the Department of Education.
"Absolutely a big no-no," says Alisa Messer with the California Federation of Teachers. "It is at the very least an appearance of a conflict of interest. I would think that if there is supposed to be a separation between the visiting team and the commission itself, then probably pillow talk counts as a possible conflict of interest." Lyanne Melendez Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The California Federation of Teachers is the union that complained to the Department of Education.
Panel Seeking To Revoke City College Of SF’s Accreditation Faces Questions From Feds
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City College of San Francisco teachers and their advocates said on Wednesday that a decision to revoke the school’s accreditation should be overturned after the U.S. Department of Education issued a letter Tuesday finding fault with the regional panel that made the decision.
“It’s a clear justification for reversing the decision,” said Alisa Messer, president of American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, the school’s faculty union.
Joshua Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers, said the federal letter “confirms what we have known for some time, that the ACCJC has operated as a rogue agency.” August 14, 2013 5:37 PM
Unions demand that CCSF sanctions be lifted
Labor leaders representing college faculty across California demanded Wednesday that an accrediting commission withdraw a decision that could close City College of San Francisco next year, now that federal officials have found that the commission violated procedures.
"We call on the accrediting commission to announce that City College will remain open and fully accredited beyond 2014 so students will enroll with full confidence," said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, which represents instructors at 112 community colleges.
"We have lost a tremendous amount of students," said Alisa Messer, president of the City College faculty union, who joined Pechthalt and other union leaders in calling for the commission to reverse its accrediting decision. Nanette Asimov, Updated 11:20 pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Now the inspector is feeling the heat
There's been a twist in the saga of San Francisco's City College. After reviewing the teachers union's complaints about the accreditation commission - which has pledged to pull City College's accreditation in 2014 unless substantial reforms are made - the U.S. Department of Education essentially sided with the teachers.
The teachers union hopes that it will mean a major rollback of the assigned reforms. "The impact of ... the subsequent disaccreditation process of the college needs to be mitigated and reversed in every way possible," said Alisa Messer, a City College English professor and president of the teachers federation. "The timing is such that for (the commission) not to consider this new information would be a mistake." Published 4:46 pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2013
U.S. faults panel that criticized City College of San Francisco
U.S. Department of Education gives the panel a year to correct problems after it comes under fire for moving to revoke accreditation of City College of San Francisco.
A panel that moved to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco is under fire, accused of violating several federal regulations in its review of the campus.
"This letter powerfully validates our complaints … and confirms what we have known now for some time, that the ACCJC has operated as a rogue agency and created a climate of fear and retaliation throughout the community college system," Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said during a telephone news conference. By Carla Rivera August 14, 2013
Top higher ed official to leave education department - Empty at the top - Cory Booker coasts to victory
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WARNS CCSF’S ACCREDITOR — The Education Department warned the accreditor of the beleaguered City College of San Francisco that the accrediting agency itself was out of compliance with several federal regulations. In response to a complaint from the California Federation of Teachers. By LIBBY A. NELSON | 08/14/13
U.S. Steps In on College-Accreditation Dispute
Department of Education Warns Agency It Wasn't in Compliance With Federal Guidelines.
A dispute that erupted last month over an accreditation agency's proposed shutdown of one of the country's largest community colleges escalated when the Department of Education warned the agency it wasn't in compliance with federal guidelines.
Meanwhile, on the 78-year-old City College of San Francisco’s main campus, news of the review spread fast. Alisa Messer, an English instructor and president of a local branch of the American Federation of Teachers, criticized the accreditation system and called the commission that had condemned her school “a largely unaccountable agency.” By Douglas Belkin, Jim Carlton
Accreditor that Whacked S.F. City College Faces Challenge to Its Own Accreditation
City College of San Francisco, staring into oblivion after being told last month it will lose its accreditation in a year, saw a glimmer of hope yesterday when the commission that whacked them was told by the U.S. Department of Education that its own accreditation was in jeopardy.
The department conducted the review after receiving a 300-page complaint from the California Federation of Teachers and other groups complaining about how the commission treated the college.
美國教師聯盟2121分會（American Federation of Teachers Local 2121）學校教職員工會主席Alisa Messer表示，這是反對評審會決定的最好證明。她說：「我們同意學校有需要改進的地方，但無法贊同對學校造成極大破壞的反覆無常的行動及懲處行為。」
加州教師聯會（California Federation of Teachers）主席Joshua Pechthalt表示，聯邦的信函證實了我們早就知道的情況：社大評審委員會是一個以無賴方式運作的機構。
Updated - Dept. of Education Ruling Won't Solve CCSF Accreditation Woes
For those City College of San Francisco supporters who were hoping for a reversal of a commission's decision to rescind CCSF's accreditation: Not so fast. Their optimism was based solely on a Department of Education finding that the commission did not comply with a handful of federal regulations.
But in a conference call today, Josh Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said the union was looking into the possibility of legal action. "I think it's a little premature to say we're going to sue. But certainly the findings by the Department of Education suggest in a very powerful way that the decision on City College of San Francisco just cannot stand." August 14, 2013, 3:25 pm • by Charla Bear and Jon Brooks
‘We the Parents’ Chronicles L.A.’s Controversial Charter-School Law
Aug 15, 2013
A new documentary takes the side of activists who tried to use L.A.’s ‘parent trigger’ law to turn a public school into a charter. Eliza Shapiro on the education battle behind the movie.
“The notion that parents should have the ability to yank a school away from a district seems to be a huge mistake,” said Josh Pechthalt, the president of the California Federation of Teachers.
Education in the News: August 15, 2013
First day at CCSF a bit less busy
When Keith Kimber heard about the accreditation crisis at City College of San Francisco, he decided to help out the only way he knew how: by enrolling in classes.
As a result, the 33-year-old now splits his time between his home in Sacramento and a friend's house in the Castro district so he can keep up with the 15 credits he's taking in San Francisco. by Andrea Koskey Education News: August 15, 2013
School Standards’ Debut Is Rocky, and Critics Pounce
The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms. By MOTOKO RICH, August 15, 2013
Brown administration, school leaders launch special ed overhaul -- With the cost of special education soaring in California even as academic outcomes fall short of national averages, key members of the Brown administration are organizing plans to overhaul how instructional services are delivered to students with disabilities. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/15/13
The Parent Trigger Warriors of Watts: -- How a Special Forces Hero and a Group of Moms Took Back Weigand Elementary. Jill Stewart LA Weekly -- 8/15/13
No iPads on first day of classes for students in LA Unified -- The Los Angeles Unified School District’s iPad pilot program is starting this school year – just not yet. Anthony Perez KPCC -- 8/15/13
Charter school enrollment climbs in Sacramento region -- Dozens of private schools across the Sacramento region closed their doors in recent years as enrollment plummeted and students transferred to public schools. Diana Lambert and Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/13
Michelle Rhee invites teachers union reps to new town halls -- Michelle Rhee wants to have a candid conversation with her fiercest critics. The outspoken education reformer will host a series of national town hall meetings beginning in September, according to invitations obtained by POLITICO. Byron Tau Politico -- 8/15/13
For Low-Income Students, Prohibitive College Costs Hit Hard
As the school year gets underway, many of the state's low-income high school seniors will be pursuing the dream of going to college.
Just getting there often comes with many hurdles -- but some of the toughest challenges surface after students get to college. What keeps many low-income students from finishing college once they're there? For many, it's increasing costs. by KQED News Staff and Wires | August 14, 2013
Obama bus tour to focus on higher ed -- President Obama will present proposals for reducing the cost of higher education during a Northeastern bus tour next week, the latest in a series of summertime campaign-style economic events from the White House. Justin Sink The Hill -- 8/15/13
State News: August 15, 2013
Water plan may shift Delta tunnels -- California water officials are proposing a dramatic redesign of two massive water diversion tunnels planned for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a concession to Delta residents who have complained the project would upend their lives. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/13
Unions, local governments clash over campaign restrictions -- An unusual alliance of unions, Common Cause and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association lined up Tuesday behind late-blooming legislation that would crack down on use of public resources to promote ballot measures. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/15/13
CFT in the News: August 14, 2013
Department of Education Warns Accreditor That Sanctioned City College of San Francisco
By Eric Kelderman August 13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education has warned the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that it is out of compliance with several federal regulations and could face a possible sanction if the problems are not corrected within 12 months.
The action against the accreditor is in response to a complaint filed by the California Federation of Teachers, which contended that the commission had violated the law and was biased by conflicts of interest in its decision to terminate the accreditation of the City College of San Francisco.
"We are gratified that the department agreed with us that the process is deeply flawed, the union's president, Joshua Pechthalt, said in a prepared statement.
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Feds cite faults with CCSF accreditation panel
Will Kane, Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The commission that decided to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation next year did not adhere to several federal regulations when it investigated the school system, the Department of Education said in a letter to the body on Tuesday.
But a leader of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents faculty at the school, said she thinks the accrediting commission's ruling should be overturned.
"I believe it means they need to reverse the entire decision," said Alisa Messer, an English teacher at the school and president of the teachers federation, which filed the complaint with the Department of Education in May that prompted the investigation of the accrediting commission. "When you get a letter from the Department of Education that goes into detail, noting that there were significant policies that were violated, that means something."
Now Who's Out of Compliance? Feds Cite Accreditation Commission Errors in CCSF Ruling
August 14, 2013 by KQED by Charla Bear and Jon Brooks
The Examiner had a pretty good headline this morning:"CCSF's critics get a dose of their own medicine."
Alisa Messer, spokeswoman for the faculty union, says while most instructors are committed to riding out the accreditation issues, more than 50 full-time faculty members resigned or retired last school year, a record number for the school. Dozens of part-time instructors also left, she says.
San Francisco City College accreditation crisis takes a dramatic turn
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Tables turned: Department of Education finds City College's accreditors out of compliance
San Francisco Bay Guardian
City College had its accreditation revoked by the Accrediting Commission of Junior and Community Colleges this past July, and now the ACCJC is getting a taste of its own medicine -- its own existence has been threatened over its treatment of City College.
The California Federation of Teachers had a different take on the letter. “We are gratified that the U.S. Dept. of Education agreed with us that the process was deeply flawed, and we call on the ACCJC to rescind its unprecedented decision to deny accreditation to CCSF,” wrote CFT President Joshua Pechthalt, in a press release.
By Louis Freedberg August 13th, 2013
In an unexpected turn of events, the U.S. Department of Education is threatening to “limit, suspend or terminate” federal recognition of the accrediting commission that has threatened to shut down City College of San Francisco next July.
In a six page letter to Barbara Beno, president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the Department of Education said that the commission needed to take “immediate action” to correct four areas of non-compliance with federal regulations. The letter came in response to a 275-page complaint filed by California Federation of Teachers over how the Commission handled the accreditation review of City College.
City College of San Francisco Gets a Much Needed Win in Accreditation Review
Posted by Russell Westerholm on Aug 14, 2013
The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is set to lose its accreditation in one year unless substantial changes are met, but a new and very odd twist could change that, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
"I believe it means they need to reverse the entire decision," said Alisa Messer, an English teacher at CCSF and president of the teachers federation. "When you get a letter from the Department of Education that goes into detail, noting that there were significant policies that were violated, that means something."
Game Changer for CCSF?
By Paul Fain August 14, 2013
City College of San Francisco’s regional accreditor is now in the same existential bind as the college, having been told by its overseer to fix several problems, pronto, or risk being stripped of power.
However, the California Federation of Teachers and other faculty unions had filed a complaint about the accreditor’s reviews of City College and other California community colleges.
CCSF's critics get a dose of their own medicine
by Andrea Koskey
The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges turns out to have some explaining of its own to do.
In response to a complaint filed by teachers, the agency that revoked the accreditation of City College of San Francisco has been warned by the U.S. Department of Education that will lose its own accreditation in 12 months unless it reforms its operations.
"We think this means the accrediting decisions particularly around CCSF are totally in question," said Alessa Messer, president of American Federation of Teachers Local 2121. "They need to rescind the ... accreditation decision and start over."
Feds Say Community College Accreditation Commission is Out of Line
By Michael Higham on 08/14/2013
The accreditation crisis taking place at the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) took a turn in favor of campus advocates. The US Department of Education got involved, and sent the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) a notice that it is “out of compliance” with federal regulations.
Students and teachers have questioned the legitimacy of the ACCJC and its accreditation process and stated that it’s not indicative of academic performance. After complaints were filed from several groups, most notably the California Federation of Teachers, the federal government decided to officially question the ACCJC’s legitimacy.
CCSF Update: Dept of Education Says Accrediting Commission is "Out of Compliance"
by Rick Sterling‚ Aug. 14‚ 2013
On August 13, the Accreditation Group of the U.S. Department of Education issued a decision regarding complaints filed by California Federation of Teachers and others against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
City College Opens for Fall While Fighting Threat of Accreditation Loss
By Molly Oleson Posted August 14, 2013
Michael Condiff remembers the first time he walked into City College of San Francisco (CCSF) — he’d just finished a 13-year prison sentence, and it was the first time in a long time that he felt good about himself. As Condiff explains, it was the day he got a shot at a better life.
In an effort to expose what they believe to be misuse of the accreditation process, the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 2121 union filed a lengthy complaint with the U.S. Department of Education in April. Instead of helping to improve the education of students, the groups argued that the accrediting commission diverts attention, time and resources away from the classroom to focus on arbitrary compliance issues that have little to do with education.
Commission Scrutinizing SF's City College Is Itself Being Investigated
The commission that accredits community colleges in the Western U.S. is now itself in hot water with the U.S. Department of Education over its review of City College of San Francisco. City College is not the only California school in the commission's target sights, but it's the only one to have its accreditation revoked. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
"No Child Left Behind" Waiver Leaves Some Behind
Public News Service - CA August 13, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Eight California school districts are being given more time to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but critics say all California schools should have been given a waiver. According to Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, the U.S. Department of Education has chosen to bypass the governor and the state superintendent, and engage in a piecemeal approach.
Education News: August 14, 2013
Head Start limiting enrollment -- Hundreds of children across the state will be shut out of preschool in September as the federal sequestration cuts to Head Start take effect. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 8/14/13
Charter partnership gives L.A. Unified school new name and outlook -- Parents, under 2010 trigger law, force change at 24th Street Elementary, which suffered from persistently low test scores. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/14/13
LAUSD more security, new curriculum -- More than 600,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students returned to class Tuesday after summer break and were greeted with enhanced security measures, new disciplinary rules and expanded health services. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/14/13
Walters: California higher ed resistant to change -- College administrators and instructors – particularly those in public institutions – usually profess "progressive" ideological outlooks. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/14/13
Back-to-School, But Supplies No Longer Required
by KQED News Staff and Wires | August 13, 2013
Back-to-school season has arrived, which for many families means shopping for pencils, binders, calculators and gym clothes.
SB 440: Strengthening Pathways to Four Year Degrees
By Michele Siqueiros Posted on 14 August 2013
The Campaign for College Opportunity
The key to meeting our economy’s demand for a skilled workforce lies within California’s Community Colleges. Serving over two million students annually, community colleges provide an affordable and valuable opportunity in every community across our state and serve a diverse student body.
State News: August 14, 2013
Feds Owe California Mass Transit Agencies $2 Billion -- The money has been held by the U.S. Department of Labor as it tries to ascertain if California's new pension reform law breaks federal law. Bob Moffitt Capital Public Radio -- 8/14/13
CFT in the News: August 13, 2013
Ceiling or Incentive?
August 13, 2013 By Colleen Flaherty
Faculty groups in California are divided over legislation that would set a limit on how many overtime courses full-time faculty members can teach at community colleges.
The California Federation of Teachers, a union affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers that represents both full-time faculty and adjuncts, supports the bill – and helped write it – for the same reasons.
Teachers Unions Chagrin: Waiver Process Left Them Out
Aug 12th, 2013 Hillel Aron
The two biggest statewide teachers unions — California Teachers Association (CTA) and California Federation of Teachers (CFT) — have problems with the waivers granted to eight school districts from the federal program, No Child Left Behind. The objections, however, are more about how they came about than what they mean.
“My guess is that there are probably some elements in there that we would embrace, but I think the process itself is flawed,” said CFT President Joshua Pechthalt. “Somehow, the women and men who are actually in the classrooms doing the day-to-day teaching were left out of the process of improving our schools. It’s just not going to work.”
Alumni, Veterans Struggle to Preserve City College of San Francisco
By Michael Stoll San Francisco Public Press — Aug 12 2013
Students, faculty and alumni at City College of San Francisco are grappling with the school’s loss of accreditation and its struggle to retrieve its status before it expires in the summer of 2014.
ALISA MESSER is the president of City College’s faculty union, American Federation of Teachers Local 2121. She has been working to respond to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ requirements for avoiding suspension of accreditation and closure. She is an English teacher at the college.
California governor signs historic bill protecting transgender students
SDGLN Staff, August 12th, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state.
Other supporters of the bill included the ACLU, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Public Advocates, California State PTA, Anti-Defamation League and National Association of Social Workers/California Chapter.
Turlock Now: Turlock school board to vote on raises
Posted by Marijke Rowland on August 12, 2013
TURLOCK — The Turlock Unified School District will have a special meeting Tuesday to approve salary and benefits increases and restorations for its teachers and staff.
The packages for teachers, classified staff, Head Start and preschool employees were negotiated with the Turlock Teachers Association, California School Employees Association and Turlock Classified American Federation of Teachers.
Education News: August 13, 2013
CCSF holding annual convocation for faculty, staff
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- City College of San Francisco's annual convocation for faculty and staff to kick off the fall semester takes place Tuesday morning.
Beverly Hills principal's on-campus camp is for-profit business -- Some parents of Beverly Hills High students thought money paid to the principal's sports camp went to support the school's teams. Not so. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/13/13
Schools don't need licensed nurses to give medications, court rules -- Schools may provide trained employees instead of licensed nurses to administer insulin injections and other medications to students, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times$ Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury -- 8/13/13
California Supreme Court: Trained School Employees May Administer Insulin
By KQED News Staff and Wires August 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Trained school employees can administer insulin shots to diabetic students if a nurse is not available, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday.
State Board must find balance between rules and flexibiltiy -- There was an abundance of thoughtful advice Monday at a public hearing in Sacramento on the state’s new school funding and accountability system. But that good advice also was rife with conflicting views, underscoring the challenge the State Board of Education will face in writing rules for the Local Control Funding Formula that took effect in June. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/13/13
Obama administration presses forward on early education -- President Barack Obama has found a way to cater to his obsession with pre-K programs while the rest of his education agenda stalls: Skip Congress and spend the money anyway. Caitlin Emma Politico -- 8/13/13
Paying It Forward on Student Debt
Monica Potts August 13, 2013
A new idea for making college affordable is attracting supporters—and detractors—in state capitals across the nation.
Next month, lawmakers will return to state capitals around the country, and as many as a dozen legislatures could consider a new proposal to tackle the growing student-debt crisis.
Deasy: ‘One of the Biggest Adjustments Ever’
Posted on August 12, 2013 by LA School Report
LA Unified opens its doors for a new school year tomorrow, and despite an especially contentious few months for LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, he’s all optimism.
In Part One of a two-part interview, LA School Report contributor Vanessa Romo talks with Deasy about his relationship with teachers, the challenges of pioneering the new Common Core curriculum and the possibility that district-wide test scores might fall this year.
State News: August 13, 2013
In San Francisco, Hillary Clinton calls for defense of voting rights -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Obama administration, Congress and the nation's lawyers to work together to protect Americans' voting rights, now besieged after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Josh Richman in the San Jose Mercury
Minimum wage bill sidetracked for more negotiations -- A proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2 over five years was sidelined, at least temporarily, on Monday because it would cost the state millions of dollars. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/12/13
CFT in the News: August 12, 2013
Corporate Education Reform Goes to College: San Francisco is the “Chicago of Higher Education”
This summer few people outside of the Bay Area probably noted what was one of the most important stories about higher education in America: City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is losing its accreditation.
As the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) put it:
At no point in the accrediting commission’s so-called assessment has anyone faulted the quality of education our students receive. by Jim Miller on August 12, 2013
CFT Statement on CORE Districts Receiving No Child Left Behind Waiver
On August 6, eight California school districts received word from the U.S. Department of Education that they had been granted a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt issued the following statement: Published: Friday, August 9, 2013
Fixing California: Obama bribes schools to follow state law
On the cover of this week’s SD In Depth section, in the latest installment of our Fixing California series, former state Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero explains how she went from union loyalist to union enemy because she challenged labor power plays in Sacramento — especially those involving public schools.
Brown and Torlakson are reluctant to cross the California Teachers Association or the California Federation of Teachers. By U-T San Diego Editorial Board Aug. 10, 2013
Education News: August 12, 2013
Chinese for Affirmative Action advocates for CCSF
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- During an ABC7 Listens meeting, ABC7 News found out about a group of community activists who are stepping forward to advocate on behalf of City College. The school has been told its being stripped of its accreditation next summer. Carolyn Tyler
LAUSD giving principals, teachers 'live shooter' training -- Prompted by last year's massacre in Newtown, Conn., Los Angeles Unified is instructing administrators and faculty in how to keep students safe if there's a gunman on campus. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/12/13
With first new money in years, school labor negotiations grow complicated -- uncertainty over how schools can spend billions of new state dollars delivered under a new funding formula is generating both conflict and complication between labor and management as districts statewide seek new collective bargaining agreements. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/12/13
Back to school means big changes, challenges at LAUSD -- The start of classes Tuesday will launch a watershed year for Los Angeles Unified as it rolls out a new curriculum, toughens its graduation requirements and launches an innovative system for dealing with disruptive students. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/12/13
Common Core poses big challenge for students, big opportunity for teachers -- With an emphasis on developing verbal and analytical skills, the new Common Core standards will pose a big step up for most students. For English learners, who comprise a quarter of California’s children, it’ll seem more like a pole vault. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/12/13
Napa schools put laptops on the back-to-school supplies lists -- A recent entry on Dawn Rhoades’ Facebook page sums up the shift that is taking place in schools this year across California as well as other parts of the country: “Who needs No. 2 pencils anymore?” wrote the Napa resident and mother of three school-aged kids. “New requirement for entering sixth-graders is a lap-top!” Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/12/13
Education News: August 10-11, 2013
Possible cheating during standardized testing is investigated -- California officials find 242 schools where students posted photos of test materials online, but only 16 campuses with suspicious incidents. Three of those schools are in the L.A. area. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/11/13
Backpack giveaway gives youths a jump on school -- Five-year-old E'vangela Rogers knew exactly what she wanted, making a beeline to snag one of the last Hello Kitty selections among the 1,200 backpacks being distributed to kids Saturday in San Francisco's Western Addition. Victoria Colliver in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/11/13
STAR test questions and answers posted to social media at 16 schools -- State education officials remained confident Friday that the leaking of questions from a statewide test to social media did not result in massive cheating on the exam taken last spring. Brian Charles in the Los Angeles Daily News Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/10/13
Obama signs student loan interest rate legislation into law -- As college students prepare to return to class in a few weeks, President Obama on Friday signed into law a new way of setting interest rates for federal education loans. The rates will now move with the financial markets, which means lower rates for the coming school year. Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 8/10/13
California college students relieved after Obama signs loan bill -- News that President Obama signed a bill into law on Friday to restore lower interest rates for student loans was met with relief by many undergraduate students in California. Megan Messerly in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/10/13
Schools anticipate energy grants -- Inland Southern California schools could receive more than $35 million for energy-saving projects under the state formula to allocate money from last year’s Prop. 39. Rachel Uda in the Riverside Press -- 8/10/13
State News: August 12, 2013
California Legislature faces raft of bills on volatile issues -- State lawmakers, back from their summer break and starting their final month in session, have a lengthy to-do list that features such politically volatile issues as environmental rules, gun control and immigration. Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/12/13
Walters: It's 'let's make a deal' time for Darrell Steinberg in California Senate -- Darrell Steinberg will be a busy man for the next month as the central figure in what happens – or doesn't happen – on the Legislature's remaining major issues. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/12/13
Today in labor history: California school workers organize union
On Aug. 9, 1927, 10 school custodians met in Oakland, Calif., to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state. It is now the largest such union in the country. by: Special to PeoplesWorld.org
AFT In the News: 8/9/13
SEIU, AFT join coalition to stop job discrimination vs. gays People’s World 8.8.13
Conference addresses alternatives to racial profiling, harsh school discipline Center for Public Integrity Video portions of "We can do better" conference online now … Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was at the conference. She said her union is “moving away” from zero-tolerance discipline policies that result in removal of kids, and pushing for widespread training in proven alternatives that can resolve core problems while keeping students in school.
Education News: 8/9/13
Walters: California schools' test scores may drop again -- State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson tried to put a positive spin on it, but the harsh reality is that academic test scores in California's public school system of 6 million students declined this year after years of apparent gains. Moreover, scores are likely to get worse when new Common Core standards are applied. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/9/13
As STAR test phases out, LA Unified students trail state average in proficiency in Math, English -- In what is likely to be the final year for the California Standardized Test, not much changed from 2012 scores. Chris Keller with Madhu Srikantha KPCC
Schrag: Those federal school waivers: It ain’t over yet -- The waivers that eight large California school districts got this week from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan are yet another measure of the power of the federal law they tried to escape from. Peter Schrag EdSource -- 8/9/13
In annual address, Supt. Deasy tells school leaders to keep calm and teach on -- Judging by his annual address to administrators on Thursday, if there's one thing the superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district wants to see next year, it's calm. Jed Kim KPCC Dakota Smith in the Los Angeles Daily News
8/9/13 LARRY SAND City Journal
Trigger Tremors California’s parent-empowerment law gains ground—and meets new resistance. 8 August 2013 City Journal Last week, parents in the Southern California desert city of Adelanto celebrated the opening of the first school transformed under the state’s 2010 parent-empowerment law, also known as the parent trigger. After two San Bernardino County Superior Court judges upheld their petition to take control of foundering Desert Trails Elementary School, parents selected a nonprofit charter operator to reopen the school as Desert Trails Preparatory Academy. But even as parents celebrate their accomplishments in Adelanto and elsewhere, school-reform opponents are renewing their efforts to undermine the law.
Kim Wilcox appointed ninth chancellor of UC Riverside -- Kim Wilcox, 59, a former top official at Michigan State University, is appointed at a special meeting of the UC Board of Regents. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/9/13
CFT in the News: August 8, 2013
Senate leader’s online education bill draws fire -- A bill backed by Coursera, a high-flying online education company, that would extend academic credit opportunities for California public university students is likely to be put on hold, the bill author’s office says.
In a letter to Steinberg, an education coalition including the California Teachers Association, California Faculty Association and California Federation of Teachers expressed their opposition to the bill. “We believe that SB 520 as amended will lower academic standards, exacerbate the educational divide along socio-economic lines and diminish accountability within our institutions. Ultimately, we believe SB 520 would worsen the situation it attempts to address.” Robert Thompson Capitol Weekly -- 8/8/13
Education News: August 8, 2013
"CCSF: News of its Death is Greatly Exaggerated"
Want to take some good classes at a great community college? Enroll at City College San Francisco. With all the misinformation and negative news, there are more openings available than usual. If you, a friend or relative is considering it, now is a great time to enroll. Classes start August 14. by Rick Sterling‚ Aug. 08‚ 2013
City College Update, Campos Announces, and Remembering Jazzie Collins
It has now been just over a month since the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) announced its decision to terminate accreditation for City College of San Francisco, effective July 2014. Within a week of the ACCJC’s announcement, the Chancellor of the statewide community college system had temporarily suspended the locally elected Board of Trustees and imposed a special trustee with wide-ranging powers and the charge to save the College. By Rafael Mandelman, August 8, 2013
Bill to streamline Cal State University transfer process moves forward -- It may take a Pythagorean effort for many community college students to figure out which courses they need to transfer to a California State University campus. But a bill working its way through the state Assembly aims to finally eliminate the headache of lining up the exact amount of coursework required by each of the 23 CSU schools. Josh Dulaney in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 8/8/13
California Schools Get Reprieve From No Child Left Behind
More than one million public school students in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento and five other districts won’t have to meet federal achievement standards under the No Child Left Behind Act. The Department of Education on Tuesday issued a first-of-its-kind one-year waiver to the eight California school districts. by KQED News Staff and Wires | August 7, 2013
AM Alert: How does technology affect California students?
How does the Internet affect what California kids experience in school, from classroom learning to the hazards of cyberbullying? The answer gains importance given the technology-related standards running through the Common Core curriculum for which schools have been allocated $1 billion.
State News: August 8, 2013
Spokesman for California Assembly Speaker John Perez wears many hats -- It was the Assembly's first day back to work after summer recess, and while the Democratic leader answered questions about bills his house will vote on in coming weeks, his communications chief Steven Maviglio stood in the corner, away from the cameras. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/8/13
Bill to expand California's Paid Family Leave Act Clears Committee -- Californians who miss work to care for a sick loved one outside of the immediate family could be covered under the state’s Paid Family Leave Act under a bill that’s cleared an Assembly committee. Max Pringle Capital Public Radio -- 8/8/13
Education News: August 7, 2013
Eight California districts receive historic NCLB waiver -- Eight California school districts collectively will receive the first district waiver from penalties under the No Child Left Behind law, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday. John Fensterwald EdSource Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/7/13
LAUSD, Long Beach win waiver from No Child Left Behind law -- Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified, along with six other school districts, won a first-of-its kind waiver from a federal law requiring that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/7/13
Proposal Heats Up to Merge City College of San Francisco
by Jamilah King, Wednesday, August 7 2013
There have been many opinions on how to deal with City College of San Francisco’s impending loss of accreditation. The college, which serves more than 90,000 students, has been beset by political woes and fiscal mismanagement. One idea that seems to be picking up steam is to merge the school with neaby San Francisco State University, creating something akin to City University of San Francisco.
San Francisco Mayor's Opportunity to Create a New City University
Robert Shireman Posted: 08/06/2013
With all of the attention on the infighting and poor management at City College of San Francisco, city residents could be excused for forgetting that San Francisco has another large public institution serving undergraduate students. Toiling quietly amid the hullabaloo has been San Francisco State University, under the leadership of its new president, Leslie Wong.
Bills Would Give In-State Tuition Rights to Veterans -- Competing bills moving through the state legislature would give military veterans who have moved to California recently the right to pay in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities. Max Pringle Capital Public Radio -- 8/7/13
Lodi schools to require student contract in campaign against cyberbullying -- Fed up with episodes of cyberbullying, Lodi Unified School District officials are requiring high school athletes and club members to sign a contract vowing not to post inappropriate language or photos online. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/7/13
Senate leader’s online education bill draws fire
By Robert Thompson | 08/07/13
A bill backed by Coursera, a high-flying online education company, that would extend academic credit opportunities for California public university students is likely to be put on hold, the bill author’s office says. The Senate sent SB 520 by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, to the Assembly in May over the opposition of teachers’ unions and higher education faculty organizations.
State News: August 7, 2013
Follow the money: A look at the massive Delta project -- Fixing the Delta is necessary, say officials, but it won’t be cheap. The costs to build and operate the Gov. Brown’s twin-tunnels plan are estimated to cost $24.54 billion over the 50 year term of the project. Where will the money come from? John Howard Capitol Weekly -- 8/7/13
CalPERS sued over long-term care insurance rate hikes -- The class-action suit was filed by a Los Angeles law firm on behalf of more than 100,000 CalPERS members who have purchased the coverage and now face big rate increases. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/7/13
Herdt: 50 years later, the story of a dream -- Fifty years ago this month, an up-and-coming labor leader in Southern California received a call instructing him to come to Washington, D.C. Something big was in the works. Timm Herdt in the Ventura Star$ -- 8/7/13
Education News: August 6, 2013
Classes Begin August 14 at City College of San Francisco; Financial Aid Opportunities Still Available for Current and New Students
By AsianWeek Staff – August 5, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There is a lot of good news for current and new City College of San Francisco students. The college is open, fully accredited and many classes are still available for fall 2013. A variety of financial aid opportunities are also available for students who want to enroll this fall but may need a little extra assistance paying for fees, books, supplies and even help with the rent. Students are encouraged to register now as classes begin August 14.
L.A. teachers give their new iPads a test drive -- LAUSD instructors gather at six schools this week to train on iPads, which 31,000 students and 1,500 teachers in 47 schools will begin using this year. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 8/6/13
State begins work revising teacher preparation based on common core -- The state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing has approved a two-year plan for updating educator training standards – the first comprehensive review in more than a decade. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/6/13
Resistance greets pumped-up effort to streamline community college, CSU transfer -- When a long-awaited and much-needed bill to streamline transfer from community colleges to California State University passed the state Legislature three years ago, it had sweeping support: unanimous approval among lawmakers and a list of backers more than 80 deep. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 8/6/13
CSULB hosts engineering week for homeless minority girls -- Maylaun is among about 30 elementary and middle-school girls who live in transitional housing for the homeless at the Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach and are spending a week in the dorms at CSULB while learning about college life and engineering. Josh Dulaney in the Long Beach PT -- 8/6/13
Half of $1 trillion in federal student loan debt unpaid -- About half of the outstanding $1 trillion in federal student loan debt in the U.S. isn’t being repaid. And 1 out of 8 borrowers are defaulting on their loans despite unprecedented federal attempts to help. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 8/6/13
UC will open its research to the public -- for free -- In just a few months, the latest University of California research will be available online for free -- no subscription required. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/6/13
The next disruptive frontier in online education: Tutoring? -- You've heard about the startups in Silicon Valley and beyond looking to upend the traditional model of exorbitantly expensive higher education. Now a Palo Alto startup is taking aim at a different segment of the education market: private tutors. Lauren Hepler Silicon Valley Business Journal -- 8/6/13
State News: August 6, 2013
Bill would limit tax credits -- The California Assembly may vote on a bill this week that could set strict performance measures for personal and business tax incentives. Christopher Arns Sacramento Business Journal -- 8/6/13
Study touting economic boon of Delta water tunnels draws criticism -- Critics swiftly attacked the study, claiming it relies on rosy water delivery scenarios that may not prove feasible in the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Matt Weiser in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/6/13
CFT in the News: August 5, 2013
Crunch time: Deals loom as clock ticks
By Greg Lucas | 08/05/13
You name it, it’s on the table
The final weeks of the 2013 legislative session begin Monday.
May God have mercy.
--SB 520 by Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, which seeks to expand the use of college-level online courses. The measure has drawn the wrath of powerful education-labor groups, including the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, although Gov. Brown has favored exploring the use of online courses.
Education News: August 5, 2013
An idea for City College — merge with San Francisco State
The future of City College of San Francisco remains a pressing concern for the community because of its importance to the economic, cultural and political life of the city. So important is the institution that it is inconceivable that the state would shut it down, but that is what the California Community College System Board of Governors is contemplating.
Is sun finally rising at battered CCSF?
The debacle known as City College of San Francisco appears to have entered its darkest-before-dawn phase.
How dark did it get? Last summer, the college was told it would lose its accreditation and public funding if it didn't comply with the standards every other community college in California has to follow. by Joel P. Engardio
Don’t give up on City College, register for classes now
Editorial by Juan Gonzalez, El Tecolote, August 3, 2013
City College is OPEN and ACCREDITED. These are the words posted by Interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman on the front page of the college website.
With all the recent negative publicity surrounding City College over its threatened loss of accreditation, there is growing concern that it may discourage students from returning to the college.
L.A. teachers union urged to improve training for bad teachers -- An L.A. school board member tells UTLA activists that the union must fight public perceptions that it protects bad teachers. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/13
Aspiring teachers do the math — and science — in summer school -- College students in a special training program must agree to teach in urban, low-performing schools for four years. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/13
Bay Area teachers get hands-on math and science experience -- This fall, when students ask Chuck Perez and Kavous Mazaheri why learning math is relevant to their success in life, the teachers will know exactly what to say. Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/5/13
UCD pays top dollar for communications chief -- UC Davis officials are making an expensive investment toward improving the college's image. The university hired Luanne Lawrence, formerly of the University of South Carolina, as associate chancellor for strategic communications earlier this year. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/5/13
Early literacy programs receive boost from national campaign -- Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 8/5/13
Education News: August 3-4, 2013
Parent-trigger efforts in L.A. give parents control of the classroom -- As the 2013-14 school year begins this month, Southern California will be ground zero for a new experiment in how schools are run. Beau Yarbrough in the Torrance Daily Breeze -- 8/4/13
Teach for America criticized for apparent stance on education policy -- Critics say Teach for America has strayed from a core mission of helping needy urban schools, favoring efforts seen as anti-teacher union. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/4/13
UC Davis study challenges magazine's medical school rankings -- On the surface, it might seem self-serving for UC Davis School of Medicine to rip into the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings that rate it below the nation's elite primary care schools. Cynthia H. Craft in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/4/13
Teachers get sad lesson in quest for pencils -- Rachel Tevlin woke up Saturday with the high hopes of a little kid on Christmas morning. It was - at least at one big-box office supply store - Teacher Appreciation Day. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/4/13
Cal State to debut online program, accept spring 2014 applications -- California State University students this fall will be able to enroll in online classes offered at other Cal State campuses, the latest move by the state’s public universities to expand online learning. The program will offer 36 fully online classes in high-demand subjects such as biology, physical geography, statistics, astronomy and business finance. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/3/13
University Of California Approves Major Open Access Policy To Make Research Free -- The policy is major win for those who want to see academic research made public, rather than behind the pricy paywalls of big publishers. Gregory Ferenstein TechCrunch -- 8/3/13
Fremont school officials warn of worse overcrowding if development goes ahead -- Builders of the Patterson Ranch subdivision are expected to break ground next year, but school district officials fret that its 500 new homes will add more students than nearby schools can handle, worsening the Ardenwood neighborhood schools' already major overcrowding problem. Chris De Benedetti in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/3/13
Research Says: Actually, Where You Go To College Matters -- There are lots of questions for high school grads: Should you go for an associate degree or a bachelor's? A community college or a four-year university? Does it really matter where you go? If we're comparing top-tier schools with open-access ones, then yes. It matters a whole lot, and it has long-lasting effects. Kat Chow NPR -- 8/3/13
State News: August 5, 2013
Assembly has ambitious goals for its last six weeks -- Assembly speaker cites enterprise zone and a major sales-tax credit as huge accomplishments but says there's more to come. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/13
Walters: Is California's new health plan really ready? -- California is more heavily invested in the federal Affordable Care Act than any other state because it has, by far, the nation's largest number of medically uninsured residents and has embraced the law more fully than any other state. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/5/13
Unions target Westfield malls over Prop. 13 tax benefits -- Unions that say big businesses pay too little in taxes under Prop. 13 target Westfield malls to try to make a point. Abby Sewell in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/5/13
CFT in the News: August 2, 2013
Fewer feet are dragging at CCSF
In the battle to save City College of San Francisco from potential closure, the voices opposing change have been much louder than those supporting efforts to keep the institution open. But since the July 3 decision to revoke accreditation next year, more faculty and students are speaking up in support of new directions. … The California Federation of Teachers filed a 300-page complaint with the commission and the U.S. Department of Education, claiming conflicts of interest and accusing the commission of violating its own policies. by Andrea Koskey
Education News: August 2, 2013
L.A. Unified teachers ratings should be disclosed, judge rules -- The performance ratings of individual teachers in the city school district are matters of keen public interest and should be released to the Los Angeles Times, a judge ordered Thursday. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/2/13
Race to Top dollars modernize Galt school libraries, extend hours -- Last school year Galt residents held bake sales, car washes and spaghetti feeds to raise money to keep school libraries open for limited hours, most of the school year. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/13
State News: August 2, 2013
Capitol lobbyists make more this year; oil group tops in spending -- KP Public Affairs and Lang Hansen O'Malley Miller were neck and neck for the top two spots, with KP bringing in $2.931 million and Lang Hansen bringing in $2.928 million. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 8/2/13
Education News: August 1, 2013
Mar wants to know economic impact of City College closure
The Board of Supervisors doesn’t have the power to save San Francisco’s City College — but that isn’t stopping them from trying. One week after board members grilled city college and mayor’s office officials over the school’s problems, Supervisor Eric Mar on Tuesday asked the board’s budget analyst to look at the college’s economic impact on the city and its residents.
Ruling spotlights hole in dismissal of troubled students from charters -- Classroom security could be deminished as a result of a recent court ruling that found charter schools are under no obligation to notify neighboring school districts of a student’s dismissal – even if the separation was the result of dangerous or threatening behavior. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 8/1/13
California committed to move forward with Common Core tests as planned -- Georgia last week became the fifth state to pull out of the nationwide efforts to create the same tests for the new Common Core standards. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 8/1/13
California State University's 'radical' plan for online courses -- This fall, for the first time, California State University students will be able to take courses offered online on any of the system's campuses -- regardless of where they attend. Katy Murphy in the San Jose Mercury Harry Gibbons Cap Public Radio -- 8/1/13
LAUSD steals well-known New York arts principal to lead Cortines High -- Kim Bruno, head of New York's famous LaGuardia Arts high school will be the fifth principal in five years to take the helm of Cortines high school, a combined campus that includes a large performing arts program. Mary Plummer KPCC -- 8/1/13
Tran: Local Control Funding Formula: Is there a new rulebook? -- Now that the state’s new system of funding schools has been signed into law, educators and community groups are trying to get their bearings. Samantha Tran EdSource -- 8/1/13
The Best New Argument for Affirmative Action -- According to a surprising new report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, white students are now more overrepresented at the most selective U.S. colleges than they were in 1995. Jordan Weissmann The Atlantic -- 8/1/13
Teach For America gets $20 million boost from Walton Family Foundation -- The Walton Family Foundation announced today that it will donate $20 million to the non-profit Teach For America, the celebrated national organization that hires and trains recent college graduates to teach in rural and urban schools for two years. Jed Kim KPCC Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 8/1/13
Student loan bill wins final congressional passage, goes to Obama -- Congress took the government out of the job of setting student loan rates Wednesday when the House of Representatives passed a bill that leaves the work to markets. Renee Schoof McClatchy DC -- 8/1/13
First School to Reorganize Under Parent Trigger Law Reopens
This week, a little elementary school in Adelanto, Calif., opened its doors for the first time under new management, thanks to the so-called parent trigger law. It's the first public school in the state to do so, after two years of conflict and court battles. Expectations are running high. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis
University of California 2012 payroll up 6 percent
By Phillip Reese
The University of California paid its employees across the state $11.22 billion last year, up 6 percent from 2011, according to figures released today.
Academic pay rose by 4 percent to $4.34 billion. Pay for executives and managers rose by 7 percent to $725 million.
State News: August 1, 2013
Poll finds Californians back climate change fight, skeptical on fracking -- An overwhelming majority of Californians believe the state should act to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new poll, while residents narrowly oppose hydraulic fracturing and support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee Paul Rogers in the Contra Costa Times -- 8/1/13
New poll shows voters give Gov. Jerry Brown high marks -- The poll from the Public Policy Institute of California found 54% of the state’s likely voters give Brown positive marks for his work as the state’s chief executive. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 8/1/13
McFadden: CalBuzz: Red States Fixin’ to Gut Progressive California Laws -- We Californians have been pretty smug about it for years now — even decades. But it all may be coming to an end. I’m talking about our laws addressing climate change, the way we treat animals, consumer protections and workplace safety — you know, all that effete left-coast stuff. Chuck McFadden CalBuzz -- 8/1/13