In the News Archive: Febuary 2014


Teachers union president: Vergara lawsuit just an 'AstroTurf' attempt to dismantle teachers' rights
San Jose Mercury-News | February 12, 2014
Writing in the San Jose Mercury-News, CFT President Joshua Pechthalt warns of artificial movement threatening the rights of teachers. The plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California lawsuit, which challenges five state rules governing teachers' rights, are the face of a classic AstroTurf operation. AstroTurf looks like it grows from grass roots but is artificial -- manufactured by corporations seeking cover for their activities against the public interest. 

Bill would stabilize funding for City College of San Francisco
Los Angeles Times | February 10, 2014
Flanked by the mayor and officials from City College of San Francisco, state Sen. Mark Leno announced Monday that he has introduced legislation to guarantee funding levels to the institution as it fights to retain accreditation, despite enrollment drops triggered by its uncertain future. [...Meanwhile, the San Francisco city attorney and the California Federation of Teachers have filed lawsuits against ACCJC alleging...]

Deasy v. Deasy: The Two Faces of LA’s School Superintendent
Capital & Main | February 7, 2014
Last week’s testimony in the Vergara v. California trial raised many an eyebrow when Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John E. Deasy testified on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit whose defendants had originally included LAUSD.

Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers
Los Angeles Times | February 6, 2014
My mother retired recently from teaching under pretty much the best possible working conditions one could expect in an American high school.

Vergara hears moving testimony from oft-dismissed teacher
L.A. School Report | February 4, 2014
A stunning silence fell over the courtroom today when Bhavini Bhakta, the first teacher to testify in the Vergara v California trial, described the impact of the state’s current teacher dismissal and seniority laws. 

Teachers' Job Protections Debated in California Trial
Education Week | February 3, 2014
When a teacher fails to meet even basic job duties yet remains in the classroom, is that the fault of byzantine laws governing teacher dismissal—or the failure of administrators to adhere to them? 

Deasy provides fodder for both sides in lawsuit
Los Angeles Times | February 2, 2014
In a groundbreaking trial over teacher job protections, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was the early star witness — for both sides.

Despite accreditation woes, CCSF gets high marks from public
San Francisco Examiner | January 31, 2014
Even after several years of turmoil, threats of closure and a court battle, City College of San Francisco is still a respected institution, according to polling and focus group findings obtained by The San Francisco Examiner. […said Alisa Messer, president of faculty union AFT Local 2121...]


In Calif., Janet Napolitano’s Vision: More Unity, Money, and Research
The Chronicle of Higher Education | February 13, 2014
Janet Napolitano had zero experience leading a college before she became president of the University of California last year.

A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age
Washington Post | February 12, 2014
Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law. 

No contract yet for OC Dept. of Ed. workers
Orange County Register | February 12, 2014 
About 20 school staff members demonstrated outside the Orange County Department of Education on Wednesday to boost support for their union’s push for cost-of-living increase, a one-time pay increase and a boost to the cap on health care benefits.

IRS Explains How To Count Adjunct Work Hours
Huffington Post | February 11, 2014
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued long-awaited guidelines Monday on how to determine whether adjunct faculty are full-time employees for the purpose of providing health insurance coverage. 

Duncan Says 'Preschool Education Is Ultimate Bipartisan Issue'
Huffington Post | February 11, 2014 
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Bloomberg Radio's Jane Williams last week to talk about the state of education in this country. "Early childhood education has become the ultimate bipartisan issue," said Duncan. "We actually have more Republican governors than Democratic governors investing." 

Calif. ranks 6th in US on AP exam participation
SF Gate | February 11, 2014 
California often ranks near the bottom of national measures of education quality and student achievement, but a report to be published Tuesday puts the state ahead of the curve in one area: the number of public school students enrolling in Advanced Placement classes and also doing well enough to earn college credits.

CCSF to formally appeal the revoking of its accreditation
San Francisco Examiner | February 9, 2014
City College of San Francisco officials will soon be filing a formal appeal of the decision made last July to revoke the school's accreditation after a regional commission rejected the school's bid to have the decision reviewed.

Concerned with growing class sizes, teaching assistant union files complaint against UC
Sacramento Bee | February 9, 2014 
As a teaching assistant in the music department at University of California, Santa Cruz, Lisa Beebe is regularly assigned to classes that have more than 350 students.

Ravitch unloads on school ‘deform’
Washington Post | February 5, 2014
Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has led a de facto national movement against current education policies — including standardized testing, charter schools, vouchers and teacher evaluations tied to student test scores — said Tuesday evening that “the White House’s obsession with data is sick.” 

The Teacher Commitment That Cannot Be Evaluated With Tests
The Nation | February 5, 2014 
Teachers, parents and students are pushing back against high-stakes testing, over-testing and the fantasy that education is made better by preparing for, conducting and evaluating tests. 

Alpine teachers reject tentative pact
U-T San Diego | February 5, 2014
In a vote taken Tuesday and Wednesday by secret ballot and announced Wednesday afternoon, members of the Alpine Teachers Association rejected a proposed contract settlement with the Alpine Union School District. 

Sacramento area school districts resist push for smaller class sizes
Sacramento Bee | February 5, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new school funding plan promises smaller class sizes, but that is more dream than reality at some California districts. 

51 Groups Call On President To Not Let For-Profit Colleges Weaken “Gainful Employment” Rule
The Consumerist | February 4, 2014 
Last summer, the Dept. of Education began the process of reviewing a new rule aimed at those educational institutions that failed to demonstrate their students could find gainful employment in the fields in which they had been trained. The for-profit college industry has managed to weaken the rule, but today more than 51 different groups — including advocates for consumers, veterans, and students — asked the President to help prevent this rule from becoming toothless. 

Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College partner in scholarship program for undocumented students
Los Angeles Daily News | February 4, 2014 
Officials at Cal State Long Beach and Long Beach City College announced Tuesday that they will partner with the private sector to provide scholarships for students who are in the country illegally. 

California community colleges could offer bachelor's degrees | February 2, 2014 
Tamara Martin, a nursing student at College of San Mateo, desperately wants a bachelor's degree in her field, so she applied to Cal State East Bay because it had 60 open spots and would surely have room. But 199 people had the same idea. 

Long Beach City College experiments with tiered pricing
Los Angeles Times | February 3, 2014 
Every semester since 2009, Sequoyah Hilt has tried to sign up for a phlebotomy course at Long Beach City College. She never got a seat. 

There Have Already Been At Least 11 School Shootings This School Year
The Nation | February 3, 2014
The Associated Press counts at least eleven US school shootings since the start of the 2013–14 academic year, more than eight months after Congress rejected a gun control proposal prompted by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Fresno Unified teachers wear black to protest contract proposal
Fresno Bee | February 3, 2014
Dozens of Fresno Unified teachers wore black Monday, protesting an employee contract pitched by administrators that lengthens school days and ties student test scores to teacher evaluations. 

Teachers’ unions resist all-out assault
Workers World | February 1, 2014 
Some $682 billion in public funds was spent in the United States in 2012-13 on pre-K through Grade 12 education. This vast amount of public money provides a vast market for businesses to exploit, and, where possible, to privatize. ( 

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In Today's News archive: December 2013


Reprieve for California Accreditor
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16
A federal advisory committee on Friday recommended that the U.S. Education Department extend for one year its recognition of California’s community college accreditor and require the agency show that it is complying with federal standards.

Marguerite LaMotte: An Old-School Champion of LA’s Schools
CityWatch L.A., Dec. 13
Marguerite was a lifelong educator who spent years as a classroom teacher, school site administrator, and, finally, as the longest serving current school board member in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the country. Whether at a town hall meeting or sitting in her familiar first seat on the left side of the school board half circle, Marguerite always commanded attention. She was an imposing figure, tall, always immaculately dressed. She spoke with a slight Southern accent that revealed her Louisiana roots.

Viewpoints:  Fiscal responsibility should include protecting children's education
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 4
For children currently in school, restoring state funding in five years is meaningless.  For returning veterans, funding community college in the future does not help them now.  For families struggling with food insecurity, a mean on the table today...Opinion Editorial by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

Department of Education asks CCSF accrediting commission to make fixes to keep recognition
San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 3
The federal government again chastised the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, but also gave a mixed response to complaints by the commission’s opponents in a report released Monday.

Speier, Eshoo enter City College fray
Two Peninsula representatives Thursday became the first members of Congress to weigh in on the crisis facing City College of San Francisco, whose accreditation is to be revoked next summer. -- 11/7/13

Another lawsuit being filed against accrediting commission in CCSF case
A regional accrediting commission is facing yet another lawsuit from supporters of City College of San Francisco over the commission's decision earlier this year to revoke the school's accreditation. San Francisco Examiner -- 11/7/13

Education in the News

Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools L.A. Times, Dec. 16
Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy.

Union reaches deal with UC system on contract
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 15
A union representing nearly 15,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals for the University of California has reached a tentative deal on their contract with the system.

Randi Weingarten: Poor implementation could sink Common Core Orange County Register, Dec. 13
How many times have teachers told their students not to simply do something, but to take the time to do it right? Policymakers responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards should heed that same advice.

Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don't Translate to Better Cognition U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 13
Even when students improve their scores on standardized tests, they don't always improve their cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and speed, according to a new study released Thursday.

University of California and academic employee union ratify new contract for lecturers
 The Daily Californian, Dec. 12
The University of California and a union representing academic employees ratified a new two-year contract that raises wages for university lecturers, according to a Thursday announcement from the UC Office of the President.

American Federation of Teachers Ratify Contract at City College of San Francisco
 San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, Dec. 12
The Faculty union of City College of San Francisco has approved a new contract that will be in effect through June 2015. Citing hard work, a collective effort to resolve issues and restore some of what had been lost in past years, Dr. Art Tyler, Chancellor for the multi-campus college, thanked the Faculty union, its representatives, bargaining team and members for ratifying this new contract. The union represents teachers, librarians and counselors at the college’s main campus and eight instructional centers. “I want to acknowledge the faculty, and administrators who worked long hours to reach this agreement and move it forward to its positive conclusion. The commitment of all employee groups at City College reflects confidence in our future and the energy to make real, positive change,” said Chancellor Tyler.

Parent involvement at L.A. schools getting new look  
L.A. Times, Dec. 2
In Cudahy, parents collected more than 600 signatures demanding a new principal. In Culver City, they fought attempts to unionize classroom aides and formed a group that elected a school board majority.

Survey: Most LAUSD teachers would discontinue costly iPad program
 L.A. Daily News, Dec. 2
Only a minority of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strongly favors proceeding with the $1 billion iPad program.

L.A. Unified accuses state of 'shortchanging' needy students
 L.A. Times, Dec. 2
L.A. Unified accused state education officials Monday of “shortchanging” the school district’s impoverished students, saying they could be prevented from receiving all of the estimated $200 million due them under a new school funding system.

Q&A: Common Core academic standards
 Ventura County Star, Dec. 2
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards with the goal of sending high school graduates into the world ready for college or career. But they're hardly without controversy.

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In the News Archive: January 2014


California students challenge teacher employment rules in lawsuit
Reuters | January 27, 2014
A group of nine California students will challenge employment rules they complain force public schools in the most populous U.S. state to retain low performing teachers, as opening arguments kick off on Monday in a lawsuit over education policy.

California students sue state over teacher-protection laws
AlJazeera America | January 27, 2014
Nine California public school students sponsored by an advocacy group are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say keep bad educators in classrooms.

High-Profile California Lawsuit on Teacher Protections Begins
Education Week | January 27, 2014
A controversial and potentially precedent-setting trial begins in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, with the plaintiffs essentially looking to overturn three of the teachers' unions holy grails: seniority, tenure, and dismissal procedures.

Calif. Students File Suit To Hold Union-Backed, Tenured Teachers More Accountable
CBS Sacramento | January 26, 2014
Nine California public school students are suing the state over its laws on teacher tenure, seniority and other protections that the plaintiffs say keep bad educators in classrooms.

Trial to challenge job protections for California teachers
89.3 KPCC (Public Radio BLOG) | January 24, 2014
The major players in California public education will face off in an unusual trial ... And the California Teachers Association is paying for lawyers on the ... 

Vergara trial set to begin: major test for CA teachers | January 24, 2014
Teachers' Jobs vs Students' Rights - Vergara Trial ... state, the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). 

Declaring war on teachers’ rights won’t improve children’s access to a sound education 
EdSource | January 22, 2014
Last year a group calling itself Students Matter filed a lawsuit, Vergara v. the State of California. The lawsuit challenges a number of labor protections for California’s teachers, including due process rights for dismissals and seniority rights during layoffs. 

Rapid Response: Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address 
The Sacramento Bee | January 22, 2014 
Here are some reactions to Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address. 

LAKE ELSINORE: Melendez revives bill to prevent student deaths 
Riverside Press-Enterprise | January 13, 2014 
An Inland lawmaker plans to revive a campaign to place defibrillators in California’s 10,000 public schools to aid those whose heart stops on campus. 

Brown vows to start debate over teacher pensions
Education Week | January 13, 2014
In Gov. Jerry Brown's promise to start paying off California's massive liabilities, the largest single unfunded debt will not be seeing any additional pay-down in the coming fiscal year.

Gov inks ed budget bonanza

The Porterville Recorder | January 10, 2014 
Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget released Thursday will provide an infusion of $10 billion in new Proposition 98 funding for education this year.

City College of San Francisco to remain accredited pending trial

Los Angeles Times | January 2, 2014 
A private commission cannot revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco until a trial is held to determine if the action is lawful, a judge ruled Thursday. “This is a tremendous win for every community college student in the state,” said Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers. 

Education in the News

Critics call for more oversight of California accreditation panel

Los Angeles Times | January 27
In the last year, a little-known panel of educators has been denounced by state lawmakers, sued by San Francisco's city attorney and faulted by the federal government for violating its own policies

What should schools spend money on? They’re asking you 
The Modesto Bee | January 23, 2014 
Over the next few months, districts will be seeking your opinion on how schools should spend their money. The extra taxes you pay under Proposition 30 require community input in budgeting.

California's higher education leaders pledge more cooperation 
The Los Angeles Times | January 22, 2014 
The leaders of California's three public higher education systems Wednesday pledged more cooperation, particularly in transferring students, while Gov.Jerry Brown urged them to develop more innovative collaborations.

CCSF enrollment drop is less than expected 
San Francisco Examiner | January 22, 2014 
More than a week after the beginning of the spring semester, the drop in enrollment at embattled City College of San Francisco appears less dramatic than originally expected.

Education a focus in State of the State 
Orange County Register | January 22, 2014 
Orange County education officials praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s emphasis on local oversight during the State of the State address on Wednesday morning.

Denair district, union reach deal; contract will end fears of takeover 
Modesto Bee | January 21, 2014 
Denair Unified School District and its teachers have reached a deal, ending fears of a state takeover, district and union spokesmen said Tuesday.

Families get a lesson in applying for college assistance 
Los Angeles Times | January 20, 2014 
Ngoctram Tran stuffed the things she hoped would unlock thousands of dollars toward her daughter's college education inside a plastic bag: her driver's license, Social Security cards, bank statements and W-2s.

Unions focus of LBUSD agenda 
Orange County Register | January 20, 2014 
Public hearings on the negotiations between the Long Beach Unified School District and two branches of the employees' union will be heard at the school board meeting today.

A War on Poverty, or on the Poor? 
Huffington Post | January 19, 2014 
What does today's war on poverty look like? It's waged by people like Maria Shriver, who this week called attention to a human tragedy: the 42 million women and 28 million children in America who either live in poverty or are on the brink of it. And by Mackenzie Childers, a Head Start teacher in Kanawha County, W.Va., who last week brought food to 75 students who missed school -- and school meals -- because of the community's contaminated water supply, knowing that many of them would otherwise go hungry. Childers teaches at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and, as the country celebrates Dr. King's life and legacy, she shows that his ideals endure.

Alpine teachers moving toward strike 
U-T San Diego | January 19, 2014 
Schools in the rustic mountain community of Alpine are facing their toughest times in memory.

Everything you need to know about Common Core — Ravitch 
The Washington Post | January 18, 2014 
Diane Ravitch, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.

Federal Spending Plan Aims to Ease 'Sequester' Pain 
Education Week | January 17, 2014 
The massive spending bill passed by Congress and sent to President Barack Obama this week aims to largely restore federal aid for most schools after the biggest cuts to K-12 funding in history, while including a more than $1 billion down payment on the Obama administration’s proposal to ramp up existing early-childhood programs.

Obama encourages economic diversity in higher education 
Los Angeles Times | January 17, 2014 
More than 100 colleges and universities, including several in California, promised Thursday to try to attract more low-income students by strengthening relationships with high schools and community colleges, increasing access to advisors and offering more remedial programs.

L.A. community colleges see benefit in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget 
Los Angeles Daily News | January 17, 2014 
The nation’s largest community college district may soon get its first financial boost since the recession, with millions for new classes, tutoring and student support.

Big changes to California's school-funding rules are approved 
Los Angeles Times | January 16, 2014 
State education officials pushed forward sweeping changes to public school funding Thursday, approving rules to give more money to needy students and more power to local educators to decide how to use the dollars.

Obama urges action on expanding college access | January 16, 2014
President Barack Obama says the U.S. still has a long way to go to open the door to college for low-income Americans.

In Strong Common-Core Endorsement, NEA and Firm Unveil Curricula by 'Master Teachers'
Education Week | January 15, 2014
The National Education Association and the for-profit firm BetterLesson today unveiled a jointly designed, $7 million free platform with more than 3,000 lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards—a move that comes concurrent with NEA's strongest endorsement yet for the standards.

Long Beach college tests out two-tiered tuition
Orange County Register | January 15, 2014
For 20-year-old Brianna Markley, the decision to enroll in a Long Beach City College course that cost more than four times its normal price tag came down to the lesser of two evils.

Concerns raised over how funds for higher-needs kids will be used
Modesto Bee | January 15, 2014
Parents will converge on the Capitol today to rally for more stringent rules tying education funding to direct services for children.

Napolitano sees Brown’s budget plan for UC as a ‘good starting point’
Sacramento Bee | January 15, 2014
University of California president Janet Napolitano on Wednesday called Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent budget outline a “good starting point” for higher education funding in California.


College Summit Previews For Obama Administration Its New College Access And Success Apps For Low-Income Students
Sacramento Bee | January 15, 2014
Today at the White House and the U.S. Department of Education's Education Datapalooza, College Summit showcased its new suite of 19 online and mobile apps developed to help low-income students and their families navigate the college application process. College Summit students trained educators and counselors to use the apps at the event, which featured U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Assistant to the President Cecilia Munoz. Education Datapalooza was organized by the Obama Administration to spur innovators to build products, services and apps to advance post-secondary education.

New Advocacy Group Seeks to Expose Corporate Ties to Ed. Department
Education Week | January 14, 2014
A new advocacy group, Integrity in Education , has filed Freedom of Information Act requests to expose connections between the U.S. Department of Education officials and for-profit education companies.

LAUSD moves forward with second phase of iPad rollout
Los Angeles Daily News | January 14, 2014
Amid scrutiny over Los Angeles Unified School District’s $1 billion iPad program, board members moved Tuesday to put more devices into the hands of thousands of students.

Funding boost of nearly $1 billion proposed for California's community colleges
Contra Costa Times | January 14, 2014
A proposal to increase funding for California community colleges by nearly $1 billion has administrators doing the happy dance after Gov. Jerry Brown made the announcement as part of his budget last week.

CSU prepares to move forward under Governor Jerry Brown’s budget
Los Angeles Daily News | January 13, 2014
After years of severe budget cuts, Cal State University officials are pleased with a second-consecutive year of modest increases proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown — though his plan fell far below what they had requested.

Arne Duncan: School Expectations Are Too Low in the United States
U.S. News & World Report | January 14, 2014
Today's parent advocates do not limit themselves to coaching soccer teams and organizing bake sales as a way to get involved in their students' schools. But parents, educators and policymakers alike need to do more to "walk the walk" in working to close achievement gaps and improve education in the United States, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told an audience of parent leaders Monday.

CCSF to hold public forums on education master plan
San Francisco Examiner | January 14, 2014
A series of public strategy sessions and open forums will be held at City College of San Francisco campuses in coming weeks to offer input about the school’s education master plan.

Weingarten slams teacher evaluation by student test scores
Washington Post | January 13, 2014
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s second largest teachers union, has been a supporter of the Common Core State Standards for a long time but she has expressed concern in the last year over the way the standards are being implemented, saying that the rollout was “far worse” than the website. Last April she called for a moratorium on high-stakes Common Core tests, and she made a call in November with early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige for education officials to convene a task force to review the “appropriateness and the implementation of the Common Core standards for young learners … and recommend developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive guidelines for supporting young children’s optimal learning.”

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?
Huffington Post | January 13, 2014
The Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) is an exam given every three years to 15 year olds around the world in reading, math and science. In the recent 2012 test, 65 countries and education systems participated. While the US did not perform well, impressive PISA gains were made in low-performing countries, such as Qatar and Kazakhstan. Some higher performing nations, such as Singapore, Poland, Germany and Italy, also made significant advances. PISA results are often used by governments around the world to justify decisions they wish to take on education policy. But should PISA be allowed to become the conclusive world exam for our kids? Today in The Global Search for Education, I have asked Pak Tee Ng, Tony Wagner and Randi Weingarten to share their perspectives.

Limits placed on community college fee waivers
Sacramento Bee | January 13, 2014
The governing board that sets policies for California's 112 community colleges has approved new eligibility requirements for a popular financial aid program.

Feds issue guidelines against bias in school discipline
Los Angeles Times | January 12, 2014
Federal officials kicked up their campaign against discriminatory school discipline policies last week, issuing first-ever guidelines for school districts on how to avoid racial disparities in student punishment.


L.A. Unified surveys prices others pay for iPads, similar devices
Los Angeles Times | January 12, 2014
The Los Angeles Unified School District is conducting a survey to determine what other districts pay for technology just as the Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the next phase of a $1-billion program to provide computers to every student.


Education funds raise concerns in Fresno-Clovis area
Fresno Bee | January 11, 2014
After months of waiting for directions from the state, California school districts soon will get guidance on how to use millions of new state dollars for low-income kids and English learners. But concerned civil rights groups say that while the state's proposed rules are well-intentioned, they may be too little, too late.


How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement
The Nation | January 10, 2014
“While birthing ROC I have birthed two children,” Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the restaurant worker organizing group ROC United, told me over the phone. She was talking over the yells and laughter of her young daughter, riding in a car with her between meetings. “I’ve been really thinking about work/life balance, and I want for myself the same things I want for the restaurant workers. Our two priority issues, paid sick days and the minimum wage, are framed as gender justice issues.”


Teaching and Learning Over Testing
Huffington Post | January 10, 2014
I'm often asked how I can be in favor of the Common Core State Standards while opposing the standardized-testing fixation in education and other failed market-based education strategies. The question is as revealing as the answer; unfortunately, the standards have come to be associated with testing rather than the deeper learning they were intended to promote.


Students and faculty blindsided by for-profit school's closure
Los Angeles Times | January 9, 2014
Hundreds of students and faculty at a financially troubled South Gate trade school were left angry and unsure of their fate Thursday, after the school abruptly closed its doors and federal officials said students would no longer be eligible for financial aid.


Public Sector Unions Win When They Preach 'Tax the Rich'
Labor Notes | January 2, 2014
Washington’s much-hyped federal budget deal offers little relief for public employees—or the rest of us who drive on city streets, send our kids to school, or rely on any of a thousand other public services.


California Board of Education to vote on new spending template
KPCC | January 2, 2014
The California Board of Education will vote this month on proposed guidelines for school districts to receive extra funding next fiscal year for disadvantaged students.

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In Today's News archive: July 2013

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]] 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

Imperial Valley, Other Southern California Colleges Given Accreditation Warning

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

Strategy to boost voting in South LA is both high-tech and personal

89.3 KPCC (blog)-2 hours ago

... 31 community-based groups in a statewide alliance known as California Calls. ... Courage Campaign and California Federation of Teachers.

FACCC President Dean Murakami shares his goals for the 2013-2014 year. ... FACCC ...  dmurakami - YouTube

Is Higher Ed the Next Target of Corporate 'Reformers'?

In These Times-19 hours ago

Instead of focusing on the caliber of instruction and educational programs, claims former California Federation of Teachers President Martin ...  As students at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) registered for fall classes this month, ... As many community colleges have turned their backs on open-door ...

CCSF: 7/19/13

CCSF trustees aren't optimistic about their replacement's chance to ...

San Francisco Examiner-10 hours ago

For a year, Robert Agrella helped leaders at City College of San Francisco implement reforms designed to stave off school closure. And once accreditation ...

Community College Accreditation Does Not Guarantee Quality ...

IVN News-19 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 ...

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 

UC Scrambles to Meet Demand for Engineering Grads

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 

COS makes changes to save school

Hanford Sentinel-19 hours ago

The changes began after the college received a sanction from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and was threatened with the ...

UC Regents confirm Janet Napolitano as next president Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7/18/13University of California regents today confirmed the nomination of President Barack Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security as the next president of the 10-campus   

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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

Last year the, the California Federation of Teachers filed a complaint against the ACCJC for a violation of federal and state law and for a conflict of interest

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 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

Janet Napolitano, picked as UC president, marks shift from academia to politics --

The University of California is about to get a little less Ivory Tower and a little more White House. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 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

Controversy Rages Over Potential Closure of City College of San ...SF Public Press

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 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 ...| 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]] 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

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.

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In Today's News archive: April 2013

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 ; ;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&nbspA 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

Reshaping Education: New Opportunities for Teachers Unions

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."

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In Today's News archive: May 2013

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 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 -- 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 

Education News: May 16, 2013

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.

State News: May 16, 2013

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
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
Guest Opinion
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
Staff Report
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 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.

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