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  • 06/10/2017 1:18 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    ASCD is helping lead a national effort to support professional development (PD) and save federal funding for it. Educators from around the country will join together on Wednesday, June 14 for a “Day of Action!” Educators will stand together next week to tell Congress and the public about the importance of PD – for their effectiveness, for student achievement, and for school quality.

    President Trump wants to cut all of the more than $2 billion earmarked for PD in the Title II program of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Cutting all of the funds that specifically support educators and school leaders is as miserly as it is misguided.

    Mark your calendars for Day of Action on June 14, and join educators from across the country to email your lawmakers, engage in social media using the hashtag #PD2Learn, and help spread the word about the value of professional development. Right now, you can share your stories to highlight personal examples of PD and Title II money in action.

  • 06/04/2017 1:52 PM | Michael Simkins (Administrator)

    ASCD is designating the 2nd and 22nd of each month through the summer as “Title II Days” in support of professional development (PD) and Title II funding. We need your help to raise awareness and appreciation of PD among policymakers and the public.

    The Trump administration wants to eliminate all funding for Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides states and districts more than $2 billion annually for educator PD. Lawmakers must hear from educators – like you – how essential these dollars are to your practice, your profession, and most importantly, to your students’ success.

    What can you do?

    1. Use ASCD’s action alert portal to ask your lawmakers to save Title II funds.
    2. Use these sample Tweets throughout the day to urge your lawmakers to support PD and Title II:
    • All educators can use #TitleII $$ for PD for mentoring, coaching, induction. Students succeed when educators have #PD2Learn!
    • [@legislator_handle] Fed #TitleII $$ are essential for educators to receive #PD2Learn and help students succeed. #ESSA #edfunding
    • Effective educators are # 1 factor in student achievement, but they need #PD2Learn to build skills and improve instruction.

    Connect now with your federal lawmakers to help promote Title II! And stay tuned for future activities on Title II Days and additional opportunities for engaging with your lawmakers and colleagues on this important issue.

  • 09/08/2015 10:54 AM | butch owens (Administrator)
    Sep 8, 2015 | By Fermin Leal

    Credit: Lillian Mongeau/EdSource Today

    As the California Department of Education prepares to release the first set of student test scores based on the Common Core State Standards, a new poll shows voters have mixed feelings about the new standards, including many who don’t understand what they are, or how they’re being implemented.  Read more at: http://edsource.org/2015/poll-california-voters-still-unsure-about-common-core/86224?utm_source=Fermin%27s+daily+email%2C+Sept.+8%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Daily_4-24-15&utm_medium=email

  • 09/03/2015 10:53 AM | butch owens (Administrator)
    Sep 3, 2015 | By Tiffany Lew | No Comments

    With the state’s much-anticipated release of Smarter Balanced test scores tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, EdSource is gearing up to provide comprehensive coverage, along with additional resources to help the public understand what the scores mean.  Read more at: http://edsource.org/2015/live-blog-smarter-balanced-test-common-core/86069

  • 08/17/2015 10:53 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    California’s largest-in-the-nation public school system educates – or purports to do so – 6 million-plus kids from dozens of socioeconomic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.  National academic testing has found that California’s students rank near the bottom in achievement.  The situation spawns two perpetual political debates – whether we’re spending enough money to raise that achievement, and whether there’s sufficient accountability for results.  Read more at: 

    http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/dan-walters/article31255874.html?utm_source=Copy+of+Jane%27s+daily+email%2C+Aug.+14%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Daily_4-24-15&utm_medium=email

  • 08/17/2015 10:52 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    With California officials warning that scores on Smarter Balanced tests will likely be lower than those on previous standardized assessments, many teachers want to know how they can better prepare students.  To help demystify the Common Core-aligned tests, the Educational Testing Service, or ETS, is providing several scoring training workshops for teachers this month.  Read more at: http://edsource.org/2015/ets-offers-summer-smarter-balanced-test-scoring-training-to-teachers/84811

  • 08/17/2015 10:51 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    Along with taxation and immigration, one political issue that never seems to go away is the cost of public employees, especially their pensions.

    Public retirement plans are consistently blamed for local and state budget woes. Any time a community runs into fiscal trouble, its workers are among the first to be demonized, and often bear the brunt of the remedies. After all, pension obligations are typically among the largest liabilities any government entity must bear, so why not hack away?

    Read more at: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-84206700/

  • 08/17/2015 10:50 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    Common Core standards are posted on a bulletin board in a second grade classroom at George Buck Elementary School in Indianapolis. AP Photo/AJ Mast

    DENVER – Gathering in cavernous meeting rooms in the basement of a Denver hotel, over 100 educators from 10 states and the District of Columbia met in late July to figure out what determines a passing grade on tough, new Common Core-aligned tests.  Read more at:

    http://hechingerreport.org/with-all-the-tests-scored-policymakers-are-grappling-with-what-common-core-test-results-mean/

  • 08/14/2015 10:52 AM | butch owens (Administrator)
    Aug 14, 2015 | By Jane Meredith Adams | 4 Comments

    In the last salvo in a longstanding effort to enforce a California education law that requires physical education classes for all students, six health advocacy organizations filed a federal complaint Thursday charging that California public schools discriminate against Latino and African-American students by disproportionately denying them access to the classes, in violation of federal civil rights law.  Read more at:

    http://edsource.org/2015/groups-file-complaint-alleging-civil-rights-violations-in-physical-education/84713?utm_source=Copy+of+Jane%27s+daily+email%2C+Aug.+14%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Daily_4-24-15&utm_medium=email

  • 08/14/2015 10:49 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    Measure to require voter approval of benefits could be headed to 2016 ballot.  State pension funds recently reported investment returns lower than needed. Local residents are recognizing seriousness of pension debt.  Read more at: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article31031202.html

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