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  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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?

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  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • 08/13/2015 10:49 AM | butch owens (Administrator)
    STOCKTON — The San Joaquin County Office of Education was slated to host a substitute teacher’s fair next weekend, with the hopes of bringing in hundreds of willing educators to fill in classrooms over the course of the new school year.  Read more at:
  • 07/20/2015 10:46 AM | butch owens (Administrator)

    School districts must spell out how they will help the state’s 310,000 homeless students and make goals for their progress under a new law that may be the first of its kind nationwide.

    Gov. Jerry Brown approved the change to California’s accountability system last month when he signed the catch-all “trailer bill” that enacts the state budget details into law, but also includes issues not addressed in other bills.

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