ASCD California


  • 06/04/2018 6:18 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    “Silent Recession: Why California School Districts Are Underwater Despite Increases in Funding” is a new report by the Comprehensive School Assistance Program at the nonprofit research organization WestEd. It examines the fiscal pressures, such as rising pension and special education costs, that are swamping many California school districts, despite funding increases under the Local Control Funding Formula. Authors Kelsey Krausen and Jason Willis suggest strategies to prioritize spending, and present a framework of tradeoffs and choices for school leaders to consider. Go here for the report.

  • 05/15/2018 12:19 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    By Moriah Balingit

    Pencils, pens, crayons, construction paper, T-shirts, snacks and, sometimes, a pair of shoes: The costs add up for public school teachers who reach into their own pockets for classroom supplies, ensuring their students have the necessities of learning.

    Nearly all teachers are footing the bill for classroom supplies, an Education Department report found, and teachers in high-poverty schools spend more than those in affluent schools.

    The report, prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics and released Tuesday, is based on a nationally representative survey of teachers during the 2015-2016 school year. It found that 94 percent of teachers pay for classroom supplies, spending an average of $479 a year. About 7 percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 a year.

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    The report was released as Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia continue to feel the aftershocks from teacher protests over low pay and cuts to school spending that shut down schools for days.

    The cost can be especially burdensome for teachers who make meager salaries and live paycheck to paycheck. Even in places such as Oklahoma, where educators are among the lowest-paid in the nation, teachers still reach in to their pockets to make up for budget shortfalls that have stripped resources from schools. One Tulsa teacher last year resorted to panhandling to pay for school supplies.

    According to the federal report, elementary school teachers spent an average of $526, more than high school teachers. But no group shelled out more than teachers at schools with a high number of students living in poverty. Teachers who worked at schools where more than 75 percent of children qualify for free meals spent an average of $554 annually for supplies.

    Nationally, more than half of public school students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, a rough proxy for poverty. And with the number of poor students growing, families are less able to furnish supplies for classrooms or for their children than they were in the past.

    The practice is so widespread that schools have come to rely on educators furnishing their classrooms. Congress in 2002 passed a measure giving teachers a $250 tax deduction for classroom supply spending.

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who helped create that deduction, said last year that the deduction represented a “small token of appreciation” for teachers.

    “At virtually every school, I have met teachers who are spending money out of their own pockets to benefit their students,” Collins said.

    A GOP tax proposal threatened to eliminate the deduction, but after an outcry Congress preserved it. Now, House Democrats are sponsoring an effort to expand the deduction to $500. Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) said expanding the deduction is critical in an age when teacher pay in many states has stagnated.

    “In spite of tight classroom budgets, limited education resources and low pay, educators take hundreds of dollars out of their pockets to purchase supplies for their students to ensure every child has the resources they need to learn and succeed,” Brown said Monday in a news release. “Increasing this deduction acknowledges the importance of their work, is a small ‘thank you’ for the counselors, principals and teachers who make financial sacrifices to benefit their students, and helps achieve the outcomes we want for all our kids.”

  • 05/10/2018 5:25 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Mandy Manning, a high school teacher from Spokane, Washington, has been named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year

    What it means: An 18-year veteran educator, Manning teaches new immigrants and refugees English at Joel E. Ferris High School. She was selected from among the 54 state teachers of the year, including those from U.S. territories and the Department of Defense schools. Manning will spend the next year on a national and international tour speaking on behalf and representing teachers and the best of the teaching profession.
    Why it matters: During a White House ceremony honoring Manning and all the state teachers of the year, Manning delivered handwritten letters from her students to President Trump. Though her award speech in the East Room was not open to the press as in years past, Manning afterward said, "My goal is to share my students' stories. My aim is to elevate my students' voices and be that vehicle for them. To send a message -- to not only my immigrant and refugee students but the LGBT community -- that they are wanted, they are loved, they are enough, and they matter.”

  • 05/10/2018 5:17 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Save the Date!  A conversation with candidates for 

    California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. PDT

    Join us for a live broadcast with Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck as EdSource's John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg ask about their positions on critical issues and their visions for California’s public schools.

    Tuck and Thurmond are the front runners in the race to lead the California Department of Education (CDE), which oversees the state’s nearly 1,000 school districts and more than 10,000 public schools.

    The two candidates will answer questions on how they plan to raise student achievement and guide California's schools in the era of local control.

    This event will be broadcast live on  EdSource on Wednesday 

    May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • 03/24/2018 8:04 AM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

    Deb Delisle Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

    March 23, 2018

    Contact: Cameron Brenchley

    BOSTON, MA—Deb Delisle, ASCD Executive Director and CEO, issued the following statement in response to the passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2018:

    We are pleased that Congress has increased funding by almost $4 billion for the federal education programs that support student success, an educated workforce, and a vibrant economy. We also applaud Congress for maintaining the Title II funding that supports the professional development of educators and rejecting the administration’s efforts to eliminate the only funding dedicated to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. As our Whole Child Initiative begins its second decade, we are gratified that Congress nearly tripled funding for well-rounded education activities under Title IV of ESSA. Lawmakers are clearly learning what educators and parents have known for some timethat meeting the comprehensive needs of students, both academically and socially emotionally, is an essential element of student achievement and overall well-being.

  • 01/24/2018 7:30 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator) -  "Trauma" is a heavy and haunting word.  Two thirds of Americans are exposed to extreme stress in childhood, things like divorce, a death in the family or a caregiver's substance abuse.  And this early adversity, if experienced in high enough doses, "literally gets under our skin, changing people in ways that can endure in their bodies for decades.....

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