Friday, October 19, 2012

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Communities for Teaching Excellence, Los Angeles-based education organization, closing

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Big money in play in Oakland school board campaigns

Local school board races are often low-budget, low-profile affairs, and until now, Oakland has been no exception. But this year, two new political action committees have thrown themselves into the election, infusing once-lethargic races with energy -- and cash.

Most students give more healthful state school menus thumbs up

For every three California public school students who think school meals are yummier than usual, there's only one who thinks they're worse, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

Fensterwald: Parents, teachers can now sample Common Core test questions

Smarter Balanced, the organization that is designing the Common Core assessments for California and two dozen other member states, released sample test items for parents and teachers last week. As expected, they’re anything but your father’s multiple choice.

Communities for Teaching Excellence, Los Angeles-based education organization, closing

A Los Angeles-based education advocacy organization backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will disband next month as a crowded field of reform groups compete for limited funding, officials said Thursday.

Fensterwald: Desert Trails parents choose charter operator, next step in ‘parent trigger’

With a low voter turnout Thursday, parents exercising a “parent trigger” option at the Desert Trails Elementary in Adelanto selected a charter operator in nearby Hesperia to run their school starting next August. The selection of LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy, a small K-8 charter with an API of 911 – more than 200 points above Desert Trails’ score of 699 this year – marked the next stage in parents’ contentious and protracted exercise of California’s parent empowerment law.

Times sues L.A. Unified for teacher ratings

The Times has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District to obtain its teacher ratings that are calculated using students' standardized test scores.

Walters: Landmark California school law wins key court ruling

This week, a San Bernardino County judge ordered Adelanto's school board to stop stalling and grant the charter school petition of parents in the Desert Trails Elementary School. The decision's timing was exquisitely ironic.

Brown on revisiting trigger cuts: "I'm not going down that road"

Gov. Jerry Brown defended his Proposition 30 campaign's focus on schools and not the state budget in a one-on-one interview Thursday, and said he won't agree to any do-over of $6 billion in automatic cuts should the initiative fail.
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cypress schools drop lawsuit against city

About a year ago, to clear their path, Cypress School District officials sued the city of Cypress, which had made overtures that it would disrupt the district's plans to lease or sell vacant properties in the city. Now both parties have publicly ended the spat, with the district dropping the lawsuit and city officials promising to work with the district on future plans.

Retiree catches glitch in SDUSD Prop Z voter guide

After a careful review of the San Diego Unified School District $2.8 billion Proposition Z bond measure in the sample ballot that landed in M.L. Zeddies’ mailbox, a couple of things caught his eye. The campus-by-campus inventory of bond projects included work at some schools on nonexistent facilities.

School president's email pushes tax measures

San Diego school board President John Lee Evans has been using his district email to coordinate a news conference with the region’s school board presidents to advocate for the passage of two statewide tax increases.