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IN TWO DAYS! "Don't Tread on Educators" Open Forum Nov. 14
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Weingarten tops list of key figures in fight for pensions

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Weingarten tops list of key figures in fight for pensions


Institutional Investor has put AFT President Randi Weingarten first in its inaugural ranking of the 40 most influential players in the fight for—and against—defined benefit pensions. Weingarten tops the list for her determination to see that AFT members retire with their pension security intact. (Read the full story.)
AFT members participate in pension plans with more than $1.5 trillion in assets. These deferred wages provide a secure retirement for millions of families. Weingarten regards the push away from defined benefit pensions and toward defined contribution plans as especially dangerous because it puts the risk of investing and possibly outliving their retirement savings completely on the shoulders of individual workers. As a source of long-term capital, defined benefit plans also make critical investments in our economy, including rebuilding our nation's infrastructure.
The AFT published a report earlier this year that revealed a conflict of interest by some Wall Street firms. Some of these asset managers sought to invest workers' capital while also supporting efforts to destroy defined benefit plans.
A number of the firms listed in that report responded in positive fashion. The AFT is now engaged in a broad-based effort with state treasurers, large asset managers and other unions to expand retirement security through pooled professional asset management. The union also believes pension plans can help rebuild our country through investments in infrastructure, while generating a competitive risk-adjusted return. Together with the Clinton Global Initiative, the AFT has committed to encourage $10 billion of investment in infrastructure over the next five years.

$1.25 Billion Going to Schools for Common Core - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

$1.25 Billion Going to Schools for Common Core - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education):

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Second Half of $1.25 Billion Going to Schools for Common Core Transition



SACRAMENTO—Schools this week are receiving the second half of a $1.25 billion block grant from the state to support their move to the Common Core academic standards, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
Districts received the first half of the funds in September and the second half—about $622 million—today. They can decide for themselves how to use the funds to train teachers, buy new materials, or purchase technology, all with the purpose of implementing the Common Core State Standards. The total amounts to some $200 per student.
These state-developed standards, which California and 45 other states have voluntarily adopted over the past few years, are designed to provide all students with the deeper learning, critical thinking, and other skills they need to prepare for college and a career.
"California took a major step toward college and career readiness for all our students when we adopted the Common Core back in 2010," said Torlakson, who urged the inclusion of Common Core funding in this year's state budget. "The state made a significant down payment on that commitment with this first block grant—but we must do more. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Capitol to support our schools as they support our kids."
district-by-district list of funding is available on the California Department of Education Web site.
The release of these funds is the latest of several steps taken in recent weeks and months to continue California's transition to the Common Core State Standards, which outline what students will be expected to know and be able to do at each grade level.
One of the biggest steps forward came last month, when Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 484, legislation that Torlakson sponsored to open the door to modern computer-based assessments designed to measure knowledge and skills, and inform teaching and learning in the classroom.
In addition to AB 484, lawmakers also approved Senate Bill 201 and AB 899, which authorized the State Board of Education to move forward on adopting English language arts/English language development instructional materials and aligning the state's English language development standards with the Common Core math standards.
Last week, the State Board of Education adopted the state's first math framework aligned with the Common Core. The framework provides instructional guidance for teachers and administrators, including grade-level explanations and examples of the standards for mathematics practice and content, integrating mathematical thinking, and conceptual understanding with procedural skills and application.
In between these major developments and on an ongoing basis, the state works to develop training modules, host teacher workshops, produce informational publications, maintain a Common Core State Standards Web site, approve supplemental materials, translate the Common Core State Standards into Spanish, and more.
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Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Fight Common Core and Send Your Kids to School | Truth in American Education

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I’ve been debating whether or not I would write on an event called Don’t Send Your Child to School Day which is set to take place on November 18th as a protest against the Common Core State Standards.  After a Huffington Post article came out today on it I thought I would since it was giving Michael Petrilli of The Fordham Institute another opportunity to paint the Common Core opposition.
“Of course it’s legitimate for people to oppose the Common Core Standards and voice their concerns, but I don’t see how pulling kids out of school and losing learning time is going to help anybody,” Michael Petrilli, executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a right-leaning think tank, told HuffPost. “This seems to be punishing students and using them as toys in a political debate.”
Petrilli, who has come out in favor of the standards, said that in his experience some of the most vocal Common Core opponents do not have their children in public schools. Notably, Wilson said that she is going to home-school her child, who is not yet school-aged.
It is unfortunate that the author of the article, Rebecca Klein, neglected to contact other members of the opposition to see if they agree with this tactic because what I’ve been hearing from those of  
All Common Core Critics Aren’t Extreme
Neal McClusky of The Cato Institute wrote an op/ed for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that was published yesterday.  He pointed out that all Common Core critics are not extreme.  I appreciate his article because it seems as though those who advocate the Common Core would rather label the opposition than actually debate the standards themselves like what we are seeing in Wisconsin.If you’re an impa

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Due: Friday, January 17, 2014
The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California. The Renewal application is for existing grant recipients who wish to continue funding at existing levels. The Universal application is for new applicants and for existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding. Approximately $10 million in funding is available for ASES Universal grants. The remaining funds are obligated for on-going grants funded via the Renewal application.
Program Questions: After School Division, e-mail: afterschool@cde.ca.gov, tel. 916-319-0923
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Renewal Application

The Renewal applicaiton is for existing grant recipients who wish to continue funding at existing levels. The application due date is January 17, 2014.
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ASES Renewal Application (DOC)
Overview and Instructions for the 2014-15 ASES Renewal grant application.
Renewal Cycle List
Grant Renewal Cycle List to determine which year the grant is scheduled to be renewed.
ASSIST Online Application
Online application using the After School Support and Information SysTem (ASSIST).

Universal Application

The Universal application is for new applicants and for existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding. Agencies that wish to be considered for funding in 2014-15 must submit new applications. The application due date is January 17, 2014.
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Worksheet to estimate free and reduced price meal percentage.
ASSIST Online ApplicationOnline application using the After School Support and Information SysTem (ASSIST).

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