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State strips 23 schools of API rankings for cheating

posted Oct 29, 2012, 8:59 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Oct 29, 2012, 9:00 AM ]

Teachers helped students correct mistakes on standardized tests, prepared them with actual test questions or left instructional posters displayed in the classroom during testing, according to school district reports.

Read entire article HERE.

Jerry Brown's local strategy on school funding falling short for Prop. 30

posted Oct 29, 2012, 8:49 AM by Gary Jones

One reason several months ago to think Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot measure to raise taxes might have a better chance of passing than previous, failed tax initiatives was its potential to look more like a local issue than a statewide one.

Read entire article HERE.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/29/4944903/jerry-browns-local-strategy-on.html#storylink=cpy

Report: weighted student formula alone not enough

posted Oct 26, 2012, 8:15 AM by Gary Jones

“Shifting to a (weighted student formula) will not result in funding equity unless the model also ensures that education dollars are equitably distributed to schools within districts,” the report says.

Read entire article HERE.

Polling Results

posted Oct 17, 2012, 4:11 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 4:12 PM ]

The latest polls on the initiatives (Propositions 30-39) are HERE.

Jerry Brown's tax hike in jeopardy

posted Oct 15, 2012, 11:49 AM by Gary Jones

This article concerns Proposition 30 and is written by Dan Walters.

... with Proposition 30 just barely above 50 percent in recent major polls, the one-two Munger punch – or as one wag described it, the "Munger sandwich" – places Brown's measure in grave jeopardy.

Read entire article HERE.

Court OKs lockups for severe truants

posted Oct 5, 2012, 10:15 AM by Gary Jones

A state appeals court says juvenile court judges have the power to lock up youths who repeatedly skip school and ignore court orders to attend classes and follow the rules.

Read more HERE.

Schools Falter at Keeping ELL Families in the Loop

posted Oct 5, 2012, 10:13 AM by Gary Jones

"The parent piece is so, so important for the success of these students, but it's also one of the most difficult things we've had to tackle," said Jim D. Rollins, the superintendent in Springdale, Ark., where the 19,000-student school system has gone from having no English-learners 15 years ago to more than 8,500 now. "You have to make it a priority and work on it, work on it, and work on it."

Read entire article HERE.

Gov. Jerry Brown's tax measure teeters as undecided voters grow, poll finds

posted Sep 20, 2012, 12:07 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Sep 20, 2012, 12:08 PM ]

That level of support, down three percentage points from July, is "ominously close to 50," poll director Mark DiCamillo said. Read entire article HERE.

Poll: Weak support for ballot propositions meant to fund education

posted Sep 5, 2012, 2:56 PM by Gary Jones

A new poll released shows tepid support for two November ballot propositions intended to fund California's public schools, even before the ad campaigns opposing the propositions begin. And that has some local educators warning of potential dire consequences for local districts.

Read entire article HERE.

Battle under way over California teacher evaluations

posted Aug 30, 2012, 11:58 AM by Gary Jones

Months after a Los Angeles judge ruled that California's largest school district was violating state law by failing to use student test scores in evaluating teachers, lawmakers are scrambling to rewrite the rules.

Read more HERE

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