In Today's News archive: July 2013

CFT in the News: July 31, 2013

Retirees demonstrate against proposed cuts to Social Security
On July 2, thousands of retirees across the nation took a stand against a proposal that would reduce Social Security benefits for all recipients.

“Social Security is really popular. To put it on the table is a blow to us; seniors are really upset,” says Hene Kelly, an AFT retiree who rallied in San Francisco. “Chained CPI is difficult to explain, but if you put it in terms of how many bags of groceries you can buy, it’s a little easier to understand. This is a cut to Social Security,” adds Kelly, who is legislative director for the California Alliance for Retired Americans and chair of the California Federation of Teachers Retired Educators Committee.

Ratliff Retires Campaign Debt With Broad Base of Support
Before her election to the LA school board in May, Monica Ratliff was virtually unknown. Now, the race to influence her is on — and all sides have entered.

The California Federation of Teachers’ Political Action Committee also gave $1,000. Posted on July 30, 2013 by Hillel Aron

Education News: July 31, 2013

Adelanto school at center of parent trigger controversy opens -- Parents used the state law to transform a public elementary school into a charter campus, Desert Trails Preparatory Academy. By June, the director says, students should be a year ahead of their peers. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/31/13

Rebooted summer programs in Oakland make learning fun to prevent 'summer slide' -- While summer classes targeted at struggling students are nearing extinction on many school campuses, school districts such as Oakland Unified are rebooting the traditional summer education model by blending academics with recreational activities intended to prevent students from falling even further behind. Michelle Maitre in the Oakland Tribune -- 7/31/13

State News: July 31, 2013

CalSTRS investment entangled in legal dispute over playground for rich -- Tucked away in the vast investment portfolio of the California teachers pension fund is a luxury resort in Montana that features lavish villas, pristine golf links and world-class ski slopes. Charles Piller in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13

Supporters of inmates on hunger strike urge Jerry Brown to act -- Supporters of California prison inmates on a weeks-long mass hunger strike convened on the Capitol Tuesday morning to urge Gov. Jerry Brown to take a more active role in resolving the protest. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times$ 7/31/13

California will spend $232.9 billion in new state budget -- California will spend $232.9 billion during the 2013-14 fiscal year if the recently enacted state budget is precisely followed. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13

Morain: A cost of dismantling mental health care -- Kathy Gaither, the person in charge of daily operations at the California Department of State Hospitals, went on an unexplained administrative leave earlier this month, a week after the state Senate confirmed her appointment. Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/31/13

CFT in the News: July 30, 2013

City College of San Francisco: 99% vs. corporate education reform
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The California Federation of Teachers recently labeled the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) a "rogue college accreditation commission." by: Michelle Kern July 29 2013

Immigration Reform Press Conference and Town Hall
Labor, Community, and Academic Leaders to Participate
Los Angeles, CA–On Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, the UCLA Labor Center, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) will hold a press conference in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Education News: July 30, 2013

Even if CCSF survives, dropping enrollments could transform it
Officials at City College of San Francisco are striving to convey the news that their school is "open, accredited and enrolling." That message is essential because CCSF's enrollment matters if it is to remain the institution that students remember. by Andrea Koskey

College accreditation report accepted
“Very few colleges are not on sanction, and we’re very proud to be one of them,” Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna told the board of trustees at its July 18 meeting.
Faculty and administrators at Feather River College can breathe deeply once again, as the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accepted the school’s follow-up report submitted in March. Laura Beaton Staff Writer 7/30/2013

Parents to weigh in on how school districts spend new funds -- A new report out Monday by the State’s Legislative Analyst spells out accountability measures school districts must meet under California’s new funding formula, which gives district with lots of low-income or English-learning students more money - and more control over how to spend it. One significant requirement: schools must get input from parents about how to spend the money. Julie Small KPCC -- 7/30/13

Rosenblatt: 21st Century Learning easier said (or written) than done -- In one of the more exciting moments in my tenure on the San Carlos School Board, this spring we passed a new Strategic Plan that recognizes and addresses the need for fundamental structural changes in a public education system designed for an era long past. Seth Rosenblatt EdSource -- 7/30/13

Less Emphasis on Test Scores in New Funding Formula
The Legislative Analyst's Office has just released a brief on the rollout of the new local control funding formula for K-12 schools. Beginning this year, districts with large numbers of at-risk students will get more state funding. But now they’ll have to show improvement in multiple areas, not just testing. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis

State News: July 30, 2013

California groups worry over environmental law reform -- A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning California legislative leaders that a plan to rewrite the state's landmark environmental law could lead to more lawsuits and make it harder to approve responsible projects - the opposite of what lawmakers hope to achieve with the overhaul. Laura Olson Associated Press -- 7/30/13

Unemployment benefits, water top Jerry Brown's post-vacation list -- Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13. Anthony York in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/30/13

Education News: July 29, 2013

National Spotlight: Districts adapt policies for new devices in classroom -- It used to be that in most schools across the nation, students were banned from using cell phones and other personal gadgets while on campus. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/29/13

Saving City College of San Francisco -- Bob Agrella, the special trustee entrusted with saving City College of San Francisco, wants to make one thing clear: City College is fully accredited and open for business, and his intention is to keep it that way. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/29/13

Moody's cuts San Francisco Community College District GO bonds
(Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service said on Friday it cut San Francisco Community College District's general obligation bonds to A2 from A1, affecting about $358 million of debt.  Fri Jul 26, 2013

Recruiting on campus for MBAs is on the rise -- On-campus recruiting for business graduate students at the nation's colleges is on the rise, with nearly half of schools reporting an increase, according to a report on MBA hiring trends released last week. Darrell Smith in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/13

Rep. Honda homes in on STEM gulf with new advisory board -- Congressman Mike Honda convened the first meeting of a newly formed STEM advisory board on Friday, bringing together dozens of leaders from tech companies, nonprofits, and local universities and school systems. Preeti Upadhyaya Silicon Valley Business Journal -- 7/29/13

The Teacher's Guide to Social Media -- Education is a two-way street — oftentimes, those who teach could stand to learn a few things as well. Social media, for one, is largely dominated by Generation Y. We invented it, we grew up with it and we know it like the back of our keyboard-ready hands. Eric Larson Mashable -- 7/29/13

Education News: July 27-28, 2013

Debate looms over how to spend money for high-needs students -- As school districts statewide get their first revenue installment from Gov. Jerry Brown's new education funding model, Los Angeles Unified officials are debating the best way to boost the performance of disadvantaged students. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/28/13

California national rank on per-pupil spending abysmal, but tide is poised to change -- It's difficult to believe now, but there was a time -- through the eras of flower children, bell bottoms and disco -- when the Golden State was widely seen as the gold standard on education spending. Rob Kuznia in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/28/13

More money per pupil to bring out-of-classroom improvements to schools -- Inland Empire public schools are going to be getting more money per student in the coming school year. Even if it doesn't show up in the classroom, it'll still have an impact, say local experts. Beau Yarbrough in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/28/13

Cal State L.A. graduate students hone crime scene expertise -- In the same building as the LAPD's crime lab, the university's 'criminalistics' program is training a new generation of scientists who will analyze and interpret evidence. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/28/13

Critics question billion-dollar tutoring program -- Community college student Ernesto Fajardo was looking for a seasonal job two years ago when a friend told him about an opening at a federally subsidized tutoring company. Melody Gutierrez in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/28/13

GED test changes have students scrambling -- Across the state and nation, adults are racing to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates by December -- or start all over again with tougher, computerized tests next year. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/27/13

Hiltzik: The perils of online college learning -- The failure of San Jose State's Udacity courses highlight an inherent problem: treating the educational content as secondary to Silicon Valley's much-hyped tools provided by the online platform. Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/27/13
All of LA's 640,000 schoolkids will get iPads by the end of 2014 -- After signing a $30 million iPad deal with Apple in June, the Los Angeles School Board of Education has revealed the full extent of the program that will provide tablets to all students in the district. Matt Brian The Verge -- 7/27/13

State News: July 29, 2013

Gov. Brown seeks overhaul of unemployment insurance program -- With so many people in California needing to use benefits, the state has had to borrow from the feds. Proposal would make businesses pay more. Marc Lifsher in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13

Walters: Economist questions California's energy conservation claims -- It's right there on the California Energy Commission's website – the oft-ballyhooed boast that the state's tight energy conservation standards have saved countless billions of kilowatts of power and "more than $74 billion in reduced electricity bills since 1975." Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/29/13

Skelton: Pat Brown stood firm on civil rights -- But comparing the father's fight against Prop. 14 to Jerry Brown refusing to defend Prop. 8 is ludicrous. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13

Landmark California regulations under federal fire -- Companies are going through Congress to fight California's stricter workplace, consumer and environmental laws. Gridlock and sympathetic Republicans in the House could work in their favor. Evan Halper in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/29/13

CFT in the News: July 26, 2013

Accreditation Issues, 13.9% Enrollment Drop: City College Urging Students To Register For Fall Classes
City College of San Francisco officials along with state Assemblyman Phil Ting were reminding students today to register for classes this fall.

Alissa Messer, president of the teachers’ union AFT 2121, said the quality of education has never been in question during the accreditation process.

Assemblymember Ting Encourages Students to Enroll at City College of San Francisco
San Francisco – Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D – San Francisco) held a press conference today urging students to continue to enroll in classes at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). Ting was joined by CCSF Board of Trustees President, John Rizzo, Trustees Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, and Dr. Anita Grier, AFT2121 President, Alisa Messer, outgoing Academic Senate President, Karen Saginor, and outgoing VP of Communications, Associated Students of Ocean Campus, Melanie Ortanez. By  AsianWeek Staff – July 25, 2013

Elected officials vow to work on effort to save CCSF from closure
Elected leaders are throwing lifelines to City College of San Francisco as they look for ways to help save the state's largest community college. by Andrea Koskey

Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the Revocation of Accreditation of City College of San Francisco
The Steering Committee of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP) unequivocally opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) [accjc [at] accjc.org] to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

1. The CA-AAUP joins the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the California Federation of Teachers in asking the Department of Education to reverse AJCC’s decision to revoke CCSF accreditation;*

Education News: July 26, 2013

San Jose school district paid teachers, administrators more than required -- Even in tight budget years, the Alum Rock Union School District paid many of its teachers and administrators more than required by its contracts and rules, a practice that in 10 years has cost more than $1 million. Sharon Noguchi in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/26/13

CSU audit dings globe-trotting employee for suspect spending -- An internal audit by the California State University reveals a pattern of questionable travel expenses by an employee in the university's risk management division, including a tour of a giraffe center in Kenya, excessive lodging costs at hotels in London and Tel Aviv and brief overnight stays in San Francisco, St. Louis and New York City that left no time for conducting business in those cities. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/26/13

‘Run, hide, fight’ new mantra for schools in post-Newtown environment -- Traditional school safety techniques had students huddling in locked classrooms and waiting for rescue if danger approached during school hours. But tragic lessons in Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., have given rise to new recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education for keeping students safe: Run away and hide, they say. Or if you have to, fight. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 7/26/13

Former Michigan State provost nominated to head UC Riverside -- The former No. 2 administrator at Michigan State and a recent finalist to lead several other public universities across the country has been nominated to be the next chancellor of UC Riverside, officials announced Thursday. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/26/13

State News: July 26, 2013

Ballot measure targets doctors overprescribing pain meds -- California's low medical malpractice cap is the hot item in a proposed ballot initiative filed Thursday, but the measure also seeks to stop physician drug abuse and keep doctors from over-prescribing pain medications. Kathy Robertson Sacramento Business Journal -- 7/26/13

CFT in the News: July 25, 2013

City College of San Francisco Enrollment Plunges After Threatened Accreditation Loss
By Alex Emslie July 25, 2013 Posted by KQED News Staff
City College of San Francisco is facing a heavy loss of students following the announcement early this month that the school’s accreditation will be terminated next summer if a review and appeal don’t reverse the decision.

Some classes that are usually full by now have just a few students, said City College faculty union president Alisa Messer, who’s been fielding calls from panicked teachers.

Education News: July 25, 2013

City College of San Francisco Trustees to Address Accreditation Situation
By NBC Bay Area Staff Thursday, Jul 25, 2013
A special news conference is being held today to talk about the fate of California's biggest junior college.
Members of City College of San Francisco’s board of trustees will address the state's decision to strip the college of its accreditation in July of 2014.

LAUSD parents, teachers fight mainstreaming of disabled kids -- Waving signs and chanting "Our kids, our choice," scores of Los Angeles Unified parents and teachers protested the looming transfer of hundreds of disabled students from special-education centers to traditional schools, as the district complies with laws to integrate students who have physical and developmental challenges. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/25/13

Advocates: Start spending new money now on high-needs students -- Two dozen organizations advocating for disadvantaged students wrote county and school district superintendents and chater school administrators Wednesday reminding them that the new funding formula directing more money to low-income kids and English learners is now the law even though the initial regulations for the system are months away. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/25/13

Deferred classroom repairs loom as a costly crisis for taxpayers -- For years, the Legislature conditioned the use of state bond funds that helped schools make major renovations on requirements that districts set aside some of their own money for facility upkeep and maintenance. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/25/13

Jordan High's staff shakeup puts students on better track -- New, motivated teachers have helped improve test scores. The school's turnaround is a key to redeveloping the housing project. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/13

State attorney general probes San Diego company's for-profit colleges -- As part of a wider investigation into for-profit and online colleges, the California attorney general on Wednesday moved to obtain potential evidence about the telemarketing, enrollment and financial practices of two schools owned by a San Diego company. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/25/13

CA officials encourage Latino students to pursue higher education -- Legislators and state officials extolled the power of education to a group of 120 students participating in the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project at the state Capitol on Wednesday. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/25/13

State education officials: We’re sticking with Common Core -- As the political debate swirls in some statehouses over the Common Core math and reading standards, most state education officials responsible for implementing the new K-12 standards are confident that their states will stick with the program, according to a survey released Wednesday. Lyndsey Layton in the Washington Post$ -- 7/25/13

Senate passes student loan interest rate compromise -- A hard fought deal to keep student loan interest rates down cleared the Senate Wednesday on a 81-18 vote, despite strong opposition from liberal Democrats who believe it would make skyrocketing student debt even worse in the long run. Libby A. Nelson Politico Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post$ -- 7/25/13

Stanford ranked top U.S. university on Forbes list -- California schools bested East Coast universities in Forbes' annual ranking of top U.S. colleges on Wednesday, with Stanford University and Pomona College capturing the top two spots. Patricia Reaney Reuters -- 7/25/13

Stanford University Is Investigating An Apparent Security Breach, Urges Community To Reset Passwords -- Stanford University urged network users to change their passwords late Wednesday evening, explaining that it “is investigating an apparent breach of its information technology infrastructure.” Billy Gallagher TechCrunch -- 7/25/13

State News: July 25, 2013

Revamp Capitol lobbying rules, say watchdogs -- There are a lot of titles used around the state Capitol for those who hope to influence the work of the Legislature and governor. But only one -- 'lobbyist' -- comes with a formal set of rules. John Myers News10 -- 7/25/13

CalBuzz: Larry Jinks: How Politics Has Decayed Over 70 Years -- My old friend and colleague Phil Trounstine greeted me with a question: “How long have you been following politics in this country? Sixty years?” “More like 70,” I said. “I used to listen to political conventions on the radio when I was a kid.” Larry Jinks CalBuzz -- 7/25/13

CFT in the News: July 24, 2013

Fight to Appeal City College’s Accreditation Status Continues
July 23, 2013
When she first came to City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in 2002, Shanell Williams, who had just come out of the foster care and drug court system, says she wasn’t fully prepared to succeed academically. She ended up dropping out of school to work full time and to get her own place.

The California Federation of Teachers, along with the CCSF faculty union, American Federation of Teachers and Local 2121, filed a nearly 300-page complaint against the accreditation commission, charging them with conflict of interest…

Education News: July 24, 2013

Contra Costa Community Colleges Reap Rewards Of Prop. 30 Money
CONTRA COSTA CO. (KCBS)— East Bay community colleges  are beginning to reap the benefits of the passage of Proposition 30 last November. The tax initiative is helping to make more classes available to students; something they haven’t seen available in a long time. Reporting Dave Padilla July 23, 2013

Imperial Valley, Other Southern California Colleges Given Accreditation Warning

Six college in Los Angeles, Orange and Imperial Counties were given the least severe sanction, a warning, by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges earlier this month. The schools have until March 2014 to address the shortcomings visiting reviewers found. Those included things like management structure fixes and assuring colleges have enough staff to properly serve students. By Kyla Calvert Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why democracy matters
EDITORIAL There's a troubling anti-democratic trend taking place in this country, one that's been recently reflected everywhere from the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down key provisions of the landmark Voting Rights Act to City College of San Francisco losing its accreditation and being placed under state control. 07.23.13 SFBG

Cal State trustees approve pay for six presidents -- with no raises -- Presidents Willie J. Hagan at Dominguez Hills will receive $295,000; Eduardo M. Ochoa at Monterey Bay, $270,315; Joseph F. Sheley at Stanislaus, $270,000; Joseph I. Castro at Fresno, $299,000; William A. Covino at L.A., $299,000; and Donald J. Para, interim president at Long Beach, $320,329. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/24/13

State rushes first of Local Control money out to schools -- A total of $26.7 billion is going out from the controller’s office by July 31, which represents the first regular installment for the fiscal year as well as about $2.1 billion for LCFF activities. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/24/13

Irritation or two aside, charter leaders pleased with new funding system -- California Charter Schools Association chief executive Jed Wallace turned rhapsodic in a message last month to charter school operators summarizing the impact of the new school funding system on their campuses. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/24/13

Dems argue over bill to reduce student loan rates -- A compromise bill in Congress could reverse the doubling of student loan interest rates that took effect at the beginning of the month, saving California students an average of $1,565 in loan repayments. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/24/13

L.A. Fund unveils Shepard Fairey art project in LAUSD campaign -- Los Angeles Unified on Tuesday unveiled its final public arts project under a recent campaign -- a bold graphic by contemporary artist Shepard Fairey that will be displayed on bus wraps and hundreds of billboards promoting the importance of creativity in education. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/24/13

Affeldt: California moving away from Washington’s corporate education reform -- California’s shift to a new weighted student funding model represents just the most recent example of how Democratic state policymakers here are charting a different course in education policy than the Obama Administration and Congress. John Affeldt EdSource -- 7/24/13

State News: July 24, 2013

Prison officials and inmate advocates discuss hunger strike -- California prison officials met Tuesday with advocates for inmates on the third week of a hunger strike. The action was taken to protest the long-term solitary confinement of thousands of inmates with ties to prison gangs. Julie Small KPCC -- 7/24/13

Jerry Brown's approval ratings take a dip but remain high -- Public approval of Gov. Jerry Brown has dipped from a high point earlier this year, but he continues to enjoy support from a majority of California voters, according to a Field Poll being released today. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/24/13

CFT in the News: July 23, 2013

We're Taxing the Rich... and So Can You
Progressive Taxation is an Alternative to Austerity
by FRED GLASS, July 23, 2013
There is no alternative to austerity,” insist the rich, along with their politicians, foundations, think tanks, and media.

At that point the governor called in CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to talk.

Education News: July 23, 2013

There is a way forward for City College
by John Rizzo
City College of San Francisco is currently enrolling students, is open and is fully accredited — at least until July 2014. But there is a good chance that it will remain open and accredited after that.

City College of San Fran offering free classes despite losing accreditation over financial concerns
By Katherine Timpf
The City College of San Francisco plans to continue to offer the community free classes this fall, despite having been stripped of its accreditation over a shortage of money.
Closure of seven Sacramento schools upheld -- A federal judge on Monday denied a bid by parents seeking to prevent Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary campuses. The judge said blocking the district was not warranted based on the evidence plaintiffs presented in court. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/13

CSU To Pay New Presidents the Same as Predecessors
Cal State trustees are sticking to new rules on executive compensation and paying six new campus presidents what their predecessors earned. The trustees meet Tuesday in Long Beach, and among other things, the compensation packages are on their agenda. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis

Why Charter Schools Are Tearing Public Campuses Apart
By Gary Cohn Posted on 22 July 2013
For more than 30 years each, Cheryl Smith-Vincent and Cheryl Ortega have shared a passion for teaching public school in Southern California. Smith-Vincent teaches third grade at Miles Avenue Elementary School in Huntington Park; before retiring, Ortega taught kindergarten at Logan Street Elementary School in Echo Park.

State News: July 23, 2013

Field Poll: Californians' assessment of Obama plunges -- California voters' approval of President Barack Obama has plummeted to just over 50 percent, according to the Field Poll released Monday. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/23/13

CFT in the News: July 22, 2013

We're Taxing the Rich... and So Can You
July 22, 2013 / Fred Glass
“There is no alternative to austerity,” insist the rich, along with their politicians, foundations, think tanks, and media.
They’ve been saying it for decades. “Taxes are bad,” they also claim. “Government doesn’t work. And public employees are greedy.”

At that point the governor called in CFT President Joshua Pechthalt to talk. - See more at:

Education News: July 21-22, 2013

More community colleges facing accreditation problems -- Cutbacks are seen as one reason for lack of maintaining standards. Students' credits can be in jeopardy if campuses lose their status. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/22/13

Community college opens doors for women
Linda D. Hallman July 21, 2013
Strong emphasis on programs will increase women's access to STEM training and careers.
The pictures from NASA look great: Four women and four men make up the agency's latest astronaut class. Unfortunately, this gender parity remains elusive in most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workplaces. Women make up nearly 50% of the wider workforce yet hold fewer than 25% of all jobs in STEM fields.

Districts leave Washington without waiver but still confident one is coming -- Representatives of nine California districts did not head home from Washington on Friday, after two and a half days of intense discussions with federal officials, with the waiver from the No Child Left Behind law that they had been hoping for. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/22/13

As Arizona governor, Napolitano put higher education on agenda -- The next UC system president placed an emphasis on medical and science facilities, saying training would fill job needs in her state. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/22/13

CA produces only half the number of special ed teachers needed -- Even as enrollment in special education programs statewide continues to escalate, California’s teacher credentialing system is turning out only about half the number of fully authorized classroom educators needed to serve students with disabilities. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/22/13

Vargo: Let districts choose from an effective marketplace of Common Core providers -- After a long period of hesitation, California has finally gotten serious about the Common Core State Standards. Merrill Vargo EdSource -- 7/22/13

Alternative education for troubled California students raises questions -- Youth advocates say Erick's situation typifies a troubling pattern of authorities removing students from regular school and dispatching them to alternative campuses, where plans sometimes seem disturbingly casual – including long stretches of stay-at-home independent study. Susan Ferriss in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13

School districts moving quickly to meet national education standards -- The teams of Los Angeles Unified educators huddled around the auditorium of the Northridge middle school, brainstorming and debating innovative new strategies for teaching math. Barbara Jones in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/21/13

With student demand flagging, law schools and law firms adapt -- When McGeorge School of Law announced July 5 that it would be reducing the size of its staff and student body by 40 percent, it was acknowledging a harsh new reality for law schools: Demand for their diplomas has dropped. Jack Newsham in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13

iPads on the way for education overhaul -- School districts are going on computer buying sprees as they ramp up for the introduction of the Common Core curriculum in fall 2014 and the state's new online tests in 2015. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/21/13

Work paid off for Watts winners in national engineering contest -- Four students from Markham Middle School in Watts poured 500 hours into a prosthetic arm design that took top honors in MESA USA's national contest. "I feel like somebody now," Jacqueline Sanchez says. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/21/13

State News: July 22, 2013

Bill Would Make Union Talks Confidential
By Max Pringle  
A bill that would give union officials confidentiality protection when they speak with their members is under consideration at the California capitol.

Walters: Big money in California influences huge money -- The Bee has published an online database about lobbying expenditures during the 2011-12 legislative session totaling $564 million, up about 5 percent from the previous two-year period. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13

Rhee: With Voting Rights Act gutted, who will protect electorate? -- A couple of weeks before the 2004 presidential election, Luis Alejo found out that the only polling place in Pajaro – a poor, largely Latino farming community just outside Watsonville – wasn't going to open. To vote, several hundred residents would have to trek nearly 10 miles to Aromas, without easy public transit. Foon Rhee in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/21/13

CFT In the News:  7/19/13

Strategy to boost voting in South LA is both high-tech and personal

89.3 KPCC (blog)-2 hours ago

... 31 community-based groups in a statewide alliance known as California Calls. ... Courage Campaign and California Federation of Teachers.

FACCC President Dean Murakami shares his goals for the 2013-2014 year. ... FACCC ...  dmurakami - YouTube

Is Higher Ed the Next Target of Corporate 'Reformers'?

In These Times-19 hours ago

Instead of focusing on the caliber of instruction and educational programs, claims former California Federation of Teachers President Martin ...  As students at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) registered for fall classes this month, ... As many community colleges have turned their backs on open-door ...

CCSF: 7/19/13

CCSF trustees aren't optimistic about their replacement's chance to ...

San Francisco Examiner-10 hours ago

For a year, Robert Agrella helped leaders at City College of San Francisco implement reforms designed to stave off school closure. And once accreditation ...

Community College Accreditation Does Not Guarantee Quality ...

IVN News-19 hours ago

The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is in the process of losing its accreditation–its ability to award meaningful degrees and transferable credits to students ...

Education News:  7/19/13

San Jose State suspends collaboration with online provider -- San Jose State suspends its project with Udacity to offer low-cost, for-credit online courses after many students fail to pass them. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/19/13  

House poised to leave 'No Child' behind -- Republicans lined up Thursday behind a bill that would roll back the federal government’s involvement in education, despite concerns earlier this week that the party’s more conservative members weren’t on board with the legislation. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/19/13

UC Davis unveils plan for World Food Center -- UC Davis officials are forging a plan to turn the campus into a nexus for food research, policy and new technology, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi told the University of California Board of Regents on Thursday. Edward Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/19/13

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/19/5577862/uc-davis-unveils-plan-for-world.html

LAUSD proposes transformation of arts education program -- Five years after Los Angeles Unified's arts programs were devastated by the recession, district officials want to pump millions of dollars into arts education and integrate dance, music, theater and the visual arts into core academic classes. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/19/13 

Older adult and parent ed programs left out of adult education budget compromise -- An effort to narrow adult education’s core mission is being met with resistance from advocates for older adult and parent education programs, which would lose funding under a budget compromise crafted by supporters of adult education and Gov. Jerry Brown. Susan Frey EdSource -- 7/19/13 

UC Scrambles to Meet Demand for Engineering Grads

The head of the University of California's top engineering college says the public university has failed to meet the national and global demand for high-tech talent. The Engineering Dean at UC Berkeley says he’s stuck rejecting hundreds of qualified students, because he can not afford to train them. Reporter: Aarti Shahani. KQED California Report 

COS makes changes to save school

Hanford Sentinel-19 hours ago

The changes began after the college received a sanction from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and was threatened with the ...

UC Regents confirm Janet Napolitano as next president Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7/18/13University of California regents today confirmed the nomination of President Barack Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security as the next president of the 10-campus   

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State News: 7/19/13

AM Alert: Who is lobbying California lawmakers?

We start with a bit of shameless self-promotion today: The Bee's state lobbying database has been updated to include data on the California Legislature's most recent 2011-2012 session.

While you might not be able to get details on the dollars thrown at the current session, you can still comb through the half-billion in lobbying money from last session to get a sense of where the funds are flowing.

Brown tackles debt wall, but other walls loom large -- When Gov. Jerry Brown first compared California's growing debt problems to a massive wall between the state's current position and its future, it instantly caught on with everyone from pundits to policy makers. After all, everyone knew the state had a problem that needed to be addressed. John Myers News10 -- 7/19/13  

Education News: July 18, 2013

ACCREDITATION WATCH And -FEATURING ACCJC GONE WILD  - on you tube Save CCSF featuring Marty Hittelman Published on Jul 11, 2013 Marty Hittleman, author of "ACCJC Gone Wild," delivers a scathing critique of the private accrediting agency which just de-accredited

Why This California College's Loss Of Accreditation Should Scare You PolicyMic 7/18/13

Last year the, the California Federation of Teachers filed a complaint against the ACCJC for a violation of federal and state law and for a conflict of interest

Community College Accreditation Does Not Equate to Quality ... IVN News-3 hours ago The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is in the process of losing its accreditation, its ability to award meaningful degrees and transferable credits to students.

Editorial: Will Napolitano perpetuate UC's bloated pay? By the Editorial Board - Updated: 12:20 am As the University of California Board of Regents votes Thursday on a new president, Californians should watch the compensation package.

Sac Bee AM Alert: Janet Napolitano faces UC confirmation vote Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7/18/13

Today we turn to San Francisco, where the University of California's Board of Regents is voting on whether Janet Napolitano, until earlier this month head of the Department of Homeland Security, should be the next president of the UC system.

UC chief nominee Janet Napolitano has long involvement in university affairs -- If Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is appointed UC president on Thursday, Californians will be getting more than just a big-name politician who has wrangled unwieldy bureaucracies and responded to natural disasters, supporters say. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/18/13

Muslim Student Named to Board By UC Regents Janet Napolitano is expected to make her first public appearance as the next president of the University of California today. The UC Board of Regents will formally present her with the job at its meeting in San Francisco. But the former Secretary of Homeland Security won’t be the only new face on the board. Reporter: Ana Tintocolis. KQED 7/18/13

The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues KQED by Claudio Sanchez | July 16, 2013 Charter schools turn 21 this year. In that time, these privately run, publicly funded schools have spread to 41 states and enrolled more than 2 million students. But one key question lingers: Do kids in charter schools learn more than kids in traditional public schools? The Charter School Vs. Public School Debate Continues A new K-12 funding system demands new thinking in building local budgets -- As the most sweeping change in K-12 school funding in decades, the new school finance system that took effect this month will require school officials to clear their minds of old formulas and assumptions and to think anew in constructing their budgets. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/18/13

LAUSD's Grumpy Old Man Richard Vladovic Could Squelch Reform -- For the first time in six years, the politicians on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, responsible for educating one in every 10 children in California, have chosen a new president, the inscrutable Richard Vladovic. Hillel Aron LA Weekly -- 7/18/13

‘Stand Your Ground’ group pushes privatization of public education -- The group behind “Stand Your Ground” laws in a number of states has been mighty busy working to get laws passed in the area of school reform — and the aim has been the privatization of public education. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post$ -- 7/18/13

State News: July 18, 2013

Americans Want Congress to Pass the Senate Immigration Bill -- United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll finds even Republicans want the House to move reform with a citizenship path. Shane Goldmacher National Journal -- 7/18/13

Education News: July 17, 2013

The following article brought to our attention by Julien Minard.

Professor Balderama presented at a CFT Convention about repatriation with his wife, former ABCFT member Christine Valenciana and Christine's mother, Emelia, a survivor of the deportations:

Raymond Rodriguez dies at 87; documented 1930s mass deportations to Mexico By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times Story | July 6, 2013 | 2:13 PM Raymond Rodriguez was 10 years old in 1936 ... the Mexican community," Rodriguez and co-author Francisco Balderrama wrote in the 1995 ... Angeles County officials. Rodriguez, 87, a former Long Beach ... without the scholarly work by Ray and Francisco, no one but a handful of ...

Opposition rises to Janet Napolitano as next UC president -- Objection is mounting to the nomination of Janet Napolitano as the next University of California president, with students and immigration activists planning to protest against her at Thursday's meeting of the governing Board of Regents in San Francisco. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/17/13

UC Community Weighs in on Janet Napolitano University of California Regents will meet in San Francisco to vote on the appointment of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to be the next UC president. It's considered one of the most prestigious jobs in higher education. Many people are praising Napolitano’s decades-long history of managing large agencies. But others are asking whether she's the right fit for the job. Reporter: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez. KQED California Report 7/17/13

Funding Cuts Mean UC Nursing Degree to Cost More KQED California Report 7/17/13

Federal funding for nursing programs at the University of California are under the weather. UC officials say the situation is forcing them to place a heavier tuition burden on nursing students in graduate programs. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis. KQED California Report 7/17/13 California budget includes new emphasis on foster youth in schools -- The odds were stacked against Cookiey Ropati when she started high school four years ago. As a foster child, she had a less-than-50-percent chance of graduating from high school and a less-than-3-percent chance of going on to college. Theresa Harrington in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/17/13 

Student loan debt tops $1 trillion -- Federal student loan debt has topped $1 trillion, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will announce Wednesday, a milestone that will only intensify the debate in Congress over what to do about student loan interest rates. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/17/13

House GOP rolls out conservative education bill -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made a fresh push Tuesday to pass a massive rewrite of No Child Left Behind, as Republicans try to roll back the controversial education performance standards of the past decade while touting conservative priorities like charter school vouchers. Libby A. Nelson Politico -- 7/17/13

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States push back against Common Core standards Opposition to Common Core — the national curriculum standards championed by governors and the Obama administration — is heating up throughout the country as legislators and activists across the political … Daily Caller · ByRobby Soave · 37 minutes ago

Et tu, Jerry Brown? Wall Street Journal-1 hour ago Jerry Brown, a liberal Democrat, was forced to choose between two dear political friends: President Obama and the California Teachers Association. Guess who ...

State News: July 17, 2013

Numbers Show State's Economy Improving The latest numbers from California’s Department of Finance show the state’s economy is steadily improving. Reporter: Scott Detrow.

University of California, AFSCME contract talks deadlocked strike and union accusations that its medical facilities are understaffed and poorly managed, the University of California

CFT In the News: July 16, 2013

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Harris Fox and Hounds Daily-11 minutes ago California's attorney general showed again she knows how to get things moving in a tough situation. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ... The quick turnaround was crucial, since Brown had filed a compromise initiative (he'd dropped his original to make a deal with progressive groups, including the California Federation Teachers) so late that, under the normal timeline, his measure might ...

Education News: July 16, 2013

CCSF:

Political Heavyweights Push Effort To Regain Accreditation At City ... CBS Local-27 minutes ago SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco's four members of the state legislature have issued a joint endorsement of City College of San Francisco, with the ...

City College Of San Francisco Loses Accreditation, Tens Of ... Latin Post-4 hours ago The City College of San Francisco learned on Wednesday that it will lose its accreditation a year from now, in addition to their Board of Trustees losing their ...

San Francisco Bay Guardian-15 hours ago City College will Appeal 7/9/13  7/9/13

KCBS In Depth: Crisis At City College Of San Francisco CBS Local-17 hours ago SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — City College of San Francisco is under threat of closure, after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges ...

S&P cuts San Francisco Community College District GO rating MSN Money-22 hours ago July 15 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday cut its rating on San Francisco Community College District, California, general obligation ...

Hart: $50M economic impact if NMC meets the same fate Saipan Tribune-Jul 15, 2013 (Northern Mariana Islands and around the globe) The City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation on July 3 and was given a year to prepare for its closure. The institution is among the largest in California, ...

California holds out on teacher evaluations, federal education plan UPI.com-10 hours ago SACRAMENTO, July 15 (UPI) -- A federal plan to reward the best school teachers has been stalled by California's refusal to participate in ...

Critics question how next UC president was chosen -- But some skeptics are voicing concerns about her lack of education administrative credentials and question the secretive process that led to her selection. Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/16/13

Bill curtailing school bond advisers as campaign conultants stalls in Senate -- A bill that would prohibit school districts from entering into financial contracts with the same firms that provide bond measure campaign services is being held over until next year as the author attempts to gain support for the proposal. Kimberly Beltran SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/16/13

Ex-Cal State San Marcos student gets prison for trying to rig election -- A 22-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for stealing the identities and computer passwords of more than 700 students so he could rig an election and become student body president at Cal State San Marcos. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/16/13
CORE districts to make final personal pitch for No Child Left Behind waiver -- Quickly running out of time, a delegation from nine California school districts will go to Washington this week to make a last pitch to federal officials for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/16/13

R Riley: California should embrace new national teacher preparation standards -- Are we finally about to get serious about improving the professional training of school teachers and principals in this country? And will California be a leader or laggard in this effort? Benjamin Riley EdSource -- 7/16/13

California's Public School Teachers Get Free Pass To The ... The San Francisco Appeal-18 hours ago The Exploratorium in San Francisco is offering free admission to 40,000 public school teachers over the next two years. The free admission program, sponsored ...

State News: July 16, 2013

Walters: Politicians gone bad in the news -- Politicians go to extraordinary lengths to convince voters and constituents that they are hard-working, sober and utterly devoted to their families and to societal betterment. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/16/13

Education News: July 13-15, 2013

VVC’s Troubles Opinion: Victorville Daily Press 7/15/13 When he was available, he was far too sympathetic to the California Federation of Teachers, the union that rules the school's full-time faculty members.

Teachers, Petaluma Schools District reach impasse Petaluma Argus Courier 7/15/13 The Petaluma City schools District and Petaluma Federation of Teachers are asking the assistance of a state mediator to help reach an agreement on a contract for the 2013-2014 school year.

University of California, State leaders Praise Napolitano Appointment Issues in Higher Education 7/15/13 “She might have a lot of background in government, but there is concern about the depth of her knowledge and experience in higher education,” said Bob Samuels, president of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents ...

CCSF:

County colleges weigh impact of looming CCSF closure San Mateo Daily Journal-6 hours ago The recent announcement that City College of San Francisco could lose its accreditation next year means some of its 85,000 students may look to neighboring ...

City College of San Francisco redoubles efforts to fight closure People's World-Jul 12, 2013 On July 3rd, 2013 another chapter in the saga of the future of City College of San Francisco (CCSF) took an unexpected turn when the accreditation committee, ...

City College of San Francisco to lose accreditation World Socialist Web Site-Jul 12, 2013 The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which one year ago threatened to revoke the accreditation of the City College of ...

Thousands March and Rally to Save City College of San Francisco IndyBay 7.13.13 On July 9, thousands marched down Market Street in San Francisco to the Department of Education to protest the privately run Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges' (ACCJC) revelation that they aim to terminate City College of San Francisco’s accreditation. Thousands of students could be cut off from this educational resource by 2014.

Dan Walters Daily: Why Janet Napolitano as UC president? Sac Bee Capitol Alert 7.15.13 Dan wonders why Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been selected as the next president of the University of California system.

Napolitano to inherit turmoil at helm of University of California -- In hiring Janet Napolitano to run the sprawling University of California, state officials are counting on the Homeland Security chief's political savvy and fund-raising prowess to restore a system racked by years of budget cuts and turmoil. Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 7/14/13

In Move to University of California, Napolitano Trades One Challenging Bureaucracy for Another -- The departing Homeland Security secretary may have had enough of Washington, but running the financially strained UC system is no cushy gig. Eliza Gray TIME -- 7/14/13

Janet Napolitano would take UC helm at a critical time -- Janet Napolitano would become UC president at a time when the system is under pressure to raise graduation rates and add more online classes. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13

Janet Napolitano the answer to UC problems? Head of union hopes so -- The head of an influential union said Friday that she hoped Janet Napolitano, nominated to lead the University of California system, would "restore the spirit of cooperation and respect" to the 10-campus system. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13

Praise for appointment of Janet Napolitano to UC President post -- Friday's news that a University of California Regents committee recommended U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the University of California presidency spread fast in California. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 7/13/13

UCLA 'Dreamers' express dismay at choice of Napolitano to head UC -- Seth Ronquillo is a fourth-year film and linguistics major at UCLA. He is co-chair of IDEAs, a group for students in the country illegally. Like many immigrant rights activists, he holds Janet Napolitano responsible for the increasing number of deportations during her tenure as Department of Homeland Security secretary. Cindy Chang in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13

California congressman criticizes Napolitano nomination -- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) said it was "disappointing to see an individual with such a poor record on civil liberties and government selected to run the University of California," he said in a statement. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/13/13

Janet Napolitano, picked as UC president, marks shift from academia to politics --

The University of California is about to get a little less Ivory Tower and a little more White House. Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/13/13

Douglas E. Mitchell: California facing a severe teacher shortage By Douglas E. Mitchell Special to the Mercury News Posted: 07/12/2013 01:00:00 PM PDTCalifornia public schools are about to face a serious shortage of qualified teachers. Prompt action is needed to prepare new teachers and avert a significant loss of educational quality.

Obama holds out against Obama’s education vision LA Times 7/15/13 WASHINGTON - California is almost always there to boost President Obama's policy agenda as he fights fierce headwinds in Congress, working with the executive branch to carry out the administration's vision on healthcare, renewable energy and clean air.

How Far Should Disciplined Students Have to Go for School? KQED California Report In Kern County, when students are removed from regular school they are dispatched to alternative campuses, where plans sometimes seem disturbingly casual and can include long stretches of stay-at-home independent study. Reporter: Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity.

Degrees, separation Sacramento State University survey says hundreds of ’super seniors’ can’t graduate 7/11/13 The term “super seniors” doesn't refer to a league of heroes past their prime. It's a pet name for the hundreds of students beyond their fourth year at Sacramento State University who have accumulated the necessary 120 units to graduate, but still don't have a degree to show for it.

President of Michelle Rhee’s group leaves -- After less than a year on the job, Kahlil Byrd will leave his post as president of the group StudentsFirst, according to a staff-wide email obtained by POLITICO. He will remain an adviser to the group. Byron Tau Politico -- 7/13/13

State board says no to Chino Valley charter school petition -- On Thursday, five California Board of Education members backed the charter application, while three voted against and one member abstained. At least six members need to support the motion for it to be approved. Canan Tasci in the Inland Daily Bulletin -- 7/14/13

Study: Low-income kids throughout California are missing out on ... San Jose Mercury News-2 hours ago California Food Policy Advocates' analysis of data provided by the state Department of Education shows that the number of free and reduced-price summer ...

California lawsuit challenges mandatory agency fees Education News: Internet based 7.14.13 SACRAMENTO – If the California Teachers Association and its parent, the National Education Association, represent Goliath, then ten teachers and a small union alternative called the Christian Educators Association International are fitting stand-ins for David.

State News: July 13-15, 2013

CCSF: July 11-12, 2013

Mayor Lee: “Adequate notice” Given For Additional Question Time ... The San Francisco Appeal-3 hours ago The voter-mandated monthly appearance of San Francisco's mayor in front of the city's ... about the potential loss of City College of San Francisco's accreditation.
City College of San Francisco has a year to prove it can govern itself San Francisco Chronicle (blog)-by Lois Kazakoff-5 hours ago Brice Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, told The Chronicle: I can guarantee you that if this institution (City College of San ...
City College of SF loses accreditation Party for Socialism and Liberation-7 hours ago The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers local 2121 have filed a complaint with the Department of ...

Calif. System's Chancellor Has Stern Words for City College of San ... Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)-8 hours ago The City College of San Francisco has failed to govern itself and must do “heavy lifting” to fix its problems, or it will lose its accreditation and be forced to close, ...

City College Of San Francisco Students, Supporters Plan Protest ...
Huffington Post-13 hours ago

Controversy Rages Over Potential Closure of City College of San ...SF Public Press

Agrella hopes to reverse San Francisco college's fortunes Santa Rosa Press Democrat-19 hours ago Now, he finds himself with the fate of City College of San Francisco in his hands. ...“What they have sanctioned San Francisco City College on has nothing to do ...

City College supporters march through streets of San Francisco Los Angeles Daily News-Jul 11, 2013 On Monday, the state's community college chancellor appointed a special trustee Monday to run City College of San Francisco, whose accreditation was ...

San Francisco Bay Guardian Examiner.com-14 hours ago Students, faculty, union organizers and citizen supporters of City College of San Francisco marched through the streets of San Francisco on July 9 to protest the ...

Fitch: San Francisco Comm. College Entering Uncharted Territory The Herald San Francisco Bay Guardian-15 hours ago City College disaster, starving BART, Cool Ghouls, Fruitvale Station, Non Stop Bhangra, ... (Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV ...| HeraldOnline.com-Jul 11, 2013

College monitors gone wild Los Angeles Times-Jul 11, 2013 City College of San Francisco's 85,000 students will lose their affordable public community college if its accreditation is revoked as scheduled. Some of the ...

ERRORS, EXAGGERATIONS AND BIAS in the FCMAT Report on ... Beyond Chron-Jul 11, 2013 Sensational but false information from the report was featured in the SF Chronicle. It was even referenced in a Sacramento hearing on community colleges.

Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the ... Bay Area Indymedia-Jul 11, 2013

Education News: July 11-12, 2013

States Push Post-Citizens United Reforms As Washington Stands Still Huffington Post-5 hours ago The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest union in the nation with 1.5 million members, gave ... Howard Berman (D-Calif.) ...

Rapid Response: Janet Napolitano is new UC president and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to head UC system Bee Capitol Alert 7.12.13 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that she will leave the federal government to become president of the University of California system.

UTLA: 85% of teachers rate superintendent below average -- L.A. Unified's teachers' union has again come out swinging at the superintendent, releasing a survey showing 85% of teachers gave Superintendent John Deasy a below average or poor job performance rating. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/12/13

Sacramento school plaintiffs allege faulty data behind closures -- A witness in the lawsuit seeking to block Sacramento City Unified from closing seven elementary schools testified today that the district overstated capacity of some campuses when it decided which ones to close. Loretta Kalb in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/12/13

Money flows to California schools, but little goes to summer programs -- Restoring library hours and reducing class size are high on the to-do lists of Sacramento-area school leaders now that more money is flowing their way. But summer school may have to wait. Diana Lambert in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/12/13

Drink up: Schools required to expand water service during meals -- Let them drink water. That’s the message of a new federal regulation that requires schools to expand free water service for students at meals, beginning in September. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource -- 7/12/13

Kids These Days: Unions, Workers' Rights and the "Now" Generation By Rebecca Band in the California Progress Report 7.12.13 
California Labor Federation …Young people are actually big fans of unions. Fully 61% of young people view labor unions favorably – and that’s more than 10 points higher than the national average, according to a new Pew poll. In fact, young people are the only age group that views unions more favorably than they view corporations.

"Go Public" – Finally, A Film That Celebrates Public Schools! Truth-Out-3 hours ago The underlying message is that while occasionally a rare teacher can light ... is Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. .... teachers unions, and the "parent trigger" law that California and several ...

State News: July 12, 2013

Schrag: Did Prop. 13 help produce the pension mess? -- Twenty years ago, the ever-perspicacious Joel Fox, who then headed the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, often complained that liberals were trying to blame everything that went wrong in California, from power failures to kidnapping, on Proposition 13. He even wrote a book spelling it all out. Peter Schrag in the Sacramento Bee$ --

 

CFT in the News: July 10, 2013

City College Of San Francisco Students, Supporters Plan Protest Over Loss Of Accredidation
The Huffington Post  |  By Tyler Kingkade
City College of San Francisco students, faculty members and California lawmakers on Tuesday planned to protest the community college's loss of accreditation.

The California Federation of Teachers has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education accusing the ACCJC of shredding documents to thwart a federal review of the commission's actions regarding the community college. The ACCJC insisted there were no irregularities in its CCSF accreditation decision.

City College of San Francisco special trustee given broader powers in bid to keep accreditation
By Kathryn Baron July 9th, 2013
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted unanimously Monday to elevate the special trustee overseeing City College of San Francisco, giving him extraordinary powers to assume control and management of the troubled community college in place of the locally elected Board of Trustees.

Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union, said the process is also taking a toll on teachers.

Opponents of City College takeover to march through SF
07.09.13 | Steven T. Jones

Opponents of last week’s decision to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco and place the district under state control until that death sentence becomes official in July 2014 plan to rally and march through San Francisco today [Tues/9] at 4pm.

Among the local officials who will join the march are Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, who this morning issued statements condemning the decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Nine Lives: City College May Still Survive
By Kate Conger Friday, Jul 12 2013
Last week's announcement that City College of San Francisco will have its accreditation revoked in June 2014 shocked the city. "It's imperative City College stay open," Mayor Ed Lee said. "I'm concerned about the devastating impact City College's termination would have on our great city."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating the commission itself, after a complaint by the California Federation of Teachers alleged misconduct in its evaluation of CCSF.

市大認證資格明年7月底中止
世界日報-Jul 4, 2013
加州教師工會AFT2121主席梅瑟(Alisa Messer)指出,舊金山市大付出數千小時改善營運的努力顯然白費,「事實上市大從一開始就不該被列入『必須 ...
SAVE CCSF
by MARY ANN IRWIN Tuesday Jul 9th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Statement by the Steering Committee of the CA-AAUP on the Revocation of Accreditation of City College of San Francisco
The Steering Committee of the California Conference of the American Association of University Professors (CA-AAUP) unequivocally opposes the recent decision of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) [accjc [at] accjc.org] to revoke accreditation for City College of San Francisco (CCSF).

Education News: July 10, 2013

Who killed City College
Loss of accreditation tied to federal push for austerity and a curriculum that feeds universities and the economy
The day City College of San Francisco heard it would close was the same day, July 3, that 19-year-old Dennis Garcia signed up for his fall classes.
With a manila folder tucked under his arm, he turned the corner away from the registration counter and strode by a wall festooned with black and white sketches of every City College chancellor since 1935, including a portrait of bespectacled founder Archibald Cloud. 07.09.13 | Joe Fitzgerald

Watch Protesters March for City College of San Francisco
July 9, 2013 • Posted by KQED News Staff
About 200 people marched to the Federal Department of Education's offices in San Francisco Tuesday to protest City College of San Francisco's loss of accreditation.

California to weigh science standards stressing experimentation -- California Board of Education will consider new science standards that replace memorization of facts with hands-on experimentation. Some say the state needs to improve its education, not its standards. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/10/13

California Considers New School Science Standards
Science has become more like science fiction in the past decade, with amazing innovations from stem cell research to driverless cars. Now science instruction in California could experience a transformation as well. Reporter: Ana Tintocalis

Despite drop in number of foster youth, significant educational obstacles remain -- Children’s advocates are welcoming a new report showing a sharp drop in the number of foster youth in California, but also caution that less isn’t necessarily a sign of improvement. This is especially the case in education, where most schools still have not figured out how to help foster youth succeed academically. Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/10/13

Los Angeles community colleges begin to deal with sanctions -- Los Angeles Mission College President Monte Perez had shut off his smartphone and sat down for a late afternoon movie when he had a bad feeling about the accreditation of his campus. Dana Bartholomew in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/10/13

Southern California is big summer destination for Chinese teenagers trying out American education -- Dozens of Chinese teenagers aboard the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday were headed to a summer English program in a religious school in the San Fernando Valley. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez KPCC -- 7/10/13

Looking for a solution to the jump in student loan interest rates -- Interest rates on federal student loans double to 6.8%, but Congress could pass a retroactive fix. Democrats want a short-term rate extension while a bipartisan group seeks a long-term solution. Marina Villeneuve in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/10/13

Harry Reid blasts student loan rate plans -- Senate Democratic leadership is showing no sign of letting up on its pursuit of a one-year extension of subsidized student loan rates of 3.4 percent. Burgess Everett Politico -- 7/10/13

Crowdsourced Classroom Opens Door to Interactive Learning -- In theory, the idea of online courses sounds extremely convenient. In reality, sitting in front of a computer screen passively watching a video and then filling out standard multiple choice quizzes can quickly become boring. Luisa Rollenhagen Mashable -- 7/10/13

New lawsuit an ‘assault’ on unions
A California lawsuit filed this spring against teachers unions could have widespread national implications for labor laws. Ten non-union teachers and the Christian Educators Association are suing their local, state and national unions, alleging that the organizations are forcing them to pay to support political activities they do not agree with in violation of their first amendment rights.
Why Republicans Want to Tax Students and Not Polluters
By Robert Reich
A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want to discourage, and not tax what we want to encourage.

State News: July 10, 2013

29,000 inmates enter 2nd day of hunger strike in largest prison protest in California history -- In the largest prison protest in California history, 29,000 inmates have refused to eat for a second day in a row to protest long-term isolation of inmates in what are called security housing units, or SHU. Julie Small KPCC Sharon Bernstein Reuters -- 7/10/13

Cascade of poor decisions led to broken Bay Bridge bolts, oversight panel says -- Taxpayers looking to place blame for the missteps behind the catastrophic failure of steel bolts on the new Bay Bridge will find plenty of targets in a blistering 102-page report unveiled this week and on the table for debate at a public meeting Wednesday. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/10/13

CalPERS to post 500,000 pensioners' data online -- The California Public Employees' Retirement System will launch a searchable pension database with information that is deemed public, such as a retiree's name, monthly gross pension payment and some employment history, said spokeswoman Amy Norris. The database is expected to go live next week. Associated Press -- 7/10/13

CFT in the News: July 9, 2013

Alisa Messer on KPFA - Up Front this morning

City College of San Francisco gets special trustee over accreditation
By Carla Rivera July 8, 2013
Trustee is appointed to address problems at City College of San Francisco, which is appealing an impending loss of accreditation.

"It's good and reassuring that the state chancellor cares about City College and recognizes that allowing it to shut down is not a reasonable option," said City College board member Rafael Mandelman. "But I have a real question about whether we can retain accreditation without a governing board, a question about how the process moves forward without locally elected officials participating."
Faculty union President Alisa Messer was also unconvinced.
"It doesn't appear that there are a lot of things, unfortunately, that will satisfy the accrediting commission," said Messer, an English instructor.

Advocates plan march on federal education officials in fight to save City College
SAN FRANCISCO — A coalition of City College San Francisco students, faculty and supporters are planning a march Tuesday to speak out against last Wednesday's decision to terminate the school's accreditation.
The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations.

Students And Faculty Marching On Feds In Protest Of Plan To Pull SF City College Accreditation
by Bay City News | July 8, 2013
A coalition of City College San Francisco students, faculty and supporters are planning a march Tuesday to speak out against last Wednesday’s decision to terminate the school’s accreditation.

The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations.

Education News: July 9, 2013

City College of San Francisco trustees lose power -- State officials stripped authority from the elected Board of Trustees for City College of San Francisco on Monday and installed a "special trustee" with unilateral powers to try and save the school from losing accreditation in one year. Nanette Asimov in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 7/9/13

Calif. removes City College of San Francisco board
SAN FRANCISCO—State officials have installed a new chief for City College of San Francisco in an effort to save the school from losing its accreditation.
The move comes after the school's elected Board of Trustees was stripped of authority on Monday. The Associated Press 07/09/2013 KTVN 07/09/2013

LAUSD summer school a 'sorry' experience with limited offerings -- "Sorry, we're not offering Spanish." "Sorry, algebra is full." "Sorry, your name's not on the list." "Sorry ..." "Sorry ..." "Sorry ..." And so it went early Monday at Chatsworth High School, where a couple hundred students had lined up by 8 a.m. in hopes of securing one of a handful of open seats in Los Angeles Unified's bare-bones summer school program. Barbara Jones in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/9/13

Boehner blames Senate Dems for student loan interest rate hike -- Speaker John Boehner on Monday blamed Senate Democrats and President Obama for letting interest rates double on student loans. Molly K. Hooper The Hill -- 7/9/13

With Vote Scheduled, Senate No Closer to Answer on Student Loans -- A week away from Washington with appearances at parades, barbecues and picnics did not push senators any closer to agreement on how to deal with expired federally subsidized student loan rates. Meredith Shiner Roll Call -- 7/9/13

McGeorge law school says it will shrink by more than 40 percent -- Student enrollment at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will scale down to about 600 students over the next three years, accompanied by about a 40 percent reduction in staff. Mark Glover in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/9/13

State News: July 9, 2013

Bay Bridge: Opening of new span to be delayed for weeks or months -- The broken bolts on the Bay Bridge have broken the schedule, forcing the construction team to postpone for weeks or months the opening of the Bay Area's shiny new white signature bridge. Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the San Jose Mercury

California prison officials say 30,000 inmates refuse meals -- California officials Monday said 30,000 inmates refused meals at the start of what could be the largest prison protest in state history. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/9/13

Businesses Among Top Recent Brown Donors -- California Governor Jerry Brown hasn’t officially said he’s running for re-election, but a burgeoning campaign account suggests it’s likely. And the list of donors may surprise you. Katie Orr Capital Public Radio -- 7/9/13

CFT in the News: July 8, 2013

Appeal or Bust
By Paul Fain July 8, 2013
There are no clear answers to the question of where City College of San Francisco’s 85,000 students will go if the college shuts down next year.

"We've been losing an incredible amount of talent, both through retirement and people going elsewhere," said Alisa Messer, an English instructor at City College and president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the college’s primary faculty union.

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7/8/13 6pm Sunday
Setting the record straight about the BART union is executive director of SEIU Pete Castelli. At 6:30pm, Alisa Messer and Li Miao Lovett are from AFT 2121 in the studio to discuss the ACCJC stripping City College of its accreditation, effective July 31, 2014.

San Francisco City College to Lose Accreditation
July 7, 2013 | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO — The agency that certifies two-year colleges in the western United States told City College of San Francisco last week that the school will lose its accreditation a year from now, a move that could lead to the closure of one of the nation’s largest institutions of higher learning.

“I am furious, and I think this decision is absolutely outrageous,” Rafael Mandelman, a member of the college’s elected Board of Trustees, said. “Every person and every part of this school have done backflips to address issues the ACCJC raised. At the end of all of this, to reach this result, is mind-boggling.”

California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt, whose union represents community college faculty and staff, characterized the commission’s decision as petty and mean-spirited. He said his organization planned to file a grievance against the accrediting commission with the U.S. Department of Education, which authorizes regional accrediting bodies. Court action is another possibility, he said.

Stunned by Accreditor, City College of San Francisco Suddenly Faces Hard Choices
By Paul Basken July 7, 2013
For the past year, the City College of San Francisco worked hard to meet accreditation rules—cutting its staff, retooling its management, and winning critical new taxpayer support. A core part of its community, the institution appeared to many to have done just enough to save its life.

The federally recognized accrediting agency's decision was unexpected and "outrageous," said Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents City College faculty members. That's because the City College was making progress on governance and budgetary issues, all while showing no signs of poor or declining student performance, Ms. Messer said.

Mammoth 2-Year College to Lose Accreditation
By Paul Fain July 5, 2013
City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation in one year and be shut down, its regional accreditor announced on Wednesday, unless the college can prevail in a review or appeal process with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Faculty unions have been harshly critical of the commission over its handling of the CCSF crisis, as well as its sanctions of other California community colleges. The California Federation of Teachers in May filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the commission of having conflicts of interest and failing to follow state and federal laws.

Accreditation Commission Gives City College of San Francisco a Death Sentence
Friday, July 05, 2013
City College of San Francisco, the largest community college in California, has failed its biggest test and was officially informed this week it will lose the accreditation that is critical to its survival.

The California Federation of Teachers called the commission’s actions “the poster child for ACCJC overreach” and accused it of terrorizing community colleges throughout the state for very little reason. The federation said the commission used “linguistic sleight-of-hand” to change the rules for receiving accreditation between 2006 and 2012.

City College of San Francisco to Lose Accreditation Next Year
By Bay City News |  Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013
City College of San Francisco teachers, administrators and  advocates responded with shock and outrage to a regional accrediting  commission's announcement today that the school's accreditation has been  terminated, effective next year.

Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers  Local 2121, City College's faculty union, called the ACCJC's decision  "shocking for the whole City College community" and said it will have "a  terrible effect" on the school.

Josh Pechthalt, president of California Federation of Teachers,  which in May filed a complaint against the ACCJC accusing the commission of  intimidation, a lack of due process and other violations, said today's  decision was more of the same.

City College loses accreditation, throwing its future into doubt
Joe Fitzgerald 07.03.13 -
City College of San Francisco will lose its accreditation, it was announced today, and the venerable local college may not survive. With its impending death, the future of thousands of San Franciscans seeking education and a better life are in limbo.

Despite City College's improvements the California Federation of Teachers is set on fighting the accreditation commission's decision. They filed a massive 280-plus page complaint to the U.S. Department of Education alleging that the accreditation commission violated many of its own rules in evaluating CCSF.

Education News: July 8, 2013

CALIFORNIA ACCREDITATION AGENCY GOES "All In" ACCJC threatens to terminate CCSF
by Rick Sterling‚ Jul. 08‚ 2013
On the second floor of a small office building in suburban Novato, California are the headquarters of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). A "For Lease" sign is out front. ACCJC office neighbors on the second floor are "1st Global Capital" and "Big Cat Advertising". The office is unassuming but ACCJC has managed to acquire the power to threaten the existence of community colleges throughout the state.

It's time to get serious about saving CCSF
by Examiner Editorial
There is a grim date looming on the horizon for City College of San Francisco: July 31, 2014. That day, which is a little more than a year from now, is when the community college would lose its accreditation and potentially close — if appeals are unsuccessful.

GED test changes have students scrambling -- Across the state and nation, adults are racing to earn their GED high school equivalency certificates by December -- or start all over again with tougher, computerized tests next year. Theresa Harrington in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/8/13

Don Brann's biggest challenge yet: saving Inglewood schools -- The former administrator has revitalized struggling school districts before, but he has never faced the massive financial burdens of Inglewood Unified. Stephen Ceasar in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13

Effort to shorten process of firing teachers faltering again -- For the second straight year, legislation to quicken and simplify dismissal procedures for teachers is in danger of running aground. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/8/13

Costs to implement new student testing system starting to pile up -- Buying and installing a new system of K-12 student assessments aligned to the common core state standards will likely cost California $67 million, according to a report before the board of education this week. Tom Chorneau SI&A Cabinet Report -- 7/8/13

An empty chair at graduation because of a promising life cut short -- Clarence Bourne, 20, had excelled in Venice YouthBuild, a program that provides education and leadership opportunities. Gunshots in South L.A. ended his dreams. Nicole Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13

UCLA, Southwestern law students to write 'real world' amicus briefs -- Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/8/13

Scrambling for student loan rate fix -- Congress returns to Washington this week groping for a way to retroactively fix a high-profile doubling of some federal student loan rates. Burgess Everett Politico -- 7/8/13

Supt. John Deasy faces rocky relationship with new LAUSD president -- Supt. John Deasy threatened to resign over the election of board President Richard Vladovic. Now the two must find a way to work together. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13

Lawmakers to end excessive bond practice -- California lawmakers are on the verge of passing sweeping legislation to rein in school districts that raise money for construction projects by using an expensive and once-obscure financing tool. Michael Gardner UT San Diego$ -- 7/7/13

Online remedial classes get an A for effort but need work -- As colleges experiment with online remedial classes to save money and serve more students, they're finding the concept isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Carla Rivera in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13

School gardens in Bell Gardens feed a community -- The Environmental Garden Club operates an urban farm at every public school in the city. For many of the city's poor Latino residents, the farms are the only source of organic produce. Titania Kumeh in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13

UC Riverside's goal: more Native American students in college -- A camp at UC Riverside encourages Native American high school students to pursue higher education. So far, it has a 90% success rate. Jason Song in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/7/13

State News: July 8, 2013

Walters: California oil could boom again -- When the Legislature's 2013 session began, one of its hottest topics – as indicated by the number of bills – was hydraulic fracturing, a technique to extract oil from shale thousands of feet below the earth's surface with high-pressure injection of water and chemicals. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/8/13

CFT in the News: July 3, 2013

Announcement imminent on fate of City College of San Francisco -- With a decision on the future of City College of San Francisco due as early as Wednesday afternoon, most community college leaders are optimistic that the credentialing commission that ordered the college to “show cause” as to why it shouldn’t be shut down will allow City College to keep its accreditation and possibly move it to a lower level of sanction.

“What we’ve heard is anecdotal,” said Chris Hanzo, executive director of AFT Local 2121, which represents the City College faculty.  “We think we’ll continue on sanction, possibly ‘show cause’, which would be very bad.”
Kathryn Baron EdSource -- 7/3/13

Education News: July 3, 2013

Michelle Rhee’s group tripled its budget -- Former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s advocacy group tripled its budget in the second year of existence, while spending heavily on politics across the country. BYRON TAU Politico -- 7/3/13

Brown targets middle class families with scholarship funding -- Jerry Brown, head of a state that has sharply reduced funds for higher education in recent years, is showing his efforts for change by signing into law a bill that helps a middle class family struggling to foot increasing bills. Samantha Gallegos Capitol Weekly -- 7/3/13
Vladovic replaces six-term incumbent as L.A. Unified board president -- The choice has symbolic importance, signaling that the board majority intends to exert more control over L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. The ascendancy of Vladovic also marks the decline in influence of just-departed L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Garcia was Villaraigosa's most loyal ally on the seven-member body. Howard Blume in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/2/13

Transitional kindergarten enrollment varies widely across districts -- Local control and parental prerogative, two hallmarks of the state’s new transitional kindergarten program, led to large variations in enrollment rates across the largest school districts in the state during the first year the program was available, according to an EdSource survey. Lillian Mongeau EdSource -- 7/3/13

Counselor Helps At-Risk Teens to Talk, Rather Than Fight
Many public schools are trying to create environments where at-risk students can talk through their struggles with an adult, instead of getting suspended or expelled. It's called "Restorative Justice," and the idea is to keep kids in school and off the streets. In this installment of our occasional series "What's Your Story," we meet Eric Butler, a Restorative Justice counselor at Ralph Bunche High School, a continuation school in West Oakland. His story was produced by Aaron Mendelson.

State News: July 3, 2013

State agrees to move 2,600 inmates at risk of valley fever -- California corrections officials say they will try to "fully comply" with a federal court order to move up to 2,600 inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of harms way. Don Thompson Associated Press Julie Small KPCC -- 7/3/13

BART strike talks resume as attention turns to Fourth of July travel -- As train stations sat empty for a second day and commuters grew increasingly impatient, BART and its unions resumed negotiations Tuesday night with pressure mounting to halt a strike that now threatens Bay Area Fourth of July plans. Mike Rosenberg and Matt O'Brien in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13

Political Pressure Grows as BART Strike Continues
by KQED News Staff and Wires | July 2, 2013
Contract talks between striking BART workers and the transit agency resumed on Tuesday evening, and some political pressure is growing for the two sides to reach an agreement.

Education News: July 2, 2013

Infusion of money for career education in new state budget -- Programs that prepare students for college and careers are about to get a jolt of one-time state money that supporters are counting on to lead to a permanent and sustainable expansion of programs. John Fensterwald EdSource -- 7/2/13

Governor Jerry Brown signs pension reform law exception for new leader of Inglewood Unified -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a little-known bill Monday that allows the new state-appointed leader of the troubled Inglewood Unified School District to collect his pension while getting paid by the K-12 district. Rob Kuznia in the Torrance Daily Breeze -- 7/2/13

Jerry Brown signs school funding overhaul — Gov. Jerry Brown ushered in the most sweeping changes to the way California funds its public schools in 25 years on Monday, signing into law a new funding formula that was the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year. Juliet Williams Associated Press — 7/2/13

Jerry Brown says UC, CSU leaders pledged to pursue online ed 'vigorously' -- ov. Jerry Brown said today that he vetoed his own budget proposal to earmark $20 million for online education at the University of California and California State University systems only after leaders of those institutions assured him they would pursue online course offerings on their own. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13

L.A. County must pay millions to LAUSD -- An appeals court has ordered Los Angeles County to refund the Los Angeles Unified School District millions of dollars in redevelopment area property tax revenues that it had inaccurately withheld for years, and avoid shortchanging the LAUSD in the future. Christina Villacorte in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 7/2/13

Stanford's record gift: $151 million -- Stanford University has received a jaw-dropping $151 million donation, its largest gift ever from a single living person, the university announced Monday. Katy Murphy in the Contra Costa Times -- 7/2/13

Judge rejects claim that yoga in schools is religious instruction — A San Diego Superior Court judge Monday rejected a claim by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination. Tony Perry in the Los Angeles Times$— 7/2/13

Everything you need to know about the politics of the student loan fight -- The interest rate on a widely utilized student loan doubled Monday after lawmakers on Capitol Hill failed to reach a deal to keep them from rising. How did Congress get to this point? And what’s next? Sean Sullivan in the Washington Post$ -- 7/2/13

Marwell: Districts must plan carefully to make most of state, federal money for technology -- The state budget that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week includes $1.25 billion to accelerate the adoption of the Common Core in California. Two weeks ago, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative to connect 99 percent of America’s K-12 students to 1 gigabit of bandwidth in the next five years. Evan Marwell EdSource -- 7/2/13

State News: July 2, 2013

Data breaches accessed information of 2.5 million Californians -- Electronic data breaches put the personal information of 2.5 million Californians at risk in 2012, according to a new report released Monday by Attorney General Kamala Harris. Annalise Mantz in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13

BART strike costing Bay Area economy more than $73 million a day -- The Bay Area economy stands to lose more than $73 million a day in lost productivity and commerce for each day the BART strike persists, an influential group estimated Monday. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13

California sees strong tax revenue in June -- The fiscal year ended on a high note for California, according to a report released Monday evening by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ -- 7/2/13

California budget gets positive report from S&P — with caveats — A Wall Street ratings agency gave California's new spending plan a thumbs up on Monday while also expressing concerns about the state's debt and its politicized budget process. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times$ David Siders in the Sacramento Bee$ — 7/2/13

Pink is order of the day at California Legislature -- California Democrats rarely find themselves praising the decisions of Texas officials -- more often they're antagonists, if the airwave spat between Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Gov. Rick Perry earlier this year is any indication -- but for at least a day, Wendy Davis changed that. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee$ -- 7/2/13

BART strike moves into second day -- Many Bay Area commuters may have gone to bed Sunday night wondering if BART would manage to make a deal with its employee unions, averting the transit agency's first strike in 16 years. Monday night, there was little cause for optimism: All appearances were that the strike would not be resolved before the Tuesday morning commute began. Mike Rosenberg in the San Jose Mercury -- 7/2/13

Oakland workers strike, shutting down City Hall -- They didn't snarl traffic or bring commuters to their knees, but Oakland municipal workers walked off their jobs for the first time in more than a half century Monday and threatened to do it again if the city doesn't sweeten its contract offer. Matthew Artz in the Oakland Tribune -- 7/2/13

CFT in the News: July 1, 2013

S.F. City College's finances in disarray
Money management at City College of San Francisco is rife with problems - from payroll headaches to infighting to poorly trained staff - even after a year of transformation, concludes a new analysis of how the troubled school manages its $343 million budget.  …
"Pay cuts and shifting pay schedules have already been a hardship on workers," said Alisa Messer, president of the faculty union. "The added injury of not getting a correct paycheck - or sometimes any paycheck at all - is inexcusable."

Supreme Court decisions
The California Federation of Teachers today issued the following statement regarding two important decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court:
Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:08 AM PDT
On the Voting Rights Act:  In striking the section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act subjecting states and local governments with a track record of voting exclusion to preclearance, the Supreme Court majority is sending an unfortunate message to young people of color:  if you live in the wrong place, don't expect, when you are voting age, to be able to vote, and don't expect the government, if you face problems, to help you vote.

Education News: July 1, 2013
City College students a step closer to earning SF minimum wage
06.28.13 | Joe Fitzgerald |
Student workers at City College may soon be paid San Francisco’s minimum wage of $10.55 an hour, thanks to a motion made by Student Trustee Shanell Williams at last night’s college board meeting.

Student discipline must move beyond ‘willful defiance,’ educators say —California schools urgently need strategies for discipline that help children learn from mistakes, make reparations for harm and go on to succeed, a group of educators said last week in support of a bill that would dramatically change school discipline practices by banning the use of “willful defiance” in meting out expulsion and restricting its use in mandating suspension. Jane Meredith Adams EdSource —7/1/13

Judge to rule on whether yoga tied to religion —An attorney representing a family bent out of shape over the public school program in the beach city of Encinitas filed a lawsuit in February to stop the district-wide classes. Julie Watson Associated Press —7/1/13

Tell Me More: Education Special And Twitter Chat
by Tell Me More Staff | July 1, 2013
Use #NPRAspen to share your ideas about improving education and learning.
Education has been a critical topic for Michel Martin at NPR's Tell Me More, and we are eager to again tackle the topic of learning and education.

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors
Katrina Schwartz | July 1, 2013
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught. Acknowledging this aspect could be a missed opportunity to restructure ways teachers learn new skills and tactics.

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