In the News Archive: August 2015

CFT IN THE NEWS 

Teachers’ contract underscores high schools’ ‘paramount’ Catholic purpose
Catholic San Francisco | Aug. 26, 2015
A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could negatively affect their ability to serve the Catholic mission. 

Why there are high rates of PTSD in this teacher's classroom
Alternet | Aug. 24, 2015
In his 22 years of teaching high school English to East Oakland’s teenagers, Jeff Duncan-Andrade has witnessed kids and their families struggle through all kinds of trauma. He has seen how the constant, unrelenting stress – what researchers are now calling toxic stress – that comes from housing, employment and food insecurity, as well as continued violence in the neighborhood, visits a punishing impact on students and how they learn. 

College accreditation group should be replaced, task force says
SF Gate | Aug. 28, 2015
The only group authorized to accredit California’s 113 community colleges is far too punitive and should be replaced, a task force convened by the state’s Community College Chancellor's Office concluded Friday.

Teachers ratify disputed contract with SF Archdiocese
KRON | Aug. 20, 2015
Members of a Bay Area Catholic schoolteachers’ union ratified a new contract Wednesday with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, church officials said. 

High school exit exam: Legislature fixing glitch
San Jose Mercury News | Aug. 20, 2015
Though state legislators are rushing to fix a glitch that has held up graduation for thousands of students, the future of California's high school exit exam remains a question. 

Assembly bill could overhaul ethnic studies in California
Siskiyou Daily News | Aug. 19, 2015
A recent bill from the California Assembly could usher in a new committee to drive ethnic studies curricula in the state.

Jerry Brown’s con job on public schools
San Diego Union-Tribune | Aug. 16, 2015
For observers of California’s public schools who look past the normal narratives and distractions, something bordering on despair is in order. 

EDUCATION IN THE NEWS

Report urges new accreditor for California community colleges
San Francisco Examiner | Aug. 28, 2015
California’s community college system should identify a new accrediting agent for the state’s 113 community colleges as soon as possible.

California community colleges may seek new accreditor
Inside Higher Ed | Aug. 28, 2015
A California community college system-convened task force has decided that the state's 113 two-year colleges should seek to be overseen by a new regional accrediting body.

Symposium: Another battle in the war over union fees
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 28, 2015
Across America, an intense debate is taking place over how states should structure their labor relations, and especially the extent to which state and local government employees should have the right to elect unions to represent them in collective bargaining. This debate has taken place against a constitutional backdrop that allows states considerable choice among different labor relations models, ranging from no collective bargaining at all to extensive bargaining over most working conditions.

Do we still need teacher tenure?
OC Register | Aug. 27, 2015
Tenure is a hot-button issue for parents, education advocates and teachers themselves. Under California law, teachers can be granted tenure – essentially permanent employment – after about 18 months on the job. California is one of just five states to grant tenure after two years or less.

Symposium: Correcting the “historical accident” of opt-out requirements
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 27, 2015
Whatever the fate of mandatory “fair share” payments that nonmembers are often required to make to fund public-sector unions’ collective bargaining activities, Friedrichs will likely mark the end of requirements that dissenting workers take action to “opt out” of funding public-sector unions’ political and ideological activities, the subject of the second question that the Court agreed to consider.

State removes 15 years of test results before releasing new scores
EdSource | Aug. 26, 2015
California Department of Education officials have repeatedly cautioned against comparing students’ scores on past state standardized tests with forthcoming results on tests aligned with the Common Core standards. The academic standards have changed and the tests are different, making comparisons inaccurate, they and others have warned.

Corinthian Colleges wins approval for liquidation plan
Wall Street Journal | Aug. 26, 2015
A bankruptcy judge has approved Corinthian Colleges Inc. ’s plan to liquidate its assets, largely concluding the defunct for-profit education company’s chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Symposium: The Friedrichs petition should be dismissed
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 26, 2015
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association presents two issues: (1) whether to overrule Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, and hold that the First Amendment prohibits school districts and teachers’ unions from requiring teachers to pay the union their fair share of the cost of union representation services; and (2) whether the First Amendment requires any government employee who wishes to join a union to opt into membership rather than, as the law currently requires, to opt out.

Symposium: Will the Court continue to recognize a distinction between bargaining with government and lobbying the government?
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 25, 2015
The First Amendment generally forbids the government from forcing citizens to support a private organization’s speech and expressive activities. Yet, roughly forty years ago, the Supreme Court held in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that the government can force public employees to financially support some types of union speech, but not other types. Specifically, Abood held that employees could be forced to subsidize union collective bargaining with the government, but not union political activities intended to influence government policy.

Report: Educators seek more clarity on implementing Common Core
EdSource | Aug. 25, 2015
Most California teachers, policymakers and district leaders believe the Common Core State Standards will help create more college- and career-ready high school graduates, but educators also want more clarity on how to better implement the reform, according to a new report.

‘The teacher shortage’ is no accident—It’s the result of corporate education reform policies
In These Times | Aug. 25, 2015
Like much else in the national education debate, panics about teacher shortages seem to be a perennial event. In a widely discussed article for the New York Times earlier this month, Motoko Rich called attention to sharp drops in enrollment in teacher training programs in California and documented that many districts are relaxing licensure requirements as a result, pushing more and more people into the classroom without full certification or proper training.

Symposium: Public-sector unions, labor relations, and free speech
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 25, 2015
As every first-year law student learns, the First Amendment is not absolute because the government can restrict speech with adequate justification. When the government acts as employer, the burden of justification is reduced because it has a strong interest in controlling the speech of its employees to provide effective service to the citizens.

The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage
Washington Post | Aug. 24, 2015
There’s a teacher shortage across the United States — but that’s not exactly news. The U.S. Department of Education maintains an annual list — state by state — showing the subject areas in which there are too few teachers going back to the 1990-91 school year. What’s new is the size of the shortage and the reasons for it.

San Francisco archdiocese, teachers' union reach accord, preserving insistence on Catholic identity
Catholic Culture | Aug. 24, 2015
The Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, has reached an accord with a union representing Catholic-school teachers—an agreement that became controversial because of a clause stipulating that teachers in parochial schools would be required to respect Church teachings.

Symposium: Overrule Abood to protect individual rights
SCOTUSblog | Aug. 24, 2015
In Davenport v. Washington Education Association, the Supreme Court described laws that empower unions to garnish the wages of non-union members as an “extraordinary state entitlement to acquire and spend other people’s money.” Nonetheless, for nearly forty years, since Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the Court has allowed that wage garnishment on the theory that without such entitlements, unions’ collective bargaining efforts might be undermined by “free riders.”

Teachers ratify contract underscoring high schools’ Catholic mission
The Pilot | Aug. 24, 2015
A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could negatively affect their ability to serve the Catholic mission.

Archbishop Cordileone thankful for San Francisco teacher contract agreement
Catholic News Agency | Aug. 23, 2015
Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new contract.

National poll shows majority oppose Common Core standards
EdSource | Aug. 23, 2015
A new national poll shows that the majority of respondents oppose teachers using the Common Core State Standards to guide what they teach. That contrasts with the findings of statewide polls that show much stronger support in California for the new standards.

Archdiocese of San Francisco and teachers reach contract agreement
Catholic World Report | Aug. 23, 2015
Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new contract.

Why so many teachers quit, and how to fix that
LA Times | Aug. 23, 2015
Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17% of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a fifth of the entire faculty leaves annually — that's roughly 50% higher than the rate in more affluent schools.

Common Core: the Lego kit of education
Huffington Post | Aug. 21, 2015
I always hated kits.
My Cub Scout career lasted two meetings. The handbook for knot tying was so much less interesting than my own efforts to hang the dog from a low branch, only to have the slipknot slip. I wasn't an animal abuser. He was the only nearby heavy object with a collar. Fortunately, my knot experimentation came to fruition later, when I learned how to suspend a backpack with cheese in it from a tree branch so as to save my dinner from the bears. I invented the clove hitch. (Although modesty requires that I admit that I was probably not the first).

Teachers at Catholic high schools ink contract after close vote
SF Gate | Aug. 20, 2015
Teachers at four Catholic high schools were sharply divided as they approved a contract with San Francisco’s archdiocese.

Common Core yet to emerge as major issue in presidential campaign
EdSource | Aug. 20, 2015
So far, at least, the Common Core has not become a major issue in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Catholic teachers narrowly vote to accept union agreement with SF archdiocese
National Catholic Reporter | Aug. 20, 2015
Teachers at four Catholic high schools, under pressure from the San Francisco archbishop to adhere to church teaching in their personal lives, narrowly voted to accept a union agreement with the archdiocese for the next three years.

San Francisco Catholic teachers approve contract, amid ongoing tensions
National Catholic Register | Aug. 20, 2015
After months of tense, high-profile negotiations — centering on resistance to an archdiocesan effort to reinforce Catholic identity — teachers at four Catholic high schools approved the collective-bargaining agreement Church officials negotiated with American Federation of Teachers Local 2240.

Workplace rights are moral and financial imperative
The Hill | Aug. 20, 2015
While millions of Americans are enjoying their summer vacations, one group of workers is stuck at home with the A/C cranked up. Home-care workers, who look after much of the country’s sick, disabled, elderly, and young rarely, if ever, get a vacation. In fact, for those of us looking after family members, our job never ends.

New debt relief rules coming
Inside Higher Ed | Aug. 20, 2015
The Obama administration is planning new regulations that will set clearer standards for discharging the federal student loans of defrauded borrowers and give the U.S. Department of Education new tools to recoup money from colleges where it finds misconduct.

Borrowing for college set to hit 5-year low
Huffington Post | Aug. 20, 2015
College students this past fall likely borrowed the least amount for higher education in five years, federal data show, amid declining overall enrollment and a drop in lending to students at for-profit schools.

Teachers ratify new contract that underscores high schools’ Catholic mission
Catholic San Francisco | Aug. 20, 2015
A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could negatively affect their ability to serve the Catholic mission.

CCSF needs students to keep funding
SF Gate | Aug. 20, 2015
The City College of San Francisco’s struggle to retain its accreditation has led to a rapid, roughly 27percent decline in enrollment that is threatening its state funding.

Chris Christie: “Best thing for education would be to do away with the teachers unions”
Ring of Fire | Aug. 20, 2015
New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate, Chris Christie, stood by his hate of teachers unions, reported CBS News. He famously stated that the unions should be “punched in the face”, and he has doubled down on that sentiment by saying the eradication of them would be “nirvana.”

Will $15 an hour lift workers to the middle class?
National Journal | Aug. 20, 2015
After 10 years as a McDonald's cashier in Los Angeles, Albina Ardon earns just $9.05 an hour. For most of her time there, Ardon, 28, has been deeply frustrated because her pay has barely budged, forcing her and her husband—a cook at the same McDonald's—to turn to Medicaid and food stamps for their two daughters, ages 6 and 8.

Assembly passes bill exempting students from exit exam
EdSource | Aug. 20, 2015
The state Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that would exempt seniors in the class of 2015 from the requirement to pass the California High School Exit Exam to graduate.

Archdiocese of San Francisco and Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, Local 2240 announce labor agreement
Business Wire | Aug. 19, 2015
A three-year collective bargaining agreement (2015-18) with the Archdiocese of San Francisco was ratified today by members of the Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, local 2240. This labor agreement covers 236 full-time teachers at four Archdiocesan high schools – Archbishop Riordan (San Francisco), Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco), Marin Catholic (Kentfield) and Junipero Serra (San Mateo).

U.S. wants better debt relief for students defrauded by colleges
LA Times | Aug. 19, 2015
Following the collapse of Corinthian Colleges Inc. this spring, the U.S. Department of Education is crafting new regulations to help students seek debt relief and better hold colleges accountable for wrongdoing.

A ‘sea change’ in education reform: Debrief of Robinson’s panel at 2015 NH Education Summit
American Enterprise Institute | Aug. 19, 2015
The 2015 New Hampshire Education Summit hit a powerful stride on the morning of Wednesday, August 19th, putting six presidential hopefuls and numerous experts in discussion of how education reform can become a meaningful part policy proposals for 2016. According to Representative Luke Messer, the forum represented a “sea change, driven by parents, the consumers” of education on their children’s behalf: “the pursuit of happiness means access to and choice of quality education.”

Common Core year two: Is it working?
KUSI | Aug. 18, 2015
Not everyone is a fan of Common Core.
Some say it's the federal governments way of mandating what children learn in school.

Efforts to attract new teachers stall in state Legislature
EdSource | Aug. 17, 2015
Efforts to reinstate state support to attract new teachers to the profession have stalled in the state Legislature, despite a shrinking supply of teachers that is spreading beyond traditionally high-needs areas such as special education, math and science, and bilingual education.

Should teachers with high achieving students get better teacher evaluations? (And what is the national council on teacher quality?)
Tucson Weekly | Aug. 17, 2015
The Star had a worthwhile idea for an education story. Two writers decided to look at how districts in the Tucson area handle teacher evaluations. The interactive map on the website and the chart in the newsprint version show that some districts are more generous than others in awarding high ratings to their teachers.

Rating California schools is a big battle
Sacramento Bee | Aug. 16, 2015
California’s largest-in-the-nation public school system educates – or purports to do so – 6 million-plus kids from dozens of socioeconomic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

School year opens with promise, uncertainty
San Diego Union-Tribune | Aug. 15, 2015
As the new school year begins, some things are looking up: teachers and students are becoming familiar with the Common Core academic standards, now in their second year, and budgets are more expansive as the state continues to loosen the purse strings following the recession.

California districts sued for dismissing test scores from teacher evaluations
Heartland Institute | Aug. 14, 2015
School districts in California are violating state law by ignoring student test scores when evaluating teachers, according to a lawsuit filed in July on behalf of two teachers and four parents of former and current students by Students Matter.

In Vergara's Wake, A New Role for Unions
Huffington Post | Aug. 13, 2015
It's been just over a year since the Vergara vs. California decision tossed out five state statutes providing job protections to teachers, pending appeal. As expected, teachers unions have responded with efforts to preserve those protections. What's less well known is that alongside preservation efforts, some union leaders are pointing to alternative means of accountability -- approaches driven by teachers themselves. Enter teacher-powered schools that allow teams of teachers the autonomy to collaboratively make the decisions influencing school and student success. In exchange, teachers accept of accountability for the outcomes of their decisions.

$240 million education contract illustrates state lobbying loopholes
KQED | Aug. 13, 2015
When California education officials awarded a $240 million, three-year contract to conduct Common Core testing for millions of school children this spring, they said it was an open and competitive process — and that Educational Testing Service, the winning company, simply had the best proposal.

Zimmer: Proposed charter expansion at LAUSD ‘not about children’
LA School Report | Aug. 13, 2015
In his first extensive interview since he was elected president of the LA Unified school board in July, Steve Zimmer had a few blunt words about the recent announcementthat power brokers in the charter school movement intend to expand the ranks of charters in the district to include half of all students.

Commentary: How can we fix the teacher shortage?
LA School Report | Aug. 13, 2015
Teaching can’t compete. When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect.

Is There Really A Teacher Shortage?
Forbes | Aug. 13, 2015
The New York Times’ Motoko Rich reports that “Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers.”

Why a Teacher 'Shortage'?
Education Week | Aug. 12, 2015
August is apparently our month to contemplate a teacher shortage. Or reports of a teacher shortage. Or a completely fabricated teacher shortage. The issue has had play all the way from the blogoverse to the New York Times to the Ed Week blog department.

Union Members Seem To Want Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton. Will Labor Leadership Follow Them?
In These Times | Aug. 12, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has emerged as the most outspoken pro-labor candidate in the 2016 Democratic primary. With his introduction of federal $15 minimum wage legislation and his frequent targeting of Walmart’s Walton family in his stump speech, Sanders has his finger on the pulse of the some of the most vibrant and large-scale economic-justice movements in decades. That stands in stark contrast to the front runner, Hillary Clinton, who’s been mum on $15 and is a former Walmart board member.

Kids have three times too much homework, study finds; what's the cost?
CNN | Aug. 12, 2015
Nothing quite stresses out students and parents about the beginning of the school year as the return to homework, which for many households means nightly battles centered around completing after-school assignments.

Benchmark Education’s Common Core English and Spanish language arts literacy systems recommended for adoption in California K-6 schools
Business Wire | Aug. 12, 2015
Literacy publisher Benchmark Education’s California Advance with designated ELD (English Language Development) K-6 literacy system and a Spanish version, Benchmark Adelante California with designated ELD, were recently recommended for adoption in California. A state panel of reviewers for the Instructional Quality Commission recommended to the California State Board of Education the adoption of Benchmark’s new research-based elementary CA Common Core State Standards language arts systems.

Teachers gearing up for new approach to science
EdSource | Aug. 12, 2015
A group of teachers recently spent a summer morning observing a slug dangling from its slime and pill bugs rolling up into defensive balls as part of a training session on how to teach science to California’s youngest students.

Brown signs new school residency laws
Cabinet Report | Aug. 12, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed separate but related pieces of legislation that provide an exemption in school residency laws for children of live-in workers, and protections during district investigations for students of families suspected of non-compliance.

Can we interest you in teaching?
New York Times | Aug. 12, 2015
Teaching can’t compete. When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect.

Teacher shortages spur districts nationwide to try new tactics
CBS News | Aug. 12, 2015
As students return to their classrooms this year, some may find fewer teachers waiting to greet them.

State delays releasing Common Core-aligned test scores until September
EdSource | Aug. 11, 2015
As educators eagerly await the results of the new standardized assessments aligned with the Common Core standards that more than 3 million students took in the spring, state officials now say they plan to release the scores in early September, later than originally projected.

Teachers in SCOTUS case opposing unions explain their side
LA School Report | Aug. 11, 2015
Ten California teachers and the Christian Educators Association have sued the California Teachers Association in a case that could eliminate public employee unions’ right to collect fees from all workers. Many observers believe that the case, to be argued before the Supreme Court this fall, could seriously undermine public sector unions nationwide.

Does Hillary Clinton’s college plan go far enough?
New Yorker | Aug. 11, 2015
Nathan Hornes, a twenty-five-year-old musician from Southern California, recently had a run of bad luck that changed his life. In 2010, after his mother insisted he pursue a higher degree, he chose a campus of Everest College, run by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. “I thought I could go to school and be a pop star on the side,” he told me. Everest had a reputation among students for misleading marketing pitches and awful teachers, but the scope of the college’s problems didn’t become apparent until 2013, when the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau disclosed that they were investigating Corinthian.

Bay Area school districts suffer from teacher shortage
ABC 7 | Aug. 11, 2015
A new school year is about to begin and yet many Bay Area districts are struggling to find enough teachers to fill the ranks. Math and science teachers are especially needed.

Two teachers explain why they want to take down their union
The Washington Post | Aug. 11, 2015
Ten California teachers and the Christian Educators Association have sued the California Teachers Association in a case that could eliminate public employee unions’ right to collect fees from all workers. Many observersbelieve that the case, to be argued before the Supreme Court this fall, could seriously undermine public sector unions nationwide.

Teacher shortages spur a nationwide hiring scramble (credentials optional)
New York Times | Aug. 9, 2015
In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers.

Carl Cohn to direct new school improvement agency

EdSource | Aug. 6, 2015
Carl Cohn, a former longtime Long Beach Unified superintendent, State Board of Education member and sharp critic of federally imposed school sanctions under the No Child Left Behind law, will lead a new autonomous state agency that will direct the state’s evolving school improvement system. The five-member board of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence announced the appointment of Cohn as its first executive director on Thursday.

Friedrichs v. CTA could change the face of the teaching profession
Education Week | Aug. 6, 2015
As a veteran educator and advocate for teacher freedom, I was thrilled to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Rebecca Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA) case this fall. Their decision could send shock-waves through the teaching profession and once and for all empower teachers to make educated decisions about union membership.

Commission upholds revoking CCSF accreditation
SFBay | Aug. 6, 2015
A regional commission Wedneday said it has voted to uphold a previous decision to revoke City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, despite efforts to have it overturned.

CCSF’s accreditation revocation upheld by commission
San Francisco News | Aug. 6, 2015
The question over the accreditation status of the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been settled, with the decision of a regional commission to uphold its accreditation revocation ruling of 2013.

Management vs. labor: Is the game rigged?
Huffington Post | Aug. 5, 2015
Proving that the Domino Theory is alive and well, one more domino fell last week when the Michigan Supreme Court ruled, 4-3, that public sector employees could continue to bask in the superior wages, benefits and working conditions that their union contract provided, but weren't required to pay their "fair share" of union dues. Not one penny of it.

City College of San Francisco works to lure back students
ABC 7 | Aug. 5, 2015
City College of San Francisco is trying to convince would-be students that it has the classes they need. This is after the school saw a decline in attendance of more than 25,000 students following its accreditation battle.

CCSF’s accreditation unaffected by affirmation of 2013 termination decision
San Francisco Examiner | Aug. 5, 2015
Accreditors for City College of San Francisco have upheld their 2013 decision to terminate the school’s accreditation, but the move will not affect the current status of the college, which remains open and fully accredited.

Suit filed to force use of test scores in reviews
Education Week | Aug. 4, 2015
A lawsuit has been filed in California by Students Matter, contending that some districts have inked collective bargaining agreements prohibiting the use of test scores to evaluate teachers. Those pacts, the suit charges, contravene state law, which requires "pupil progress" on tests as one component of evaluations.

Housing is so outrageously expensive in San Francisco the city can't hire enough teachers
SF Gate | Aug. 4, 2015
Housing in San Francisco is expensive. So expensive, in fact, the city's schools can't hire enough teachers because the cost of living is so onerous.

Lessons learned: Making the Local Control Funding Formula work
EdSource | Aug. 4, 2015
The transition to a new funding and accountability system for California’s schools has required a more responsive, collaborative and nimble California State Board of Education than at any other time in recent history. The first full year of Local Control Funding Formula implementation is complete, and local educational agencies have produced their first annual updates and second round of accountability plans using a new template adopted by the board.

California teachers seeking more training to get Common Core right
KPCC | Aug. 3, 2015
Teachers taking part in last Friday's California Teachers Summit training called on school administrators to provide more examples of how Common Core can be best taught, if they want it done right.

California teachers summit attracts 20,000 educators statewide
LA School Report | Aug. 3, 2015
In what organizers call the state’s largest teacher training ever attempted, more than 20,000 educators gathered for the California Teachers Summit at 33 sites across the state on Friday.

Teachers share Common Core experiences
San Diego Union-Tribune | Aug. 1, 2015
Thousands of teachers up and down California huddled Friday to learn and swap stories — the good, the bad and the funny — about how to bring alive Common Core academic standards during an education summit held simultaneously in 33 venues.

Catholic school teachers near deal, but ‘morality’ fight goes on
SF Gate | July 29, 2015
Teachers at four Catholic high schools emerged from an emotional and drawn-out contract battle this week with a tentative agreement that limits the ability of San Francisco’s archdiocese to link their private lives to their job description.

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