In Today's News archive: December 2013


Reprieve for California Accreditor
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 16
A federal advisory committee on Friday recommended that the U.S. Education Department extend for one year its recognition of California’s community college accreditor and require the agency show that it is complying with federal standards.

Marguerite LaMotte: An Old-School Champion of LA’s Schools
CityWatch L.A., Dec. 13
Marguerite was a lifelong educator who spent years as a classroom teacher, school site administrator, and, finally, as the longest serving current school board member in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the country. Whether at a town hall meeting or sitting in her familiar first seat on the left side of the school board half circle, Marguerite always commanded attention. She was an imposing figure, tall, always immaculately dressed. She spoke with a slight Southern accent that revealed her Louisiana roots.

Viewpoints:  Fiscal responsibility should include protecting children's education
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 4
For children currently in school, restoring state funding in five years is meaningless.  For returning veterans, funding community college in the future does not help them now.  For families struggling with food insecurity, a mean on the table today...Opinion Editorial by CFT president Joshua Pechthalt

Department of Education asks CCSF accrediting commission to make fixes to keep recognition
San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 3
The federal government again chastised the commission that revoked City College of San Francisco’s accreditation, but also gave a mixed response to complaints by the commission’s opponents in a report released Monday.

Speier, Eshoo enter City College fray
Two Peninsula representatives Thursday became the first members of Congress to weigh in on the crisis facing City College of San Francisco, whose accreditation is to be revoked next summer. -- 11/7/13

Another lawsuit being filed against accrediting commission in CCSF case
A regional accrediting commission is facing yet another lawsuit from supporters of City College of San Francisco over the commission's decision earlier this year to revoke the school's accreditation. San Francisco Examiner -- 11/7/13

Education in the News

Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools L.A. Times, Dec. 16
Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy.

Union reaches deal with UC system on contract
Sacramento Bee, Dec. 15
A union representing nearly 15,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals for the University of California has reached a tentative deal on their contract with the system.

Randi Weingarten: Poor implementation could sink Common Core Orange County Register, Dec. 13
How many times have teachers told their students not to simply do something, but to take the time to do it right? Policymakers responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards should heed that same advice.

Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don't Translate to Better Cognition U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 13
Even when students improve their scores on standardized tests, they don't always improve their cognitive abilities, such as memory, attention and speed, according to a new study released Thursday.

University of California and academic employee union ratify new contract for lecturers
 The Daily Californian, Dec. 12
The University of California and a union representing academic employees ratified a new two-year contract that raises wages for university lecturers, according to a Thursday announcement from the UC Office of the President.

American Federation of Teachers Ratify Contract at City College of San Francisco
 San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, Dec. 12
The Faculty union of City College of San Francisco has approved a new contract that will be in effect through June 2015. Citing hard work, a collective effort to resolve issues and restore some of what had been lost in past years, Dr. Art Tyler, Chancellor for the multi-campus college, thanked the Faculty union, its representatives, bargaining team and members for ratifying this new contract. The union represents teachers, librarians and counselors at the college’s main campus and eight instructional centers. “I want to acknowledge the faculty, and administrators who worked long hours to reach this agreement and move it forward to its positive conclusion. The commitment of all employee groups at City College reflects confidence in our future and the energy to make real, positive change,” said Chancellor Tyler.

Parent involvement at L.A. schools getting new look  
L.A. Times, Dec. 2
In Cudahy, parents collected more than 600 signatures demanding a new principal. In Culver City, they fought attempts to unionize classroom aides and formed a group that elected a school board majority.

Survey: Most LAUSD teachers would discontinue costly iPad program
 L.A. Daily News, Dec. 2
Only a minority of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strongly favors proceeding with the $1 billion iPad program.

L.A. Unified accuses state of 'shortchanging' needy students
 L.A. Times, Dec. 2
L.A. Unified accused state education officials Monday of “shortchanging” the school district’s impoverished students, saying they could be prevented from receiving all of the estimated $200 million due them under a new school funding system.

Q&A: Common Core academic standards
 Ventura County Star, Dec. 2
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards with the goal of sending high school graduates into the world ready for college or career. But they're hardly without controversy.

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