In the News Archive: March 2015

CFT IN THE NEWS 

State lawmakers call for deeper regulation of charter schools
LA School Report | March 26, 2015
Four Democratic California lawmakers joined forces yesterday to promote new bills aimed at creating more stringent regulation of the state’s charter schools.

McGuire’s bipartisan career and job skills bill passes Senate Education Committee
Lake County News | March 26, 2015
Sen. Mike McGuire was joined by teachers, manufacturers, the farm bureau, and members of the building trades Wednesday morning when his bi-partisan legislation that would expand career and job skills in public middle and high schools advanced through the Senate Education Committee with a 7-0 vote.

Teachers support crackdown on charter schools through legislation
Breitbart News | March 26, 2015
Democrats in the California State Assembly, prodded along by their financial backers at the California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, and California Labor Federation, announced their goal on Wednesday of gutting the state’s charter school system. Their strategy: force charter schools to operate as non-profit organizations.

California teachers fight to save their union and the schools
People’s World | March 25, 2015
Unionized California teachers are among the many categories of workers nationwide whose unions are under attack by anti-labor lawmakers and judges seeking to kill unions by draining them of their financial lifeblood. The teachers are saying, however, that they won't shrink from the fight to preserve their union's right to collect fees for the representation services it provides and that they will continue their ongoing fight for quality education for everyone.

California teachers unions promote charter school bills
Sacramento Bee | March 25, 2015
California’s politically potent teachers unions are promoting bills requiring charter schools to hold open meetings and to consider all applicants while cracking down on for-profit charter operators.

Southern California legislators call for charter school reform
San Bernardino County Sun | March 25, 2015
California legislators took to the steps of the State Capitol on Wednesday to call for reform of the state’s charter school law, including requiring them to be run as non-profits.

Jacque Robinson continues historic run for City of Pasadena Mayor
Los Angeles Sentinel | March 12, 2015
Jacque Robinson became one of the youngest elected officials in the history of the City of Pasadena when she won her City Council race at the age of 28, and Tuesday March 10th she pushed fellow council member Terry Tornek into an April 21st runoff to become the second Black woman to serve as Mayor of Pasadena. 

California’s public education charade
U-T San Diego | March 12, 2015
The importance of a decent education to success in life has never been more plain. This is why Gov. Jerry Brown has spoken of the urgency of California doing a better job in educating millions of minority students who struggle with English and who are much more prone to drop out with few job skills.

National Adjunct Action Day
The Mesa Press | March 10, 2015
National Adjunct Action Day made its way to San Diego Mesa College on Feb. 25 as staff, students, faculty, and supporters all rallied up to speak out about the growing adjunct crisis in America.

Negotiate now or face a strike, say L.A. teachers
People’s World | March 3, 2015
Red shirts filled Grant Park last Thursday, across the street from City Hall here, in a rally of educators, students, and parents. "District greed has got to go! Call the school board and let them know," people at the rally chanted. 


EDUCATION IN THE NEWS

Despite state mediator, LAUSD and teachers still $774 million and an evaluation system apart
LA Daily News | March 26, 2015
A referee from California’s top labor authority proved little help Thursday in the fray between Los Angeles’ school district and teachers union.

“We have a clearer pathway for student learning” with the Common Core
EdSource | March 26, 2015
Gabriela Mafi, superintendent of the Garden Grove Unified School District, is a Latina raised in urban Los Angeles. She is a first-generation college graduate who received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She has been superintendent in Garden Grove, in northern Orange County, since the summer of 2013, after a career that included serving as a K-12 teacher, an adjunct college professor, and an assistant superintendent of secondary education.

Efforts to expand California university systems are growing
LA Times | March 25, 2015
The death last week of former University of California system president and UC Irvine chancellor Jack W. Peltason at 91 elicited warm memories of the modest political scientist who achieved high positions in American academia without losing his sense of humor. He also was known for his role in helping to build new university campuses from scratch and growing them to maturity.

We need resources and time ‘to show that we can improve’
EdSource | March 25, 2015
Craig Wheaton, superintendent of the Visalia Unified School District, talked with EdSource about some of the challenges and encouraging signs in his district. The following are excerpts from the interview.

Cal State efficiencies save millions, but state funding still sought
LA Times | March 25, 2015
Smaller budgets and increased numbers of students are forcing California State University campuses to take far-reaching cost-cutting measures that are saving millions of dollars on technology, energy and operations, officials said Wednesday.

Overhaul urged to aid special education in California
Education Week | March 24, 2015
Members of a task force that spent two years studying special education in California used their final report to recommend sweeping changes to the state's entire pre-K-12 system in hopes of improving achievement for students with disabilities.

CSU administrators' pay gains outpace those for faculty, report says
LA Times | March 24, 2015
California State University administrators made significant gains in hiring and compensation over the last decade while faculty lost ground or failed to keep pace in both areas, according to a report released Tuesday by the California Faculty Assn.

New studies find that, for teachers, experience really does matter
Education Week | March 24, 2015
The notion that teachers improve over their first three or so years in the classroom and plateau thereafter is deeply ingrained in K-12 policy discussions, coming up in debate after debate about pay, professional development, and teacher seniority, among other topics.

San Francisco teachers' union describes 'great distress' among members
National Catholic Reporter | March 24, 2015
The executive board of the teachers' union representing the San Francisco archdiocese's four high schools sent a letter describing "great distress" and "significant division, discontent, doubt and fear" among its members to administrators of three of the four schools.*

Dates for new Common Core assessments vary by district
EdSource | March 23, 2015
Between now and mid-June, approximately 3.2 million California students will take new online tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards, marking a new era in California’s multi-decade efforts to establish an accountability system to assess student performance.

Proposition 30 closes spending gap between state and nation
EdSource | March 23, 2015
Revenue from temporary taxes from Proposition 30 has closed the K-12 spending gap between California and the national average by more than 60 percent, according to data released Monday by the California Budget and Policy Center, a nonprofit research organization.

What do Snoop Dogg and CalSTRS have in common?
Chief Investment Officer | March 13, 2015
The latest environmental, social, and governance-based divestment campaign has arisen not from college students, but rather the West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg.

Unraveling the church ban on gay sex
New York Times | March 12, 2015
Last month, Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco, made controversial changes to a handbook for Catholic high school teachers in his jurisdiction. The changes included morals clauses, one of which forbids those teachers from publicly endorsing homosexual behavior. There are plausible legal and educational objections to this move. But there is a deeper issue, one that raises fundamental questions about Catholic teachings on homosexuality and other sexual matters.

Staten Island judge allows suit on teacher tenure to proceed
New York Times | March 12, 2015
Opponents of New York State’s teacher tenure laws won a small but important victory on Thursday, when a Staten Island judge allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of those rules to move forward. 

California gives extra year to adjust to Common Core tests
ABC News | March 12, 2015
California is giving schools at least one year to breathe easy before they are held accountable for results on new tests aligned to the Common Core standards. 

Strike chicken between LAUSD, UTLA; Pi Day at Millikan
LA School Report | March 12, 2015
Appearing before the LA Unified school board on Tuesday to respond to a district plan to send layoff notices to over 600 employees, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl suggested that he sees a conspiratorial move by the board in response to UTLA’s seeking a new contract while threatening to strike. 

How to fix No Child Left Behind
EdSource | March 12, 2015
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s commentary for EdSource last month, called “How Not to Fix No Child Left Behind,” consisted for the most part of mushy platitudes that must be measured against the realities of his actions over the past six years. 

Potential exists for ‘much richer and in-depth math experience’
EdSource | March 12, 2015
Math teacher Timothy Smith earned a 2014 California Teacher of the Year award and was chosen by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to be the state’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year award. 

Public schools see windfall after $1-million lotto prize goes unclaimed
LA Times | March 12, 2015
California public schools just won the lottery -- sort of. The Powerball winner seen above failed to claim his $1-million prize by 5 p.m. Thursday, officials said. 

LAUSD approves sending layoff recommendations
NBC Southern California | March 11, 2015
The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a recommendation Tuesday that will authorize sending layoff warning notices to 609 employees by March 15. The decision comes in the wake of a report indicating the school district is facing a nearly $160 million deficit. 

LAUSD doesn’t want to be held accountable for Common Core performance, but state may decide otherwise
LA Daily News | March 11, 2015
The California Board of Education was expected to decide Wednesday whether schools should be held accountable on the state’s performance index for student results in the new Common Core-aligned assessments. 

California suspends school accountability on Common Core
Christian Science Monitor | March 11, 2015
The California Board of Education suspended the state's school accountability system on Wednesday for one year to give teachers and students time to adjust to new standardized tests aligned with Common Core standards. 

California suspends school ratings for first year of Common Core test
KQED | March 11, 2015
Across California, kids this week are hunkering down over new standardized tests. In the future, these tests will help determine how we decide which schools are good and which aren’t. But this year schools and students are getting a break. 

'Vergara' decision emboldens state GOP
U-T San Diego | March 9, 2015
The late American Federation of Teachers President Al Shanker reputedly said that he'll start representing the interests of children “when schoolchildren start paying union dues.” The veracity of the quotation still is in dispute, but it often is repeated because it highlights a truth about teachers’ unions. 

Nevius: Catholic Church can’t win fight it’s picking with S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle | March 9, 2015
Supervisor Mark Farrell tried to be reasonable. Maybe that’s where he went wrong. At last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Farrell introduced a resolution pretty much to urge San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to back off on the “morality clauses” he’s got his mind set on for local Catholic school teacher labor contracts and handbooks. 

Activists stage protest against archdiocese of San Francisco on International Women's Day
NBC Bay Area | March 9, 2015
Local activists have staged a protest against the Archdiocese of San Francisco Sunday afternoon demanding gender equality, as the world celebrated International Women's Day. 

What’s next for City College of San Francisco?
SF Gate | March 8, 2015
City College of San Francisco has endured — and survived — a near-lethal challenge from the commission that tried to revoke its accreditation and shut down California’s largest public school. 

Hand scorers sought for online Common Core tests
EdSource | March 8, 2015
As millions of students prepare, for the first time, to take a battery of assessments aligned with the Common Core using computers, at least portions of the tests will have to be scored the old-fashioned way: by humans. 

S.F. city attorney argues against archbishop’s morality clauses
SF Gate | March 6, 2015
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, seldom one to stand back from a scrap, has blasted his local archbishop’s attempt to insert strict morality clauses into rules governing Catholic high school teachers. 

 

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