In Today's News archive: November 2013


Ruben Navarrette: Arne Duncan’s moment of truth
U-T San Diego, Nov. 28

When we talk about improving public education in America, should we mention race and ethnicity?

Legislative leaders raise concerns about draft school-funding regulations
Sacramento Bee, Nov. 27

Top Democrats in the Legislature have poured cold water on proposed regulations to carry out the landmark overhaul of how California allocates money to schools.

Officials consider competing plans for $1-billion iPad project
School district officials on Tuesday will consider conflicting proposals for the future of a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every Los Angeles student. One proposal, if passed, could slow down and even curtail the rollout. L.A. Times -- 11/12/13

Anti-Common Core Protest Wants Parents To Keep Kids Home From School
It's God vs. the Common Core -- at least in the eyes of stay-at-home mom and aspiring home-school teacher Janet Wilson. Huffington Post -- 11/12/13

CCSF special trustee rescinds resolution seeking new school banking
Wells Fargo recently prompted City College of San Francisco’s special trustee to overturn a 2012 decision by the school’s elected board of trustees that could have cost the bank hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue because of its alleged irresponsible banking practices. San Francisco Examiner -- 11/12/13

Part-time professors join unions
Thousands of part-time college professors are joining labor unions, a growing trend in higher education that's boosting the ranks of organized labor and giving voice to teachers who complain about low pay and a lack of job security at some of the nation's top universities. Foster’s Daily Democrat -- 11/12/13

Push is on to close college gap for California's Latinos
As a freshman at Cal State San Marcos, Cipriano Vargas' grades were so low, his part-time job waiting tables so consuming and his home life with eight siblings so chaotic that he was on the verge of dropping out. L.A. Times -- 11/11/13

NAEP Nonsense: Don't Believe the Hype
The latest NAEP reports on reading and math have been heralded as evidence for the success of the "reforms" that involve test prep, testing, punishing teachers if scores don't go up, rewarding them if they do, closing schools, and other versions of the carrot and stick method of school reform. Huffington Post -- 11/10/13

Calif.'s low community college fees face scrutiny
The fees to attend California's community colleges are by far the lowest in the United States — less than half the national average — yet at least 40 percent of the 2.4 million students in the largest U.S. system of higher education do not pay them. Sacramento Bee -- 11/9/13

VVC students demand ACCJC investigation
Victor Valley College students are pushing for an investigation of the regional accrediting agency that has placed the college on and off warning and probation for the last several years. Victorville Daily Press -- 11/8/13


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