Monday, October 22, 2012
The Rowland Unified School District is hoping voters in November will approve Measure R, a $158.8 million school bond that would fund a performing arts center at Rowland High School and replace portable classrooms at Oswalt Academy, a technology school.
Inexpensive tablets, the rise of smart phones and the development of online textbooks and educational applications have combined to increase the feasibility of putting an Internet-connected device in front of every student.
But an era of budget-tightening that has included teacher layoffs, increased class sizes and transportation cuts has led districts to seek out ways to provide this technology without draining education funds.
Organizers with a local anti-tax group said they hope to lobby state legislators and ask them to end the practice of school districts paying the salary of teachers union presidents while they arenít working in the classroom.
More than eight in ten likely voters in the city of San Diego agree their next mayor should be involved with the public schools, according to a USD Center for Education Policy and Law/U-T San Diego Poll.
The California Department of Education will investigate whether the San Francisco Unified School District improperly denied summer school services to students with special needs to curb costs, violating federal regulations, officials said.
Spurred by the urgency of failing schools, two funds to nurture and spread innovation in education have launched this week, both hoping to harness technology to revolutionize the classroom.
Barack Obama Global Prep Academy is one of nearly 450 Los Angeles Unified campuses designated as Program Improvement Schools because they've fallen short of academic targets for two consecutive years. As part of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the 428,000-plus students at those schools are eligible to transfer to a non-PI school, with bus transportation provided by the district.
Yes, public pensions got out of hand. But teachers aren't the biggest culprits, nor are they why California has some of the nation's most shamefully underfunded schools.
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards, replacing a hodgepodge of state guidelines. The initial rollout over the next two years is only for English and math, with the expectation that other core subjects will be added later. In spring 2015, California will also overhaul its testing program to align with Common Core standards.
The story of what brought a vast college to its knees could fill a business course syllabus or, better, a novel. It's a tale of innovation and self-protection, against a backdrop of generosity.
For Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been trying to raise taxes almost since taking office last year, Proposition 30 is a major test of his political abilities. After failing last year to persuade Republican lawmakers to put higher taxes on a ballot, the Democratic governor made the initiative his signature effort this year.
Instead of meeting in Los Angeles, as they usually do this time of year, the 800 state council delegates of the California Teachers Association, along with hundreds of others, mobilized over the weekend in their local districts, making phone calls and house calls urging voters to say yes on Proposition 30 and no on Proposition 32 by capitalizing on what they consider their best asset: themselves.
Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his tax plan at two Bay Area churches Sunday, quoting the Gospel and pledging to send more money to schools.