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The Startling Image That Opened My Eyes About My Daughter's Education

Morgan Shanahan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Morgan Shanahan

If you haven't been inside your child's classroom lately, find some time to go look around. Take note of what's lacking. And if you can afford to in even the smallest way, improve it.

A Fair Start for California's Children

Deborah Kong | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

On the same day that California Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget proposal, a new State Preschool Yearbook looking at California's early learning programs found that our state is moving in the wrong direction.

Staunch Majority of California Voters Support Pre-K

Deborah Kong | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

Through these proposals, we can provide every four-year-old with high-quality pre-k and serve more of our most vulnerable infants and toddlers with evidence-based, comprehensive services that they need to thrive.

Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Esta Soler | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Esta Soler

Research shows that if we can connect children to caring adults -- at home, at school, in the doctor's office, or at the local community center -- their brains and bodies can heal and they will thrive.

California Fight For Free Preschool Passes First Hurdle

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

(Recast with committee passage) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9 (Reuters) - A proposal to offer free pr...

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

Rebuilding the Great Equalizer

Seth M.M. Stodder | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Seth M.M. Stodder

America's balance wheel is malfunctioning. Instead of operating as the "great equalizer," our education system is making our society ever more separate and unequal.

California Bills Seek To Keep Kids In School

Reuters | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 10 (Reuters) - California lawmakers took aim Monday at truancy among elementary school ...

This State May Overturn Its Bilingual Education Ban

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.24.2014 | Latino Voices

A law banning most bilingual education in California schools may be overturned by a new bill, restoring efforts to address language barriers in a stat...

Does This State Fail When It Comes To Educating Hispanic Students?

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices

PAJARO, Calif. (AP) — As Hispanics surpass white Californians in population next year, the state becomes a potential model for the rest of the count...

California Democrats Urge More Education Spending

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Democrats who control California's Assembly said on Wednesday their priorities for the next state budget include m...

Considering Leadership in the 21st Century: American Higher Education Should Not Panic

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

The entire value proposition of the sector is under siege. Many claim that we are not producing enough capable graduates because we are not doing our jobs well. And we spend too much doing it.

Climate and Pension Activists Should Unite

David G. Crane | Posted 12.11.2013 | San Francisco
David G. Crane

Recently Bay Area climate activist Tom Steyer described the agonizingly slow pace of U.S. political action on global warming as the equivalent of driving a car at a hundred miles an hour towards a cliff. He's right. The longer we wait to address warming, the harder it gets to do so.

Governor Brown: No Short Cuts -- No Shortchanging Teachers and Students

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Imagine that the DMV -- in an effort to adopt a better test -- suspended all driving exams, but still continued to issue new licenses. That same kind of backwards thinking has produced an equally dangerous education bill in California, one that the governor is considering signing into law.

Race to the Top: A Step in the Right Direction

Quentin Wilson | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Quentin Wilson

Walk into your local school district office over the next week and, chances are, you will run into an administrator (or four) rushing to meet the October 3 deadline for submitting the district's Race To The Top (RTT) application.

Vergara v. California: Marching Toward a Dream Still Denied

Marcellus Antonio McRae | Posted 11.11.2013 | Los Angeles
Marcellus Antonio McRae

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was greatly blessed to have teachers who had a profound commitment to quality instruction, an appreciation for the impact they would have on my life, and the skill to challenge me to raise and strive to realize my expectations. Not all children are so lucky.

The Future of Middle School Students and The Golden State

Quentin Wilson | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Quentin Wilson

Both early childhood investments and programs for students preparing to graduate from high school may be useful, but evidence appears to call for a disproportionate investment in the outcomes of middle school students.

California's Revised Budget Has Good News For Some Schools

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2013 | San Francisco

By Sharon Bernstein May 14 (Reuters) - California will spend an extra $2.9 billion on public education over the next two years thanks ...

Let's Hear It for the CTC!

Eric Scroggins | Posted 06.25.2013 | San Francisco
Eric Scroggins

As educators, we're painted, sometimes fairly, as a pretty divisive and ideological bunch. It's against this backdrop that I find myself hopeful and grateful for the recent process spearheaded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

What We Know About Expanded Learning

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

President Obama's 2014 budget proposes an increase to funding for expanded learning opportunities through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. This is an exciting step in the right direction for our low income children and youth.

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.

Enough With Us vs. Them

Marlene Canter | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Marlene Canter

The LAUSD Board of Education doesn't only matter to special interest groups, teachers, students, or district staff -- it is hugely important for all Angelenos. Educating our kids well forms the basis for a sound economy, healthy communities, and safer streets.

Expanded Learning, California Style

Jennifer Peck | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

With the passage of Proposition 49, an unprecedented half a billion dollars was devoted to after school programs -- more than all other states' investments combined.

Shame on California Districts Seeking to Perpetuate Funding Advantages

John Affeldt | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
John Affeldt

Kudos to Jerry Brown for proposing to end the inequities in California school funding -- and shame on the districts that seek to fossilize the advantages they have enjoyed for decades now.

California's Most Educated County Is...

The Marin Independent Journal, Novato, Calif. | Will Jason | Posted 04.21.2013 | San Francisco

IT DID NOT take long to fill the New Yorker magazine discussion group at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library when it was created several years ago. "We've ...