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July 30, 2015

California's New Vaccine Law May Drive Up Homeschooling Numbers

Homeschooling will soon be the only way for parents to avoid California's new vaccination law.

July 21, 2015

Court Upholds Parent-Trigger Petition at California School

Parents of students at Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim successfully challenged the school board's rejection of their petition seeking to convert the school into a charter.

July 14, 2015

Death, Taxes, and Union Dues: We All Have to Pay Our Due

If a state chooses to have public employees represented through a collective bargaining process doesn't this automatically justify the necessity for public employee unions in the interest of the public good.

July 06, 2015

Lawsuit: L.A. Schools Failing Needy Students, Flouting California Funding Law

A California lawsuit filed last week claims that the Los Angeles Unified School District is failing to abide by the state's Local Control Funding Formula.

June 30, 2015

Vaccines: California Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Most Exemptions

California joins West Virginia and Mississippi in eliminating broad philosophical exemptions from state vaccine requirements.

June 29, 2015

Reason #3 Why CTA Needs to Reimagine Tenure NOW

Before I move on to reason number three for why the California's Teacher Association (CTA) needs to reimagine tenure now, let me recap reasons number one and two. Reason number one is to restore faith in our public school system. Reason number two is because we need to ensure that our most vulnerable students are with our best teachers. Reason number three: Teachers want it.

June 25, 2015

San Francisco Seeks Federal OK For Plan to Upgrade ELL Services

The head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division praised the plan, calling it a "critical step toward ensuring that all students, no matter their language background, have an equal opportunity to access that dream."

June 23, 2015

Reason #2 Why CTA Should Reimagine Permanent Status Now

The appeal to the Vergara case will be heard very soon. I don't claim to be psychic so I am making a well educated guess here when I say I think the appellate court will remand the decision for further study. This leads me to reason #2 why the California Teachers Association (CTA) should reimagine tenure now: The most vulnerable students need the best teachers.

June 19, 2015

Are Teacher Salary Bumps and California's K-12 Funding System in Conflict?

Can districts use the extra cash for high-needs students for across-the-board teacher-salary increases, rather than targeted increases for some teachers?

June 19, 2015

California Teachers File Complaints Against Virtual Charter School Network

The California Virtual Academies are the subject of a series of complaints focused on their data-privacy protections, academic quality, attendance and truancy policies, and a host of other issues.

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