Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Is Jerry Brown eyeing the White House again?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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Gov. Jerry Brown’s crack public relations team has been hard at work convincing the rest of the country that he has sparked a California turnaround. The New Republic even recommended to President Obama that, in his second term, he should “study the Moonbeam” for help cleaning up the growing li...

U.S. ranks third-last in 'numeracy'

Sunday, October 20th, 2013
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America's low-scoring public schools are making it difficult for us to compete in future decades. The latest: "The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on Friday released the initial results of an international survey of adult skills in literacy a...

Gov. Brown axes 2013-14 school testing for K-12

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Most California's K-12 public schools will go through the 2013-14 school year without standardized testing after Gov. Jerry Brown just signed Assembly Bill 484 into law. The following school year, 2014-15, less rigorous federal Common Core tests will begin. AB484 is by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla...

Critics charge AB 375 doesn't really protect students

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
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SACRAMENTO --The Legislature still is working on teacher-discipline legislation. AB375 is by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo. It passed the Senate Education Committee Tuesday and is being heard Wednesday in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, all of the stakeho...

AB 917 would send charter schools to the back of the class

Friday, August 30th, 2013
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The popularity and success of California’s 900 charter schools aren't making everyone happy. Union leaders have tried to organize the non-union schools, but unsuccessfully. New tactic: Hamper the charters' spread. AB 917, which just passed both houses of the Legislature, might accomplish that....

Video: In CA schools, 3 X 4 = 11

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Video: In CA schools, 3 X 4 = 11

Back in the early 1990s, California schools adopted "New New Math" and "Whole Language" to dumb down the kids. Parents revolted. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the state reformed the curriculum and adopted some decent standards. But in California, no bad idea stays down for long. This time, i...

LAUSD’s iPad gimmick

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
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Back in 1972-73, my senior year, I took a humanities class from a great teacher at Wayne Memorial High School, my public school in Wayne, Mich. An Italian immigrant whose family had suffered under Mussolini's fascists, he instilled in me a great love of literature, art and the other humanities. A...

Controversial Napolitano coming to UC system

Friday, July 12th, 2013

July 12, 2013 By Katy Grimes A startling announcement early this morning caught many Californians off guard: Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is resigning and moving to California to head the University of California system. This is a real eyebrow-raiser, and just more proof that everyt...

Video: Common core, coming to a classroom near you…

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Video: Common core, coming to a classroom near you…

June 28, 2013 By Brian Calle Alexis Garcia interviews me about the centralizing federal Common Core curriculum. ...

Lawmaker wants president to discharge student loan debt

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

May 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- In 2006, a major rewrite of the federal bankruptcy law allowed for federal student loans to be dischargeable. Prior to 2006, student loans, along with taxes, were always required to be paid back in bankruptcy court. Now, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremo...