Calif. Budget Aims to Change Education Funding

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LOS ANGELES – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed a sweeping overhaul of K-12 education financing that would provide more money for low-income schools and give districts more control over how they can spend state funds. Fresh off voter-approved hikes in the state sales tax and income taxes on the wealthy, the Democratic governor’s newly […]

Vanderbilt Divinity School Names Black Woman as Next Dean

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TENNESSEE – Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a noted Yale University scholar and administrator will be the school’s next dean, pending board approval. Townes is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology and associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School. Townes, an American Baptist teaching and general research interests focuses […]

Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Role of Online Education in Calif.

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LOS ANGELES – Leaders in online education initiatives will convene at UCLA on January 8, 2013, to bring awareness and discuss key issues regarding the potential for online education to lower costs and improve higher education in California. The conference is sponsored by the 20 Million Minds Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the cost […]

Calif. Fails To Win ‘No Child Left Behind’ Waiver

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SAN JOSE – California has lost a bid to be avoid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. The San Jose Mercury News reports the state was notified last Friday that its request for a waiver had been denied. The state has resisted a requirement that it evaluate teachers based, in part, on how […]

MARIAN EDELMAN: Demanding Full-day Kindergarten

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OPINION – About 4 million American children celebrated a very big milestone this fall—their first day of kindergarten. Far too many were already a step or more behind their peers. If we want all of our children to be school-ready so that they can become college-, career-, and workforce-ready, it’s long past time to offer […]

Los Rios Board Appoints Dr. Brian King To Be New Chancelor

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SACRAMENTO — Last night at a special meeting, the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Brian King to serve as chancellor. The appointment culminates a nationwide search undertaken to replace retired chancellor Dr. Brice Harris. Dr. King has served as president/superintendent of Cabrillo College in Aptos, California since 2004 and brings […]

Elk Grove Students Launch New #UnfollowBullying Campaign

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ELK GROVE – Elk Grove Unified School District’s 7-12 grade students are taking a stand. Starting November 5, 2012, high school and middle school students throughout the district are stepping up as a school community to inspire others to challenge and delete cyberbullying through a new campaign — #UnfollowBullying. #UnfollowBullying is student-created, student-led. The campaign commences […]

Charter School Movement Continues to Grow in California

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SACRAMENTO – The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) today announced that 109 charter schools opened across the state for the 2012-13 school year, surpassing last year’s new charter school openings (100) and bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,065. In addition, enrollment grew by an unprecedented 70,000 students, or 17%, for […]

Florida Passes Education Plan With Lower Standards For Black Students

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TALLAHASSE – Last week Florida’s State Board of Education a new five-year strategic plan that envisions minority students narrowing but not fully closing their achievement gap with white students. The strategic plan sets a goal for Black students to increase their at-grade or above reading scores from 38 to 74 percent in the 2017-18 school […]

High Court Questions Texas Affirmative Action Plan

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WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas’ use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action. The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not […]