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California Lacks Means to Evaluate Teachers

May 16, 2013 | 3:08 pm

California Lacks Means to Evaluate Teachers

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by Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report  On a recent afternoon at California State University, Northridge, Nancy Prosenjak was attempting to quiet the graduate students spread out across conference tables in the back of her classroom. She was still missing nearly a third of the class, but she was eager to debrief with her students about […]

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Education Funding Fight Leads To First Budget Rift

April 26, 2013 | 3:25 pm

Education Funding Fight Leads To First Budget Rift

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Gov. Jerry Brown is framing it as an epic battle, while Senate Democrats say it’s more like a polite disagreement between friends. Either way, the education plan introduced by Senate Democrats this week, along with Brown’s strong opposition to it, is shaping up to be a major battle in this year’s budget negotiations. Brown made […]

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ACLU Sues California for Underserving English Language Learners

April 25, 2013 | 8:37 am

ACLU Sues California for Underserving English Language Learners

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Southern California civil rights lawyers with the ACLU and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center sued California education officials Wednesday, alleging the state is allowing tens of thousands of English-learning students to languish without help. About one in four students in the state are considered English learners. Mark Rosenbaum of the ACLU said the state […]

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City College of San Francisco Fights for Its Future

March 15, 2013 | 11:30 am

City College of San Francisco Fights for Its Future

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By Charla Bear It’s tough for Teresa Villicana, a student at the City College of San Francisco, to focus on her studies right now. She’s got a more pressing concern. “If they close, where are we going to be?” she asks. Closure is a real possibility for CCSF. It’s facing a deadline Friday to prove […]

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Disparities Persist for Children’s Well-Being, Study Says

October 11, 2012 | 2:58 pm

Disparities Persist for Children’s Well-Being, Study Says

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by Joanna Lin, California Watch California has made gains in the early stages of children’s academic trajectory but has failed to sustain them, a new assessment of kids’ well-being has shown. The findings, released yesterday by the research and advocacy group Children Now, showed statewide improvement in 11 indicators of well-being, including certain measures of […]

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State Reported Inflated Rate of Teachers Lacking Credentials

September 28, 2012 | 10:07 am

State Reported Inflated Rate of Teachers Lacking Credentials

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by Joanna Lin, California Watch The rate was startling: Nearly six in 10 teachers at California’s lowest-performing schools were not properly credentialed for the classes they led. It’s a rate California has worked to shrink for the past six years. It’s also a rate that was wrong. The percentage of teachers and other certificated staff lacking […]

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More Protections for Students at Vocational Schools Close at Hand

August 30, 2012 | 3:33 pm

More Protections for Students at Vocational Schools Close at Hand

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Jennifer Gollan, The Bay Citizen California’s private vocational schools will be required to publicly disclose more key information – including accreditation status, job placement rates and graduation rates – under a new bill the Legislature passed this week. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, chairman of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, now […]

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UC Tuition Could Rise Sharply if Tax Measure Fails

July 11, 2012 | 12:27 pm

UC Tuition Could Rise Sharply if Tax Measure Fails

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By Terence Chea, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  — University of California students will likely face a steep midyear tuition increase if voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative. The 10-campus system will need to consider raising tuition by as much as 20 percent in January if the November ballot measure fails, according to documents […]

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Accrediting Agency Questions Culinary School’s Job Placement Rates

June 25, 2012 | 12:03 pm

Accrediting Agency Questions Culinary School’s Job Placement Rates

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by Erica Perez, The Bay Citizen One of the agencies that accredits San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy is questioning the veracity of the college’s reported job placement rates – ordering the school’s parent company to provide audited placement data by September in order to maintain its accreditation status. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and […]

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June 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

AP: University of California Faces Mounting Pension Costs

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KQED Staff and Wires SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The cost of pensions and retiree health benefits are soaring at the University of California, increasing pressure to raise tuition and cut academic programs at one of the nation’s leading public college systems. The 10-campus system is confronting mounting bills for employee retirement benefits even as it […]

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