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Tuesday, January 09, 2018


‘Disappointing but not surprising’ — California’s ESSA plan gets some of the harshest feedback yet from Washington
California’s plan to improve its schools received some of the toughest criticism in the nation from the federal Department of Education, which came as no surprise to parents and education advocates, who will get another chance this week to tell the state how they want their schools improved. On Tuesday, the state has invited to the public to a stakeholder meeting in Sacramento to weigh in on California’s response to the federal feedback, which the state board published Friday. People can also watch and react online.

Five questions with OUSD’s new superintendent, Gunn Marie Hansen
The Orange Unified School District at last has a new superintendent – Gunn Marie Hansen. The name is likely familiar to those who have been following developments in the district. Hansen was deputy and assistant superintendent during the tenure of former Superintendent Michael Christensen.


Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature plan for low-income schools gets full funding in his new state budget
Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark law that sends additional dollars to K-12 students from disadvantaged communities will meet its funding goals two years ahead of schedule under a budget proposal to be unveiled in Sacramento on Wednesday.


LA students get back to the books, as LAUSD promotes good attendance in the new year
It was a damp back-to-school day for the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday, Jan. 9. But that didn’t stop thousands of students from beginning 2018 in a classroom, after three weeks of winter break. As students and teachers returned Monday the district was touting its own New Year’s resolution: Good attendance. One school, El Dorado Elementary, in Sylmar, was getting $10,000 from the Local District Northeast for its stellar attendance record last semester.


How to hire a teacher: Report offers California schools advice
The Burlingame School District highlights its Maker Spaces and technology program. The Belmont-Redwood Shores district promotes its partnership with a Columbia University reading and writing workshop. Tiny Bayshore Elementary talks about the advantages of working in a cozy community and the opportunity to shape the culture of a brand-new K-8 school. And several school districts partner with universities in the Midwest and have retooled their outreach to attract Millennials, who have different habits and goals than their elders’.


LA's choice: selecting an insider or outsider for next school superintendent
After Los Angeles Unified superintendent Michelle King announced last week that she would not be returning to her post for health reasons, one of the big questions facing the elected school board is whether it will turn to another insider to lead the district, or whether it will look beyond its borders for someone to replace her.


Los Angeles sees jump in nationally-certified teachers
Los Angeles Unified School District not only had the largest number of new National Board Certified Teachers overall, but also the most racially diverse group, according to the latest data from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In total, LAUSD saw 166 of its teachers achieve National Board Certification, 92 of whom were teachers of color–two accomplishments research shows will likely benefit students throughout the district.

Physical fitness leads to better elementary academic outcomes
Elementary school students who are physically active for at least 60 minutes each day are not only more likely to be healthier, but also perform better in math and reading, according to a recent study. According to the Minnesota departments of health and education, students who met national recommendations for aerobic fitness were 250 percent more likely to have a healthy weight; 27 percent more likely to be proficient in math; 24 percent more likely to be proficient in reading; and 6 percent more likely to consistently attend school.

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