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Home-school oversight bill introduced after Turpin arrests fails in Assembly committee
A bill by Inland Assemblyman Jose Medina that would have put more oversight on home schools was defeated last week. Medina, D-Riverside, introduced Assembly Bill 2756 after David and Louise Turpin were accused of mistreating and imprisoning 12 of their 13 children in their Perris home — where they also operated a private home school. But the bill died without a vote in the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday, April 25, after an outcry from home-school families during a hearing that lasted more than three hours.


California schools getting a little greener as environmental education standards roll out
As Californians celebrate Earth Day and the ecology movement over the past month, the state’s public schools are making steady progress in implementing some of the most comprehensive environmental education standards in the country, educators and environmentalists say.

Race for California state schools chief begins to attract major contributions
The race for state superintendent for public instruction between the two major candidates, Marshall Tuck and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, has begun to attract some of the massive contributions from wealthy individuals that characterized the last contest, when Tuck ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Tom Torlakson four years ago.


Bill would emphasize LCAP’s ‘family engagement’ mandate
Legislation sponsored by the California PTA would enhance requirements that school districts engage in meaningful consultation with parents and families before making spending decisions. AB 2878 by Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside, would add “family engagement” to the list of eight state educational priorities that districts must address in developing their Local Control Accountability Plans.


Sources: LAUSD board expected to name Austin Beutner as next superintendent
Austin Beutner — a former investment banker who, having already made his millions, has immersed himself in the civic life of Los Angeles in recent years — will be the next superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, sources with knowledge of the search process tell KPCC. The sources expect L.A. Unified board members will vote Tuesday morning to ratify a contract with Beutner, ending a three-month search for a new leader for the nation’s second-largest school system.


How A Major Tech Company Could Help Educate California High School Students
IBM wants to create 20 new California schools offering career training in science and technology, with the support of state lawmakers. The schools would be a combination high school, community college and career training program, part of a concept called P-TECH, which IBM and New York launched six years ago. At the schools, students obtain a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in science through a six-year program. A sponsoring company — not necessarily IBM — provides mentorship and career training throughout, as well as expedited hiring.

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