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Friday, August 09, 2019

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Santa Ana Unified temporarily fills superintendent post
Two education consultants, both long-time educators and administrators, were chosen to lead the Santa Ana Unified School District until a permanent superintendent is hired, district officials announced this week. School Board members selected Alan Rasmussen and Richard V. Tauer to serve as co interim superintendents while their firm, Education Support Services Group, conducts the search for a permanent superintendent.
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/08/08/santa-ana-unified-temporarily-fills-superintendent-post/

NEW YORK TIMES

To Graduate, File a Fafsa, More High School Seniors Are Told
More states are requiring it, and students who complete the form are more likely to attend college — especial low-income pupils, says a group that promotes college education.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/09/your-money/fafsa-financial-aid-form-college.html

EDSOURCE

Child care providers push California to boost pay for early education teachers
When a preschool teacher at a San Mateo center began to struggle to interact with children, supervisors became concerned. The reason for the teacher’s drop in performance? She was hungry. Preschool teachers are six times more likely to live in poverty than K-12 teachers, according to a recent report by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and the Economic Policy Institute. 
https://edsource.org/2019/child-care-providers-push-california-to-boost-pay-for-early-education-teachers/616075

California education bills to watch
Starting high school later in the day, giving school districts more latitude to reject charter schools and clamping down on exemptions from vaccinations are among the key — and controversial — bills that legislators will vote on by Sept 13. All of the bills have passed one branch of the Legislature. Gov. Gavin Newsom must sign or veto all bills by Oct. 13. We’ll be updating our list as the bills work their way through the process.
https://edsource.org/2019/k-12-bills-to-watch/616096

Smaller classes, more novice teachers: the 'tradeoff‘ for low-income California schools
Former Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature law, the Local Control Funding Formula, has frustrated researchers and advocacy groups that have wanted to verify how much of the extra money intended for targeted students has actually gone to the schools they attend — and how the funding was used.
https://edsource.org/2019/smaller-classes-more-novice-teachers-the-tradeoff-for-low-income-california-schools/616054

California’s big spending push for children could have national impact
Gov. Newsom, father to four children of his own, has approved an unprecedented investment in young children and their families: about $5.5 billion in total spending for child care and preschool, plus additional funding for paid leave and a host of related measures. The investment has been hailed by early childhood experts and advocates as a major step forward for California, which has not historically been a leader on early childhood policies.
https://edsource.org/2019/californias-big-spending-push-for-children-could-have-national-impact/615978

CALmatters

Is California’s ethnic studies plan too politically correct even for California?
As Americans grapple with shifts in culture and demographics, majority-minority California is developing a high school curriculum in ethnic studies, one of the first nationally. Not long ago — while managing his extracurriculars and winnowing his college choices — Eli Safaie-Kia, 17, found time to discover a draft of it. Its contents were, in some ways, standard-issue: readings and projects aimed at fostering tolerance, offering non-traditional perspectives and helping a massive, multicultural populace better understand one another. But in other ways, the draft was confusing even to a Generation Z kid from a blue-state. For one, it presented Israel in a way that went heavy on Palestinian oppression and scarcely mentioned the Holocaust.
https://calmatters.org/education/k-12-education/2019/08/ethnic-studies-curriculum-california/


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