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Thursday, September 05, 2019


Charter school compromise could intensify L.A.'s school board battles
A major agreement aimed at setting stronger standards for charter schools stands to intensify power struggles for seats on the Board of Education in Los Angeles, setting the stage for more contentious and costly election battles between charter advocates and allies of the teachers union, a cross section of education leaders and experts said.


Vaccine bill is on Gavin Newsom’s desk, but his office wants changes that reflect ‘his values’
Despite clearing the Legislature on Wednesday, a bill to restrict vaccine medical exemptions for California schoolchildren faces one last hurdle: winning the support of a governor who has publicly wavered on the proposal. Although he said in June he would sign Senate Bill 276, Newsom has since reversed course and one of his top advisers now says his signature on the measure isn’t guaranteed. Newsom would “only put his signature on a bill that reflects his values,” the governor’s chief strategist Daniel Zingale told reporters.


North County Report: Another Low-Income Community Protests School Bus Cuts
With bus cuts looming, parents in Crown Heights, a low-income, predominantly Latino Oceanside neighborhood, are going to have to rearrange their lives or find the cash to pay for their kids’ transportation to and from school themselves.


'Ridiculous': Teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for first day of school
Lauren Moskowitz's shopping list was the stuff of every kindergartner's dreams. The special-education teacher would need finger puppets, jumbo crayons and sidewalk chalk for her 5- and 6-year-olds. About an hour and nearly $140 later, she exited a Target in suburban Washington, bags overflowing with school supplies. She had paid for it all herself.


CHP will be on school buses in San Bernardino to enforce ‘no pass’ law
California Highway Patrol officers will be aboard school buses in San Bernardino Monday, Sept. 9, to focus enforcement on drivers who illegally pass buses when they are stopped and signalling with flashing red lights or a stop sign. The lights and signals are used when students are leaving or boarding buses.


Push for single rating of LA schools challenges state's multi-dimensional accountability system
There is a deeply rooted impulse in American society — perhaps any society — to rank everything from restaurants and refrigerators to athletes and colleges. That may help explain why pressures continue in California to rank its schools based on a single score of some kind, despite a major thrust in the state to move in the opposite direction.

Tighter California vaccination restrictions await Newsom, who wants changes
California’s Senate on Wednesday joined the Assembly in approving a bill that will tighten regulations on medical exemptions that allow students to attend school without having all the required vaccinations. The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said he plans to make changes before signing it.


State bill could allow school boards to decide whether parents can administer medical cannabis on school grounds
When Kern High School District Trustee Janice Graves taught at Foothill High School five years ago, one of her male students had a violent seizure. There was only so much she could do since she could not hold him up because he "was so heavy and strong." Appropriate medical and fire personnel came in to help the student, and he received the proper medication to control the seizure.

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