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2014

January 30

Suspensions, expulsions fall in California schools Mercury News

January 29

Assembly speaker vows to address teacher pensions  Ed Source Today

January 28

Obama offers little new on education in SOTU Ed Source Today

January 16

Santa Cruz Schools superintendent announces retirement  SC Sentinel

Children learn lessons other than games on the playground  SC Sentinel

State board adopts new math books aligned to Common Core EdSource Today

Bill pushing back pink skips for teachers date dies again  Cabinet Report

January 14

State board poised to elevate parents role in setting district priorities  EdSource Today

January 9

Brown projects big increase in school spending Ed Source Today

CTA, school groups back Brown’s latest funding regs Cabinet Report

Transgender rights referendum moves to full signature count  Sacramento Bee

January 6

Brown’s new regs trim schools’ funding flexibility Cabinet Report

Draft regs detail how much schools must spend on high needs students EdSource Today

New computer-only format for GED spurs competing tests  LA Times

2013

December 18

California measure would replace seniority with performance for teacher layoffs  Sacramento Bee

State schools chief favors strong accountability on school funding  SIA Cabinet Report

Early education a highlight in Assembly Democrats budget priorities  EdSource Today

December 16

Governor Brown opposes federal-imposed standards for schools  LA Times

Salman Khan on ed tech challenges  Silicon Valley Business Journal

December 12

Santa Cruz School board approves small spending increase  SC Sentinel

Brown considers restrictions on LCFF money Cabinet Report

December 3

From strawberry fields to computer science in three years  Mercury News

“Trauma-informed” teaching EdSource Today

November 26

Top legislators join critics of proposed regs EdSource Today

November 25

Some school districts move now to support disadvantaged students  Cabinet Report

Music training sharpens brain pathways Ed Week

November 22

Westlake teacher changes lives with board games  SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz district, charter school hope to hammer out deal SC Sentinel

Torlakson seeks testing waiver  EdSource Today

New entity to oversee, support LCFF implementation  Cabinet Report

November 19

Billions in unanticipated funding for California schools Cabinet Report

LAO predicts huge increases for K-12, community colleges next year EdSource Today

November 14

Superintendent offers apology, is subject of special board meeting SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz teachers say they are being bullied in the workplace  SC Patch

Linked Learning seems to work for high school students  LA Times

November 13

State releases second half of $1.2 billion Common Core funding  Bay Area Newsgroup

November 12

Push is on to close college gap for California’s Latinos  LA Times

A case to combine Common Core and Local Control Funding  EdSource Today

November 7

State board backs of integrated standards for middle school science EdSource Today

State testing exec embraces California’s approach to testing EdSource Today

November 6

Conflict hits California’s new school finance plan  Sacramento Bee

Testing flap may impact state request to SIG waiver SIA Cabinet Report

Advocates pile on criticisms of draft funding formulas EdSource Today

November 5

Investigator clears Santa Cruz superintendent in coach’s firing  SC Sentinel

Feds, state argue over testing; Santa Cruz County stands to lose millions  SC Sentinel

Middle school science standards divide teachers  EdSource Today

November 4

State board optimistic conflict with feds over testing can be resolved  EdSource Today

November 1

Jeremy Kirby named new Santa Cruz High baseball coach  SC Sentinel

Parents push for more prominent place at the school budget table EdSource Today

October 31

Santa Cruz teachers win 2% pay hike  SC Sentinel

US threatens to take $3.52 billion from schools in testing dispute  Mercury News

October 30

Feds set price of defiance on state tests: at least $15 million  Ed Source Today

October 29

Steinberg: Making high school relevant is a top priority Sacramento Bee

New school funding law sets first time accountability for foster youth  SIA Cabinet Report

October 24

Students in need of musical instruments  SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Committee  SC Patch

Safeway drops credit card customers from eScrip fundraisers SC Sentinel

Civil rights groups, schools face off over LCFF flexibility  SIA Cabinet Report

County students growing healthier but far from fit  SC Sentinel

API will soon lose its clout for measuring student success EdSource Today

October 23

What’s next for standardized testing in California? EdSource Today

Bad to the bone – teacher movement adopts rebel yell SIA Cabinet Report

LA school district has no plan “B” for iPad project KPCC

October 14

New funding formula revives push for smaller class sizes EdSource Today

Code.org: Mark Zuckerberg, others lead effort to bring computer science to schools  Mercury News

October 8

Salary talks between Santa Cruz school district, teachers heats up  SC Sentinel

October 7

Strike out: Firing shows coach, district made errors  SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz school district seeks change in coaching culture  SC Sentinel

Vouchers don’t do much for students  Politico

October 4

Santa Cruz school trustees hire San Diego-area consultant to conduct probe of district leader  SC Sentinel

Two California school bills show teachers union power  Sacramento Bee

October 3

Santa Cruz school board to choose independent investigator; complaint against superintendent comes amid other troubles SC Sentinel

STAR test dumped: Brown ignores federal threats, signs bill allowing new exams  Mercury News

Brown signs law preventing schools from incurring huge debt  Mercury News

State truancy report absent on core issues  UT San Diego

Federal grant hip hops physical education activity SIA Cabinet Report

October 2

Torlakson wants to tie school attendance to funding  LA Times

The case against high school sports The Atlantic

Are sports good or bad for schools? Ed Week

LA Unified discussing 200-day school year  EdSource Today

Payday from state lottery tops $1.28 billion LA Times

October 1

Empty desks: New report shows Santa Cruz County a leader in elementary school  truancy SC Sentinel

Common Core resources Silicon Valley Community Foundation

September 30

CA report says truancy may cost state billions  SF Gate

Pacific Grove to ask voters to ok technology bonds  LA Times

FashionArt celebrates Santa Cruz style  SC Sentinel

Free lunch sign ups crucial for accurate count of low income students  EdSource Today

Dearth of teacher librarians pose new challenge to common core transition  SIA Cabinet Report

September 26

Santa Cruz school board OKs probe of complaint related to dismissal of coach  SC Sentinel

Santa Cruz High students walk out in support of teachers  SC Sentinel

FashionArt Santa Cruz is bigger than ever  SC Sentinel

September 24

AVID college prep system quietly spreads  Washington Post

September 23

New national campaign to end bullying, social isolation  SF Gate

New focus on school climate in massive student survey  EdSource Today

State constitution measure binds schools to open meetings SIA Cabinet Report

September 19

California school aid change already enmeshed in controversy Sacramento Bee

Duncan’s testing threats may be more bluff than bully SIA Cabinet Report

Future of high school exit exam unclear Ed Source Today

September 18

Feds elaborate on the testing waiver requirements that CA can’t meet  Ed Source Today

Putting standardized testing in context Ed Week

September 17

Paramedic delivers his son in Bay View parking lot SC Sentinel

Brown not backing away from suspending state standardized tests  EdSource Today

September 16

Education secretary tones down criticism of California LA Times

Common core opponents shift attention to new science standards  SIA Cabinet Report

 

September 15

State says too many of Santa Cruz’s black children are in special ed  SC Sentinel

September 12

Santa Cruz superintendent target over labor, fired coach SC SentinelSanta Cruz Superintendent takes heat from parents, students and teachers  SC Patch

Bill already tinkers with school funding formula SIA Cabinet Report

Bill reforming teacher firing process resurfaces with amendments  EdSource Today

September 11

Arne Duncan unsuccessful in 11th hour attempt to block legislation  EdSource Today

Smarter Balanced adopts support guidelines for EL and disabled students  EdWeek

September 9

Duncan threatens repercussions if state suspends tests EdSource Today

September 6

Editorial: Common Core standards  SC Sentinel

State board adopts next generation science standards Ed Brief

September 3

Civil rights groups dispute LCFF memo  Ed Source Today

State board considers key LCFF questions SIA Cabinet Report

August 15

Santa Cruz County Ed leaders to consider reserve policy  SC Sentinel

Brown, school leaders launch special education overhaul SIA Cabinet Report

August 14

New year brings new standards: Common Core  SC Sentinel

August 13

State court allows schools to give insulin shots Mercury News

State board must find balance between rules and flexibility EdSource Today

August 12

Napa schools put laptops on back to school list SIA Cabinet Report

Common core poses big challenges/opportunities  EdSource Today

With first new money in years, school labor negotiations grow complicated SIA Cabinet Report

August 8

County schools see slight drop in test scores  SC Sentinel

STAR test scores decline for first time in a decade  EdSource Today

August 1

Students spend fraction of summer at Algebra Camp SC Sentinel

California committed to moving forward with Common Core EdSource Today

July 31

Rebooted summer programs in Oakland make learning fun Inside Bay Area

Local Control Funding Formula: Is there a new rulebook? EdSource Today

July 30

Parents to weigh in on how school districts spend new funds KPCC

Overview of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Legislative Analysts Office

July 29

Districts adopt policies for devices in the classroom SIA Cabinet Report

Teacher’s guide to social media  Mashable

21st Century learning easier said than done SIA Cabinet Report

July 26

Local schools benefit from redistributed redevelopment funds  Santa Cruz Patch

District crews promptly address graffiti at Bay View SC Sentinel

July 25

Santa Cruz City Schools offers free meal program for children SC Sentinel

Advocates: Start spending now on high needs students EdSource Today

July 24

State education officials: We’re sticking with Common Core Washington Post

California moving away from Washington’s corporate education reform EdSource Today

July 23

Charter school leaders generally pleased with California’s new funding formula EdSource Today

July 22

Free lunches for youth go uneaten  Mercury News

July 19

County education leaders continues to defend reserve  SC Sentinel

New K12 funding system demands new thinking in building local budgets  EdSource Today

July 18

Older adult and parent ed programs left out of adult ed revamp  EdSource Today

House poised to leave ‘no child’ behind  Politico

July 17

Career development camp for Santa Cruz County middle school students  SC Sentinel

July 16

Fruit and veggies will flourish in classrooms Ed Source Today

GOP rolls out conservative education bill Politico

July 9

From health care reform lessons for education policy  Ed Week

July 8

Costs to implement new state testing system starting to pile up  SIA Cabinet Report

Effort to shorten process for firing teachers faltering again  EdSource Today

July 3

California ranks among 10 worst states for children New American Media

Transitional kindergarten enrollment varies widely across state EdSource Today

July 2

Infusion of money for career education in new state budget Ed Source

Jerry Brown signs school funding overhaul LA Times

Districts must plan carefully to make most of technology funding Ed Source

July 1

Judge to rule on whether yoga is tied to religion San Diego Observer

Student discipline must move beyond willful defiance Ed Source

June 24

Districts to get $1.2B this fall to implement common core  ED Source

Parenting classes tailored for Latino families show promise Ed Source

June 21

After passage of school finance plan, focus shifts to implementation Ed Source

$1.2B common core funding comes with flexibility, strings  SIA Cabinet Report

Duncan grants relief to schools offering two tests  EdSource

June 20

Budget simplifies special education money SIA Cabinet Report

Guess how much we invest in our students  Ed Source

June 12

Budget deal agreement on Prop 39 monies  SIA Cabinet Report

Adult ed, ROP, etc. get reprieve  Ed Source Today

No Child Left Behind debate begins in Congress Politico

June 11

It’s a deal: Brown, top law makers raise base funding  EdSource Today

Legislative panel oks compromise budget SF Gate

June 10

Jerry Brown, lawmakers reach budget deal  Sacramento Bee

Legislative leaders circulate compromise on state funding  Sacramento Bee

Grouping students by ability regains favor in the classroom  NY Times

The common core: who’s minding the schools? NY Times

June 7

No agreement yet on how to hold districts accountable for state funds  EdSource Today

Steinberg calls Jerry Brown’s school funding plan “80% there” Sacramento Bee

Legislation to require charter schools to follow disclosure laws  SIA Cabinet Report

Funding reform worries potential “loser” schools EdSource Today

June 6

Obama unveils proposal to overhaul federal E-Rate process  EdWeek

June 5

California could get $350 million for preschool EdSource Today

Nina Lutz selling her book to raise funds for cancer research  SC Sentinel

Harkin introduces federal schools legislation  NY Times

June 4

Reform of California school finance system likely  EdSource Today

President Obama calls on teachers to help identify mental disorders in students  EdSource

June 3

Governor Jerry Brown is poised for a big victory  LA Times

Governor Brown eyes yet another education victory  EdSource Today

Schools’ effort to shift to Common Core faces a tough test  LA Times

Lessons for California from New Jersey’s “improbable scholars”  EdSource Today

May 30

Santa Cruz County schools improving  SC Sentinel

Disparities in education can crush inspiration in the heart of Silicon Valley  EdSource Today

Some justices question requiring nurses to give medication in schools LA Times

May 29

In Silicon Valley, even high achieving schools fail Latinos  Mercury News

Brown shelves California K12 online learning agenda  SIA Cabinet report

May 28

San Jose teaches, board adopt evaluation system EdSource Today

California wins Federal early childhood education funds  SIA Cabinet Report

May 23

San Jose board, teachers adopt landmark evaluation system  EdSource Today

Hawaii’s school experiment may hold lessons for California  KPCC

May 22

Student public art project on Laurel Street Bridge  Santa Cruz Patch

LAO takes cautious tone on Brown’s plan to put $1B into Common Core  SIA Cabinet Report

May 21

May budget revise offers reprise for Regional Occupational Centers  EdSource

CA, feds, suspend waiver application  SIA Cabinet Report

May 20

Brown stands pat with distributing $1B in Prop 39 funds SIA Cabinet Report

May 15

Brown commits $1B to common core, sticks with funding formula  EdSource Today

Jury still out on Brown’s LEA accountability SIA Cabinet Report

May 14

Governor Brown boosts investment in schools  Office of the Governor

Brown to propose $1B for new school standards  Mercury News

Brown budget sends extra $2.9 billion to education  Mercury News

Structured recess boosts student activity  Education Week

May 13

Lawmakers debate how to spend $900 million in new revenue  SF Gate

Lower income districts would benefit from 5% parcel tax threshold  EdSource Today

Love could kill Jerry Brown’s school funding plan  Sacramento Bee

Limerick Elementary makes breakfast in the classroom a success  LA Daily News

You reach more kids when you use the arts to teach EdSource Today

May 10

California governor’s school funding plan would alleviate inequities  Mercury News

Berkeley budget cuts slam school gardening, cooking program  Inside Bay Area

More money doesn’t quell battle over school funding U-T San Diego

May 9

New student testing would use machines for most of the scoring  SIA Cabinet Report

Common Core test is on track, state board told  EdSource Today

California moves quickly to carry out national standards  Sacramento Bee

SBE challenges accountability measurement  SIA Cabinet Report

May 8

In California, diversity in college starts sooner  NY Times

May 7

Alarming truancy figures prompts AG Harris to call on schools to do more  SIA Cabinet Report

Summer enrichment programs prove their value  EDSource Today

May 6

Legislature moves to protect career tech  SIA Cabinet Report

Parenting preschools face budget cuts in proposed state budget Bay Area Insider

May 2

California teacher evaluation bill fails again  Capitol Alert

California bill would curtail police role on campuses KPCC

Common Core moves a step closer in CA SIA Cabinet Report

May 1

Duncan admits flaws in current standardized testing  EdSource Today

Bill would overhaul student testing in California SIA Cabinet Report

Bonds would fund business investment in schools EdSource Today

Rocketship’s next phase: Technology in a blended classroom  EdSource Today

April 30

Positive school climate boosts test scores  EdSource Today

Brown’s principle of subsidairity draws support, with an asterisk  Capitol Public Radio

Advocates urge rejection of NCLB waivers for districts  EdSource Today

MRI scans can predict outcomes of math tutoring  Mercury News

April 29

Efforts to redistribute fundraising in Malibu-Santa Monica  LA Times

iPads in school: A toy or a tool?  LA Times

April 26

Democrats split on timing, specifics of Brown’s funding formula  EdSource Today

Senate school funding plan includes boost for linked learning  SIA Cabinet Report

Making all high school students pass courses required for UC could backfire  Mercury News

Study suggests grad rates will dip with A-G requirements  SIA Cabinet Report

April 25

Senate Democrats offer their own school funding plan Mercury News

Benefits of Advanced Placement questioned EdWeek

Jerry Brown promises opponents the “battle of their lives” over education funding overhaul  Sacramento Bee

Cities should embrace after school learning EdWeek

The coming revolution in public education The Atlantic

April 24

Democratic senators offer alternative to Brown’s funding formula EdSource Today

Panel moves to include grad rates as part of the API  SIA Cabinet Report

April 23

Senators offer alternative to Brown’s funding restructure  SIA Cabinet Report

Jerry Brown urges budget restraint despite strong revenue  Capitol Alert

April 22

GED to get overhaul; become more difficult Washington Post

DC cheating issues calls test-driven incentives into question  EdSource Today

Ed companies exert public policy influence  EdWeek

April 18

Math framework for Common Core ready for critique  EdSource Today

Brown’s school funding plan gets thumbs up in poll Capitol Alert

Education advocate Michelle Rhee fends off accusations LA Times

Districts collaborate to make one of CA’s best attendance programs  SIA Cabinet Report

April 17

Pacific Collegiate board to meet with interim principal, weigh foundation pact  SC Sentinel

Under common core, leaders face big changes  EdSource Today

Budget cuts may harm AVID program  Mercury News

Senate GOP leader revives Parent Trigger, Open Enrollment Act  SIA Cabinet Report

April 16

Personalization of learning: Genuine or slick marketing? Washington Post

April 15

California Democrats blast efforts to reform schools LA Times

CA Democrats take aim at effort to overhaul schools  Capitol Alert

Growing charter network under SBE draws attention from legislators  SIA Cabinet Report

April 12

Senate Ed committee puts adult ed decision on hold  EdSource

New teachers entering workforce reaches decades low  SIA Cabinet

Reversal: Bill Gates warning on test scores  LA Times

“Not going to say we told you so, but…” UCLA IDEA

April 11

County high school graduation rates best state averages  SC Sentinel

Project Runway meets Santa Cruz: FashionTEENS  SC Sentinel

Report: High schools in Santa Cruz lack access to computers  Santa Cruz Patch

April 10

Santa Cruz High School graduation rates exceed state averages  SC Patch

State graduation rates inch higher  SF Gate

New science standards call for teaching climate change and more  LA Times

Assembly ed leaders challenge Brown’s funding plan  SIA Cabinet Report

Apple to apples comparison of Brown’s funding plan  EdSource Today

April 9

Assembly passes bill limiting use of controversial school bonds Capitol Alert

LAUSD college prep plan faces uphill climb (Harvard study) LA Daily News

April 5

Brown funding plan faces tough review and a speed bump EdSource Today

April 4

Liu bill would retain some control over state funding SIA Cabinet

April 3

Editorial: Clock ticking on PCS move  SC Sentinel

April 2

Pacific Collegiate Charter School to tap district for space  SC Sentinel

March 30

Santa Cruz school food service manager resigns  SC Sentinel

March 29

California school chief Torlakson strikes note of optimism  Daily News Boxer promotes school safety bill UT San Diego

March 28

Santa Cruz City Schools trustees vote to reopen Natural Bridges School  SC Sentinel Potential lessons from Long Beach college promise  Ed Source With vouchers, states shift aid from schools to families  NY Times

March 27

Hold districts accountable for restoring funding for the arts  Ed Source Taking a crack at California’s education system LA Times Nonprofit fights for school libraries East Bay Express

March 21

Ed committee backs crackdown on interest deferred bonds Ed Source New California school reading list includes LGBT friendly books  LA Daily News Long Beach educators say college promise being fulfilled  Press-Telegram

March 20

Crowded? Compare class sizes at Santa Cruz High Schools  Patch Assembly committee rejects adult education shift Capitol Alert

March 19

The new face of education  Good Times Santa Cruz State schools chief wants to hold off on some tests  LA Times Legislation would create career-oriented curriculum for students KPBS

March 18

Dramatic dip in pink slips  Ed Source Let’s shelve the CSTs so the real work can begin  Ed Source

March 14

Santa Cruz district eyes adult education cuts  SC Sentinel State board eliminated incentive to offer Algebra in 8th grade  EdSource

March 13

No pay to play or learn at public schools EdSource Brown’s school funding plan lauded and critiqued at hearing EdSource

March 12

Youth tackle violence at a countywide summit  SC Sentinel $542 billion to update nation’s schools  Contra Costa Times Districts struggle with Governor’s adult education proposal  EdSource

March 11

Bill returns looking to push back teacher pink slip date SIA Cabinet Report

March 8

PCS principal abruptly resigns  SC Sentinel

March 7

Parcel taxes go front and center  Capitol Weekly

March 6

Aim for balance behind shift to local control  EdSource

March 5

Worst is over: sharp decline in district financial straits  EdSource State board set to lower standards for middle school math  EdSource

March 4

California school districts in better financial shape  LA Times As Common Core deadline looms, teacher training a concern  SIA Cabinet Report

March 3

County schools tackle bullying  SC Sentinel California’s ban on school fees causes confusion Mercury News

February 28

Voters weren’t told about plan to redistribute education money  LA Times Student panel offers advice to lawmakers on evaluating teachers  SIA Cabinet Report Court rejects appeal seeking $2 billion more for schools Contra Costa Times

February 26

Santa Cruz City Schools leader says move to cut adult ed is preliminary  SC Sentinel Proposed school funding estimates raise concern  SC Sentinel LAO would cut money from basic aid districts, other programs Ed Source Brown’s new funding formula should be just the first step  EdSource

February 25

Brown’s school funding plan draws mixed reactions LA Times School finance plan creates coalitions  Sacramento Bee

February 22

LAO has serious concerns with Governor’s Prop 98 calculation EdSource California trails nation in reading, math & science  LA Times Study compliments and questions Brown’s funding plan  EdSource

February 21

State releases breakdowns under school funding formula  EdSource School funding plan won’t be easy sell SF Gate

February 20

Jerry Brown releases K12 funding data  Capitol Alert More California students taking, passing AP exam  EdSource Bill to suspend STAR tests comes as schools pilot new tests SIA Cabinet Report

February 19

Senate plan would give schools more time to prepare for common core  SIA Cabinet Report California governor Jerry Brown wants local control for school districts SC Sentinel

February 16

Santa Cruz City Schools to consider reopening Natural Bridges  SC Sentinel

February 13

Penalties for not offering 8th grade algebra to be dropped Ed Source LAUSD approves $50 million for computer tablets LA Daily News

February 12

Successful adequacy suit in Texas has California officials watching closely  SIA Cabinet Report Mayor Bloomberg donates $1 million to LA school board race  LA Times

February 11

Brown’s school finance reform has the right intent, but major flaws EdSource A warning to college profs from a high school teacher  Washington Post Holding states and schools accountable NY Times

February 7

Districts must return to 180-day school year by 2015 EdSource School lunch funds misused  SF Gate

February 6

Brown details how to hold districts accountable under funding reform  EdSource Sen. Al Franken introduces mental health in schools bill  EdWeek

February 5

Obama to Congress: Halt automatic cuts to education spending  Ed Week

February 4

Brown’s school spending plan faces test  Sacramento Bee Jerry Brown takes on school decrees  Sacramento Bee California abandons algebra requirement for 8th grade Mercury News School turnarounds draw community backlash  Daily News In schools, creativity and accountability can co-exist  HealthyCal

February 1

Schools likely winners in surprise $5 billion state cash News10

January 31

Californians upbeat on education, budget  Ed Source Counselors more important for school safety than police  EdSource

January 30

Uncertainty and unknowns beneath the gloss of Common Core  Ed Source San Jose Unified defends college preparation rate  Bay Area Insider A multiple choice test for parents UT San Diego

January 29

Warriors players launch new reading program in Santa Cruz City Schools  SC Sentinel LA Unified’s college prep push based on false data  LA Times New federal guidelines for disable students’ access to athletics  SIA Cabinet Report

January 28

Days of small K-3 class sizes look done for in California  Contra Costa Times Linked learning comes of age in California  Ed Source Teachers flip for flipped learning model Monterey Herald

January 26

Santa Cruz school counseling program makes big impact with younger students  SC Sentinel

January 25

Values, flaws of more class time debated  SF Gate

January 17

Santa Cruz school board OKs gun control, mental health resolution  SC Sentinel State board shifts policy on 8th grade algebra  EdSource Help school districts by letting them raise their own tax revenue  LA Times President: Mental health is key to school safety  EdSource Online education is in UC’s future  Mercury News

January 16

US schools fare better in analysis  SF Gate San Jose State program to offer entry-level subjects online  Mercury News

January 15

Santa Cruz school district calls for assault weapons ban, improved mental health  SC Sentinel

January 14

California drops to 49th in school funding  EdSource Standardized teacher evaluations trip over wealth gap  New American Media

January 11

Torlakson testing plan puts students, schools under the gun SIA Cabinet Parents and community can play key role in student success  EdWeek

January 10

School finance plan threatens career education  SC Sentinel Focus in Brown’s budget on fixing weighted student funding  SIA Cabinet School safety issues emerge  EdSource California must confront how money is allocated to schools  Sacramento Bee

January 9

New student tests to focus less on memory  SF Gate Jerry Brown’s budget likely to help schools  Sacramento Bee Legislature to consider suspending tests  EdSource

January 8

Schools chief looks to cut testing  LA Times

January 3

Governor Brown to revisit sweeping plan to alter school funding  Mercury News Ed Watch: The next budget bill  Ed Source Could Californians get a college degree for $10,000?  Capitol Alert

January 2

Brown plans extensive changes for school funding in 2013  LA Times Federal cuts to education left unresolved  Ed Source

2012

December 21

Santa Cruz Education Foundation picks new leader, rakes in funding  SC Sentinel New county school board president opposed PVUSD bond  SC Sentinel California near the bottom in number of school counselors  Ed Source A teacher’s advice to the legislature in 2013  Ed Source

December 20

Local-state funding should sync like a tandem bicycle Ed Source

December 19

Santa Cruz 6th grader identified in fatal New Mexico crash SC Sentinel Debate stirs on arming teachers, school staff  Ed Week San Francisco United freshens up its school menu  Ed Source California 8th graders behind on science, math tests  Ed Source

December 18

Local school officials try to allay fears about shooting  SC Sentinel Newton shooting prompts revival of campus safety bill LA Times

December 17

Connecticut school shootings send ripples nationwide  Ed Week Obama’s Newtown speech  Huffington Post With NCLB waiver all but dead, state officials look to soften federal sanctions  SIA Cabinet Report

December 14

Court decision strikes down aspects of Alameda parcel tax  Ed Brief In California, parents trigger change  NPR

December 13

Santa Cruz City Schools board appoints new officers, hears budget news  SC Sentinel

December 11

What international test scores mean  Washington Post Legislative support elusive for adult ed funding Ed Source 2014 statewide bond for school facilities SIA Cabinet Report

December 10

Los Angeles teachers’ evaluation victory bucks a trend LA Times

December 7

California 8th graders score low on national vocabulary tests  Mercury News State considers shorter service for under-prepared teachers  Bay Citizen Court overturns ruling giving more space to charter schools  LA Times

December 5

First sign of better times under Prop 30  EdSource Today Arne Duncan sketches out “long haul” agenda Ed Week

December 4

Should America look to school boards as the model for democracy? EdSource Student achievement part of the payoff with big facilities investment  SIA Cabinet Report

December 3

Science goes hands-on at Westlake Elementary SC Sentinel Fresh school lunch comes to San Francisco schools Beyond Chron The changing plate of Bay Area school lunches  Mercury News 5 states increase class time Yahoo News Common Core sparks war over words  Washington Post

November 30

Renewed push for a 55% threshold for parcel taxes  EdSource Today How a small bet on technology could have a big payoff for education EdSource Today

November 29

Standardized tests costs states $1.7B/year  Ed Week California budget head wants to lower tax hurdle Capitol Alert School funding changes debated at educators meeting  KPCC

November 28

Rural district a model for healthy school meals  EdSource Today High school grad rates tell a tale  Sacramento Bee Incomparably comparable graduation rates  EdSource Today

November 27

A+ Schools infuse arts  Ed Week

November 26

Great uncertainty over direction of standardized tests  EdSource Today Stakes likely to go up on teacher evaluations in Obama’s second term  SIA Cabinet Report When grading is degrading  NY Times

November 20

1900 in SF Class of ’14 might not graduate  SF Gate

November 19

Beyond Proposition 30: California’s education future  Ed Source

November 16

New Assembly education chair skeptical of weighted student funding bill Ed Source

November 15

Prop 30 doesn’t solve all SCCS finance issues  SC Sentinel

November 13

George Lucas’ investment in education prompts speculation  Ed Week

November 12

Brown to schools: Expect fiscal reform, weighted funding  SIA Cabinet Report This time, input on weighted student funding  EdSource Democrats will propose easing of parcel tax voting rules  Sacramento Bee What last Tuesday’s vote got us (not much)  EdSource

November 9

The Prop 30 windfall: Not yet EdSource Jerry Brown plans to restrain Democrats at the Capital  Sacramento Bee Local votes of confidence: Most bonds, parcel taxes pass  EdSource

November 8

Santa Cruz City Schools board sees two newcomers join veteran SC Sentinel California schools to rebuild with new funds  SC Sentinel Passage of Prop 30 hailed by educators  LA Times Ed advocates hail new era with super majority  EdSource Prop 30 win gives Democrats cash they sought for budget woes  Sacramento Bee

November 7

Big win for schools as Prop 30 defies polls  EdSource Today Assembly speaker predicts supermajority in House  Capitol Alert Schools are using social networking to involve parents  EdWeek

November 6

The problem with economically fixated reform Washington Post The tangled webs of private influence on education reform  Washington Post

November 5

Is there a Plan B if Prop 30 fails? Sacramento Bee Vast inequality lurks behind mind-numbing school funding data  EdSource Today There’s homework to do on school lunches  Long Beach Press Telegram

November 2

George Lucas plans major donation to education  Ed Week Prop 30 is tantalizingly close  UCLA IDEA Big districts divided over cutting school year if Prop 30 fails  EdSource

November 1

Soquel band gets Knights, fans moving  SC Sentinel Student fees will remain a conundrum, even with the new law  EdSource

October 31

What to do if Prop 30 fails?  Sacramento Bee San Jose Unified, teachers reach pay, evaluation plan  Mercury News

October 30

Think tank report slams Jerry Brown’s school finance plans  Capitol Alert Boards, teachers must be careful to toe the line on advocacy  Ed Source California school districts could take credit hit if tax measures fail  Mercury News

October 29

Jerry Brown’s local strategy on school funding falling short  Sacramento Bee

October 26

California tax defeat may prompt downgrades for school districts  Bloomberg Report: Weighted student funding formula not enough  Ed Source 2012 Scorecard of children’s well-being by county  Children Now California laws shift gears on Algebra  Education Week

October 25

Amid positive trends, leaders tackle youth violence  SC Sentinel School initiative’s bumpy road to the ballot box  Ed Source Today Brown’s tax plan falls below 50% SF Gate

October 24

Auditors cite lax oversight of charters by CDE  SIA Cabinet Report Santa Cruz City Council listens to teen concerns  KSBW

October 23

Drinking water compliance eludes California schools  California Watch

October 22

The education battle that all sides could lose  UCLA IDEA Panel questions cost, performance of online programs  SIA Cabinet Report Two funds raise money to help Bay Area schools  Mercury News

October 19

County students learn about healthy food from Food What?! Santa Cruz Patch Teaching the process will have a greater pay off Santa Cruz Patch Most students give more healthful meals thumbs up  LA Times Researchers weigh in on the parent trigger  Ed Brief Brown on revisiting trigger cuts “Not going down that path”  News 10 Parents, teachers can now sample common core questions  Ed Source Desperation deepens for school districts  Ed Week

October 18

The roots of food: Students learn where fresh produce originates  SC Sentinel Countywide program prepares students to tackle the future  SC Sentinel Veteran educator takes shot at county schools board  SC Sentinel

October 17

Prop 30 & 38 Infographic  Ed Source Voter distaste for Sacramento could sink education initiatives SC Sentinel Education and the election: A strategist’s analysis  KPCC

October 16

Munger pulls TV ad critical of Prop 30  News 10 New lottery forecast adds badly needed dollars to schools SIA Cabinet Report Educycle helps teachers buy, sell, trade classroom supplies  Mercury News

October 15

School cuts unavoidable if tax measures fail  LA Times Contrary to common wisdom, nothing is “away” from the classroom  Ed Source Disproportionality in special ed  SIA Cabinet Report Are you tech-ready for the common core? Ed Week New school meal rules trigger protests, boycotts  Ed Week College persistence linked to rigorous courses, academic advising  Ed Week

October 12

Schools improve, but many fail to meet challenging federal mark  SC Sentinel Editorial: Yes on 30, No on 38  SC Sentinel Governor’s budget plans threatened by Molly Munger  Sacramento Bee PTA leader urges summit between Brown, Munger  LA Times Proposition 30 support dips below 50%  LA Times California test results  Ed Source California sees test score success, failure for federal standard  Mercury News Why the “market theory” of education reform doesn’t work  Washington Post

October 11

Schools chief urges Molly Monger to drop negative ads  LA Times Munger-funded comparison ad criticized Prop 30  Ed Source The grit factor: Hard to measure, hard to succeed without  Ed Source

October 10

Prop 38 backers’ ad hits Prop 30  SF Gate Reality check: Anti-Prop 30 ad  Mercury News Disparities persist for children’s well-being  California Watch Attention disorder or not, pills to help in school  NY Times

October 9

Rift widens between backers of 30 and 38 Ed Source Today LAUSD to promote arts education on city buses  LA Daily News

October 8

The growth and development of STEm education networks  TOP Ed Work begins on Common Core math standards in CA  SIA Cabinet Report Parent trigger law divides California community California Watch

October 5

Hangover from bond orgy hits California  Sacramento Bee LAUSD students can win iPads, cars for perfect attendance  LA Daily News

October 4

California education’s painful decline Salon 2011-12 education bills come due  Ed Source Today

October 3

Fire damages Bay View Elementary classroom  SC Sentinel Veto pits charter schools against affordable meals  California Watch CSBA challenges constitutionality of block grant mandate  SIA Cabinet Report

October 2

Memorial tribute to beloved Santa Cruz High teacher, Dennis Mullen SC Sentinel California school funding formula not easy to change  Sacramento Bee Governor signs bill allowing school gardens to sell their produce  Mercury News Should California teachers vote with the Governor? Ed Source Today

October 1

Governor signs bill ensuring free public education  Ed Source Today California to require waiver for unvaccinated students  Mercury News School lunches, revamped  Bay Area Inside Fostering tech talent in schools NY Times

September 28

A people’s education platform  Washington Post

September 27

California API reform  UCLA IDEA

September 26

CA schools face loss of hundreds of millions from sequestration SIA Cabinet Report Prop 38 campaign pushes taxes, blasts Sacramento  LA Times California’s SAT scores drop  Mercury News

September 25

Jerry Brown, Molly Munger gearing up for battle  Sacramento Bee SAT scores: Only 43% college-ready  LA Times

September 24

Brown signs bill spelling out principal evaluations  Ed Source Today Hoping taxes will pass, preparing school boards if they don’t  SIA Cabinet Report

September 21

California leads effort to boost English learner success  Ed Source Today

September 20

Santa Cruz City Schools forms task force for public Montessori  SC Sentinel What the Fash? A look inside FashionART  Good Times Poll shows close call for Jerry Brown’s tax plan  LA TImes Brown kills school finance committee bill Ed Source Today

September 19

Educators sullying law to promote Prop 30? Sacramento Bee Chicago schools reopen after strike ends  Reuters California poised to spotlight ELLs stalled in schools  Ed Week

September 18

Jerry Brown and Molly Munger both want to raise taxes in support of schools: Their approaches differ  Sacramento Bee Residue of once promising finance reform bill in Brown’s hands  Ed Source Today After school a prime time for arts education  Ed Week 11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballot  Ed Source Today

September 17

AVID programs seek to get students into college  Daily Bulletin Charters balk at new California Pre-K law  Mercury News Chicago Public Schools fail to get court order to end strike Chicago Tribune

September 14

Number of youths living on margins ins growing  Ed Source Today Sec. Duncan on tour for connectivity  Ed Source Today Teacher in dialogue with the Gates Foundation Ed Week

September 13

Charlotte Kruk’s creations give fashionART runway show a cheeky defiance  SC Sentinel Interview: Angelo Grova, founder of fashionART SC Sentinel Arne Duncan promotes digital education  SF Gate What’s at stake for US teachers NPR Duncan tight-lipped about California waiver  Ed Source

September 12

Far reaching plan to strengthen teaching in California Ed Source Chicago teachers strike: Room for debate  NY Times Obama between a rock and a hard place with Chicago teachers strike Washington Post California needs to revamp teaching profession CBS News California to create new K12 History, Social Science program Patch.com

September 11

Californians face competing tax measures  NY Times More private school families choose not to immunize  Mercury News California budget cuts affecting school discipline  Contra Costa Times

September 6

New accountability demands coming for charters  SIA Cabinet Report Prop 38 sponsor says ed initiative will upset polls  Ed Source Today

September 5

Education funding drops in more than half the states  Huffington Post “Hot Cheetos” and cool philanthropy target importance of after school programs  Minn Post It turns out music education costs less than we thought  Take Part

August 31

Fuentes withdraws teacher evaluation bill  Ed Source today

August 30

More amendments coming to AB 5 Ed Source Today End of session education legislation  SIA Cabinet Report A question of choice  Good Times A battle underway for teacher evaluations Sacramento Bee

August 29

Training tomorrow’s netizens  Mercury News

August 28

Charters draw students from private schools  LA Times Brown rejects master teacher bill  SIA Cabinet Report

August 27

The “target” approach to better school meals  Beyond Chron

August 22

Another study questions state’s push for 8th grade algebra  Ed Source Today Salary increase for City Schools Gary Bloom  SC Sentinel

August 21

Top County ed official warns district about finances  SC Sentinel

August 20

Having gone to school doesn’t mean we can all run a school  Ed Source Today

August 11

Harbor High hosts first Algebra Bridge Academy  SC Sentinel

June 24

First, keep the lights on  TOP Ed Children become risky assets as business practices come to public education  Ed Week

June 22

Census bureau says California education spending 35th in country  Capitol Alert State legislators reach deal on remaining budget bills  SF Gate Some cuts, some cash in budget deal  TOP Ed County office of Ed predicts drawing down reserve  SC Sentinel Charter schools enroll fewer disabled students  NY Times

June 21

District oks budget, eyes furloughs for next year  SC Sentinel Census bureau says California school spending 35th in country  Capitol Alert Legislature reallocates $50 million slated for charter schools  SIA Cabinet Report

June 20

Tests show students struggle to explain answers  SF Gate Unresolved education finding issues still being hammered out SIA Cabinet Report Change.org drops StudentsFirst and Stand for Children under pressure  Huffington Post

June 19

California schools facing shorter year  Sacramento Bee California students’ improvement on AP exams deserves more attention  TOP Ed

June 18

API has served its purpose TOP Ed Finding more money for school meal programs  Beyond Chron

June 14

Leg erases Gov’s ed reforms  TOP Ed CA democrats say they are closer to a budget deal with Brown  Capitol Alert California counties oppose Democratic plan to take $250 million  Capitol Alert Eliminating second-year science mandate is a quick fix with damaging results TOP Ed Childhood obesity linked to poorer academic performance  Bay Citizen The teacher you’ve never met: Inside the online classroom  Hechinger Report

June 13

California school aid at center of wrangle over budget  Sacramento Bee Trigger cuts to schools make budget vote a problem for incumbents  SIA Cabinet Report Reclaiming the origins of chartered schools Ed Week President Obama’s report card on education  Politico Standardized tests for the arts  Slate

June 12

Student scores must be factored in evaluations  TOP Ed Democrats unveil cloudy state budget proposal  News10 The 10 richest — and poorest — school districts in America  Alternet

June 11

New education standards end rote learning, cursive  SF Gate Building the next generation of assessments SIA Cabinet Report Special Report: SLO County education in crisis  SLO Tribune Special Report, Part 2: Teachers caught in the middle  SLO Tribune Top 10 education policies parents should understand  Parent Cortical

June 8

Judge okays Prop 98 shell game  TOP  Ed As California budget talks heat up, public remains skeptical  Sacramento Bee Open enrollment unlocks path to choice  Sacramento Bee

June 7

Parcel taxes beat the odds  TOP Ed Computers grade essays, but not always well  NPR

June 6

Easy wins for measures I and J  SC Sentinel Election day draws small crowd, civic lesson for Westlake kindergartners  SC Sentinel California budget proposal would end science requirement  LA Times A dirge for treasure art programs that LA schools plan to cut  LA Times

May 31

Cities lose in court battle over redevelopment funds  LA Times Lawsuit over “nonsense” EL program  TOP Ed State, local officials struggle over charter primacy  Ed Week

May 30

PPIC adds new analytical tools to weighted funding debate  SIA Cabinet Report Teacher dismissal bill moves on  TOP Ed How much will the common core cost? Ed Week

May 29

Figuring out your districts’ weighted formula  TOP Ed Are charter schools public schools? Ed Week

May 25

More dismal science test results  TOP Ed Finance releases district by district funding under weighted plan  SIA Cabinet Report

May 24

Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst moves $2 million into PAC  Capitol Alert Brown signs law authorizing $3.5 billion in deferrals  SIA Cabinet Report

May 23

New state report shows 188 school districts in financial distress  SC Sentinel Budget shortfall could mean shorter school year  SF Gate Race to the top opens up to districts  TOP Ed

May 22

Incredible complexity of school finance hits home  Sacramento Bee Record number of school districts face bankruptcy  LA Times Los Gatos school leaders end seismic-related construction halt  California Watch CSBA: Vote for both tax plans  TOP Ed

May 21

LAO: No need to cut schools $5.5 billion  TOP Ed Watching California public schools sink – a preventable Titanic  TOP Ed

May 18

Charters, Ed Coalition at odds over buildings  TOP Ed Analyst questions Brown’s deficit, school funding assumptions  News.10

May 16

City, schools urge change to redevelopment allocation SC Sentinel School district ‘volunteers’ oversee shutdown of redevelopment agencies  Bay Citizen Another strike at transitional kindergarten  TOP Ed Brown’s school finance reforms opens rifts between Democrats, districts  SI&A Cabinet Report Redevelopment’s demise will help schools  Mercury News

May 15

K12 schools spared, for now  TOP Ed Schools’ reprieve from cuts may be temporary  Ed Source Jerry Brown aims new budget at tax vote  Sacramento Bee Big changes to weighted formula  TOP Ed

May 14

Governor Brown’s budget revision summary May revise likely to offer schools more money  SI&A Cabinet Report Critics struggle to end pay to play in school bonds  California Watch

May 11

State education board wants to avoid new teacher evaluation plan  LA Times Nation’s science test: Students show low proficiency  Huffington Post Bans on school junk food pay off in California  NY Times

May 10

First pass at school inspections  TOP Ed Ban on preferential charter enrollment gets nod from key panel  SIA Cabinet Report Portrero Hill elementary school success story  SF Gate

May 9

California’s public schools face crushing stress  Oakland Tribune Education leaders call for overhaul of state school accountability system  Ed Source Details emerging about Brown’s revised school financing plan  SI&A Cabinet Report Weighted formula in waiting  TOP Ed

May 8

Schools under heavy stress TOP Ed Molly Munger says she and Jerry Brown could work together on tax initiatives Sacramento Bee District may scrap plans to build school on fault line  California Watch

May 7

Brown’s weighted formula for schools up for revision  SI&A Cabinet Report Upcoming tax battle could be a nasty feud  Sacramento Bee

May 6

Santa Cruz schools seek parcel tax renewal  SC Sentinel

May 5

State rewrites textbook chapter influenced by textbook industry  California Watch

May 4

Much talk, little progress on California schools  Capitol Alert California may seek a NCLB waiver  Ed Source

May 3

Parcel taxes vital for Santa Cruz schools: Vote Yes on I and J  SC Sentinel Districts can’t assume higher taxes will pass TOP Ed Getting down to fact: Five years later  Policy Analysis of California Education

May 2

California’s school finance system is both convoluted and irrational  Sacramento Bee Looking to pivotal 2007 Stanford study for ed reform answers  SI&A Cabinet 24 California schools seek charter status  LA Times California tax revenue $3 billion below target  LA Times

May 1

LAO: District oversight works  TOP Ed Common Core deadlines loom  SI&A Cabinet Local funding can come to the rescue  TOP Ed

April 30

Should districts be handed full control over spending? TOP Ed

April 26

Senate panel rejects bill on school bus advertising  LA Times California poll finds disconnect on schools, taxes  SF Gate No more dodging Algebra dilemma TOP Ed Weekly update on education bills  TOP Ed

April 25

Parents hold bake sales to pay teachers NPR Brown wants financing reform  TOP Ed Charter showdown looming in CA legislature  SIA Cabinet Report

April 24

Bill would allow ads on school buses  TOP Ed

April 23

Effort afoot to restore art to California schools. SF Gate Zoning the poor out of our schools. California Progress

April 20

Legislative week in review  TOP Ed Chef Ann Cooper explains school lunch  Beyond Chron A-G requirements will help educate future workforce  Mercury News Huge disparity in peninsula education expenses  San Mateo Times Controversial policy group casts long K12 shadow  Ed Week

April 19

Controversial documentary launches local discussion about bullying in our schools SC Sentinel Next generation’s musical talent comes together  SC Sentinel District OKs first round of cuts  SC Sentinel Harbor “unplugged” goes live SC Sentinel

April 18

LAUSD considers lower requirements for graduation  LA Times Assembly bill would punish those who bully online  Silicon Valley News School district inequities barrier to education  Shott Foundation Mixed results using iPads for Algebra  TOP Ed Out of state expansion of charter companies could impact in state growth  Ed Source

April 17

Kindergarten for all comes of age in CA TOP Ed Proposal would raise teacher credential fee California Watch PVUSD eyes $210 million bond  SC Sentinel Steinberg brings back school accountability reform  SIA Cabinet

April 16

Bully: Has timeless issue found its moment? Huffington Post PV leads county in suspensions, expulsions  SC Sentinel Dilemma over English learners  TOP Ed Molly Munger’s multi-million  dollar bet California Progress Schools to get standardized test score back sooner  SIA Cabinet Report

April 13

Senate panel scoffs at Brown’s Race to the Top program SIA Report AVID, a bright light in college readiness put under the knife  SIA Report

April 12

An overdue recognition that teachers must be part of education reform TOP Ed CA lawmakers seek to curb school suspensions  TOP Ed

April 11

State Superintendent releases Family Engagement Framework  CDE

April 10

State borrowing from schools is up  San Diego UT Cuts to California school programs  California Budget Project

April 9

Brown lobbies schools behind closed doors on budget SIA Cabinet Report College and career ready: Synonymous or different?  TOP Ed

April 8

Demystifying math could ease anxiety  SF Gate

April 7

Fractions curriculum strikes right note in California NPR

April 5

Does mastering fractions improve musical performance? Ed Week

April 4

Montessori parents agree to hold off on charter request  SC Sentinel “Upstanders” lesson the stigma of school meals  Beyond Chron

April 3

Oakland charter school accused of fraud may close  SF Gate

March 30

Newspaper alleges test scores in 40 California districts “suspect”  Ed Source Concerns over illegal school fee legislation  California Watch CA GOP lawmakers unveil budget plan to avoid trigger cuts Sacramento Bee Governor’s finance office questions GOP budget plan  Capitol Alert

March 29

With few assets left, Santa Cruz redevelopment starts to dissolve  SC Sentinel San Bruno schools use music to boost math scores  Mercury News

March 28

Bill would ensure free meals for needy charter school students  California Watch Judge tentatively rules for California in school funding suit  Capitol Alert Bringing order to Common Core  TOP Ed

March 27

Tax increase plans will hinge on schools  Sacramento Bee Weighted school funding challenged by EL advocates  SIA Cabinet Report How much USDA ‘pink slime’ do schools use?  California Watch Atlanta Journal Constitution looks at standardized test scores, suspect cheating Investigation Methodology School lookup Local response KION TV

March 26

California urged to consider non-seniority based layoffs  LA Times Michelle Rhee claims 170,000 California members for StudentsFirst  Ed Source State educational data system makes critical turn  SIA Cabinet Report

March 23

As we see it: Charter schools, a question of choice  SC Sentinel Santa Cruz City Schools, Montessori parents consider compromise  SC Sentinel

March 22

Pacific Collegiate Charter School tests boundaries on finance  Non-profit Quarterly Dual language lessons growing in popularity  California Watch Middle school science critiqued  TOP Ed First time survey of online learning in CA produces startling results  SIA Cabinet New standards move into California schools KPCC

March 19

US makes modest gains in graduation rates  Contra Costa Times ATT’s $250 million to fight dropouts  SF Gate Debate Room: Parent Trigger laws  NY Times

March 16

PCS takes heat over nonprofit plans: Superintendent urges investigation  SC Sentinel How charter schools can hurt  NY Times Teacher layoffs at 20,000 and counting  TOP Ed

March 15

SC City Schools okays qualified budget  SC Sentinel Brown’s revised plan would hike income tax on $500k earners  Mercury News Why are many of our children’s teachers still students themselves?  CA Progress Report CFT, Brown cut deal for November  TOP Ed Parents hungry for news about “pink slime”  Beyond Chron

March 14

At least 165 educators get “pink slipped”  SC Sentinel Weighted formula’s heavy load  TOP Ed At every level in CA public education, cuts are devastating  LA Times A win for transitional kindergarten  TOP Ed School groups stress unity on some key issues  Capitol Alert

March 13

An escalating war over taxes  LA Times Parent, community groups pressed to fill K12 budget gaps  Ed Week Education expert gives Duncan an “F”  LA Times Flurry of bills on school discipline  EdSource

March 12

Push for deferral reform  TOP Ed Harbor High students go without electronics for a week KSBW California charter school may shut down high performing neighborhood school PAA

March 9

Jerry Brown predicts on-going budget problems if his tax measure fails Sacramento Bee California Supreme Court upholds abuse claims against school districts  LA Times

March 8

Mountain parents tell Soquel district they want their kids to stay put  SC Sentinel Brown’s tax measure is ahead, but not by much  Capitol Notes CST results to be turned around in two weeks  TOP Ed Parent unions seek to join policy debates  Ed Week

March 7

State faces teacher shortage as more retire, fewer enter  California Watch Common Core: Big cost, little benefit  TOP Ed

March 6

NCLB waiver is too weak  TOP ed Opposition to California’s school ranking system grows  Ed Source Parent trigger: School tests California law  Wall Street Journal

March 5

Dinner added to the menu at Bay View Elementary  SC Sentinel March Madness begins: it’s test prep time  Ed Week Will Apple create the all iPad classroom?  Mercury News

March 1

Parent volunteers fill gaps in school hit by budget cuts  California Watch Schools establish early dropout warning system  Ed Source SF school board drops seniority in teacher layoffs  SF Gate

February 29

Community colleges should take over adult schools run by districts  Ed Source Parent trigger II: Desert warfare  TOP Ed Community schools recognize vital role of partnerships  TOP Ed

February 28

No gain, no pain NCLB waiver  TOP Ed Charter operators focus of legislation Ed Week K12 manifesting its corporate destiny  Alpha Investor

February 27

Some California schools get twice the funding  Mercury News President Obama challenges Governors to invest in education  White House Governors talk funding, federal role in education  Ed Week

February 23

Santa Cruz trustees ok parcel tax, plan for $4 million in cuts  SC Sentinel Santa Cruz parents protest charter petition  SC Sentinel Rally against charter school in Santa Cruz  KION TV Torlakson, Brown differ on mandates  TOP Ed SF kids don’t get enough physical education  Bay Citizen Why common core standards will fail  Washington Post

February 22

Hundreds protest proposed Montessori charter school Santa Cruz Patch Publicly traded education companies are rare  Ed Week Charter school protestors occupy school lawn  Santa Cruz Patch For teachers, shame is not a solution  NY Times District funding under weighted formula  TOP Ed

February 21

Addressing racial segregation in charter schools  NAEP Charter school segregation subject of report  Huffington Post

February 20

Conservative billionaire to release “parent trigger” Hollywood film  NY Times New rules proposed for school vending machines  NY Times

February 17

Senators: Don’t jam us on weighted funding formula  TOP Ed Bill would let school districts deny charters  SF Gate Beware Common Core and dubious causality  TOP Ed Lawmakers advised to give schools options to cut budgets VC Star Study: Common standards will not affect student achievement  Ed Week

February 16

School reformer urges changes to teacher tenure  LA Times Law would keep food trucks away from schools ABC KGO Homeschooling and unschooling Slate

February 15

Brown stretches switch to funding reform  TOP Ed Hearing to consider new funding formulas for CA schools Ed Source Weighted funding formula  CA Gov Gov. Brown softens cuts to kindergarten  LA Times New analysis makes case for higher rank for US schools  USA Today

February 14

Obama budget: Selective boosts in education funding  Ed Week California schools need less testing, more assessing  Sacramento Bee Affluent foreign-born parents choose public schools  NY Times

February 13

Fighting to preserve public education  Petaluma.com Parents agree: go back and fix your budget, Governor  TOP Ed

February 10

Molly Munger’s tax proposal  Sacramento Bee Jerry Brown signs bill restoring school bus money  Capitol Alert

February 8

Supper is now on the menu in some California schools  Ed Source

February 7

LAO praises Brown budget, but not trigger cuts  TOP Ed Will the real transitional kindergarten please stand up  TOP Ed 2012-13 Budget & Prop 98 analysis  LAO

February 6

Assemblyman renews fight against school fees  California Watch Jerry Brown’s call for fewer tests conflicts with state policy  Sacramento Bee

February 4

California school funding measure under siege  Sacramento Bee Who really benefits from high tech gadgets in the classroom? LA Times El Monte school district promotes healthy lifestyles  Star-News

February 3

Brown administration modifies budget proposal on transitional kindergarten  Ed Source California lawmakers keep school buses rolling  LA Times Doubts over 8th grade algebra for all TOP Ed Furor erupts over redrawing trustee districts  Mercury News Los Altos district offers Bullis two campuses  Mercury News

February 2

Challenge to schools: embrace digital textbooks  Contra Costa Times

February 1

Lawmakers seek to spare school buses  Sacramento Bee Educators urge support for early kindergarten  LA Times

January 31

Assembly OKs bill to weigh charter schools’ impact Sacramento Bee Virtual schools on the rise, but are they good for students? CNN

January 30

Should we switch to weighted student funding? TOP Ed Educators decry push to relax high school science requirement  Press Democrat

January 29

County Office of Education to buy building  SC Sentinel An LA Teacher reviews her review  LA Times

January 28

Charters get 7% less funding  TOP Ed New rules for school meals  KSBW

January 26

Court says state must enforce ban on fees  TOP Ed Kindergarten transition has parents confused  Mercury News New school food guidelines means healthier fare  SF Gate Pentagon taps students to build robots, drones  California Watch

January 25

If not for schools, would Brown’s tax hike be a dud?  Capitol Notes Big backing for Brown’s tax hike  TOP Ed State asks judge to toss illegal school fees case  California Watch

January 24

Brown’s budget ups the stakes in California education  Sacramento Bee Brown wants quicker results, fewer tests  TOP Ed

January 23

SC City Schools replace the friendly letter SC Patch

January 21

Diane Ravitch shares her views on education reform  Sacramento Bee

January 20

Tensions boil over about $1.4 mill ed building  SC Sentinel

January 19

District could face $4 million in cuts under state plan  SC Sentinel Branciforte’s field of dreams  SC Sentinel Jerry Brown: Teachers and principals know the most  Ed Week SSPI Torlakson on State of the State address CDE

January 18

Jerry Brown to call for less testing in CA schools Capitol Alert Brown: Cull the herd of state tests  TOP Ed Achieving results through community-school partnerships Center for American Progress

January 17

Federal government would require new teacher evaluation systems  Ed Source Should California have second thoughts on Common Core? TOP Ed Citing costs, charters ditch special ed Voice of San Diego

January 15

Clayton Valley High charter conversion prompts statewide concerns about school funding Mercury News Palo Alto math teachers oppose requiring Algebra II  Mercury News

January 13

California education spending near bottom  TOP Ed Legislator seeks new law on color coded ID cards  OC Register

January 12

Budget unknowns put school district planners in sticky spot  Sacramento Bee Warming up to NCLB waiver  TOP Ed New year brings new expectations for trigger law  Ed Source

January 11

California controller says December revenues missed the mark  Capitol Alert NCLB: The death star of American education Ed Week

January 10

Rural schools struggle to keep buses running  California Watch Community college board backs sweeping reforms  LA Times

January 9

Brown’s budget gives voters stark choice  SF Gate How weighted funding would work  TOP Ed Opposition to Brown’s proposal to end transitional kindergarten grows  Ed Source School districts to introduce transitional kindergarten San Bernardino Sun Stressful AP courses: A push for a cap  SF Gate New law gives parents authority to veto curriculum  Nashua Telegraph

January 6

Brown budget could increase class sizes and exclude tens of thousands from kindergarten  EdSource Switch to weighted funding, local control TOP Ed Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget targets schools LA Times Big study links good teachers to lasting gains  NY Times In creating successful schools, one size does not fit all NY Times Three low cost reforms to improve student achievement  MLive Students of online schools are lagging  NY Times

January 5

LGBT in textbooks: New law, but so far, little has changed Capitol Weekly With an eye on K12, community colleges to revamp  Contra Costa Times Elected school officials not always easy to reach  Mercury News Efforts to improve student learning often fail  TOP Ed NCLB: A landmark law  Ed Week House to release teacher, accountability bills this week  Ed Week Governor Brown releases 2012 budget 5 days early  Capitol Alert

January 4

Next step for online ed initiative  TOP Ed No Child Left Behind turns 10  Huffington Post/Edu

January 3

Governor Brown yet to take on key education reforms  Ed Source Call for one tax on November ballot  TOP Ed

2011

December 28

Governor Brown says he will increase education funding  LA Times

December 23

California community wins Promise grant  TOP Ed

December 22

Key Obama education programs won out in budget deal  EdWeek

December 21

Charter association’s call for closures stirs controversy EdSource

December 20

Why community schools are part of the answer  Washington Post

December 19

Civil rights office expands its reach into schools  Ed Week As class size grows, more chaotic classrooms  New America

December 16

Arnie Levine elected president of County Board of Education; COE uses reserves to buy building  SC Sentinel Rocketship granted 28 charters  TOP Ed California to receive RTTT early childhood education funds  Washington Post What research exposed about market-based education reform  Washington Post

December 15

Santa Cruz City Schools eyes June parcel tax measure  SC Sentinel Educators slam cuts to school bus funding  SC Sentinel Jerry Brown’s cagily worded initiative  TOP Ed Transportation cuts generate fierce response  Ed Source

December 14

Details of Jerry Brown’s trigger cuts  Sacramento Bee Los Angeles schools to sue over bus cuts  LA Times The race to online learning  Arizona Reppublic

December 13

Profits and questions at online charter schools  NY Times Online learning? Choice, yes. But a good one? NY Times California has low science standards  Oakland Tribune 2 charter schools allow some families to bypass lottery  LA Times

December 12

California’s financial forecast will have real world consequences  Sacramento Bee Shifting state budget puts stress on schools  Ed Source The unaddressed link between poverty and education  NY Times Why 20 new charter schools in Santa Clara County?  Mercury News

December 10

Parcel tax helps Davis music programs grow  Sacramento Bee

December 9

Whose children have been left behind? Diane Ravitch Why are the rich so interested in education reform? Time Reclaiming American values for schools  UCLA IDEA

December 8

Shop class retooled for the future  SF Gate Billionaires go back to school  Marketplace

December 7

School board member takes standardized test  Washington Post The failure of corporate school reform  Truthout

December 6

With boost from California, charter schools enroll 2 million nationwide  Ed Source Community schools: Proving that collective impact works  Huffington Post Why innovation can’t fix America’s schools  The Atlantic

December 5

California schools brace for fiscal fallout Ed Week East Bay mom’s film sparks movement to reduce student stress  Mercury News Virtually Educated  NY Times Tie online funding to student success  TOP Ed Online learning, personalized  NY Times

December 4

Why school choice fails  NY Times Implementing Common Core could cost $30 billion  Heartland US Ed Dept releases guidelines on the use of race in achieving diversity in schools  US ED

December 2

Fewer schools keep librarians on staff  California Watch Simitian says fixing schools central to Occupy’s challenge  Palo Alto Patch Election initiatives and voter responsibility 2012  UCLA IDEA School districts short-change low income schools  Huffington Post Civil rights officials issue new guidelines on use of race in school assignments  Ed Week

December 1

Natural Bridges High School students teach Bay View first-graders about watersheds  SC Sentinel California students fall short of fitness goal  SC Sentinel Large increase in California children qualifying for free lunch  Ed Source Low income schools short-changed in funding  TOP Ed

November 30

Middle schools may harm student achievement  TOP Ed Collaboration with middle schools key to student success  Ed Source

November 29

School funding tangle may hamper restoring cuts  Sign on San Diego While Congress backtracks, schools move ahead with healthier food  Ed Source

November 28

California school districts prepare for a new grade level: Kindergarten  Mercury News New initiative: $10 billion for K12, preschools  TOP Ed Income level has a strong effect on test scores  Pasadena News Star Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their value  Washington Post Education aimed at specific skills makes a comeback  Sacramento Bee

November 27

Craziness governs school aid in California  Sacramento Bee Teach for America met with big questions  Huffington Post Principals protest role of testing in evaluations  NY Times

November 23

Duncan to state: No way on RTTT  TOP Ed The schools lobbyist  Voice of San Diego

November 21

Voters think teachers unions are too powerful  LA Times More support for teachers than unions  TOP Ed How education fares if the debt super committee fails  Washington Post No Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable  Washington Post

November 20

Californians willing to pay higher taxes for better schools  LA Times A too-costly waiver for No Child Left Behind  LA Times Proposed tax overhaul would wipe out state obligation to schools  Capitol Alert Poor students with poorly educated parents worse off in US  Huffington Post

November 18

County Office approves new trustee areas, grills charter school  SC Sentinel Income achievement gap almost double racial gap  Ed Source Voters okay with taxes for local schools  TOP Ed Only half of Californians have a favorable view of charter schools  LA Times Law mandating LGBT teaching faces new challenge  SF Gate Pizza emerges as new political hot potato  Ed Week

November 17

New round of education cuts look likely  SC Sentinel New school act better than NCLB waiver  SF Gate Budget shortfall heightens threat of shorter school year  Ed Source Grim California budget forecast  Sacramento Bee Big midyear hit for Prop 98 likely  TOP Ed Unanimous for Rocketship  TOP Ed Californians say education is headed in wrong direction  PPIC California Forward proposes ballot initiative  Ed Brief

November 16

Analyst puts California deficit at nearly $13 billion Capitol Alert Higher performing schools on list of low achieving schools  Ed Source Bill would label pizza a vegetable in school lunches  Washington Post ACLU restarts legal battle over school fees  Sign on San Diego

November 15

Counselors see conflict in carrying out mission  Ed Week Rocketship’s plans for new charters face hurdles  Mercury News County board should re-approve Rocketship Charters  Mercury News Education, democracy and unions  Flypaper KIPP charter network receives $25.5 million from Walton Foundation  Ed Week

November 14

Online Bill of Rights for high school students  TOP Ed Lessons of the “parent trigger’  LA Times Taxpayers get billed for millionaires’ kids  Bloomberg

November 12

Spreading the wealth for education  Santa Monica Daily Press

November 11

Transitional Kindergarten: Preparing kids to succeed  California Progress Report

November 10

Go for Race to the Top’s next round  TOP Ed “Jaw-dropping” costs of NCLB waiver  TOP Ed Charter schools continue to expand in California  Ed Source School funding inequities  Slate

November 9

Teacher pay study asks the wrong questions  Huffington Post

November 8

Corporate sponsorship can harm students, experts say  California Watch Teaching with the enemy  NY Times

November 7

Fest teaches students about food  SC Sentinel Study finds widespread sexual harassment of students in 7-12 grades  NY Times

November 6

In Tennessee, following evaluation rules off a cliff NY Times Focus on standardized tests may lead some teachers to cheat  LA Times

November 5

His libraries, 12,000 so far, change lives  NY Times School board supports district-wide fundraising  Malibu Patch

November 4

Reform and revenue plan for 2012 ballot  TOP Ed Kindergartners, put down your pencils  Slate

November 3

California students rank at bottom of national test  California Watch Assembly budget officials expect $5 to $8 billion deficit Capitol Alert Reading ahead  Good Times

November 2

California reading, math test scores come up short  SF Gate Santa Cruz County high school students try some real food for a change  Patch Suit filed against LA schools  LA Times School lunch proposals set off a dispute  NY Times

November 1

National Assessment of Education Progress releases results  NAEP Inequitable impact of shortening the school year  Ed Trust-West Report finds shortened calendar hurting underprivileged students  Mercury News Bullis appeal may have long reaching impact in state  Los Altos Patch

October 31

School districts wait to see if revenue shortfalls trigger more cuts  Sacramento Bee Signing of AB 250 takes big step forward  TOP Ed Battle to increase graduation, college-going rates  Press Enterprise

October 28

Redistricting boosts reps for PV schools  SC Sentinel San Lorenzo Valley hires new school food chief  SC Sentinel Pension reform’s impact on teachers TOP Ed Critics see chilling effect in Alabama immigration law  NY Times The legacy of NCLB: Can we force schools to improve? Ed Week Linking teacher evaluations to test scores: wrong 25% of the time  Huffington Post

October 27

Schools bring breakfast into the classroom  California Watch Oakland board votes to close 5 schools SF Gate

October 26

Study says science crowded out of elementary classrooms  SC Sentinel California bucks trend on teacher evaluations  LA Times Dramatic jump in number of districts on financial brink  Bay Insider A new look at taxing business property  VC Star

October 25

Science pushed out of California elementary schools Mercury News Ignoring science: It’s not just the schools  California Progress Roundtable explores “inflection” point in education  Stanford Daily NCLB: End it, don’t mend it  EdWeek

October 24

State has one of nation’s highest Hispanic-white reading proficiency gaps  California Watch When charter schools get too picky  Washington Post Schools fear the worst budget cuts ahead  SF Gate America’s wildest school board race  The Nation

October 22

Kindergartners may be wrongly identified as ELLs  SC Sentinel UCSC helps PV teachers implement new reading, writing standards  SC Sentinel

October 21

No Child Left Behind revision passes Senate  Huffington Post

October 20

Senate leader calls on Governor to present his plan for school accountability  Ed Source Brown shapes, signs Race to the Top entry  TOP Ed

October 19

School lunch potato fight gets the Colbert treatment  NPR Occupy the classroom  NY Times Report documents charter school growth  Washington Post

October 18

College-going rates vary widely in California  California Watch Dead last in digital ed  TOP Ed Senate saves the potato on school lunch menus  NY Times Is the charter school boom really good for kids? GOOD

October 17

California school spending among lowest in nation  California Watch School districts lobbying to use alternate funds for teacher salaries  SGV Tribune

October 16

“No excuses” Can charter principles work in regular schools?  Washington Post

October 15

Rupert Murdoch address to education conference  News Corp

October 14

California should seek “No Child” waiver  SF Gate Jerry Brown calls California testing “a good system”  Sacramento Bee Turning teaching upside down  TOP Ed Protests greet conservative education summit  SF Gate Jeb Bush ed reform show  TOP Ed State charter school chief steps down  Ed Source

October 13

Gov.Jerry Brown’s musings on education  LA Times Teacher evaluation bill a 2012 priority  TOP Ed Charter schools: Getting your child on the list  LA Weekly

October 12

Brown’s veto of education bills consistent with earlier views  Ed Source California fails to signal early interest in NCLB waiver  Mercury News Bid to reverse California education bill fails  Capitol Alert LAUSD agrees to revise how blacks, English learners taught  LA Times State urged to form strategy to produce needed degrees California Watch

October 11

A window into the Governor’s mind on education  Sign on San Diego What we can learn from Finland  Ed Week

October 10

Gov. Jerry Brown blasts data-centered education reform  Washington Post Brown saves ed bills for last  TOP Ed Low income students test lower on AP tests  California Watch What’s in your child’s school lunch?  NY Times

October 9

Local school lunch programs show their stuff  SC Sentinel Free trips raise issues for officials in education  NY Times

October 8

US public education: A race to the bottom?  CNN (video) Governor Brown signs Dream Act  TOP Ed

October 7

Despite new federal guidelines, author says school food is a local issue  Ed Source Database shows big higher ed enrollment  TOP Ed

October 6

Santa Cruz’ PCS approves continuing enrollment preference  SC Sentinel New school year brings steep cuts in state funding for schools  CBPP Class size fight: Debate looms  Huffington Post Proposed rules about school meals remains a hot potato  Ed Week

October 5

Obama jobs bill to support 37,500 California teachers  OC Register San Jose school district misled to get $8 million in construction bonds  California Watch District to pay teachers in part based on student test scores  Ed Source California must face hard truth about budget  Sacramento Bee Bullis charter school faces contentious decision over its charter  Mercury News

October 4

Student IDs that reveal test scores deemed illegal  OC Register The trouble with the parent trigger  Ed Week

October 3

Give California a No Child Left Behind Waiver  LA Times Rocketship plans charter school expansion in San Jose  Mercury News Half of online students leave; funding stays  Education News Funding schools by the numbers  TOP Ed

October 1

Too many tests, not enough term papers  Washington Post Incentives for advanced work let pupils and teachers cash in  NY Times

September 30

State schools chief optimistic despite facing challenges  SC Sentinel Vilsack: Not done with potatoes and school lunch  NPR Time for neighborhood and charter teachers to unite  Huffington Post STEM to STEAM  Core 77

September 29

Film on education that gets it right  Washington Post Students’ knowledge of civil rights history deteriorating  NY Times State burdened by more oversight of charter schools  Ed Source Student cheaters hard to spot  Sacramento Bee Report calls for new leader of state’s school construction system  California Watch

September 28

Scotts Valley officials to discuss parcel tax proposals  SC Sentinel Suit to charge schools are owed $2 billion more  TOP Ed School management group says trimming school year ‘unworkable‘  Capitol Weekly

September 27

School officials to challenge legality of California budget  Capitol Alert California gears up for extra year of kindergarten Ed Source School districts may lose funds for unvaccinated students  Sacramento Bee Should the school day be longer  NY Times

September 26

Torlakson: Waivers to cost billions  TOP Ed For states, more flexibility in education policies  NPR Rating California schools: not by tests alone  California Progress A better way to fix No Child Left Behind  NY Times

September 25

PCS stands behind fundraising letter; Ed officials concerned pressure on parents smacks of tuition  SC Sentinel Secrets of a principal who makes things work  NY Times

September 23

US may spare schools from hard penalties in exchange for reforms  LA Times NCLB waivers not automatic TOP Ed Stakeholders assail unworkable budget bill  Ed Brief

September 22

Midyear cuts looking likelier  TOP Ed Obama administration sets rules for NCLB waivers  Ed Week Parent trigger law faces some challenges  NY Times

September 21

Senate panel votes to freeze funding for K12 programs  Ed Week California English proficiency test almost guarantees English learner classification Huffington Post Meg Whitman funds charters  TOP Ed

September 20

Bill would crack down on schools that pass costs on to parents  California Watch Court tests for parcel tax  TOP Ed Public schools face the rising cost of serving lunch  NY Times

September 19

Brown skeptical of key ed bill  TOP Ed Cheating by teachers invalidates school test scores  LA Times The impact of the Parent Trigger  LA Times Impact of Obama’s jobs bill under debate  Ed Week

September 18

Pearson sends state ed officials on junkets  NY Times States dig in to fund new school lunch rules  Seattle Times

September 17

School districts seek more equal representation through redistricting  SC Sentinel

September 16

Making a digital promise to our students  The White House California public school students decline in SAT scores  LA Times

September 15

School: It’s way more boring than when you were there  Salon Board chief reflects on State Board of Education  Ed Source No Child Left Behind leaves local educators with questions  Press Democrat

September 14

Obama admin can’t force states to comply  Education News Priceless: Free cost of education  TOP Ed The education experiences that change a life  NY Times What if the secret to success is failure?  NY Times

September 12

Baker’s dozen ed bills before Brown  TOP Ed 9/11 lessons involve a lot of listening  SC Sentinel

September 9

Obama calls for $60 billion to fix schools, rehire teachers  Ed Week Children should be taught self-compassion  California Watch Charter reforms sidetracked  TOP Ed

September 8

California Democrats getting nervous about trigger cuts  Capitol Alert Obama to call for tax credits, school projects in speech to Congress  LA Times A common thread in education bills  TOP Ed

September 7

Empowering parents TOP Ed Leveling up STEM playing field  TOP Ed Steve Denning offers radical ideas for eduction reform  Ed Week

September 6

In honor of teachers  NY Times A labor icon’s thoughts on education  TOP Ed Salida Union schools eat up healthy lunches  SF Gate Technology in schools faces questions on value  NY Times

September 3

Pushing parents to get involved in kids’ education LA Times Blakeslee bill would relax rules for GED  SC Sentinel

September 2

School bus service vanishing amid budget cuts  California Watch Lawmakers advance academic standards  TOP Ed American schools in crisis  Saturday Evening Post

September 1

Santa Cruz schools open: New teachers, students personify diversity  SC Sentinel State senate okays part of California Dream Act  LA Times Nominations of Kirst, Rucker in jeopardy  TOP Ed

August 31

New scores show disparity in State and Federal standards  SC Sentinel School secretaries help start the school year smoothly  Santa Cruz Patch Local schools improve test scores, yet Feds see more failure  Mercury News California may join revolt against education law  Capitol Weekly State’s second graders get a star  TOP Ed Feds loosen rules on special education funding cuts  Ed Week Now is the time to end California’s conflicting accountability systems  TOP Ed

August 30

Teacher evaluation bill a 2012 priority  TOP Ed California schools enjoy unexpected funds, but mid-year cuts still possible  LA Times Cost concerns surface at K12 seismic safety meeting  California Watch States search for answers to cheating scandals  NPR

August 29

Santa Cruz librarian challenges textbook changes  California Watch LAUSD students grade menu choices  LA Times Poverty is the problem  Democracy Now

August 26

Santa Cruz City students fare well in state exit exam  Santa Cruz Patch Schools chief seeks relief from laws labeling schools as failing  LA Times California Senate panel okays part of Dream Act  LA Times

August 24

Officials reexamine text influenced by plastics industry  California Watch California education bill gets an “A”  LA Times We may have accountability wrong  Washington Post Dissension within charter school ranks   TOP Ed

August 23

Offering Freshmen a step up to science  TOP Ed Enough studies and blueprints, it’s time to act  TOP Ed Shortchanged by the bell  NY Times What works to close the achievement gap  NPR Solutions for better school meals  Beyond Chron

August 22

New rules restrict seismic repair money for schools  California Watch Federal penalty likely to slow charter growth  TOP Ed Eliminate fear of eating school lunch  Detroit Free Press Schools restore fresh cooking to the cafeteria  NY Times

August 20

There are more successful schools than you might think  Washington Post Review of census data reveals information tied to schools  NY Times Education reformers aren’t tackling root problems  American Prospect

August 19

County board of education starts college commitment program  SC Sentinel California loses $11.5 million in federal funding for charter schools  Sacramento Bee Plastic bag lobbying group influences California curriculum  SF Gate Support growing for school finance reform  California Watch The kids are alright  Good Times Santa Cruz

August 18

California ACT scores outperform US  TOP Ed Santa Cruz school board extends superintendent contract  SC Sentinel New Race To The Top spurs concerns about testing preschoolers  Ed Week Cutting short on lunch time may lead to obesity  USA Today

August 17

California moves on SIG grants without Feds   TOP Ed State at risk of forfeiting millions in stimulus aid  California Watch Poll: Parents give thumbs up to local schools  USA Today New proposal to boost special education spending  Ed Week

August 16

Student achievement scores rise slowly in Santa Cruz County, state  SC Sentinel California student test scores rise  SF Gate

August 15

A Blueprint for Great Schools   California Department of Education A booming education idea goes bust in California  Voice of San Diego

August 14

State challenges seen as whittling away federal education law  NY Times Brown’s mystifying CalTIDES veto  TOP Ed

August 10

State Superintendent Torlakson releases Blueprint for Great Schools   CDE Tom Torlakson’s blueprint  TOP Ed California’s budget already facing shortfall SF Gate State schools’ chief layout blueprint for K-12 schools  California Watch Freedom from No Child Left Behind? There’s a catch  Voice of San Diego Consortia flesh out visions for common tests  Ed Week

August 9

Why states should refuse Duncan’s NCLB waivers  Washington Post Hurdles for No Child Left Behind waiver  TOP Ed California’s budget woes hit neediest students hardest  TOP Ed

August 8

Funding for at-risk youth lacks oversight  California Watch Overriding a key education law  NY Times Obama proceeds with NCLB reform without Congress  Ed Gov Critics take aim at state budget plan  Mercury News Education needs a digital-age upgrade  NY Times

August 4

Assembly Republicans question legality of schools budget  Capitol Alert New law limits protests near schools  LA Times Matt Damon, Arne Duncan and the divisive teacher quality debate  The Nation Darling-Hammond: The mess we are in  Washington Post Debt deal could cut K-12 spending  Huffington Post

July 15

Investing in education now to bring future returns  California Progress California Dream Act sent to Governor Brown  TOP Ed

July 14

Governor Brown signs LGBT textbook bill  SF Gate California’s 2nd grade test  TOP Ed Regulations approved for Parent Trigger law  LA Times Tuition hyperinflation  Bay Citizen Lockyer’s budget warnings  Contra Costa Times Education funding flexibility bill clears House  Ed Week

July 13

California schools suffering as Prop 13 cap breeds fiscal chaos  Bloomberg California law updated to include cyberbullying through social networks  Mercury News California’s honor system for high stakes testing  TOP Ed

July 11

Bill seeks standards for charter schools’ demographics  California Watch Highly rated instructors go beyond the standardized tests  LA Times California teacher layoff law stirs confusion, controversy LA Times Testing 4 year olds isn’t the answer  Salon Message from a charter school: Thrive or transfer  NY Times

July 10

Proposition 13: Speaking the unspeakable in California politics  LA Times

July 4

Richard Dreyfuss on civics, public education  SOS

July 3

Education leaders want to align calendars across county  SC Sentinel

July 2

States threaten to defy “No Child Left Behind”  NPR California school leaders push for changes to education law  Capitol Alert

July 1

Schools expand access to drinking water to meet state law  California Watch Brown signs trailer bill over objections  TOP Ed State budget leaves school funding flat  CSBA

June 30

Lawmakers suspend fiscal oversight  TOP Ed California teachers win big in state budget deal  Sacramento Bee Last minute education bill gives layoff protection to teachers  KQED Jerry Brown signs budget after making more cuts  SF Gate Budget: Good or bad, it’s done  KQED Lawsuits could boost school board diversity  California Watch States threaten to defy No Child Left Behind  NPR

June 29

Details on the budget trigger mechanism  Capitol Alert Levels of pain if revenues fail  TOP Ed A battle over charter school freedoms  Voice of San Diego Teacher grades: Pass or be fired  NY Times US Education Secretary stresses testing integrity  Baltimore Sun US teachers hours among the world’s longest  Wall Street Journal

June 28

Details on the Democratic budget  Capitol Alert CA budget, take 2: Prop 98 with a twist  TOP Ed

June 27

Danger zone for deferrals?  TOP Ed For San Diego schools, a fear that larger classes will hinder learning  NY Times In lean times, schools squeeze out librarians  NY Times

June 26

Santa Cruz City Schools tries to make school food cool  SC Sentinel Obama administration, Congress clash on education reform  International Business Times Bill passes allowing corporate sponsorship of charter schools in exchange for seats  NOLA LA steps up oversight of stumbling charter schools  AP

June 24

College Board finds minority men continue to lag academically  NY Times Few state rules for transition kindergarten  TOP Ed GOP lawmaker rebukes education secretary NY Times Civic investment in public education  Ed Week Students in “dropout factory” schools analyze why kids quit  PBS

June 23

New site provides nationwide education data  California Watch Research calls data-driven education reforms into question  Huffington Post Veteran journalist to lead Ed Source  TOP Ed

June 22

Bill would streamline leadership of K-12 school system  California Watch Mess with Prop 98, do not pass go  TOP Ed

June 21

Endless summers contribute to achievement gap  California Watch Next CTA prez foresees attack on union  TOP Ed Plan aims to revitalize Detroit schools  NY Times What’s next in California budget debate is unclear  Contra Costa Times The play’s the thing  Huffington Post Public good, public cuts  The Economist

June 20

California reforming itself into oblivion  California Progress Report

June 17

The Prop 98 disappearing act  TOP Ed Fact checking the National Council on Teacher Quality  Ed Week

June 16

A looming showdown over No Child Left Behind  Time Officials warn schools about mishandling bond money  California Watch 130 districts have “qualified” status  Ed Brief House seeks to bolster charters in ESEA rewrite  Ed Week New recruit in homework revolt: The principal  NY Times Parents plead for more charter schools in San Jose  Mercury News Homework: The useful and the useless  Washington Post What’s the best way to run public schools?  Huffington Post

June 15

Lawmakers should extend local control  TOP Ed Frustrated educators build grassroots movement  Ed Week Parent “trigger” laws: Shutting schools, raising controversy  Time Are we testing too much?  Huffington Post

June 14

Redistricting fallout  LA Times US students remain poor at history, tests show  NY Times Reviewing education reform in the 2010-11 school year  Washington Post Duncan on Talk of the Nation  NPR

June 13

We need to fix the economy to fix education  Salon

June 12

Governor Brown’s budget updates  YouTube US may waive some NCLB penalties  LA Times

June 10

California jumps to other testing consortium  TOP Ed California budget: Taxes are the stumbling block  LA Times State budget update from SPI Torlakson  Cisco shows support for schools Mercury News

June 9

Waging a years long battle for more school funding  Capitol Weekly On the final day of school, a teacher goes job hunting  Mercury News California Democrats set stage for budget fight  Contra Costa Times California Budget Project outlines impact of cuts on schools  Ed Brief September tax vote no help to schools  TOP Ed Dispute exposes charters role in cities  Ed Week Is Diane Ravitch insulting teachers?  Ed Week

June 8

Grad rates trending up — or down  TOP Ed

June 7

Big changes for better teachers  TOP Ed

June 3

Delaveaga Elementary unveils third grade mural  Santa Cruz Patch Spending far from equal among state’s school districts  California Watch Why disparities exist in some California school districts  California Watch Wealthy donors may widen school spending gap  California Watch California school district spending and test scores  California Watch

June 2

STAR tests may end for youngest kids  TOP Ed House GOP pushes back against nutrition programs  Washington Post Bill a step in school financing  Sacramento Bee California voters back Brown in tax vote  SF Gate Waiting for a school miracle  NY Times

June 1

Activist South Bay students secure computers for schools, save teachers  Mercury News Experiments in evaluating teachers  TOP Ed Republicans question rules on healthier school lunches  Ed Week

May 31

Curt Coleman retiring after 37 years  SC Sentinel 7 districts primed for RTTT, round 3  TOP Ed Latest budget victim: Adult education  Bay Citizen State’s students miss out on PE  San Bernardino Sun LA schools donate leftover student meals to nonprofits  LA Times

May 26

Soquel students suspended after racist incidents  SC Sentinel Adult Ed hit hard by changes in school spending rules  LA Times Greater flexibility in spending hurts lower achieving students  California Watch California may win lesser grant from RTTT  LA Times State opens seismic retrofit fund to thousands of schools  California Watch Green schools benefits budgets and students  Ed Week US reforms out of sync with high performing nations  Ed Week Panel finds few learning gains from testing movement  Ed Week

May 25

Redistricting’s shadow on budget  TOP Ed Arne Duncan: We will not prescribe a national curriculum  Ed Week Wake up and smell the school cuts  TOP Ed Public schools charge for basics, frills  Wall Street Journal California schools: We must keep education truly free   LA Times Schools look to video games as learning tools  California Watch New Race To The Top for early childhood education  Ed Week

May 24

The case for/against CalPADS  TOP Ed High schools offer grade boosts to students who improve test scores  LA Times Charter school seeks space at Cabrillo campus  SC Sentinel Lessons from high-performing countries  US Dept of Ed The antidote to astroturf  Ed Week Whose failing grade is it? NY Times Move over, teachers: It’s time to blame the parents  Huffington Post

May 23

Behind grass roots advocacy, Bill Gates  NY Times Behind student success, a librarian  LA Times Doomsday forecast for schools may not materialize  Mercury News Teaching beyond the test to make room for current events  NY Times State legislatures notch major K12 policy changes  Ed Week Obama uses radio address to make case for NCLB overhaul  Ed Week Charter school movement exploding Miami Herald

May 20

LAO: Don’t tie budget to voters  TOP Ed NCLB fix lagging in congress  US News & World Report Missing the point on poverty and reform  Washington Post Why we need arts education   Washington Post

May 19

Basic aid districts rise above the limits  WD Institute California governor puts testing juggernaut on ice  Ed Week UC tuition might jump 32%  LA Times Out of state colleges attracting California freshmen  Sacramento Bee

May 18

Governor’s latest budget changes little at local schools  SC Sentinel Luther Burbank student cooks get their shot  Sacramento Bee Officials consider new criteria for seismic retrofit money  California Watch 43 education programs identified for elimination Washington Post Latest numbers reveal two-tier California  Sacramento Bee Teacher: My employer has become my enemy  Washington Post Online schools make big profits from tax dollars  News Channel Five

May 17

Big (invisible) boost in K12 spending  TOP Ed Response roundup to May revise  Capitol Alert Brown releases revised budget plan  LA Times CalPADS put on ice  TOP Ed Federal plan would expand school year – as California shrinks  California Watch Education Nation Los Angeles town hall  NBC (video) Schools need real solutions, not magic bullet fixes  SF Gate Your education is not an equal opportunity  CNN It’s not business, it’s personal  TOP Ed

May 16

Jerry Brown’s revised budget gives more money to schools  Capital Alert Gov. Brown not giving up on tax hikes to help California budget  LA Times Students, parents & teachers nationwide protest gutting of public schools Truthout Appreciate a teacher any day Santa Cruz Patch Teachers give cold shoulder to Obama education chief  CNN Class bias, class size and online learning  Huffington Post US Schools pushed toward healthier school meals  US News & World Report

May 15

Scotts Valley school trustee Art Bubb criticized over sent emails   SC Sentinel Assembly Republicans deserve credit for releasing a budget plan  Mercury News Teacher pink slips: Uncomfortable budget uncertainty for instructors and schools  Mercury News

May 13

Teens learn at the Strawberry Blast  Santa Cruz Patch Teacher layoffs out of sync with budget process  California Watch

May 12

Schools chief, teachers press taxes with lawmakers  Mercury News Teachers union pricey campaign may not sway lawmakers  Bay Citizen Bill to allow performance-based layoffs of teachers dies in Senate  LA Times Not even 90210 can raise $1 million for schools  LA Times

May 11

To the barricades and to the mall  TOP Ed President’s committee tackles arts education  LA Times House readies bill on program elimination, flexibility  Ed Week The history of “LIFO”  Dana Goldstein

May 10

Students design 53 mosaics in Santa Cruz  KSBW Teachers protest at capitol, local educators add voice  SC Sentinel Scotts Valley community gets say in new superintendent  SC Sentinel California at crossroads: My future hangs in the balance  TOP Ed California parents press tax hikes to save schools  Mercury News Senators want audit of school construction oversight failures  California Watch Unable to charge fees, schools brace for change in extracurricular programs  LA Times US Schools chief backs away from publishing teacher ratings  California Watch Conservative manifesto blasts shared curriculum  Ed Week Education reform: Shorter week, more learning  LA Times Examining California’s parent trigger law  NPR LA Times, LAUSD publish teacher ratings  LA Times

May 9

Teachers to rally, prevent education budget cuts  Mercury News Education cuts effect Silicon Valley businesses  KQED Countdown to May revise  California Budget Project Activists pour millions into fight for vouchers  Ed Week Dual language programs growing in popularity  LA Times

May 8

California education in a state of emergency  San Mateo Times Deep cuts will close doors, turn away families at state preschools  Mercury News School voucher debate heats back up  NPR

May 7

California educators warn lawmakers about dangers of more cuts  Mercury News Arne Duncan and the real fight for social justice  Ed Week

May 6

Berkeley-based writing project lays off dozens  California Watch Chicago study finds mixed results for AVID program  Ed Week California study says teachers’ pensions fall short of other workers’ NY Times Cornering the market in common standards curriculum  Ed Week Inquiry sought into DC test scores  USA Today Are public schools supermarkets?  Ed Week

May 5

Business leaders put focus on education  Wall Street Journal Failing grades on civics exams a crisis  NY Times Cuts in education force teacher layoffs in California  Voice of America Teachers in the trenches aren’t impressed with Arne Duncan’s “appreciation” letter  GOOD

May 4

Most school districts passing parcel taxes  Mercury News California weighs shorter school year as budgets wane  Sacramento Bee Uncertainty as California grapples with budget fix  EdWeek California school budget mapping tool  Parents for Great Education

May 3

Rotary earns award for sponsoring after school classes  SC Sentinel Central coast students react to Bin Laden killing  KSBW Back to school for the billionaires  Newsweek Beverly Hills school leaders aim to raise $1 million in one week  LA Times

May 2

First pass at finance reform  TOP Ed

May 1

Torlakson cancels annual ceremony for California’s top schools  Capitol Alert The high cost of low teacher salaries  NY Times Money and LA Unified  LA Times School districts look to parcel taxes for aid  NY Times Message to GOP, Brown: go back to the table and make a deal  Mercury News

April 30

Fears of school cuts stirs support for budget plan  California Watch Brown vows to fight for public education funding  Press-Enterprise Diane Ravitch: Standardized testing undermines teaching  NPR What would an all-cuts budget mean for California schools?  Ca Budget Project Can a 9-hour day prevent dropouts?  KQED Foundations join to offer online courses for schools  NY Times

April 28

Santa Cruz City Schools aims for green certification  SC Sentinel Extra recognition for kids in Santa Cruz City Schools who master two languages  SC Sentinel Tax the wealthy to fund schools   TOP Ed Will school funding help Brown sell the budget?  KQED

April 27

AVID preps students for college, life  Press- Times Layoffs on the way for classified staff in Santa Cruz City Schools  SC Sentinel Lots of “ifs” in adopting A-G  TOP Ed More California high schools blend career and college prep  Sacramento Bee Jeb Bush pushes for education reform “Florida-style”  NY Times

April 26

Districts consider even shorter year  California Watch Public schools: Is California’s middle class heading for the exits?  Mercury News Republicans eye budget plan that won’t decimate schools  Capitol Weekly Public education’s future is a learning experience  Press-Enterprise Markets aren’t the education solution  Wall Street Journal High school classes may be advanced in name only  NY Times The limits of school reform  NY Times Poor teaching for poor children  Ed Week

April 25

Schools face $11 billion question on next year’s budget  Sacramento Bee Governor Brown warns of education crisis  Mercury News Huge stakes in California’s school financing  Sacramento Bee Californians support tax hike to help close budget gap  LA TImes New focus on equity in state’s funding  TOP Ed Tests over teachers in California  Ed Week

April 22

Mayor’s Academy starts Wednesday  SC Sentinel Teachers are not the enemy  NPR Parents spell out detailed school reform blueprint  Washington Post For AP Students, a new classroom online  Wall Street Journal

April 21

Soda tax would raise $1.7 billion, bouying school districts  Contra Costa Times Dozen parcel taxes on May ballot  TOP Ed Public school teacher: 13 reasons I’m outraged  Washington Post Libraries to check out at dozens of schools  Voice of San Diego

April 20

A lesson in mediocrity: California schools show how direct democracy can destroy accountability  The Economist Lawmakers push schools to show what an all-cuts budget looks like  Capitol Weekly One more stab at P-20 data structure  TOP Ed

April 19

State budget cuts threaten California’s master plan  Bay Citizen CTA launches ad urging lawmakers to solve budget issues  Sacramento Bee Parent trigger, version 4 and counting  TOP Ed Dollars for tamales: Poor schools can’t get by on home cooking  TOP Ed

April 18

Schools struggle even as businesses thrive  Wall Street Journal The community college crunch  Voice of San Diego Will special day classes get left back?  Santa Cruz Patch Santa Cruz Education Foundation announces awards for teachers  Santa Cruz Patch The I, II punch of algebra proficiency  TOP Ed For schoolchildren, where’s the water? CNN

April 15

Jerry Brown tests children, one classroom at a time  Capitol Alert CA to include LGBT figures in history texts  Ed Week Budget deal fuels revival of school vouchers  NY Times State schools chief warns budget could bankrupt 110 school districts KPCC

April 14

Three Santa Cruz High Schools earn top marks from the state  SC Sentinel Three Santa Cruz High Schools earn distinguished marks  Santa Cruz Patch Santa Cruz City School district sticks with same photographer  SC Sentinel NCLB’s escape hatch for schools  TOP Ed

April 13

Teachers seek tax hike without election Sacramento Bee Gates pushes district-charter compacts TOP Ed LAUSD and LA Times release school rankings  LA Times Scaring Californians or insulting them? Ventura Star

April 12

Teachers plan Capitol protest, Wisconsin-style KQED Chocolate milk stirs controversy in schools Washington Post He can cook, but can he fix education? Beyond Chron

April 11

California’s calendar of doom Mercury News Jerry Brown mulling tax extension before full vote Sacramento Bee What will an “all-cuts” budget look like? SF Gate Deep rifts over next NCLB TOP Ed Restrictive rules block schools from seismic repair funds California Watch The test generation American Prospect

April 8

Lax oversight of school construction raises doubts about earthquake safety California Watch State senate hearings on an all-cuts budget SF Gate Lawmakers consider what to cut next in budget debate LA Times

April 7

Brown warns of soaring UC costs Modesto Bee Dept of Ed: Duncan concurs with Obama Ed Week LA Times offers preview of teacher ratings LA Times School board tightens leash on charter schools Voice of San Diego

April 6

Time for Brown to hit the road TOP Ed Rise in online classes fans debate over quality NY Times GOP’s 2012 education priorities Washington Post California policy makers must support public education Daily Sound Lawmakers fight over bill to teach students about gay people’s contributions LA Times

April 5

Teacher layoffs today will impact colleges tomorrow LA Times School vouchers under the microscope: Do they improve student learning? Huffington Post Three lessons education reformers should learn from Michelle Rhee’s missteps GOOD

April 4

Bill to fund “green job” training for students goes to the Governor Capitol Alert Role of science learning outside school grows Ed Week Arne Duncan: Obama’s lesson planner Newsweek Jerry Brown faces tricky budget options Sacramento Bee School lunches in affluent districts emerge as moneymakers NY Times The trouble with “innovation” in schools Huffington Post Who’s bashing teachers and public schools and what can we do about it? Rethinking schools

April 3

Obama Knows Best Part 1 Part 2 Ed Week The Innovation mismatch: Smart capital and education innovation Harvard Business Review

April 1

Schools potentially face tremendous cuts Mercury News Jerry Brown plans to take his case for taxes to the voters LA Times Californians back raising taxes on state’s wealthy SF Gate Fixing open enrollment TOP Ed Common state curriculum to yield more textbook choices California Watch

March 30

Governor Brown’s statement on budget negotiations Senator Steinberg’s statement on budget negotiations No mas says Brown Capitol Notes California schools move closer to doomsday TOP Ed AVID: Motivating students to aim for college Mercury News

March 29

Big cat researchers take 6th graders to the mount SC Sentinel School readies for artificial turf SC Sentinel California law could delay new textbooks California Watch Governor Brown issues statement regarding budget negotiations School budget cuts no excuse for mediocrity Huffington Post

March 28

When standardized test scores soared in DC, were the gains real? USA Today California schools financial emergency CDE The illusive common core TOP Ed US vs high-achieving nations in education Washington Post South Korean official advises caution in following country’s example Ed Week Charter school champion shifts focus NY Times Obama discusses pitfalls of standardized tests at town hall Huffington Post Teachers alone can’t create excellent schools Washington Post

March 26

Monning pushes tax on soda to help educate, develop healthy lifestyle SC Sentinel

March 25

Improving teaching and learning must drive efforts of reform TOP Ed A principal in a paradox TOP Ed What do students miss with a virtual education? ZD Net

March 24

A real world learning experience for Ark students SC Sentinel Funding reform out of the ashes TOP Ed

March 23

Saving the state for $260 each LA Times US Education Secretary calls for overhaul of No Child Left Behind LA Times California budget cuts hit poor schools harder Business Week

March 22

Teacher layoffs – a destructive annual event SF Gate More districts in financial trouble Contra Costa Times Separate and unequal NY Times Students face tight budgets at school and home LA Times Schools boost learning with No Kid Hungry LA Times Miss Grundy was fired today NY Magazine

March 21

Obama’s war on schools Newsweek New urban playbook: Hand over schools to charters Ed Week Secrets of the world’s top education systems Lily’s Blackboard Worst-case budget could shorten school year Sign on San Diego Grade repetition helps young students master skills California Watch

March 18

County education trustees drop Sentinel story lawsuit SC Sentinel The search for a new way to test school kids USA Today Lauding and bashing teachers Washington Post Keys to Finnish success: Teaches Huffington Post Four Santa Cruz County high school students receive computing honor SC Sentinel

March 17

Santa Cruz City Schools earn spot on AP achievement list SC Sentinel County board of education considers lawsuit over Sentinel story SC Sentinel Redevelopment agencies siphon funds from schools Almanac Parent trigger misfires TOP Ed Florida house approves ending tenure for teachers NY Times Teaching seen as crucial NPR

March 16

Arne Duncan: Uncommon wisdom on teaching Huffington Post US is urged to raise teachers’ status NY Times

March 15

As pink slip deadline arrives, thousands laid off California Watch Educators get schooled in politics TOP Ed US urged to raise teachers’ status NY Times

March 14

Obama calls for revamping NCLB NY Times School advocates launch bill to place oil tax on ballot Capitol Alert Itinerant life weighs on farmworkers’ children NY Times Beyond baking brownies TOP Ed President Obama: It’s not enough to leave no child behind White House

March 11

Teachers union wants Supreme Court to overturn ban California Watch No-Dot Kids facilitates connections Mercury News For teachers, many reasons and many ways to cheat on tests USA Today Obama focus on anti-bullying efforts NY Times

March 10

Duncan: Most schools could face “failing” label Washington Post Santa Cruz City Schools offers another chance for breakfast SC Sentinel Gates to spend millions to sway public on ed reform Washington Post Blakeslee: Budget requires hard decisions Sacramento Bee

March 9

A good start: Pajaro Valley schools serve breakfast in the classroom SC Sentinel Supper is served: Lightfoot Industries’ unique vocational program SC Sentinel

March 8

When test scores seem too good to believe USA Today When test scores are too good to be true Hechinger Report Tested Columbia Journalism Review A Florida teacher tells Obama he disappointed her Washington Post

March 7

No more homework, says this third grade teacher Santa Cruz Patch California school funding woes slash adult ed Sacramento Bee Brownley to push for finance reform TOP Ed Why blame the teachers? NY Times Class sizes rise as budgets are cut NY Times

March 6

Teen engineers build bridges, set sights on college SC Sentinel Soquel school district to rent campus for summer camp SC Sentinel Senator Blakeslee in a pivotal position as election approaches SC Sentinel Education leaders: Let voters decide future of tax measures SC Sentinel Senator Huff wants legislature to tackle teacher evaluations Inland Bulletin

March 5

County education official give short notice for meeting SC Sentinel Diane Ravitch on the Daily Show The Daily Show Jon Stewart rips critics of teachers Washington Post Education secretary cautions districts about layoffs NY Times

March 4

More eligible for free school meals since recession California Watch Diane Ravitch on a mission TOP Ed Teachers wonder: Why the scorn? NY Times Bernake: Don’t short change education Washington Post

March 3

No pink slips for teachers in Santa Cruz City Schools SC Sentinel Angela Meeker, Branciforte Middle School alum named principal SC Sentinel Education Secty Duncan says California’s cuts are often wrong LA Times Diane Ravitch on a mission TOP Ed Schools pull punches in redevelopment fight Sign on San Diego The Bill Gates problem in school reform Washington Post Breakfast with Arne Duncan Ed Week When it comes to class size, small isn’t always better Time Civil rights deal signals push for translation services Ed Week GOP in tax talks Wall Street Journal Why bad teachers survive Wall Street Journal

March 2

UCSC students protest cuts to public education KSBW Matt Damon calls out Obama, Education Policies Huffington Post LAO: Cut basic aid district’s money TOP Ed Waiting for Superman at Mission High Mother Jones The Bill Gates problem in school reform Washington Post Senate moderates release NCLB reform plan Ed Week 10 essential blogs on CA education TOP Ed

March 1

Let the people of California choose Mercury News Bill Gates: How teacher development could revolutionize our schools Washington Post A partial response to Bill Gates Daily Kos State budget gets even more convoluted Sacramento Bee Charter group aims to identify highest, lowest performing schools California Watch In a war of words, ‘reform’ a potent weapon Ed Week Brown’s countdown: As deadlines loom, hurdles remain Sacramento Bee Arts education sees decline Ed Week

February 28

Record number of teachers likely to see pink slips SF Gate Rage simmering among American teachers NPR Schools yet to get business backing for tax extension California Watch House floats plan to avoid shutdown, but scraps K-12 programs Ed Week Seeking integration, whatever the path NY Times Helping kids opt for healthy food at school Food Safety News

February 25

Leader of teachers’ union urges dismissal overhaul NY Times Soquel High celebrates a peace day SC Sentinel Scholar weighs state of education SC Sentinel Teachers say they often feed kids who come to school hungry USA Today Majority of K-8 teachers see hunger in the classroom EdBrief

February 24

County office of education offers loans to districts SC Sentinel Two county school districts get an “F’ for transparency SC Sentinel New Santa Cruz City Schools rules for selecting board president draw criticism SC Sentinel PVUSD to issue 200 pink slips SC Sentinel New “taxpayers caucus” takes on Brown’s plan Sacramento Bee

February 23

Ed-Trust West says teacher layoffs bad for students Capitol Alert That plan to close half of Detroit’s schools? It’s really happening Good Advocates push back against proposed federal education cuts Ed Week School breakfast: Food for thought Vida en Valle

February 22

Scotts Valley trustees deadlock over televising meetings SC Sentinel

February 21

Don’t give your favorite teacher an apple, give them an Eddy Santa Cruz Patch Adult Ed faces preliminary cuts pending federal budget SC Sentinel California teachers pension system headed toward insolvency Mercury News More schools convert to charters as funds dip AP Cash strapped La Canada makes case for donations La Canada Valley Sun Obama makes pitch for his education and high tech agenda LA Times Schools need the special election California Progress Education Secretary encourages students to consider teaching Daily News

February 18

Senate GOP won’t support taxes on ballot Sacramento Bee White House aims to revamp No Child Left Behind by summer Huffington Post School funding myths School Finance 101 Lacking preparation, many 8th graders fail algebra California Watch Court rejects reimbursement of unfunded mandates Ed Week Unions, school leaders vow to collaborate Ed Week Toward a new vision for America’s high schools Ed Week

February 17

PV school board gives preliminary approval to adult ed cuts SC Sentinel The politics of education upended Politico

February 16

Teachers’ role seen in solving school crisis NY Times School officials, unions scrutinize Obama’s divisive education agenda Washington Post Ultimatum to IBM on data system TOP Ed

February 15

Obama budget raises school spending NY Times Legislative analyst identifies massive cuts if taxes fail Capitol Alert New report details deep cuts to schools if taxes fail Contra Costa Times Investing in our future The White House The problem with Obama’s 2012 education budget Washington Post Department of Education hopes summit breaks new ground Huffington Post

February 14

Young people need hope to thrive in school, beyond SF Gate Budget 2012: Education Washington Post After lawsuit, officials call for new statewide charter rules California Watch Closing the achievement gap without widening a racial one NY Times Berkeley school lunch program flawed insiders say Berkelyside House GOP looks to slash education spending Ed Week Race to the Top: Does it work? National Journal

February 13

Santa Cruz County Teens learn law and order in mock trial SC Sentinel Sacramento schools aim to serve healthier food Sacramento Bee

February 11

Watch out biz if taxes lose in June TOP Ed San Diego stuck state with schools big bill  Voice of San Diego Taking the competition out of education reform Edutopia Law of unintended consequences Huffington Post

February 10

Raising the bar in Santa Cruz and beyond KUSP California high schoolers do better and take more AP exams LA Times Parent trigger law: State board delays action LA Times

February 9

California’s classrooms feel the budget crunch KQED Brown’s plan to cut redevelopment agencies would be a boon to schools Daily Breeze State board reexamines statewide rights for charters California Watch Budget cuts muffle charter growth TOP Ed Why are parents satisfied with under-performing schools? Ed Week The achievement gap: Am I part of the problem? Ed Week Laura Bush announces middle school education program to support graduation rates Huffington Post

February 8

Santa Cruz City Schools shines light on contract for official photographer SC Sentinel Live Oak school board to pick new trustee SC Sentinel Redevelopment’s winners and losers TOP Ed Class sizes continue to grow amid shrinking school year California Watch Researchers fault LA Times’ method in teacher effectiveness analysis Washington Post LA Times manipulates the teacher evaluation study Ed Week California schools face fiscal emergency CBS San Francisco Failing schools often keep principals in place NY Times Supporting reform while maintaining commitment to at-risk students The Hill

February 7

Educators, researches clash on school spending report SC Sentinel Update on school finance in California LAO Pepperdine’s soggy waffle California Progress Let’s Move! campaign at one year Obamafoodorama New look at LA Times teacher effectiveness study LA Times More districts shorten school year to save money Capitol Alert Despite Obama’s urging, policy stymies science students NY Times

February 6

Obama’s education plan another test for civility LA Times Senator Joe Simitian tells hard truths about education to parents, leaders Mercury News

February 5

Proposed budget protects schools, but only if taxes pass in June Mid-County Post Report: Impact of categorical flexibility on schools PACE

February 4

“College for all” strategy misguided TOP Ed Scientific literacy: The missing ingredient Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning LA school district suspends Jamie Oliver shoot LA Times

February 3

Democrats seek list of deeper cuts if taxes not approved Sacramento Bee Report: California schools spent less in the classroom as budgets increased Ed Week While students shore up basics, electives are beyond reach Mercury News An open letter to Jerry Brown Beyond Chron The VIVA project: What teachers told Duncan Washington Post The scary segregated school trend NPR Educators push tax plan, warn of cuts Monterey Herald 8 subtle ways to prepare middle schoolers for college Washington Post

February 2

Harvard report questions value of “college for all” Ed Week Strengthen state’s parent empowerment process TOP Ed Summary of findings: State Budget 2011-12 & Prop 98 LAO If two budgets weren’t enough, try three TOP Ed AVID program targets middle schoolers for college KZTV UC Riverside Dean speaks to AVID students Press-Enterprise

February 1

No easy way to cut CalSTRS benefits TOP Ed Change in accounting in Brown’s budget costs schools California’s Capitol California school spending: Winning the race to the bottom? California Budget Project

January 31

Santa Cruz City Schools sets higher expectations for high school students SC Sentinel Obama has a long way to go on education reform CNN A bold idea to stop the pink slip blizzard Voice of San Diego

January 30

Pasadena businesses step in to aid schools LA Times A better “parent trigger” LA Times All children must “win the future” UCLA IDEA

January 28

Imagining a new funding framework for schools Beyond Chron The US could learn from Finland NPR LA Catholic schools to add 20 days to school calendar LA Times Drive for education reform has teachers unions on the defensive Christian Science Monitor Torlakson: New NAEP science data troubling Ed Brief State ed chief tells administrators to hang on SC Sentinel

January 27

New AP science class at Santa Cruz High focuses on the environment SC Sentinel Obama seeks to make NCLB more flexible Washington Post Adding up the spending: Fiscal disparities and philanthropy Nat’l Ed Policy Ctr Teach for America gets $100 million endowment Huffington Post President Obama: We do big things New Economic Perspective To “win the future” kids and schools must survive the present Color Lines

January 26

Grading the education president NY Times State of the Union disappointment Eduflack Obama’s faulty logic Washington Post US Department of Education announces new data dashboard US ED Obama’s state of dissension TOP Ed New penalties proposed for banned school fees California Watch Scotts Valley trustees decide to wait on parcel tax SC Sentinel

January 25

Seeing silver lining in Robles-Wong TOP Ed In defense of a neighborhood school Oakland North Student test scores show science deficiency WSJ

January 23

Students learn at their own pace in the school of the future Mind Spring The state of the union’s schools Schools Matter

January 22

School lunch standards deserve praise, funding Mercury News Brown sours on rigid reforms for schools Sacramento Bee The LAO school budget: K-12 deferrals LAO Policing the rush to charter schools Gazette

January 21

County Board of Education approves operating agreement with PCS SC Sentinel Education leaders drop out of countywide association SC Sentinel “Parent trigger” organizers need protection TOP Ed Michelle Rhee to headquarter ed reform lobby in Sacramento Sacramento Bee Rethinking evaluations when almost every teacher gets an “A” Bay Citizen Kicked out of kindergarten GQ House GOP proposes deep spending cuts Washington Post

January 20

Return on Education Investment study released Center for American Progress Soquel school district leader announces her retirement SC Sentinel SV school leaders told to hold off on parcel tax SC Sentinel PV schools face bleak financial future SC Sentinel Brown calls education funding a “civil rights issue” Capital Alert Budget cuts at one small school, part 3 Voice of San Diego

January 19

Branciforte middle school surf club takes shape SC Sentinel Fewer districts say they’re in trouble TOP Ed State struggles with how to implement parent trigger law LA Times Got dough? How billionaires rule our schools Dissent The case against NCLB reauthorization Washington Post

January 18

In Florida, virtual classrooms with no teachers NY Times With voters in charge, high anxiety about teacher layoffs California Watch Teacher led school innovates Ed Week

January 17

Schools tested by budget cuts learn new strategies NPR USDA to announce new school lunch guidelines ABC News Torlakson praises school lunch guidelines; laments funding Pleasanton Weekly LAUSD vs. Jamie Oliver KPCC

January 16

Gary Bloom: School funding may rest with voters SC Sentinel Romero: Education is the civil rights issue of our time Sacramento Bee

January 15

To improve schools, stop treating them like businesses CS Monitor Struggling SF schools ousting half of their teachers SF Gate Obama on education: A+ values, F- policies Huffington Post

January 14

Proposed bilingual school to stress college readiness SC Sentinel Increasing learning time with free breakfasts  Washington Post New CA governor shakes up education policy Ed Week Kirst: Critics of state board are off-base TOP Ed Brown’s budget targets state-funded mandates California Watch

January 13

Good budget news finally for Santa Cruz City Schools SC Sentinel Former lawmaker won’t support changing parent trigger law California Watch Arts commission looks for student project funding Santa Cruz Patch Feds to tighten school nutrition standards CNN What budget cuts mean at one small school Voice of San Diego Secretary Vilsak unveils sweeping standards for school meals Obamafoodorama Why doesn’t the LAUSD want Jamie Oliver’s help Grist SIG redux: Same schools, fewer dollars TOP Ed

January 12

Now 43rd in state spending TOP Ed State schools get C grade California Watch It’s time for public schools and charters to work together Ed Week Obama open to rewrite of No Child Left Behind Washington Post Momentum building on ESEA renewal? Ed Week

January 11

Governor’s promise to spare K-12 hinges on tax extension Contra Costa Times Brown’s school budget spurs questions over budget deferrals Capitol Alert Bill Honig withdraws from State Board of Education SF Gate Ilene Strauss to replace Bill Honig LA Times Obama aims to revise No Child Left Behind Washington Post Judge rules NYC can disclose names in teacher rankings NY Times Prop 13 had lasting impact on schools Daily Bulletin Rethinking Advanced Placement NY Times The big squeeze is on in California classes Mercury News

January 10

Brown asks for deep cuts, five-year tax extension Capital Alert Honig withdraws name as board of education appointee Capital Alert America ignores education funding at our own peril SF Gate Rhee calls education system “broken” Students First The future of school boards Education Week Netflix CEO predicts innovation in teaching software Las Vegas Sun Parent trigger regs delayed TOP Ed McKinley Elementary parents continue their fight for change Huffington Post Brown’s shakeup of Board of Education LA Times Digital learning can deliver more for less – if allowed TOP Ed

January 8

Brown moves to redefine education bureaucracy Sacramento Bee Report aims to improve minority parental engagement Ed Brief Journal showcases dying art of the high school research paper NY Times Revolution Foods recognized in Time’s Top 10 in Education Time Gov. Rick Scott and Michelle Rhee announce partnership Ed Week

January 7

Tensions persist about Pacific Collegiate School’s diversity SC Sentinel Governor Brown’s new education appointments could disable “parent trigger” LA Weekly Sweeping reforms ahead says new education board member Bay Citizen Making college the goal helps non-college dreams too Washington Post Is it time to freak out about school budgets? Voice of San Diego Brown scuttles secretary of education TOP Ed Whistleblower: Illegal schools fees continue despite settlement California Watch

January 6

Torlakson declares financial emergency CDE press release Brown names seven to state board TOP Ed “Will there be anything we need to remember after the test?” Washington Post The McEducation of charter school students NPR Jerry Brown’s karma News Review

January 5

State scrutinizes fees schools charge for basic education SC Sentinel K-12 schools to dodge budget tornado TOP Ed Jerry Brown appointees shake up California Board of Education Capitol Alert California Senate plans to kill two Schwarzenegger appointments LA Times Gov. Jerry Brown talks Prop 13 LA Times Brown sets sight on shifting power to locals Contra Costa Times The $20.5 billion rich peoples’ tax cut windfall California Progress California not making the grade for children LA Daily News New federal law makes interns qualified to teach SF Gate Myths and realities about KIPP Washington Post

January 4

Brown budget will spare schools if taxes are extended Sacramento Bee State Superintendent’s old district on financial edge California Watch The affluent, failing public school: Does it really exist? Huffington Post School districts scramble to market themselves Sacramento Bee

January 3

Scotts Valley parcel tax process moves forward with poll Mid County Post Brown to propose broad list of budget cuts Sacramento Bee Arne Duncan: School Reform Washington Post Parents band together to support CA schools Sacramento Bee Cuts to set tone for California public schools Southern CA Public Radio New law cracks down on parents of truants KPCC

December 30

Compton’s parent trigger feud LA Weekly Schools fight special needs funding cuts Press-Telegram Brown plans to take tax hike to voters in June Sacramento Bee

December 29

Public process gets us from Point A to Point B SC Sentinel

December 28

Santa Cruz City Schools leader raises concerns over widening of Hwy 1 SC Sentinel In NYC, small school touted to make a big difference PBS News Hour

December 22

Newly elected Live Oak trustee steps down SC Sentinel Stealth charter school campaign draws criticism California Watch Path to California taxes is long and circuitous Contra Costa Times

December 21

Who’s the next state school board chief California Watch

December 20

For California schools, next year stands to be worse Sacramento Bee The Calbuzz plan for budget reform and world peace CalBuzz The budget crisis and California’s public schools LA Times 5 myths about school food Washington Post Elmo plugs school lunch bill at the White House Time

December 19

Mountain Elementary taps veteran education Diane Morganstern for top spot  SC Sentinel Stress and the high school student NY Times Vic Marani to lead County Board of Education SC Sentinel

December 18

The disaster California schools face and a teacher’s call to action Washington Post SCHS student puts helping at the top of priority list SC Sentinel Schools must provide water at lunch Press Democrat 2010: High expectations vs wishful thinking UCLA IDEA

December 17

Senate pulls spending bill Ed Week Senate sought to redefine “highly qualified” teachers Huffington Post Rick Scott’s plan for scoundrels Mother Jones

December 16

The AVID miracle Huffington Post Schwarzenegger asks Brown to investigate school charges Sacramento Bee LA schools to seek sponsors LA Times The fights of our lives California Progress Brown wants to complete budget in 60 days LA Times

December 15

Jerry Brown: Fasten your seat belts for school spending cuts Sacramento Bee California Teaching 2010 Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning Rise of the iKids: iPads in the classroom Mercury News California Board of Education to investigate McKinley petition LA Times Educators to Brown: Give us flexibility Top Ed

December 14

Education budget summit – Slides Governor Brown elect Brown wants to complete education budget in 60 days LA Times Brown’s education roadshow Top Ed State’s teacher supply plummets California Watch Aptos Junior High students stand up against bullying SC Sentinel Study finds bad schools rarely get better – or shut down Ed Week Education fills big space on Brown’s chalkboard LA Times School nutrition bill signed Politico

December 13

Student-based budgeting offers hope for system change Top Ed How will the nutrition bill change school lunches? PBS State sets few rules when home = school Voice of San Diego Obama signs bill to extend kids meals program CBS News

December 12

New challenges for Obama’s education agenda NY Times Is the golden age of eduction spending over? Times

December 11

Effort to convert Compton school to charter draws fire LA Times What works in the classroom? Ask students NY Times Duncan from the PISA hole: Keep digging Huffington Post

December 10

Foundation: Growth in test scores is sign of a good teacher Washington Post Study finds community schools boost low income students’ achievement Ed Week Villaraigosa takes on teachers’ union LA Times Taking the narrative back from Arne Duncan Huffington Post Report: Many officials willing to replace half of staff Washington Post

December 9

Compton parents pull trigger Top Ed Education backed, but not new school taxes Boston.com

December 8

High school dropout rates on the rise across Santa Cruz County SC Sentinel Fundraiser aims to save community gems: 3 preschools Santa Cruz Patch Elementary students encouraged to set college goals Ed Week Parents present signatures to take over a Compton school LA Times CA parents use new law to demand school turnaround SF Gate

December 7

International test score data show US firmly midpack Washington Post Sputnik for the 21st century Flypaper Education for Innovation Town Hall The Innovation Economy

December 6

Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Ree starts student advocacy group Washington Post USDA removes barrier to salad bars in schools Grist Teacher evaluations get a new look pushed by a rich watcher NY Times Reframing the education debate The Nation California tops nation in English language learners California Watch

December 3

Dueling reports on school finance as budget talks heat up Capitol Alert House approves bill to improve school lunches USA Today Should school lunch be free for all? Huffington Post

December 2

New overseers for charters urged Top Ed Are charter schools a choice for segregation? Miller-McCune House votes to send child nutrition bill to President Obama Washington Post School lunch program likely to be overhauled SF Gate School officials angry that House might put nutrition bill on back-burner Denver Post

December 1

CTA cites QEIA’s impact on schools TOP Ed House GOP scuttles nutrition bill The Hill School performance and social equity TOP Ed US graduation rates rising NY Times Have business-savvy officials improved big city schools? Christian Science Monitor

November 30

LBUSD sets an example for the world to follow Press Telegram Long Beach, Aspire among best TOP Ed Education reforms yield higher test scores California Watch Mapping high school dropout rates PBS Newswatch What Tom Friedman got wrong about schools Washington Post Federal technology grants arrive Sacramento Bee Gates tackles education’s two-headed monster Newsweek

November 29

Albany schools try to balance parent-funded extras SF Gate Three districts to radically alter funding TOP Ed $1B in teacher compensation under attack California Watch

November 28

There’s no excuse for letting kids go hungry Mercury News

November 26

Project Lunch offers fresh approach to school nutrition Novato Patch

November 24

Class sizes show signs of growing Ed Week Road to success: AVID Mountain View PATCH Cyber charter schools: The end of public education or a new beginning? Atlanta Post

November 23

John Mockler on Prop 98’s relevance TOP/Ed All together now? Education Next The corporate takeover of American schools The Guardian A dilemma for schools seeking to reform NY Times Arne Duncan: Making real progress for school reform Huffington Post

November 22

Democrats likely to control key education posts California Watch Growing up digital, wired for distraction NY Times Teach your children…better Wall Street Journal Impact of school budget cuts McSweeney’s Rachel Norton on IDEA TOP/Ed Now who wants a salad with that school lunch? NPR Andres, Colicchio criticize changes, delays to school food bill Blender

November 21

Teaching for America New York Times Andy Shapiro: Healthy kids start with a healthy diet SC Sentinel Economists want to stop teachers’ degree bonuses SC Sentinel Statistical models may help districts stretch their dollars Ed Week

November 19

Gates urges school budget overhauls NY Times East Side Union adopts A-G TOP/Ed Sarah Palin stews over government food rules Business Week

November 18

A loud ‘Yes we can’ from San Francisco Ed Week 12th grade reading and math scores rise NY Times The sad story of an LA school labeled ‘failing’ Washington Post Reinventing the school lunch News Review New legislation impacting schools in 2011 Ed Brief

November 17

Scotts Valley school leaders move to poll residents on tax SC Sentinel Inside the last minute fight to pass the Child Nutrition Act The Atlantic The New Normal: Doing more with less US Dept of Education Californians by chance, students by choice Ventura Star What Ravitch told KIPP and Teach for America Washington Post The need for A-G at East Side Union Mercury News

November 16

Few Scotts Valley residents show up for school parcel tax talks SC Sentinel Pajaro Valley school leaders look to spend $3.3 million SC Sentinel Republican leader on eduction pledges to check federal role Ed Week With divided congress, tough road for ed reform NPR

November 15

Your child left behind The Atlantic Court upholds in-state tuition for illegal immigrants Sacramento Bee Duncan, Vilsack urge better school food UPI

November 13

Latino kids now majority in state’s schools SF Gate

November 12

$25 billion deficit and more cuts for schools TOP/Ed Brown faces challenges in keeping education promises California Watch De-legitimizing public education Washington Post Gender gaps in California schools UCLA IDEA

November 11

Santa Cruz City Schools teachers union is banking on furloughs coming to an end SC Sentinel PPIC releases school finance reform report PPIC

November 10

Santa Cruz City Schools, city commission take self defense into middle, high schools SC Sentinel LAO deficit projection: $25.4 billion Capitol Alert Paths to school finance reform TOP/Ed School nutrition bill could be revived in Congress Washington Post Brown wants to axe Secretary of Education position California Watch Students get out of social comfort zones Modesto Bee New York schools chancellor ends 8-year run NY Times Boulder schools remove the stigma from free meals Grist California leads nation in charter school growth Capitol Alert Charter schools struggle to hold onto their weakest students WBEZ

November 9

Remaking school meals in Boulder Grist Junior kindergarten provides a transition for children Sign on San Diego Should the school day be longer? Huffington Post Proficiency of black students found to be lower than expected NY Times

November 8

Palo Alto teachers show that grassroots politics can work Mercury News Influence of teachers unions in question LA Times Schools in a Banana Republic Ed Week Kirst: Re-read Jerry Brown’s plan TOP/Ed Oliver food fight NY Post Homework helpers focus students’ attention NY Times $4 million for tiny charter: Your dollars at work TOP/Ed

November 7

All parcel taxes for schools fail in Santa Clara County Mercury News In school efforts to end bullying, some see agenda NY Times A look at how recent state budgets treat public schools California’s Capitol Food service means big business Daily Globe

November 5

Prop 25 changes everything LA Times Advice to Jerry Brown TOP/Ed Where Kline stands on education policy Washington Post Obama to push education agenda to divided congress Washington Post Nutrition and the school lunch line NY Times

November 4

Listen up Jerry Brown: Here’s good advice TOP/Ed Education policy: what will happen now? Washington Post Want a teaching license?  Does the camera love you? USA Today What Michelle Rhee did in DC, point by point Washington Post

November 3

Torlakson elected CA superintendent of schools Sacramento Bee An academic foothold for court involved youth Harvard Education Letter

November 2

Santa Cruz City Schools able to restore librarians’ hours SC Sentinel A former teacher’s take on ‘Superman’ Oakland Tribune

November 1

Lame duck congress to face education issues Ed Week Lawmakers urged to restore CalPADS budget TOP/Ed State officials withhold charter school data California Watch Romero to lead California chapter of education reform PAC Capitol Alert

October 31

Fair play at the heart of school leaders new effort SC Sentinel

October 29

It’s time for civic participation in our schools UCLA IDEA Voter guide: Whitman, Brown differ on education California Watch

October 28

Santa Cruz schools gear up for fair trade clothing SC Sentinel Education foundations not doing enough Ed Week Does income-based school integration work? Time State NAACP endorses parent trigger TOP/Ed Strengthening our schools: A legislative framework Huffington Post

October 27

Scotts Valley school leaders say parcel tax is still a top priority SC Sentinel Half of teens admit bullying in last year Mercury News 7 class size myths – and the truth Washington Post Mental health advocates sue state over funding California Watch Comparing Brown/Whitman ed platforms TOP/Ed Education philanthropy misses the mark in helping American students Sacramento Bee

October 26

County in line for $600,000 to make walking, biking to school safer SC Sentinel Schools face funding riddle with new state budget Sacramento Bee Demonizing public education Ed Week How smart cafeterias could fight childhood obesity The Atlantic Economic school integration Washington Post School reform reading guide Huffington Post Lessons from high performing districts TOP/Ed

October 25

In school turnaround, the human element is crucial Ed Week White House is hopeful child nutrition legislation will pass in November Obamafoodorama ‘Waiting for Superman’ director softens movie message California Watch $384,000 raised for Santa Cruz County schools through car raffle SC Sentinel Stealth health: Nudging kids toward a better diet NPR

October 22

School district invites fire station to Soquel High SC Sentinel Soquel Elementary seeks removal from open enrollment schools list SC Sentinel Governor’s line-item veto guts funding for some special ed students SC Sentinel County Board of Education race heats up Mid County Post California unable to determine if charter schools are meeting students’ nutritional needs LA Times State fails to track free meals at charter schools California Watch

October 21

New York to release teacher ratings LA Times California’s pupil achievement program continues Capitol Weekly Next State Superintendent should change relationships with districts TOP/Ed The myth of charter schools NY Times

October 20

AVID releases Class of 2010 graduation, college entrance rates PR Newswire The role of the teachers unions in education NPR

October 19

Superman’s Emily states her case for choice TOP/Ed Supt. Ackerman’s critique of the ‘Manifesto’ Washington Post Despite image, union leader backs change NY Times Don’t scapegoat America’s teachers Washington Post Blurring the lines between charter and traditional schools Press Democrat

October 18

Congress adjourns without passing school meals bill  Ed Week Charter school growth carries a price Ed Week

October 17

Santa Cruz Education Foundation hosts ‘Waiting for Superman’ screening, discussion SC Sentinel Santa Cruz Education Foundation hosts ‘Waiting for Superman’ screening, discussion Mercury News No time to wait for ‘Superman’ Avant Parenting ‘Superman’ offers mirage, not a miracle Sacramento Bee Charter schools and civil rights: What kind of a movement is this? Huffington Post

October 16

Schools teach students healthy habits SC Sentinel Schools show benefits of economic integration Washington Post

October 15

Whitman, Brown exaggerate stance on school funding LA Times Central Coast School Food Alliance hosts inaugural school food festival SC Sentinel County Board of Education race heats up Mid County Post Study ranks state 31st in student funding TOP/Ed

October 14

Boltage program at Gault Elementary SC Sentinel Technology motivates students to exercise KSBW What’s wrong with the ‘Manifesto’ Washington Post Santa Cruz City Schools seeks to address access and equity SC Sentinel ‘Waiting for Superman’ takes on education dysfunction SC Sentinel Saving our schools: Movie and panel discussion look at education Santa Cruz Patch Duncan and unions to highlight collaboration Ed Week Whole Foods shoppers contribute $1.4 million toward salad bars for schools PR Newswire Effort targets “soft bigotry of low expectations” Ed Week Seizing an opportunity for education reform Huffington Post NYC takes aim at teachers’ “tenure for breathing” USA Today

October 13

Santa Cruz High School marches past 85 years of  music, memories SC Sentinel What culprit-seeking ‘Superman’ lacks: complexity TOP/Ed Movement for reform shifting to districts TOP/Ed The blind side Huffington Post The parent revolution continues Fox and Hounds Daily Long Beach school children are a model for healthy eating LA Times USDA funds study of psychology in school lunch lines Red Orbit Doctors name healthiest school lunch programs PRCM Cafeteria tastings aimed at raising awareness for healthier school food SC Sentinel

October 12

Students take on business of giving away school supplies SC Sentinel National School Lunch Week: Reasons to celebrate USDA School funding more efficient in other states Orange County Register Food What?! empowers youth Civil Eats Waiting for teachers’ unions to change TOP/Ed LA Unified and six other districts pursue reform without funds LA Times

October 11

The curse of money deferred TOP/Ed State budget trick forces more schools to borrow Mercury News At last minute, Schwarzenegger trims student data system California Watch New research shows how prison – poverty cycle does its damage Slate School Beat: Forget Superman California Progress Report New state education chief faces tough road Inside Bay Area

October 8

How to fix our schools: A manifesto Washington Post How to (let someone else) fix our schools Ed Week The manifesto got it all wrong School Matters Educating for democracy: Waiting for Superman or Waiting for Godot? Huffington Post White house summit touches on K-12/college link Ed Week AVID gives students answers Merced Sun-Star

October 7

The education crisis/Lewis Black The Daily Show High profile panel calls for education reform Sacramento Bee Facebook’s Zuckerberg could deliver the education network Mercury News

October 6

National day of action The Nation Lucia Mar teacher program worries union San Luis Tribune

October 5

Race to Nowhere Huffington Post

October 4

Programs to track pupil, teacher data draw fire Capitol Weekly Extending the school year LA Times Huffington Post launches new education section Huffington Post

October 2

The tragic loss of reduced class size SF Gate It’s bird! It’s a plane! It’s school reformers NPR Resource guide to “Waiting for Superman” Education Writers Association Waiting for Superman Slate Is Michelle Rhee’s revolution over? NY Times Magazine ‘Waiting for Superman’ and the education debate NY Times

October 1

“Waiting for Superman” forum KQED New law delays kindergarten entry KSBW Community college transfer bill signed into law SF Gate State’s fiscal peril drives fundamental education reform OC Register What it will really mean to ‘put children first’ Huffington Post Bringing chefs to the schools The Atlantic Suicide of teacher and published ranking Ed Week “Superman”: School’s out (to lunch) National Post Oprah: Do you have the courage to listen to teachers? Ed Week

September 30

Waiting for somebody NY Times Alice Waters on revolutionizing school lunch CNN Child nutrition bill stalls in house AP

September 29

4100 students prove ‘small is better’ wrong NY Times Seeing the forest for the trees SC Sentinel Schools struggle to feed kids healthy food CNN The irony behind Obama’s school remarks Washington Post Does education need a Katrina? Daily Kos

September 28

Court rejects interns as ‘qualified teachers’ Sacramento Bee Gates Foundation grant goes to SF schools SF Gate Sharp divisions over ‘value added’ teacher evaluations California Watch Obama renews call to remove under-performing teachers LA Times Times’ teacher ratings: Solution or problem? TOP/Ed Brokers of expertise CDE

September 27

High school shop class gets $1 million makeover SC Sentinel President Obama: Fire failing teachers Politco Education Nation NBC News What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point Washington Post Obama: Money alone can’t help schools Ed Week House Dems still negotiating Child Nutrition legislation The Hill Told to eat its vegetables, America orders fries NY Times School lunch: The Rodney Dangerfield of food Seattle Times

September 25

Textbooks rescued from Salinas landfill The Californian Are charter schools really innovative? Washington Post Obama allies fear school lunch program will rob food stamps NY Times Which school lunch bill is best? Time An inconvenient Superman Huffington Post

September 24

PCS gets charter renewal, new lease SC Sentinel Flexibility helps charter schools to thrive in down economy California Watch Critics call Child Nutrition bill counterproductive NPR Poor science education impairs US economy USA Today Berkeley’s new school food study The Atlantic Grading ‘Waiting for Superman’ The Nation Documentary films ratchet up pressure on teachers unions Sacramento Bee Waiting for Superman: My conversion experience Ed Week

September 23

School buses find new home at Harbor High SC Sentinel Savings for Santa Cruz City Schools KION School meals study provides food for thought SF Gate Tomorrow’s school lunches NY Times California’s ailing $34 million student data system year behind Sacramento Bee Charters, districts air conflicts over facilities TOP/Ed

September 22

Bill would create “green” partnership academies TOP/Ed Merit pay found to have little effect on achievement Ed Week June Jordan High School: success or failure? SF Gate Data on teachers: Lessons from health care Huffington Post

September 21

California legislator wants free water on school menus Mercury News Oprah does education This Week in Education Davis Guggenheim: Looking for a hero NPR

September 20

Getting all children the schools they deserve Huffington Post ‘Waiting for Superman’ and education reform LA Times Remedial study for failing public schools NY Times The other education documentary: ‘Race to Nowhere‘ Huffington Post What Americans think about public education Washington Post Scientifically tested tests NY Times

September 17

K-3 class sizes swell in large districts California Watch Retired LA teacher ponders her rating LA Times An inconvenient “Superman” Huffington Post Portland schools ditch nuggets, serve up local food Grist Defeat of DC mayor could bring schools chancellor to California California Watch

September 16

Santa Cruz City Schools leaders looking at $4 million in budget cuts SC Sentinel White House announces $5 million STEM initiative Washington Post Did DC voters reject education reform? NPR Californians say science education should be a priority California Progress Report California Board of Education addresses teacher evaluation issue LA Times K-12 policy shifts loom Ed Week

September 15

Breakfast in the class: Fight against kids’ hunger starts in school USA Today AVID program boost graduation rates KLTX No cupcakes at school Free Enterprise USDA needs a taste of reality about school lunch Beyond Chron Why civil rights groups oppose Obama’s education agenda Ed Week Unintended consequences of school choice Ed Week

September 14

President Obama’s Back to School speech White House Obama: Students should work hard, focus on school AP Number of failing schools in California increases dramatically California Watch California schools make gains on academic index Mercury News SAT scores rise for 2010 graduates LA Times

September 13

Oversight questions fuel school pay-to-play lawsuit California Watch Foundations urge adopting A-G for all  TOP/Ed California bill would ease arts requirement in high school Sacramento Bee

September 10

Governor requests legislature approval of EduJobs bill Ca.gov California public schools face lawsuit over fees NY Times Schools vs. slogans The Nation Assessing a teacher’s value NY Times “Race to Nowhere” : Review LA Times State shifts cash crisis to schools TOP/Ed Now is the time to feed our children well The Atlantic

September 9

EdSource weighs in on school finance Capitol Alert Wading through data on student spending Thoughts on Public Education Viewpoint: State must be forced to fund education Sacramento Bee First Lady asks Congress to join childhood obesity fight NY Times California charter schools grow in popularity Sacramento Bee

September 8

Duncan announces plan for year-round testing Schools Matter Welcome back to school “reform” Ed Week Parents across America demand to be heard Huffington Post Should California teachers be graded by students’ scores? Mercury News

September 7

In new role, teachers get chance to run schools NY Times Educators push back against Obama’s “business model” for school reform Democracy Now Pleasant surprise for DonorsChoose.org & schools SF Gate Schwarzenegger explains California school cuts Huffington Post

September 6

Nation’s first charter school state tightens oversight Ed Week Schools: The disaster movie NY Magazine Novato kids get bumped from overbooked schools SF Gate Transitional kindergarten a step closer in California LA Times BP aids state school content Sacramento Bee Filmmaker shines spotlight on school lunches Wall Street Journal

September 5

City school, PCS dispute hinders progress SC Sentinel

September 4

Federal rules prompt food firms to provide healthier school options Salinas Californian How to get a salad bar in your school Chicago Tribune

September 3

School achievement gap lingers despite reform California Watch A matter of time before exit exam’s exit Thoughts on Public Education Politics, not evidence drive education reform SF Gate California to use new type of nationwide tests NY Times US plans major change in how students are tested NY Times

September 2

Students quiz Education Secretary Arne Duncan NPR Edujobs money won’t be budget hostage Topics on Public Education America’s best teacher and the LA Times Washington Post Charter school scandal could bolster transparency bill California Watch Formula to grade teachers’ skill gains acceptance and critics NY Times How much will Federal education bills cost us? Beyond Chron Los Angeles parents take action to save a failing school Huffington Post

September 1

California votes to reject Texas textbook changes Mercury News Charter schools urged to serve ELLs Ed Week Bill to rollback kindergarten start date wins OK Sacramento Bee It’s the poverty, stupid In These Times

August 31

Race to the Top limps to the finish NPR Report: No judging teachers on tests Thoughts on Public Education LA Unified moves to close charter school LA Times AVID teachers train to prepare students for college Wakulla Times

August 30

Teachers blast LA Times LA Times Let’s unleash all data on teachers NY Daily News Superman documentary draws praise, controversy Ed Week San Jose Unified’s online school a first in the Bay Area Mercury News Teachers blast LA Times for releasing effectiveness ratings LA Times

August 28

Continue Race to Top NY Times Crisis in the classroom ABC News

August 27

California schools lose race for the money UCLA IDEA PCS charter vote delayed due to enrollment question SC Sentinel Dear President Obama…Sincerely, Parents Across America Washington Post State of our Schools Santa Cruz Sentinel

August 26

Students to get a voice in teacher performance under new state law LA Times PCS charter renewal delayed as school, district negotiate SC Sentinel Giving students an better school lunch LA Times Union, data system faulted in California’s failed Race to Top Mercury News\ How 5 Race to Top judges scored California Educated Guess

August 25

Local schools up, Obama education plans down AP As we see it: PCS dispute must end SC Sentinel We lost again in the Race to the Top.  Now what? California Watch High school exit exam pass rates rising especially among minorities Mercury News

August 24

LA Times testing series raises more questions Washington Post $578 million school a shocker Daily News State delays payments to schools Sacramento Bee California loses bid for Race to the Top grant LA Times Civil rights groups criticize Race to the Top competition California Watch Drive to overhaul low performing school delayed NY Times

August 23

LA Unified presses union on test scores LA Times CSBA board admits it was in the dark on pay Educated Guess $578 million school in LA a shocker Associated Press Wealthy seek Special Ed cash Wall Street Journal

August 20

County Office of Education board leaders hear testimony on renewing PCS charter SC Sentinel Union leaders say parents should know teachers’ ratings LA Times

August 19

Union leader says parents should know teachers’ ratings LA Times California truancy bill would crack down on truants’ parents Contra Costa Times

August 18

US schools chief endorses release of teacher data LA Times Steinberg creates flap over Edujubs dollars Educated Guess “Outing” teachers of poorly performing students proves difficult California Watch Student reading scores in state best in years SF Gate What makes for an effective teacher? The Atlantic

August 17

Times hits raw nerve with data on teachers Educated Guess County students show modest growth on state tests SC Sentinel California schools to get $1.2 billion from jobs bill Mercury News Triumph fades on racial gap in City schools NY Times Focus on results can make children do worse University of London

August 16

Cultural Council grants bring murals to four county schools SC Sentinel With schools in crisis, parents organize political pressure groups California Watch Stalemate increases financial uncertainty for schools AP Report links school meals with higher attendance Times-Daily Great Britain to allow junk food back in schools Mirror

August 15

Savvy moms share secrets of back to school shopping SC Sentinel UCSC researchers win $580,000 grant to study educational success SC Sentinel PCS will need to be pushed into diversity SC Sentinel

August 14

Who’s teaching LA’s kids? LA Times

August 13

Schools pack in more kids to cope with cuts Sacramento Bee Steinberg’s bottom line: No deep cuts to schools, welfare Sacramento Bee Identifying gifted students Ed Week High school rate-your-teacher bill headed to Schwarzenegger Capitol Alert Political determination salvages funds to keep teachers teaching UCLA IDEA

August 12

Survey shows DeLaveaga teachers not satisfied on the job SC Sentinel New candidates file for school board seats vacated by incumbents SC Sentinel Questions arise about spending federal funds SoCal Public Radio School boards group fears losing members over pay flap Sacramento Bee Feds to schools: Check is not yet in the mail California Watch

August 11

Many struggling schools on reform list may not get money California Watch Revised AP courses stress ideas, not facts VC Star SB 1381 and transition kindergarten California Progress Report Chefs help craft healthier school food USA Today Farm fresh or fries: Now much is good nutrition worth? District Administration

August 10

Special Section: $10 Billion Edujobs Bill

House passes emergency legislation to save teacher jobs  Ed Labor

Obama signs bill to prevent teacher layoffs CNN

Jobs bill gets final OK, sends CA $2.5 billion Sacramento Bee

Obama signs $26 billion jobs bill Washington Post

Secretary Duncan: The money will come quickly Ed Week

House clears state aid package Huffington Post

Congress passes bill to save 160,000 teaching jobs Ed Gov

Classroom spending in state drops from 2003 Press Enterprise Healthy school meals win over secondary pupils Guardian

August 9

Education reformers vs. “new reformers” Washington Post Chefs cook up ideas for healthy school lunches PBS Inexperienced companies chase school reform funds NY Times Putting our brains on hold NY Times Liposuction approach to school reform Educated Guess Lesson plan in Boston schools: Don’t go it alone NY Times Paying the price for cuts Sign on San Diego States cut preschools from budgets USA Today

August 8

Little as they try, students can’t get a D here NY Times Kindergarten teachers leave their mark SGV Tribune

August 7

Democrats’ budget proposals include suspension of Prop 98 EdBrief Education Department deals out big rewards NY Times Principal: Not the change I had in mind Washington Post

August 6

Schools at risk of presenting “serious harm” get no relief California Watch State aid passes Senate Huffington Post School lunch programs expanded LA Times

August 5

Attorneys say Pacific Collegiate needs to give preference to students in district SC Sentinel Diversity debate convulses elite high school NY Times Senate passes teachers jobs bill Ed/Labor Senate passes Child Nutrition Act NY Times Trying to work with, not against, President Obama Washington Post Mayoral control means zero accountability Washington Post

August 4

New curriculum standards will take years to implement California Watch Edujobs clears key hurdle Ed Week The Senate’s important lunch date NY Times California approves national education standards Sacramento Bee California signs on to education standards LA Times How a national standard will affect the education industry American Public Radio Do competitive grants hurt equal opportunity? National Journal Weeding out under-performing charters LA Times

August 3

Scotts Valley parents rally community to pitch in for schools SC Sentinel Michelle Obama: A food bill we need Washington Post

August 2

California and Utah only states shortening school year California Watch Eating away at education: Math doesn’t add up Inside Bay Area A simple degree path LA Times Clock ticking on school lunch legislation Ed Week

August 1

Obama’s Race to the Top will not improve Education Huffington Post Teachers should lead, follow or get out of the way Mercury News The promise and peril of Race to the Top LA Times Award-winning school seeking new charter SC Sentinel

July 31

LAUSD, Oakland may not get federal turn around dollars Educated Guess Report co-author discusses state of school funding Fox and Hounds Board seeks to shutter failing charter schools SF Gate

July 30

The fight over education in Washington NY Times Obama defends education initiative LA Times Obama, Education Snooki…