5 things to know about California’s final ESSA plan following a year of discussion & debate surrounding the Golden State’s schools
*UPDATE: California’s ESSA plan was approved on July 12, the day after it was submitted. After nearly a year of discussion and three rounds of revisions, California’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved its final version of its state accountability plan known as ESSA, to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Here are...
By Mario Koran | July 11, 2018
LAUSD board won’t back a parcel tax this year
At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the LA Unified school board, Mónica García was elected to another term as president and a proposed parcel tax that would have generated $500 million a year for the cash-strapped district failed to garner enough support to make the November ballot. After a lengthy discussion — during which some board...
By Mario Koran | July 10, 2018
With all eyes on Janus, a similar case in California meets quiet defeat — for now
*Updated June 14 While the nation is anxiously watching for a decision on Janus v. AFSCME, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could determine whether government unions can continue to charge non-members a fee for representing them, a federal appeals court in California tossed out a case Monday that could have had even...
By Mario Koran | June 11, 2018
With education sidelined in a Newsom-Cox governor’s race, focus on California’s schools shifts to battle for state superintendent
With the school reform-minded candidate knocked out of the race for California governor, and two remaining candidates on separate sides of the aisle, hot-button issues like immigration are likely to overshadow education in the months leading up to November’s general election. Now, the focus and energy around education will likely shift to the nonpartisan race...
By Mario Koran | June 8, 2018
California’s surprising primary: 6 ways this year’s races for governor & superintendent resurfaced a north-south divide in education politics
June 6 update: Gavin Newsom and John Cox will advance to a blue-red contest in November’s general election for governor; Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond finish one and two for state superintendent. Read more about the results, the demographics, and the reactions in this Wednesday morning dispatch. In a state as sprawling and diverse as California, most political...
By Mario Koran | June 4, 2018