By John Fensterwald Four states have encountered serious glitches and system meltdowns over the past several weeks as they have moved their own state assessments online. But the head of the state-led consortium creating the Common Core tests for California and two dozen other states expressed confidence Wednesday that his organization is working closely with [...]
By John Fensterwald Gov. Jerry Brown emphatically vowed Wednesday “to fight with everything I have and whatever we have to bring to bear” for passage this year of his school finance reform, as proposed. Back from a trip to China and re-engaged on a priority issue, Brown spoke at a news conference a day after [...]
This one’s from EdSource, a very reliable non-profit education news outlet. EdSource: Proposition 30 | Proposition 38 Comparisons This one’s from the California Budget Project, also a very reliable non-profit state budget watchdog outlet that has excellent information on education. California Budget Project: How Do Propositions 30 & 38 Compare?
Step 1: Get informed. We’re on the verge of either saving our public schools from an annual cycle of disinvestment caused by budget cuts ($20 billion in the past 5 years) — or setting off harmful triggers if the November 2012 ballot initiatives to fund K-12 (or K-14) don’t pass. Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 [...]
These are reproduced from pdfs found on the California Secretary of State’s website and are the official titles and summaries of Propositions 30 and 38. Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. CA Proposition 30: TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION. GUARANTEED LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING. INITIATIVE CO… [...]
California Budget Project‘s Senior Policy Analyst and specialist in education issues, Jonathan Kaplan, recently released Budget Briefs analyzing the potential impact of two ballot initiatives in California that propose to fund K-12 education. This November, voters will decide if they want to vote for one, both, or none, and in order to do so, they’ll [...]
I just spoke with two impassioned and well-informed high school student leaders and a community coordinator at Californians for Justice about an emergency action to support public schools that they’re conducting in the next 18 hours, ending Friday, June 15, 2012. You can listen to the podcast here: Listen to internet radio with MOMocrats on [...]
Coming up on June 5, 2012: California’s first open primary election in which anyone can vote for any candidate for state legislative offices, so long as you live in the district. Among other things, you’ll be choosing new State Senators in odd-numbered districts, and new Assembly members in all districts this year. Wondered who’s up [...]
A comparison of 3 ballot initiatives to fund education in CA: Molly Munger’s Our Children, Our Future; Governor Brown’s Schools and Public Safety Act; and the Courage Campaign’s Millionaire’s Tax, all of which are seeking signatures to become ballot initiatives offered to the public for votes in November, 2012. Which one? Hard to say — the three entities should swallow their egos and combine the strengths of each into one so voters don’t have to thread the needle.
This is the high quality K-12 curriculum reform we’ve been waiting for that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking for 21st century learning. It’s what we need to keep California a leader in the worlds of art, science, technology and culture. Please join over 18 parent, educator, and community grassroots groups to urge Governor Brown to sign AB250 into law!