Friday, September 10, 2010

Emergency Funding Bills Signed into Law - Year 2010 (CA Dept of Education)

Emergency Funding Bills Signed into Law - Year 2010 (CA Dept of Education)

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Thanks Governor, Lt. Governor For Signing Emergency Education Funding Bills Into Law

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today thanked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado, who is acting governor while Schwarzenegger is in Asia, for signing into law Senate Bill (SB) 847 and Assembly Bill (AB) 185. The two bills authorize the state to distribute federal education funds and take effect immediately.

"I applaud Governor Schwarzenegger and Lt. Governor Maldonado for getting the job done on behalf students, teachers, and schools that have been battered by years of budget cuts," said O'Connell. "The signing of these two bills into law could not have come at a better time, just as millions of students go back to school. These funds will save and protect thousands of important jobs in California schools and provide the dual benefit of stimulating our economy, and helping students reach their full potential."

California's Constitution requires that without a state budget, any appropriation bill, like SB 847 and AB 185, may not be sent to the governor's desk unless the governor requests them by a formal letter. Governor Schwarzenegger made the request yesterday to send SB 847 and AB 185 to him, because they constituted emergencies.

SB 847 was coauthored by state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), and Assembly member Tom Torlakson (D-Contra Costa). The measure provides the California Department of Education (CDE) with the authority to allocate $1.2 billion from the federal Education Jobs Fund to school districts. SB 847 is estimated to save 16,500 education jobs in California. These funds will be distributed based on the state's revenue limit formulas.

AB 185, authored by Assembly member Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), provides the CDE with the authority to distribute nearly $904 million from two federal programs:

  • $416 million is provided for districts that have schools participating in the School Improvement Grant program. The participating schools must implement one of four specified school intervention models to turn around the achievement of their students.
  • $488 million is for Phase II of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund program designed to stabilize local school budgets. About $271 million will be distributed to K–12 schools, with the remaining funds going to institutions for higher education. The K–12 funds will be distributed based on cuts to district revenue limit (general purpose) funding.

For information on the School Improvement Grant, please visit School Improvement Grant (SIG) - Improving Academic Achievement. For information on the federal Education Jobs Fund, please visit Federal Education Jobs Bill Signed Into Law - Year 2010.

Texas Insider � Sen. Shapiro, Rep. Eissler Agree: Doggett Amendment Responsible for Texas’ Education Funds Cut

Texas Insider � Sen. Shapiro, Rep. Eissler Agree: Doggett Amendment Responsible for Texas’ Education Funds Cut

Sen. Shapiro, Rep. Eissler Agree: Doggett Amendment Responsible for Texas’ Education Funds Cut

Doggett Amendment Led to DOE Rejection of Education Funds for Texas

Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The Education Committee chairs of both the Texas House & Senate feel strongly that no one should be fooled by the rhetoric coming from Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin). The Obama Administration’s U.S. Department of Education has rejected Texas’ application for EduJobs funds made available to the states for their public schools.

A provision added by Congressman Lloyd Doggett created additional hurdles for

KAPLAN FILES COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF RULEMAKING The Washington Post Company - Investor Relations - Releases

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KAPLAN FILES COMMENTS IN RESPONSE TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOTICE OF RULEMAKING

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WASHINGTON, Sep 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced that the Kaplan Higher Education division of Kaplan, Inc., yesterday filed comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Education on its proposed "gainful employment" regulations affecting for-profit colleges.

This document may be viewed on The Washington Post Company's website, www.washpostco.com.

SOURCE: The Washington Post Company

The Washington Post Company
Anika Harden, 202-334-6632
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QUICK Hits � The Quick and the Ed

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Whitman's Education Plan is Bad for CA - California Teachers Association

Whitman's Education Plan is Bad for CA - California Teachers Association


The Educated Reporter: Journalism: dying field, endangered course?

The Educated Reporter: Journalism: dying field, endangered course?

Journalism: dying field, endangered course?

Corey Jones of the Topeka Capital-Journal reports on Kansas eliminating funds for high school journalism class because it’s not a growth field. The funding has been provided through vocational streams, which is why it is at risk. But why isn’t it funded as an English class? As a profession, journalism cannot be any more endangered

The Answer Sheet - Why we can't afford small classes anymore: One view

The Answer Sheet - Why we can't afford small classes anymore: One view

Why we can't afford small classes anymore: One view

My guest is Justin Snider, who teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University and writes for The Hechinger Report, the nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet affiliated with Teachers College, Columbia University. By Justin Snider Economic downturns aren’t all bad news. One upshot is that they force people to reexamine their expenditures. When money’s tight, most of us start to scrutinize where every cent is going. We reprioritize. Spending $25 for a night out at the movies, when we stop to think about it, doesn’t really make much sense – especially when we could wait a few months and own the movie on DVD for half the price. Four-dollar lattes each morning suddenly seem absurd. Recessions and depressions help us see, and correct, our wayward ways. We trim the fat, after having insisted for years there wasn’t any fat to trim. But when the economy is flying high, nothing looks fatty – though

US Chamber Urges Education Dept To Withdraw Proposed Debt Rule

US Chamber Urges Education Dept To Withdraw Proposed Debt Rule

US Chamber Urges Education Dept To Withdraw Proposed Debt Rule



By Darrell A. Hughes, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the Education Department to withdraw a proposed policy that could strip some for-profit colleges of federal funds.

The issue stems from Education Department findings that suggest students are paying back loans at surprisingly low rates. In an attempt to reduce the number of students who are found to have heavy debt burdens, the department proposed a rule that would measure how well for-profit schools train students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

Schools could "pass" based on student loan repayment rates, or by maintaining a debt-to-income ratio below a certain percent.

The comment period for the proposed rule expired on Thursday, which has prompted the chamber to reiterate its concerns as the Education Department gears to review submitted comments.



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A Numbers Game for High School Counselors - US News and World Report

A Numbers Game for High School Counselors - US News and World Report

Central Office: Philly Board Makes Itself Look Bad - District 299: Chicago Public Schools Blog

Central Office: Philly Board Makes Itself Look Bad - District 299: Chicago Public Schools Blog

Central Office: Philly Board Makes Itself Look Bad

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The school board in Philadelphia recently approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on fancy new

Education Research Report: NCEE Releases Final Report on Two Adolescent Literacy Programs

Education Research Report: NCEE Releases Final Report on Two Adolescent Literacy Programs

NCEE Releases Final Report on Two Adolescent Literacy Programs

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There is substantial interest in helping the more than 70 percent of students who arrive in high school with reading skills that are below “proficient” on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The Enhanced Reading Opportunities (ERO) demonstration evaluated two supplemental literacy programs – Reading Apprenticeship Academic Literacy (RAAL) and Xtreme Reading (XR) – targeted to ninth grade students whose reading skills were at least two years below grade level.

Over two years, about 6,000 eligible students in 34 high schools from 10 districts were randomly assigned to enroll in the year-long ERO class or remain in a regularly scheduled elective class (non-ERO group). At the end

ASCD Inservice: @-ing the 100@30

ASCD Inservice: @-ing the 100@30

@-ing the 100@30

Tech & Learning magazine recently compiled their list of the 100 most influential ed tech people, breaking the list down into three parts: the most important ed tech peeps from the past and present and those shaping the future.

The latest installment, the list of future influencers, is out, and we'd like to make an addendum to the list—where to follow these pioneers on Twitter:

Ntiedo "Nt" Etuk: http://twitter.com/DimensionUGames

Keith R. Bujak: http://twitter.com/keifer5448

Andy Crozier: http://twitter.com/acrozier22

Blue Ribbon Schools Named - Year 2010 (CA Dept of Education)

Blue Ribbon Schools Named - Year 2010 (CA Dept of Education)

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Applauds
California Schools Receiving National Honor

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell applauded the achievement of 21 California public schools named this morning by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The schools were among 304 schools nationwide to receive the prestigious award during the announcement this morning in Washington D.C.

"I congratulate these outstanding schools and celebrate this accomplishment made possible by hard work, commitment, and a determination to provide a rigorous education that is helping their students reach their full potential," O'Connell said. "I hope other schools will be able to follow their lead and turn struggle into success."

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program (BRSP) recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are both academically superior and have demonstrated dramatic gains in student achievement while serving an economically disadvantaged population of students. Schools so recognized are national models of excellence that other schools may emulate. All of the 2010 recipients were either previous California Distinguished Schools or Title I Academic Achieving Award schools.

The list of schools is attached.

Each of California's 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools serves a large population of disadvantaged students—ranging from 48 percent of the school's enrollment to 100 percent—and all have a history of dramatically improved achievement in English-language arts and in mathematics. On average, these 2010 Blue Ribbon schools increased the percentage of students scoring at the "proficient" and the "advanced" levels by 49 percent on statewide tests.

The 2010 schools were initially nominated last fall on the basis of their achievement history for 2005 to 2009, but in order for final Blue Ribbon certification, the schools had to make all of their 2010 Academic Performance Index state targets and all Adequate Yearly Progress federal accountability targets. The 2010 data are preliminary until the final results are released to the public on September 13.

California's 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored on November 15-16 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Two people from each school, the principal and a teacher, are invited to participate. Each school will receive a plaque and a flag to signify its Blue Ribbon School status.

A priority for selection is made for socioeconomically disadvantaged schools that have either shown dramatic improvement in student achievement from 2005 to 2009 or schools that have maintained a superior level of achievement from 2004 to 2008. The U.S. Department of Education designates a public school as "disadvantaged" if 40 percent or more of the students either: (a) participate in the National School Lunch Program; (b) have parents who did not earn a high school diploma; (c) receive Migrant Education services; or (d) are classified as English learners.

In addition to the 21 California public schools, four California private schools were designated as 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are named in the attachment below.

The U.S. Secretary of Education has recognized more than 6,000 outstanding schools in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program over the past 28 years. To obtain further information on the program and review a list of 2010 winners nationwide, please visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site at:Awards - Blue Ribbon Schools Program (Outside Source).

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California's 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools (Public)

County

District

School

Alameda

Oakland Unified

Lincoln Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Jefferson Elementary

Fresno

Sanger Unified

Centerville Elementary

Los Angeles

Hawthorne

Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

Los Angeles

Inglewood Unified

Highland Elementary

Los Angeles

Little Lake City Elementary

William W. Orr Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Synergy Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

South Shores/CSUDH Visual & Perform

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Superior Street Elementary

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Richard Henry Dana Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Sunnyside Elementary

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

Carl Harvey Elementary

Riverside

Lake Elsinore Unified

Withrow Elementary

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

Aspire- Capitol Heights Academy

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

Camellia Elementary

San Bernardino

Apple Valley Unified

Sycamore Rocks Elementary

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Otay Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Kearny Digital Media & Design

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Preuss School UCSD

Santa Clara

Alum Rock Union Elementary

KIPP Heartwood Academy

Sonoma

Two Rock Union

Two Rock Elementary

California's 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools (Private)

County

City

School

Orange

San Juan Capistrano

Capistrano Valley Christian

Los Angeles

Rancho Palos Verdes

St. John Fisher School

San Mateo

Hillsborough

The Nueva School

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am

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Race to Top: In Defense of New Jersey - State EdWatch - Education Week

Race to Top: In Defense of New Jersey - State EdWatch - Education Week

Race to Top: In Defense of New Jersey

New Jersey state officials, and Gov. Chris Christie's administration in particular, have taken a beating over the state's failed Race to the Top application, and a crucial error that may have cost them $400 million.

Now an official from a schools organization offers a spirted defense of the state's actions, arguing that the Obama administration had good reason to cut the state some slack.

David Griffith, the public policy director at ASCD—formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development—says in an online essay that federal officials could easily have allowed New Jersey officials to

NCLB Foe Releases Slew of Bills - Politics K-12 - Education Week

NCLB Foe Releases Slew of Bills - Politics K-12 - Education Week

NCLB Foe Releases Slew of Bills

Congress may not be making adequately yearly progress towards the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but that doesn't mean it's not on the minds of lawmakers who are locked in tight races for re-election.

Case in point? Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., who has long been a critic of the current version of the law, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. He introduced a whopping three ESEA-related bills over a two-day period. Feingold is fending off a tough re-election challenge from three GOP opponents, including plastics manufacturer Ron Johnson. (This poll has Feingold just 1 point ahead of Johnson.) So he may see this as a good time to remind people of his independence on ideas like education.

One of the bills seeks to give parents and community members a bigger role in determining how their schools

This Week In Education: Economics: Heckman Questions Harlem Children's Zone

This Week In Education: Economics: Heckman Questions Harlem Children's Zone

Economics: Heckman Questions Harlem Children's Zone

127990813296Highly regarded economist James Heckman (you read about him in Paul Tough's book, among other places), recently questioned the research behind the Harlem Children's Zone, which he says has "gripped the administration" even though it


Accountability: "Waistline" Vs. Actual Waistline [image: ScreenHunter_62 Sep. 10 00.36] If we needed any more evidence that people trust numbers too much -- or that numbers are infinitely manipulable, check out this little story from Esquire about the differences between the listed waist sizes of ...

Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Dropouts, Tune In

Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Dropouts, Tune In

Dropouts, Tune In

Two new reports from Jobs for the Future plus a cool interactive web feature are all worth your time. One looks at six elements of dropout prevention (pdf). Includes a lot of great stuff, but I would have liked to see more on state early-warning system that actually start really early. States are still missing big opportunities to put all their data (and not just education data) to high-leverage use, and not just at the high school level. Also, as new

Teach for America is one of many reforms we need | THE EDUCATION FRONT Blog | dallasnews.com

Teach for America is one of many reforms we need | THE EDUCATION FRONT Blog | dallasnews.com

Teach for America is one of many reforms we need

Morning News readers will recall that we ran this story about Teach for America on Sunday. Today, we ran this editorial.

Readers of this blog also may know that I favor Teach for America.
It's not a cure-all, so don't think I'm suggesting it as a replacement for all teachers. But TFA is one of many

Details of D.C. Performance-Pay System Unveiled - Teacher Beat - Education Week

Details of D.C. Performance-Pay System Unveiled - Teacher Beat - Education Week

Details of D.C. Performance-Pay System Unveiled

Leaders in the District of Columbia today announced details of the performance-based-pay program enshrined in its recently inked contract. Under the system, deemed "IMPACTplus,"—a reference to the IMPACT teacher-evaluation system upon which the pay decisions will be made—teachers deemed "highly effective" stand to earn annual bonuses of up to $25,000.

In addition to these one-off bonuses, teachers will have the opportunity to qualify for permanent base-pay raises as well.

But given the district's hotly charged political environment, payouts under the new program could already be in

NEA New Mexico Political Ad Omits Small Detail | Intercepts

NEA New Mexico Political Ad Omits Small Detail | Intercepts

NEA New Mexico Political Ad Omits Small Detail

NEA New Mexico is running a television ad supporting Democrat Diane Denish for governor. The ad features Las Cruces special education teacher Freda Trujillo and claims Republican candidate Susana Martinez would cut public education funding (the original ad is apparently unavailable on the Internet). What’s so unusual about that? Nothing, except the union failed to determine if using Trujillo in the

New Latino Voter Poll Finds Strong Support for Candidates Who Back Preschool | California Progress Report

New Latino Voter Poll Finds Strong Support for Candidates Who Back Preschool | California Progress Report

Rush Limbaugh’s “Just Say No” Strategy Succeeds

By Randy Shaw

Remember when, amidst all the excitement over Barack Obama’s inauguration, Rush Limbaugh announced that he hoped Obama would fail? Limbaugh argued that the Republicans’ best strategy for revival was to “just say no” to everything proposed by Obama, regardless of the negative impacts on the nation. Limbaugh was attacked for his negativism at the time, but less than two months before the midterm elections his strategy has played out perfectly. Republican obstructionism has left many voters disenchanted with Democrats failure to achieve “change,” sufficiently depleting enthusiasm to potentially create the low-turnout midterm election upon which Republican success now depends. A President willing to paint Republicans as obstructionists from the start could have defeated Limbaugh’s strategy, but President Obama chose a different course.

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New Latino Voter Poll Finds Strong Support for Candidates Who Back Preschool

By Catherine Atkin

Each week, we hear new reports about candidates’ efforts to reach out to the Latino community, which accounts for 1 in 5 registered voters, and their messages about creating jobs, fixing our schools and building a brighter future for California.

Left out of these proposals, however, is an important first step in education reform – providing access to high-quality early learning programs that help lay the foundation for our children to start school ready to learn and succeed. This is a critical issue for Latino children, who account for more than half of all children under age 5, and who by 2025, will make up almost half of the new labor force in California.

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Eliminating Tax Breaks Will Result in Budget Surplus

By Willie Pelote
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

A recent article entitled “Eliminating Tax Breaks Could Cut Deficit” puts the lie to the claim that public pensions are the source of the state’s budget woes.

According to the article, Sacramento could produce a budget surplus simply by closing loopholes in California’s tax code, which replicates many federal tax breaks and creates an additional 36 loopholes of its own.

Among the many wasteful tax expenditures and incentives that should be done away with are the state’s failed enterprise zone program, which costs taxpayers $500 million a year, and $3 billion worth of tax breaks granted to multinational corporations in 2009 as a condition of passing the state budget.

These are the same recommendations that the American Federation of State County&Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have been calling for since 2009.

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UC Study: Prop 23 Kills Jobs, Hurts Cities, Causes Legal Chaos

By Steven Maviglio
California Majority Report

Hot off the press this morning is an independent analysis of California's Proposition 23 that says the initiative would create legal uncertainty, reduce California state revenue, and jeopardize new and existing clean energy jobs. The white paper, released today byBerkeley Law's Center for Law, Energy&the Environment, reports Prop. 23 would also slow California's efforts to reduce climate change and could have a domino effect on other states. Here's the press release.

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Eduflack: Teacher Incentives and Australia-Bound Felons

Eduflack: Teacher Incentives and Australia-Bound Felons

Teacher Incentives and Australia-Bound Felons

Can 18th century British boat captains teach us anything about the effectiveness of teacher incentives?

Early this morning, NPR featured an economist talking about English maritime history an economist talking about English maritime history. As many know, at one point Australia served as a prison colony for Great Britain. The British would send their criminals on a lovely sea voyage, eventually dumping their troublemakers on what was seen as the other side of the world.

The trouble was, by the time the trip from England to Australia was completed, nearly one third of the prisoners

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