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Education must-reads: From the state’s data system holding students back to a one-day strike in Sacramento, 9 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)

Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 4, 2019

Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.

Lack of effective state education data system holds students back

When Gov. Gavin Newsom recently proposed building a statewide data system to track students from pre-K through college and into the labor market, the empirical researcher in me said: “Finally.”

Not because the new system, once established, will link between data sets that I can analyze — though that’s a welcome development for scholars everywhere — but because it’s an asset that California students can no longer do without.

A state data system, done right, is one of the most important investments California can make in helping more students finish college. By Michal Kurlaender, EdSource

Teachers union at Sacramento City Unified announces one-day strike for April 11, Sacramento Bee

California schools find success building student confidence and campus culture, EdSource

Top USC officials stepping down as university tries to set new course, Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Severity of homelessness among CSU students is real, Mercury News

Federal study finds charter middle schools didn’t help students earn college degrees, Chalkbeat

Analysis: New DQC Review Shows Most State School Report Cards Getting Easier to Access — but Too Few Go Far Enough in Giving Parents the Full Picture, The 74

Hitting ESSA’s Elusive Targets on School Accountability, Education Week

Progressives Threaten to Destroy School Reform, Wall Street Journal

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Newsom names two to state’s education board: former superintendent and early ed advocate

Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated a former superintendent of Sanger Unified and an early childhood advocate to two positions on the State Board of Education.

Matt Navo and Kim Pattillo-Brownson will join Newsom’s earlier appointee, Stanford University emeritus professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who was elected board president at her first meeting last month. That leaves Newsom one more vacancy to fill on the 11-member state board.

Navo, 48, is currently director of systems transformation at the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention for WestEd, a San Francisco-based education research and training nonprofit. Before that, he was superintendent of Sanger Unified, a 12,000-student, low-income district in the Central Valley recognized and studied for gains in student achievement. Before becoming superintendent, he worked as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, middle, high school and alternative education principal, and directed Sanger’s special education services. He then became assistant superintendent and later, superintendent. By John Fensterwald and Zaidee Stavely, EdSource

As Voters Consider School Parcel Tax, LACOE Threatens Takeover…Again, Speak UP

How much of USC’s sweeping sexual abuse investigation will stay secret?, Los Angeles Times

California kids are falling behind in education and more. What is the state doing to help?, KQED

Letter: California needs smart changes to fix students real needs, Mercury News

Study: lead in school water still a problem nationwide, K-12 Daily

With no paid parental leave, many teachers return to class before they’re ready, Education Week

Redefining the ‘American Dream’ for the Age of Automation: Are We Setting Kids Up to Fail By Selling an Outdated Vision of Success — and Ignoring What Research Says About Happiness?, The 74

Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary Julia Keleher Is Stepping Down, Politics K-12

Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing, Hechinger Report


Election results fuel war on charter schools

Elections have consequences, and while some are unintended, one major impact of last year’s California elections is very much intended.

Organizations and wealthy individuals favoring education reforms and charter schools went head-to-head with the California Teachers Association and other elements of the education establishment.

It was a wipeout. The CTA, et al, swept the table, including the elections of Gavin Newsom as governor and Tony Thurmond as state superintendent of schools, and stronger Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature.

And now there are consequences – a frontal assault on charter schools, which the CTA and other unions see as rivals for students and the funds that come with their enrollments.

Newsom has already signed one bill, requiring more transparency in charter school operations, and several others with potentially erosive effects on the charter school movement are moving quickly. By Dan Walters, CALmatters

With business groups allied against it, L.A. parcel tax faces big hurdle, EdSource

LA leaders approve Notre Dame High School project, paving way for multiyear renovation at Sherman Oaks school, Los Angeles Daily News

California bills aim to counter college admissions scandal, Education Week

Another push to expand use of SAT in California amid criticism of test, EdSource

California’s public schools enrollment down, Hispanic and charter school students on the rise, Mercury News

Free College. Debt-Free College. Higher Ed Affordability. Whatever You Call It, It’s the First Big Education Issue of the 2020 Campaign, The 74

Education Advocates to SCOTUS: Leave Citizenship Out of Census, Politics K-12

50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong, New York Times

Higher salaries for ‘breaking bad’ in the classroom, Hechinger Report

Expanding Our View of What Public Education Means, RealClear Education


California’s broken charter school law has defied reform. Can Newsom break the gridlock?

California is home to about one out of every five charter schools in the United States, but state oversight of them is far from a national model.

Since the Charter Schools Act of 1992 was passed more than a quarter-century ago, a political standoff in Sacramento has made it almost impossible to repair even the parts of the charter law that no one disputes are broken.

Even though Democrats have a firm grip on the Legislature, they are not united on charter schools. Torn between allegiances to pro-charter philanthropists and the powerful teachers union, lawmakers have for years begun each legislative session by introducing a handful of bills favorable to one side or the other. Many have died in committee. Those that have made it to a governor’s desk often have often been vetoed.

With the arrival of Gov. Gavin Newsom, there are signs that the gridlock is ending. By Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times

Small districts reap big profits by approving charter schools with little oversight, Los Angeles Times

California’s K-12 enrollment drops again, charter schools see increase, EdSource

Your Sweet 16 — If the NCAA Celebrated Social Mobility: Here Are the Colleges That Do the Best Job in Lifting Low-Income Students Up the Economic Ladder, The 74

For first time, L.A. schools have free SAT day for all juniors, Los Angeles Times

What happens when you put a classroom on wheels and park it in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco?, The California Sunday Magazine

Inside the South L.A. High School That’s Giving the Doctors of Tomorrow a Head Start, Los Angeles Magazine

New charter school’s possible campus-sharing with Carson elementary school causes rising tension between LAUSD, charter opponents, Daily Breeze

LAUSD Teacher: Combine More Funding With Reform To Realize Education Gains Teachers Fought For And Kids Deserve, Speak UP

Eagle Rock Elementary Faces Budget Cut, Boulevard Sentinel

The biggest school reform movement in the past decade is taking some hits, Governing

Bill would strengthen vaccination laws, checking up on doctors who write exemptions, Los Angeles Times



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