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Education Groups Launch Campaign to Provide Arts Education for All Students

Every student has the right to a dynamic, creative education, and California Education Code requires it. Yet 88 percent of California schools are failing to meet this standard. That's why California State PTA joined forces with Create CA to launch one of the most impactful public will campaigns for the arts in recent history to demand arts education for all students. See the campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to spark a movement with the public, parents, educators, artists and policy makers to demand a comprehensive, sequential arts curriculum for all children in grades K-12...

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Controller: State Revenue Outpacing Expectations for Fiscal Year

On October 11, California State Controller Betty T. Yee reported the state received $12.10 billion in revenue in September, exceeding projections in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget by 5.1 percent, or $582.4 million.

This month, all of the “big three” revenue sources - personal income tax (PIT), corporation tax, and sales tax - came in higher than assumed in the enacted budget...

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California's History-Social Science Framework Wins American Historical Association Prize

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on October 17 that the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California History-Social Science Project (University of California, Davis) have won the American Historical Association's Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for distinguished K–12 history teaching. The two organizations collaborated to create the groundbreaking History­-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, which was approved by the State Board of Education in 2016 and published last year...

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States Should Equip Principals to Lead the Youngest Learners in their Schools

Each day, thousands of elementary school principals work tirelessly to ensure that our elementary schools are nurturing and educational places for teachers and students. Increasingly those students are as young as three years old. Yet a 2015 survey found that even though a majority of elementary principals are now responsible for pre-K classrooms, only about 20 percent of those principals feel well-versed in early childhood education...

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NSBA Launches Initiative to Help Schools Mitigate Cyber-threats

In July, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) launched a Cyber Secure Schools initiative, a key source of information, tools, and resources, to help districts and schools enhance the security of their networks and data systems, and reduce cyber-vulnerabilities.

“Technology continues to change rapidly and with those changes comes emerging and significant cyber-threats,” said Thomas J...

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ACSA Launches Fatal School Violence Toolkit, with Checklist of Things To Do Before, During and After an Incident

The first priority of educators nationwide is to provide a healthy and safe school environment for all students and staff. ACSA has taken a proactive role in school safety with the creation of the Fatal School Violence Toolkit.

“We believe there is a need to have serious discussions about school safety,” said ACSA President Holly Edds. “With regard to school violence and threats, we are facing new challenges every day, and we’ve built this toolkit to include resources designed to save lives.”...

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