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Gun Free School Zones Legislation Approved by State Assembly

On May 22, the California State Assembly today approved AB 424 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento), which will update California’s Gun Free School Zones law to make schools truly gun free. The measure was approved on a vote of 48-28.

While civilian possession of a gun on a school campus is prohibited, a school district can currently authorize an armed civilian with a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit to enter a school campus. A number of California school districts have begun to issue these authorizations...

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Educators Alarmed by Proposed Federal Education Budget Cuts

On July 12, the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee took the first step towards funding the federal department of education by publicly releasing its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen GarcĂ­a issued the following statement.

“The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. notably stated that budgets are not just financial documents; they are moral documents. He went on to say that, a nation that spends more on its military than on social programs is approaching spiritual death...

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SBE Approves “English Learner Roadmap” to Help More than 1.4 Million California Students

On July 12, the State Board of Education approved an “English Learner Roadmap” to help California’s more than 1,000 local school districts welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are learning English.

California has about 1.4 million students – one of every four public school students statewide – classified as English Learners. The Roadmap is the first new language policy adopted in nearly 20 years, removes outdated barriers to bilingual and multilingual instruction...

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Gorsuch Faces Telling Moment as 15-Year-Old Student Compares Trump’s Ban to Korematsu Case

During an awards ceremony on July 17 at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in San Francisco, new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch heard a 15-year-old student winner of a civics contest compare President Trump’s travel ban to what is widely regarded as a shameful moment in American legal history when Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps.

The student, Olivia Tafs, traveled from Anchorage, Alaska, to receive an award as part of the four-day Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference being held in San Francisco. Olivia wrote an essay...

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‘Principal Pipelines’ to Develop School Leaders May Be Affordable Way to Improve Schools

Improving school leadership by better selecting, training and evaluating principals can be an affordable option for school districts that aim to reduce turnover and improve schools, according to a new report by RAND Corporation.

The first-of-its kind study examined how six large urban school districts are investing in their leaders through a concept called "principal pipelines." The idea is to help school districts develop a better preparation, hiring, evaluation and support system for principals to ensure they are effective...

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Study Examines Broadband Access in PreK-12 Schools

In schools across the United States, IT departments are routinely tasked with supporting teachers as they move toward more technology-centric instructional environments. It may seem obvious that this can only be done with a foundation of robust broadband infrastructure. In practice, however, schools don’t always know the state of their infrastructure, or how to best improve it. The challenges that school administrators face when budgeting for and deploying technology vary widely, as do their approaches to supporting its use within their schools...

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