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NAACP Opposes Legislation to Arm Teachers at School

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) -- the nation’s leading civil rights organization -- issued the following statement on March 8 regarding the arming of Florida teachers with guns. Johnson said:

“The Florida Legislature voted yesterday to allow teachers to carry weapons in schools. The NAACP finds the very idea of arming teachers as a solution to gun violence utterly absurd and misguided...

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Controversial Spending Plan by Fresno Unified Sparks Coalition Report

The ACLU Foundations of California, in partnership with Fresno Building Healthy Communities, released a report on March 26 detailing the Fresno Unified School District’s alleged attempt to improperly use state funding designated for high need students. It also provides a review of the responsibilities of California school districts when creating their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

The report, titled “Is Funding for High-Need Students Actually Reaching Those Students? A Review of Fresno Unified’s Local Control Accountability Plan,” ...

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Researcher Makes a Case for Bringing Mobile Devices into the Classroom, Rather than Banning Them

What happens when a high school teacher decides to welcome cell phones into the classroom instead of banning them?

That was part of a yearlong experiment that Antero Garcia, now an assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education(GSE), undertook several years ago while he was teaching ninth-grade English at South Central High School in Los Angeles.

Seeing how much his students relied on their smartphones to connect with each other...

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Education Reform, Teacher Tenure, Free Tuition: Where Candidates for California Governor Stand

Four of the leading California gubernatorial candidates - Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, Republican business John Cox, and Democrats former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - debated in San Diego on March 25 at a forum co-hosted by The San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T) and ABC 10 News.

The U-T has transcribed their responses. Here is what the candidates said about education when asked to answer in 45 seconds...

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Attorney General Becerra Issues Guidance to K-12 Schools on Privacy Rights of All Students, Documented or Undocumented

On March 30, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued new guidance to help California’s public K-12 schools and other local educational agencies develop policies to protect the rights of undocumented students and their families. The guide is designed to help schools better understand protections that safeguard the privacy of undocumented students and their families, and to serve as a model for local school districts...

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CDE Reminds Schools to Update School Safety Plans

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on March 2 that the California Department of Education is taking a new step to help ensure student safety by auditing comprehensive school safety plans that are required of all schools by Education Code 32280-32288. The state compliance audit requirement will begin in the 2018-2019 school year.

Local school districts must approve safety plans for all schools in its district by March 1 of each year...

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