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Four Democratic Legislators Endorse Tuck for State Superintendent

State Senators Scott Wiener and Steve Glazer, along with State Assemblymembers Blanca Rubio and Marc Berman announced on Nov. 17 that they are endorsing Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This follows an announcement earlier in the month that renowned education advocate State Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber is also supporting Tuck’s campaign.

In emails to supporters, these legislators expressed a desire to partner with Marshall...

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LAO Forecasts “Substantial Funding” for Schools, CCs in 2018-19

On Nov. 15, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released an optimistic forecast for education funding in the state for the 2018-19 budget cycle.

According to the report:

Substantial Funding Available for Schools and Community Colleges in Coming Budget Cycle.Each year, the state calculates a “minimum guarantee” for school and community college funding based upon a set of formulas established by Proposition 98 (1988)...

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Heated Political Rhetoric Spills Over into Classroom

Amid the first months of a Trump administration characterized by highly charged and divisive political rhetoric, a new national survey of public high school teachers finds heightened levels of student stress and anxiety and concerns for their own well-being or that of their family members, according to a new study published by the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. Teachers in the survey also report a rise in polarization and incivility in classrooms...

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Poll Finds Californians Concerned about Cost of College, Student Housing

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Nov. 27 that more than 800,000 California students are now eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals from the state school lunch program through a more streamlined and automated state-level Direct Certification process.

Local education agencies (LEAs) can now use Medi-Cal data included on the CALPADS direct certification reports to certify eligible students...

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Solar Capacity at Schools Has Nearly Doubled Nationwide in Three Years

With installation costs plummeting, American schools are switching to solar energy at a rapid pace, reducing their electricity bills and freeing up resources to invest in education. There are now 5,489 K-12 schools in the United States that use solar energy, nearly double the total solar capacity that was installed at schools in 2014, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation, Generation 180, and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)...

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State Rules Announced to Protect Students from Pesticide Exposure

On Nov. 13, Tom Torlakson praised the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for adopting new rules to further protect students and communities from pesticide exposure. These rules will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018 and regulate agricultural pesticide use near schools and licensed childcare facilities.

“Children, teachers, school staff, parents, and school communities need safe healthy school environments to learn and succeed,” said Torlakson...

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