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Legislature Approves Teacher Housing Bill, Which Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

Assembly Bill 45, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), is headed for the Governor’s desk. The bill provides financial assistance to school districts seeking to develop rental housing for school employees. AB 45 was approved by the California Senate on September 13 on a 27-12 vote, and was approved by the California Assembly on September 14 on a 56-23 vote.

“Providing housing for school employees is a big need in our state,” said Thurmond.”...

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Controller Reports State’s Three Major Taxes Running Higher Than Budget Projections

State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on September 12 that the state brought in $8.90 billion in August, exceeding projections in the state budget by $343.7 million, or 4.0 percent.

After July revenues exceeded expectations, the positive August numbers put total fiscal year-to-date revenues at $14.99 billion, $532.5 million higher than projections in the state budget enacted in June. Revenues for the first two months of the fiscal year were $1.01 billion higher than they were one year ago...

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Collaboration Offers Path to Keeping Low-Income Students and Students of Color in STEM Classes

Nationally, only about 40 percent of students who enter college intending to major in STEM end up graduating with a STEM degree. Students of color, those from low-income backgrounds, and those who are first-generation college students complete degrees at even lower rates, despite their increasing representation in higher education.

To target these challenges, a project at California State University had campuses redesign introductory math and science courses...

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California Attorney General Becerra Files DACA Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

On September 11, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by the attorneys general for Minnesota, Maryland and Maine, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA). The four States filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California arguing that the Trump Administration violated the Constitution and federal laws when it rescinded DACA...

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Training Teachers to Implement a New Program? Go Slow, Study Finds

Considering the pace at which some districts scale up programs that have had at least some small success, new research has some big implications for what approaches teachers should use when implementing a new program.

In a study led by David M. Quinn, an assistant professor of education at USC Rossier, researchers found that as schools embrace programs that are scaling up, they’d do well to go by the book before tweaking it – at least at first...

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School and County Boards Encouraged to Submit Requests for Free Water Supply Lead Sampling

The State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Education are partnering on a new program that provides schools with free testing of their on-campus drinking water. The initiative comes as lead-contaminated water receives increasing attention as a serious public health concern and as the Legislature considers bills that would make lead testing mandatory for all California schools. Additionally, $9.5 million in grant funding is currently available for lead mediation projects...

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