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Trump Administration Plan to Investigate University Affirmative Action Policies Draws Criticism

On August 1, the New York Times, Washington Post and other news organizations reported that the Trump Administration is having Justice Department officials plan a new project to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they determine discriminate against white applicants.

The Washington Post reported that the project will be based out of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division...

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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...

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CSU to Drop Algebra Requirement for Non-Science, Math Majors in 2018

If you’re one of those students who dreads math – especially algebra – you’ll soon get a bit of a break at the California State University system.

For years, intermediate algebra had been a prerequisite for the system’s general math classes, meaning even students who weren’t majoring in math or science related fields had to complete the course before they could complete their math requirement. Beginning in the fall of 2018, students whose majors aren’t math or science...

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SBE Seeks Input on New Accountability System

The State Board of Education deliberated for more than eight hours July 12 on the various components of the new accountability system and the emerging system of support. Finessing the California School Dashboard and reconciling it with the draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan is proving to be harder than anticipated.

Legislative Advocate Martha Alvarez, who oversees the actions of the SBE for ACSA, said the association was fortunate to have Ralph Porras...

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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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Student Vaccination Rate Reaches All-Time High

A record number of students in seventh grade and kindergarten were vaccinated during the 2016-17 school year, according to two executive summary reports from the California Dept. of Public Health.

According to the reports, immunizations increased to 98.4 percent for seventh grade students and increased to 95.6 percent for kindergarten students in 2016-17.

The increase in immunizations could be attributed to the state’s stricter vaccination law...

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