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Governor Signs Three Student Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Bills

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed three Assembly bills related to student health emergency preparedness and response in school districts and charter schools.

Assembly Bill 1719 requires any school district or charter school whose graduation requirements include a health education course with compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction. AB 1748 authorizes school districts, COE's and charter schools to obtain FDA-approved opioid antagonists to administer...

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Torlakson Announces $11.9 Million in Microsoft Settlement Technology Funds Available for Schools

More than 8,000 California public schools and districts are eligible to share $11.9 million in the latest round of Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on November 29. Funds are available through a 2003 antitrust settlement agreement between Microsoft Corporation and California consumers and businesses.

The list of eligible and potentially eligible schools and districts is available on the CDE Web page...

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Interest in STEM Majors High, Readiness Low among ACT-Tested 2016 High School Graduates

Many 2016 high school graduates are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors and careers, but few of those students are well prepared to succeed in first-year college STEM courses. These findings come from the latest edition of ACT’s annual STEM report, The Condition of STEM 2016, which was released November 16...

While around half (48 percent) of the nearly 2.1 million 2016 U.S. high school graduates who took the ACT® test had an interest in STEM majors or careers...

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Obama Administration Sends Letter to States Calling for an End to Corporal Punishment in Schools

U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. sent a letter on November 22 urging state leaders to end the use of corporal punishment in schools, a practice repeatedly linked to harmful short-term and long-term outcomes for students.

King said “While some may argue that corporal punishment is a tradition in some school communities, society has evolved and past practice alone is no justification. No school can be considered safe or supportive if its students are fearful of being physically punished. We strongly urge states to eliminate the use of corporal punishment in schools...

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District Survey Underscores Struggles and Highlights Potential Solutions to Teacher Shortage Crisis

A new survey of California school districts reveals that the state’s teacher shortage has reached alarming levels, with 75% of surveyed districts indicating there are too few qualified teachers to fill their teaching vacancies. And most districts say the shortages are getting worse.

Districts say these shortages are driven by a declining supply of teachers, ongoing retirements, and high turnover. Although districts with higher populations of low-income and English learner students are getting hit the hardest, the crisis is affecting districts of all kinds...

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Federal Agencies Release Policy Brief on Technology Use with Young Children

On October 21, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services today released a policy brief on the use of technology with early learners to help families and early educators implement active, meaningful and socially interactive learning. The brief includes a call to action for researchers and technology developers, highlighting topics for further research and encouraging the development of research-based products.

"The early learning community has been wisely cautious about using technology with our youngest children,"...

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