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Superintendents Call on Congress to Protect DACA Students

An Oct. 24 letter – urging Congress to protect students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status – was sent by Los Angeles-based Broad Center to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. The letter was signed by 55 superintendents and charter school chief executives from around the country...

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Cities, Counties, Schools, Realtors Urge Congress to Reject Proposed Cut to Property Tax Deduction

The associations that represent California’s local governments, economic development leaders, schools and realtors urged the California congressional delegation on November 9 to protect the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction and a key economic development tool at risk under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in its current form.

The SALT deduction makes living more affordable in states like California...

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CDE: Student Suspensions, Expulsions Decline for Fifth Consecutive Year

Tom Torlakson announced on Nov. 1 that the number of students suspended and expelled in California public schools has declined for the fifth year in a row, showing that efforts by educators to improve attendance by using more engaging instruction and effective discipline are making significant progress.

From the 2011–12 school year to 2016–17, suspensions declined by a remarkable 46 percent...

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Poll Finds Californians Concerned about Cost of College, Student Housing

Many Californians say the public higher education system in California is going in the wrong direction, but they are more likely to express concern about affordability than about the quality of the state’s colleges and universities. These are among the key findings of an annual statewide survey on higher education released on November 1 by the PPIC.

Asked about the direction of public higher education, 45 percent of adults and a majority of likely voters (53%) say it is going in the wrong direction...

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Part-Time Playground Positions Now Classified Employees

On October 2, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill ("AB") 670, amending Education Code section 45103 to provide that employees in part-time playground positions (or "noon duty aides") must be included in the classified service, whether the employee serves in another classified position elsewhere within the district. This change will go into effect on January 1, 2018, and, due to what may have been a legislative oversight, will apply only to non-merit system school districts...

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New Laws Update Nutrition Program Purchasing Rules

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed four bills that update purchasing rules related to school food and nutrition programs and improve access to healthy food. These bills will take effect January 1, 2018.

Senate Bill 544 bill resolves an inconsistency between state and federal law regarding the award of contracts in support of child nutrition programs by clarifying that school districts can consider factors other than price in awarding these contracts...

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