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Two Bills Requiring Testing of School Water for Lead Moving Through Legislature

California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) has introduced Assembly Bill 746, which would require the testing of water at schools for lead.

“Lead exposure has real consequences and it’s unacceptable that children and teachers could be poisoned by drinking from the water fountains at school. School districts need to be proactive in making sure their students and staff are drinking safe, lead-free water.” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said...

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New Study Finds More Equitable Funding but Persistent Access Gaps Three Years into LCFF

On April 4, a subcommittee of California legislators gave a thumbs down to Gov.Brown’s proposed reduction in funding for California’s child care and early education programs.

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D - Sacramento), Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance led a bipartisan effort to reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to reduce support for state child care and preschool programs and voted to restore $527 million in critical child care and preschool funding...

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Summer Kindergarten Transition Program Shows Lasting Positive Impact on Attendance, Literacy Skills

A new five-year retrospective evaluation study found that students who participated in an Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) program showed higher attendance rates and higher early literacy skills when compared to their non-participating peers. What’s more, these trends continued over time, in kindergarten and later grades.

The targeted intervention, offered in 14 Title I elementary schools in Oregon’s Portland Public Schools system, is designed to help families...

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Ruling in Indiana Case Could Impact Antidiscrimination Cases Nationwide

In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (7th Cir., April 14, 2017, No. 15-1720) ___ F.3d, a federal appeals court evaluated whether federal antidiscrimination laws protect an individual against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation under Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a)). In a landmark decision, the court held that under Title VII, such discrimination is unlawful.

Kimberly Hively was an openly lesbian adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College (Ivy Tech)...

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Researcher Examines How Teachers Lose Connections When They Move to a New Grade or Leadership Position

When teachers move to a new grade or lose a leadership position, the change can sever important work relationships, suggests new research from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Moreover, teachers generally don’t reconnect with each other, resulting in a ripple effect through the school, according to the study “Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do: Exploring the Dissolution of Teachers’...

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California’s Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Hit New High

On April 12, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted results for the annual immunization assessment of children attending kindergarten in California in the 2016-17 school year. The report found that vaccination rates among kindergartners are at their highest point since 2001.

Compared to 2015-16 results, the percentage of students attending kindergarten in 2016-17 who had received all required vaccines rose from 93 percent to 96 percent...

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