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Legislation Would Close Gun Free School Zones Loophole

On February 13, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D- Sacramento) introduced Assembly Bill 424 (AB 424), which will close a loophole in California’s Gun Free School Zones law.

While civilian possession of a gun on a school campus is prohibited, a school district can currently authorize an armed civilian with a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) permit to enter a school campus. A number of California school districts including Folsom Cordova Unified, Kingsburg Joint Union, Anderson Union, and Kern school districts have begun to issue these authorizations...

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Controller Reports State Revenues Top January Projections

California revenues of $15.04 billion for January beat projections in the proposed 2017-18 budget Governor Jerry Brown introduced last month by $884.4 million, or 6.2 percent, State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on February 10.

In December, the “big three” sources of California general fund dollars – personal income taxes, corporation taxes, and retail sales and use taxes – all fell short of monthly and fiscal year-to-date budget estimates. For January, all three outpaced 2016-17 assumptions and projections in the governor’s proposed 2017-18 budget...

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CDE Reports Progress by California Students on Advanced Placement Exams

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that annual Advanced Placement® (AP) results released on February 22 show that the number of California public high school graduates taking and demonstrating success in AP courses continues to climb.

California placed fifth in the nation in the percentage (28.5 percent) of graduates who scored at least a 3 out of 5 on an AP Exam during high school—an increase of nearly eight percentage points since 2006 (20.6 percent)...

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Torlakson Reminds Californians that State Law Protects Transgender Students

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reiterated on February 23 his strong support for the rights of transgender students and reminded all Californians that state law requires public schools to allow students access to the restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.

“All students deserve a safe and supportive school environment. California will continue to work to provide that environment for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students regardless of any misguided directives by the federal government and the Trump administration,” Torlakson said...

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New Study Finds That A Year Later, California Teacher Shortages Are Worse

A just-released follow-up to a January 2016 report on teacher shortages in California shows that shortages have worsened in the past year, with especially severe shortages continuing in special education, math, and science.

The report, Addressing California’s Growing Teacher Shortage: 2017 Update, was released by the Learning Policy Institute on February 8. The update compares data from 2015-16 with earlier data, finding that while roughly the same number of teachers are entering the profession each year, the increasing demand for teachers in California is far outpacing the supply...

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Parents Spending More Than Nine Hours a Day with Screen Media – and Worry When Children Do the Same

A first-of-its-kind study released on December 6 by Common Sense shows that parents spend more than nine hours (9:22) a day with screen media, the vast majority of that time being spent with personal media (7:43) and only slightly more than 90 minutes devoted to work media. The vast majority of these parents (78%) believe they are good media use role models for their kids. Meanwhile, many parents are concerned about their children’s media use, including thinking that their children may become addicted to technology (56%) and that it negatively impacts their children’s sleep (34%)...

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