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‘The Root Cause of Teacher Strikes is Found ..., but in Sacramento’

Teachers in the Bay Area’s New Haven Unified School District hit the picket line several weeks ago. Their counterparts in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento went on strike earlier this year. 2019 is becoming the Year of the Teacher Strike, a phenomenon four decades in the making...

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LA Schools to Seek State Money After Ballot Measure Fails

After voters overwhelmingly rejected a property tax that would have raised $500 million annually for the financially struggling LAUSD, the superintendent, mayor and head of the teachers’ union vow to work together to get more state money for schools...

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Kids Take Standardized Tests to Help Make Them Better (Really)

Millions of U.S. students take standardized tests every year with the sole goal of helping testing companies make better tests.

They are called “field tests,” and students take them at different times of year – often in spring and early summer – to test questions...

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New Guidelines for Activities During Poor Air Quality Periods

During the first week of June, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) released an air quality guidance template for local school districts to assist in making decisions about school activities during periods of poor air quality, including episodes involving wildfire smoke, high ozone levels, Spare The Air days, etc....

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Teachers’ Pay Lower Compared to College Grads in Other Fields

Teachers were paid 21.4 percent less in weekly wages than similar college graduates in 2018 – after accounting for education, experience, and other factors known to affect earnings – according to a new analysis by Distinguished Fellow Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute and University of California economist Sylvia Allegretto...

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Digital Divide Closing at Schools, but Gaps Remain in Homes

California has closed the digital divide at its K–12 schools, but internet access at home remains a persistent problem, a new report finds.

Analysis by PPIC shows that 90 percent of the state’s schools met the FCC’s threshold (100 kbps per student) for digital learning in 2018, and 59 percent of schools met the FCC’s long-term target (1,000 kbps..)...

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