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Proposed California Law Would Outlaw Classroom Dissections

ADissecting frogs and cats – a common assignment for kids in California biology classes – could soon be a thing of the past.

A bill from Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, would prohibit animal dissections in K-12 schools, both public and private.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a sponsor of the bill. The animal rights organization has documented methods used by companies that supply schools with birds, cats and amphibians for classroom dissections...

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LAO’s Analysis of the May Revision Education Proposals

The May Revision contains more than 100 proposed changes to education programs. The changes range from large new policy proposals, to major modifications of January proposals, to small adjustments relating to revised student attendance estimates. In this post, we focus on the first two categories of proposals. The post has six sections. The first section provides an overview of the proposals. The next four sections cover specific proposals relating to (1) early education, (2) K-14 education, (3) the universities, and (4) financial aid...

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Five Things to Know about New Health Ed Framework for Schools

A new health education framework approved this month by the California State Board of Education offers guidance on sex education that the board’s president says reflects how “life has become more exponentially more complex.”

The “2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools” was approved on May 8 despite what the Sacramento Bee described as “large protests.” CDE says the framework is “designed to make classrooms more inclusive...

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Photo of Educators Holding Noose Prompts Concern

California Teachers Association President Eric C. Heins and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following comments on May 10 regarding a recent photograph of Palmdale educators posing for a photograph holding a noose:

“We are shocked and saddened at the deeply disturbing photo taken recently at a school in Palmdale. Such a picture, and its resulting hurt and division, has no place on any school campus or in our education communities. A noose is a painful and racist symbol of our history...

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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.

Although teachers enjoy better benefits, those benefits only mitigate part of the 21.4 percent wage penalty. In terms of total compensation (wages plus benefits) teachers earned 13.1 percent less than similar college graduates in 2018...

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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 minimum 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 per student). In contrast, as highlighted in the summer 2017 edition of California Schools magazine, the institute’s 2016 report found that one-third of schools failed to provide adequate access...

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