EdBrief

States Should Equip Principals to Lead the Youngest Learners in their Schools

November 1, 2018
By Abbie Lieberman, New America Foundation

Each day, thousands of elementary school principals work tirelessly to ensure that our elementary schools are nurturing and educational places for teachers and students. Increasingly those students are as young as three years old. Yet a 2015 survey found that even though a majority of elementary principals are now responsible for pre-K classrooms, only about 20 percent of those principals feel well-versed in early childhood education.

As my colleagues Roxanne Garza and Melissa Tooley wrote in a recent blog, October was National Principals Month, and it’s an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these sometimes overlooked professionals. As leaders of their schools, it’s no surprise that principals play a critical role in school quality. Research continues to reveal how important the early years are to children’s long-term success, and principals need to understand how young children learn best. They must be able to support their pre-K teachers, as well as their kindergarten through third grade teachers...

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California School Board Members Express Support for Local Control

November 1, 2018

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is improving services for disadvantaged students, increasing community engagement, producing higher levels of investment in social and emotional learning, and increasing the resources and training needed to implement academic standards. That was the consensus of school board members in a recent survey from the California School Boards Association (CSBA), which was conducted as part of the Getting Down to Facts II research project...

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A Costly Race for California’s State Superintendent

November 1, 2018
By Jennifer Medina and Inyoung Kang, writing for the New York Times’ California Today blog

Even among the most engaged voters, the race for state superintendent may not attract much attention. But in California, it is attracting huge amounts of money: upward of $50 million, mostly funneled to outside groups running advertisements in the race.

The battle for the state schools chief is between two Democrats: Tony Thurmond, a state assemblyman from the Bay Area, and Marshall Tuck, a former education executive from Los Angeles. The state superintendent, a nonpartisan office, does not have any independent policymaking authority, making the costly race even more peculiar. But charter school supporters have thrown millions behind Mr. Tuck, while the state teachers’ unions have given their dollars to attract votes for Mr. Thurmond...

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CSBA Candidate Profile: Tony Thurmond

October 20, 2018
(The California School Boards Association recently asked the two candidates in the November runoff election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer a written response to ten questions about K-12 education in California. Below are the responses from candidate Tony Thurmond.)

Q1: What is your view on the role that locally elected school boards play in public education in California ?

I want to start by inviting all school board members in California to join me for a tele-town hall on October 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Please email townhall@tonythurmond.com to RSVP and to share with me directly your input on changes you would like to see at the California Department of Education, support needed from the SPI, and concerns and ideas you have about public education...

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ACSA Offers Tips Regarding How to Help New School Board Trustees Hit the Ground Running After Election Day

October 20, 2018
By Nancy Price

November’s ballot will include many school board races across California, with challengers and incumbents vying to represent districts and set their mark on local education policy. 

For a superintendent whose tenure begins only shortly before new trustees come on board and as well as longtime district chiefs, an election can shift the political sands, bringing new relationships and personalities to the table. Helping new board members hit the ground running will help smooth the transition...

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CSBA Candidate Profile: Marshall Tuck

October 20, 2018
(The California School Boards Association recently asked the two candidates in the November runoff election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer a written response to ten questions about K-12 education in California. Below are the responses from candidate Marshall Tuck.)

Experience/Relationships with schools:

As the son of a public school teacher, the product of public schools, and a public school parent, I believe strongly in the power of public schools. But California’s public schools need big changes to give all students the education they deserve - and I have spent the last 16 years working to deliver those changes for kids and families...

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Rethinking Concussion Education for a New Generation of Student Athletes

October 3, 2018
By Carrie Spector

Brandon Simmons, a captain for the Stanford Cardinal football team, remembers sustaining his first concussion during a high school game in Arlington, Texas.

“I was heading off the quarterback, and my nature as a football player is really physical-I love to hit,” he said. “It was a loud collision, and everyone in the stands went, ‘Oooooh.’ It was a good play-normally I would’ve been hyped about it...

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CDC Releases New Clinical Recommendations to Improve Care of Students with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

October 3, 2018

On September 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new clinical recommendations for healthcare providers treating children with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), often referred to as concussion. The CDC Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Among Children, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, is based on the most comprehensive review of the science on pediatric mTBI to date - covering 25 years of research.

“More than 800,000 children seek care for TBI in U.S. emergency departments each year, and until today, there was no evidence-based guideline in the United States on pediatric mTBI - inclusive of all causes,” said Deb Houry, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. “Healthcare providers will now be equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure the best outcomes for their young patients who sustain an mTBI.”...

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Charter Schools, Teacher Raises Draw Debate From Candidates Marshall Tuck, Tony Thurmond

September 20, 2018
By Nadine Sebai, Capital Public Radio

The two finalists for California’s state schools chief faced off in a debate on September 4 at the Sacramento Press Club. in a race that pits teachers unions against charter school advocates.

Former charter school executive Marshall Tuck and Assemblyman Tony Thurmond finished neck-and-neck in the June primary for state superintendent of public instruction...

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Broad-based Stanford Study Recommends Changes in California Education in Four Main Areas

September 20, 2018

On Sept. 17, Stanford University and PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education) released Getting Down to Facts II - a large research study that gives a broad overview of education in California, incorporating information drawn from some three dozen research projects, to create a “state of the state” profile of education in the Golden State. The study is a collaboration of researchers from institutions across the country coordinated by Stanford University, and led by Professor Susanna Loeb, now director of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University.

The findings demonstrate that if California stays the course with reforms in place while addressing significant gaps in implementation capacity, finance, and early education, the State’s schools will continue to move in the right direction. Comprising 36 studies researched by more than 100 investigators from across the nation and disseminated by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), GDTFII covers four main areas: Student Success, Governance, Personnel, and Finance...

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