Monthly Archives: September 2018

It’s 26 years old and needs a tune-up. Perhaps even an overhaul. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that he has created a panel to review the 1992 law governing California charter schools. The California Charter School Act has had few changes and little top-to-bottom review since it was enacted, Torlakson noted in…

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Knowledge, it’s been said, is power. The more you learn about something that affects you, the more you can influence that something. It’s especially true in politics, whose insiders joust constantly among themselves and with outsiders, including the media and the voting public, over access to information. One of California’s more important arenas of info-war…

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What’s wrong with California?

September 14, 2018

An opinion by Steve Rees, president of SchoolWise Press At the annual conference hosted by the National Center for Education, it was stated that learning is the outcome for attendees. This is only possible because state agency leaders are ready to swap stories about their efforts to gather evidence about how schools are doing, make…

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Local educational agencies who have struggled to meet new safety requirements on school buses will be given more time to comply, under a bill pending in the Legislature. After the death of a student with special needs who had been left unattended on a school bus, lawmakers adopted mandates on districts to install alarm systems…

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Transportation directors at Vista Unified School District and Eugene School District 4J in southwest Oregon share why they made the decision to switch to renewable diesel for their fleets of school buses. Hesitant at first, both of the administrators at those districts are pleased with the change. The switch was easy because they could begin…

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The LACOE Facilities Network group held their monthly meeting this week and EH&A president Eric Hall was the featured speaker. The impressive group heard Eric’s thoughts on developer fees and how to help districts get more than the usual statutory fee. He also showed them the unique flexibility that is possible in a developer fee…

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