Monthly Archives: January 2019

Districts laboring under higher mandated expenses would receive a surprise windfall — pension-cost relief — in Gov. Newsom’s first proposed state budget for 2019-20, which will also provide big spending increases for early and higher education. Using surplus money from the state’s General Fund, Newsom would wipe out $3 billion of districts’ rising obligations to…

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By Tom Rogan The Los Angeles teachers union must be dislodged from its position of power. By whatever means necessary, Los Angeles must no longer be held hostage to the union’s capricious greed and deep dishonesty. I note this in light of the Los Angeles teachers’ strike. Teachers union head, Alex Caputo-Pearl, says the strike…

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A new legal opinion from the state’s Department of Justice paves the way for lawmakers to finally impose clear mandates on California charter schools to comply with good governance laws. Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued what might be the most definitive answer to date as to whether charter schools should be allowed to operate outside…

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Although former Assemblyman Tony Thurmond was only sworn-in Monday as California’s twenty-eighth Superintendent of Public Instruction, a major piece of the education agenda for the next year has already been decided. Gov. Newsom and Thurmond have a long list of ideas to pursue. But like many things in Sacramento, their agenda will only become reality…

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Gov. Newsom’s nearly $2 billion plan to expand early childhood education in CA, with $1.5 billion coming from a one-time general fund expenditure is a precarious way to fund education. New research says it’s possible to finance Newsom’s loftiest goals – just not in the way the governor has proposed. Researcher Bruce Fuller says that…

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Facing a $36 million deficit and a possible state takeover, the top budget officer at the Sacramento City Unified School District has a sober message for his counterparts around California. Sacramento is “just one of the first dominoes,” said John Quinto, the district’s chief business officer. By any measure, Sacramento City’s distress is worse than…

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A few years ago, cybersecurity threats were not on the radar of most school district leaders, much less being one of the top items in their budgets. But today, it’s one of the highest priority issues facing school technology departments. An increasing number of district leaders are realizing the importance of bolstering their network security,…

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