Month: May 2015

The State of Higher Education in California: Black Report

In the newest report from The Campaign for College Opportunity, The State of Higher Education in California – Black Report  is being released today. California is home to the fifth largest Black population in the nation, and while the research has some good news – more Black adults today have a high school diploma and college degree than in the past there is also disheartening findings. Black high school students are still less likely to graduate from high school and when they do, less likely to have completed the college preparatory curriculum needed for admission to the University of California and California State …

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Celebrate 529 College Savings Day May 29

Celebrate 529 College Savings Day with ScholarShare’s Special One-Day Match Promotion Our valued partner, ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, knows saving for college can be overwhelming. Often parents don’t know where to start; they might believe there’s nothing they can do to prepare enough. At ScholarShare, they believe in education, and in California families. That’s why on National 529 College Savings Day on May 29, 2015, they are offering to anyone who opens a new ScholarShare account with at least $50 (and sets up automatic contributions of at least $25 per month), a match of $50. You start it, …

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The In-State Tuition Break is Slowly Disappearing

This is a repost from The New York Times, the original article by Kevin Carey can be found here. A few weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the latest Disney movie. Because it was early in the afternoon, and my daughter is 5, I expected to get a significant discount on the price of our tickets. The electronic ticket kiosk had other intentions. “1 Adult: $11.00” and “1 Child: $10.00.” It turned out that the full matinee discount applied only to the 10:45 a.m. showing. The child price break, meanwhile, had been squeezed to a single dollar. Technically, …

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6 of 48 GEAR UP Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Honor

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools, and 6 of 48 California GEAR UP Middle Schools have been honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. The awards, introduced in 2013, reflect Torlakson’s goals outlined in his A Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provides direction for California’s education system. “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, …

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Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

  (from NPR) Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust. “I’m going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world,” she thought. She’s originally from a small town in Nebraska called O’Neill, population 3,700. “In the middle of nowhere, literally,” she says. So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O’Neill. She fell in love with a hometown boy and ended up at O’Neill’s only public school. It’s K-12, with 750 students. Morrow teaches middle-school English; she’s also a technology integration specialist. She says she loves Nebraska, but teaching in …

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2015 California GEAR UP Program Update

  The goal of the California GEAR UP Program is:  To develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a systemic network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. This expanded capacity is expected to result in a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, enrolling and succeeding in higher education. The ultimate outcome expected from this Program is that a higher proportion of students will be prepared …

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