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63rd Anniversary of the Brown v. Board Decision

  Today we rightly celebrate the milestone Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision issued on May 17th, 1954 striking down school segregation. Yet today also marks another anniversary – the annual issuing of statements reminding us that, decades later, we still have not closed the gaps in access and opportunity that segregate our students and limit their ability to learn. When asked about William Faulkner’s essay urging the nation to “go slow” on integration,Brown v. Board attorney and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall pointed out “They don’t mean go slow. They mean don’t go.” In education, we …

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Torlakson Files Court Brief to Protect Federal Funding for Schools

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson filed a court brief Wednesday supporting Santa Clara County’s request to halt an executive order by President Donald Trump that threatens to stop federal funding for California cities, counties, and possibly public schools. Torlakson filed a friend of the court brief in the Federal Court’s Ninth District, where Santa Clara County has filed for a preliminary injunction to stop the President’s Executive Order of January 2017. The injunction request said the order is unconstitutional because it would compel local governments to take an active role in enforcing immigration law and could withhold …

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Now possible: a family night of coding in every elementary school

  (previously published on EdSource) When they check their email today, every elementary school in California will find a tool to bring families together for a fun introduction to computer coding. Through a corporate grant, more than 6,000 principals in the state will receive a free digital kit today from MV GATE, a small Mill Valley nonprofit, enabling them to easily organize and stage “Family Code Night.” The program uses coding puzzles developed by Code.org, a national evangelist for computer education in schools. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy cited the project, which will also distribute the kits to …

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UC along with 200 universities supports deportation relief policy

In line with numerous campus efforts to promote inclusivity in wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, UC Berkeley and other UC campuses joined colleges across the country in signing a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. DACA is an immigration policy implemented by President Barack Obama through an executive order in 2012 that aims to protect eligible youth from deportation who first entered the United States before their sixteenth birthday among other guidelines. As of Tuesday, more than 200 college leaders across the country signed a statement in support of the DACA, which President-elect Trump opposes. …

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3 Digital Trends Shaping the Future of College Admissions

Generation Z, or the post-Millennial generation, is now the largest portion of the U.S. population, at nearly 26 percent. Considered “digital natives,” this demographic is the first generation to grow up fully digital, interacting fluently over social media and completely dependent on the Internet. Nearly three-quarters of them use cell phones more than they watch TV, according to the advertising agency Sparks & Honey. As with generations past, a college and post-grad education is well-revered; however, the higher education industry is lacking the digital tools to appeal to their most desirable students, and worse, lacking the tools to prepare them for …

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Is STEM Education in Permanent Crisis?

By Michael Marder-EdWeek In 1983, “A Nation at Risk” raised grave concerns that America’s schools, particularly in the academic area we now call STEM, were damaging the country’s ability to compete. “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war,” warned the report from a federally appointed commission. Twenty-two years later, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm,” a report from the National Academy of Sciences, leveled a similar charge: “[O]ur overall public school system—or more accurately 14,000 systems—has shown little sign of …

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2016 ‘Schools to Watch’ Model Middle Schools

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California’s 2016 “Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage” Model Middle Schools SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 13 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015–16 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program. Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 20 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation. “These 33 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school career,” Torlakson said. “I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging …

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EdTrust West: New Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County

Ed Trust–West is excited to announce that we’re partnering with a number of civil rights, education, and social justice organizations to launch our first Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County. California’s move toward local control, the redesign of our state’s accountability system, and the implementation of the California State Standards provide a unique opportunity to help increase capacity of community stakeholders and support their current advocacy efforts through data, research, budget and policy analysis. “In the age of local control, we must help communities make certain that local systems do what’s best for California’s Black, Brown, and …

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‘DREAM loan’ funds college for unauthorized immigrants

Officials at California’s four-year public universities are reaching out to an estimated 10,000 undergraduate students who might qualify for a special loan aimed at reducing their tuition — a program that further distinguishes the state as a national trendsetter in providing services to unauthorized immigrants. The California DREAM low-interest loans are designated for unauthorized immigrant students enrolled at University of California or California State University campuses. The program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014, but funding didn’t become available until now. It’s the latest in a series of measures that the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Brown have …

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GEAR UP Leadership Day in North State is a Hit

(original article appears in the Red Bluff Daily News) Corning, CA. Nearly 800 Tehama County eighth-graders were invited Thursday to join the third annual Leadership Day at the Rolling Hills Casino event center, with five local schools participating. This seven-day college preparation workshop event, put on by the Tehama County Department of Education, California GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — Tehama County high schools and College Options, has continued to engage students with workshops to help guide them through the next four years and beyond. The Rolling Hills Casino Foundation and Expect More Tehama …

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