California

Supporting Migrant Students through ESSA

Sacramento’s ABC Channel 10 provides an overview of California’s Migrant Education Program, which is “authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).” The program is designed to “support migrant students by helping reduce...

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California Finally Finalizes Accountability Plan…

“Two years, a presidential election and many meetings after the California State Board of Education first started talking about how to satisfy a major federal education law, members finally agreed Thursday to submit a final plan,” writes Joy Resmovits. The vote to submit a final...

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To Compromise or Not to Compromise…That is the Question (In California)

“How far to push the federal government?” asks EdSource’s John Fensterwald. Members of the California State Board of Education will answer that question at a special meeting “when they consider proposed compromises” regarding the state’s ESSA, which U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “will likely approve—if...

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California Education Must Seize Chance to Be Better

While it is positive that California “has established college-ready standards and high-quality and aligned assessments” and has “adopted rigorous academic goals,” Faith and Education Coalition Leadership Advisory Council member Yvette Santana still has concerns about the Golden State’s education system. She believes the state’s new education accountability...

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CA should “stay the course” on ESSA plan

Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond writes that “mixed messages” from the federal Education Department “are enough to give a state whiplash.” While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says states missed out on opportunities for “flexibility and innovation” under ESSA, she also hasn’t approved California’s plan, “one of...

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Golden State, feds close to ESSA plan compromise?

“After a high-level, face-to-face meeting in Washington and continued negotiations, state officials are expressing confidence” that the U.S. Department of Education will approve California’s ESSA plan, reports John Fensterwald, and in doing so “avert a standoff with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over differing interpretations of...

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CA Parents Like New Report Card

Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II reports that, despite initial backlash, a newly released poll conducted by the University of Southern California and Public Analysis for California Education finds that Golden State parents “are pretty fond of a redesigned and highly controversial statewide school report card,” which...

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California Officials Digging in Heals on ESSA Plan

According to the Orange County Register, despite “significant criticisms last month by the U.S. Department of Education”—not to mention from the Check State Plans peer reviewers—California “will likely make clarifications but no substantial changes” to the state’s ESSA plan.

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