A movement to raise the California Minimum Wage got stuck in the Assembly yesterday. Read more at Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert.
Efforts have been underway by the federal government to simplify the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Research shows the the complexity and length of the application keep many families from applying at all. Read … Continue reading
Advocates are watching the federal budget process and noticing the gaps between the President’s proposal and Congress’s numbers. On most measures, Congress is proposing less money to programs that serve children, despite the fact that the US economy is now strong. See the Continue reading
EdWeek recently reviewed the educational platforms of presidential candidates and found them lacking on K-12 policy, while emphasizing preschool and college. Read more here.
In an effort to make more students college-ready, many school districts have tried to raise standards. But often, they realize that they aren’t actually prepared to help students meet those standards. Read more in this article from EdSource.
A year ago, Charles Vacca, a gun instructor in Nevada, was killed while teaching a 9-year-old girl how to shot an Uzi, a fully automatic assault weapon. His three children have recently release a plea that gun laws … Continue reading
The California Senate has passed SB 725, which would remove the high school exit exam requirement in California. The bill potentially left some students without a path to graduation, so an urgency clause has been added to make the bill effective immediately. The governor apparently intends to sign the bill. … Continue reading
As our understanding of neurobiology and the effects of trauma grows, our understanding of the foundations of children’s behavior has changed. We now know that when children have experience trauma, their behavior may look defiant, inattentive, reactive or otherwise different than what we expect with “typical” development. In fact, when … Continue reading