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Prop. 55 feeds voter cynicism by extending a 'temporary' tax hike on the rich 22.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When politicians backpedal on their word — bait and switch and play voters for suckers — they further erode public confidence in our democratic institutions.

That provides footholds for populist demagogues such as Donald Trump. It feeds cynicism and distrust of government. And we’re indisputably...

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Here's how schools can support students' mental health 20.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved.
Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health 20.9.2016 NPR News
Dealing with students' mental health looks different at every school. But experts say doing it well requires a strategy that gets everyone involved.
Facing a deadline, this South L.A. high school hustles to boost enrollment by 3 students 17.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Four weeks into the new school year, Jose Lara, the dean of a South Los Angeles high school, approached a sagging white bungalow and shook the gate, summoning the household’s guard dog, a Chihuahua.

“Do you know where Stefani is?” he asked the woman who opened the door. She didn’t — in fact, no...

150 Utah seniors are National Merit scholarship semifinalists 16.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Around the state, 150 high school seniors are semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Skyline High School in the Granite School District has the most semifinalists, with 16 students eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit scholarships worth about $33 million. Thirteen students are from West High School in the Salt Lake City School District. Other students are from traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools and educated at home. See the embedd... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
L.A. charter City High School is about to close, and is rushing to find many of its 116 students new schools 16.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A month into the school year, City High School, an independent charter school in Pico-Robertson, is shutting its doors — leaving many of the 116 students in 9th and 10th grade scrambling to make other arrangements. 

The school’s board voted to close the high school Monday evening, citing financial...

Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It's Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage 15.9.2016 NPR News
New national reports out today by the Learning Policy Institute look at the widening teacher shortage problem — and offer solutions.
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Teachers union endorses Gov. Gary Herbert over Democrat Mike Weinholtz 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The state’s largest teachers union once again is throwing its support behind Gov. Gary Herbert’s re-election Wednesday, calling the governor a “champion of education” during his tenure in office. The Utah Education Association’s political action committee has endorsed the governor in each of his three bids for office, although in 2010 the union also endorsed his Democratic opponent, Peter Corroon. “Gov. Herbert has been a champion of education throughout his time in office and Utah educators sup...
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Steve Jobs' widow is giving two L.A. teachers $10 million to start a school for homeless and foster youth 15.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Instead of going to school, school will come to you.

That’s the prize-winning idea behind RISE High, a proposed Los Angeles charter high school designed to serve homeless and foster children whose educations are frequently disrupted.

Los Angeles educators Kari Croft, 29, and Erin Whalen, 26, who...

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Mayor Eric Garcetti promises free community-college tuition as Jill Biden helps launch L.A. initiative 15.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Speaking in a theater packed with cheering students, Mayor Eric Garcetti reiterated his promise Wednesday to make one year of community college free for eligible high school graduates, beginning next year.

Inside the doors of Los Angeles City College’s El Camino Theater, a band played while staff distributed promotional...

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The pitfalls of prison reform in Hesperia 14.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It is Wednesday, Sept. 14. This is one BART train you’ll want to get on: It has a swing. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

TOP STORIES

A desert town and its people

The high-desert town of Hesperia is cracking down on homes that provide shelter, food and opportunities...

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Southern Utah state school board candidates find common ground on testing, home school, federal overreach 14.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Hurricane resident and state school board candidate Wesley Christiansen favors the elimination of the federal Department of Education. But he stresses caution because Utah’s challenges as the lowest-funded education system in the nation would be exacerbated without federal support for school lunch programs and special education. “I’d like to cut those strings without turning it into a noose and hanging us,” Christiansen said. Similar in spirit but different in approach is his opponent, St. Ge... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Utah school board candidates sound off on teacher retention, Common Core and charters 13.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen instead by a screening committee and, ultimately, Utah’s governor. A 2014 court decision gutted that system, throwing open the doors to the governing board of Utah’s public education system. But while the school board is traditionally a nonpartisan office, the school board ballot will include candidates’ party affiliation beginning in 2018 after le... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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News roundup: Clinton's health now a real issue in the presidential race 12.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
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State education board hopefuls focused on issues 11.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen instead by a screening committee and, ultimately, Utah’s governor. A 2014 court decision gutted that system, throwing open the doors to the governing board of Utah’s public education system. But while the school board is traditionally a nonpartisan office, the school board ballot will include candidates’ party affiliation beginning in 2018 after le...
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State ed board hopefuls focused on issues 11.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
This year’s state school board election is both the first and the last of its kind. For years, candidates were blocked from ballot access — chosen instead by a screening committee and, ultimately, Utah’s governor. A 2014 court decision gutted that system, throwing open the doors to the governing board of Utah’s public education system. But while the school board is traditionally a nonpartisan office, the school board ballot will include candidates’ party affiliation beginning in 2018 after le... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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As two all-girls schools open in L.A. this year, a motto emerges: 'We want you to know your voice matters' 11.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The sixth-graders at the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) zigzagged onto campus in Panorama City, all hair twirls and folded arms. It was their first day of middle school and the charter school’s first day, too.

Principal Vanessa Garza, who wore the school’s uniform — yoga pants, GALS T-shirt...

This week at progressive state blogs—Bachmann: Hillary will create apocalypse; pipeline protests 11.9.2016 Daily Kos
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching.  Here  is the August 20 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Delaware Liberal, El Sonambulo writes— Delaware United Rocks! Remember how the supporters of Howard Dean applied their grassroots skills to great effect after Dean’s candidacy faded?  In Delaware, many of these supporters became part of the Delaware grassroots and remain progressive stalwarts to this day. Bernie Sanders supporters have taken the same approach in Delaware, and are working very hard on at least three campaigns near and dear to Delaware Liberal:  Bryan Townsend for Congress, Eugene Young for Mayor, and Matt Meyer for NCC Executive. Those supporters have joined together to create Delaware ...
How Clinton and Trump plan to tackle education as president 10.9.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton has spent decades talking about the needs of children and touting the benefits of early education. It&apos;s a new subject for Donald Trump....
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State agrees to make sure English learners receive help 10.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Some school districts had only a smattering of foreign-language speakers, so maybe that’s why no one tried to teach them English. 

In others, perhaps, it was difficult to find qualified staff — or these students weren’t the highest priority.

But up and down the state, for at least a decade, according...

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