California will restrict farmers' use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.
Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter of a mile of public K-12 schools and licensed day-care centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a statement.
Los Angeles will receive an $11.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a program that helps local students with tutoring, summer classes and college-readiness preparation, officials announced Thursday.
The money will be used to provide help for about 2,000 students in 16 area schools stretching from East Hollywood to the northeast San Fernando Valley.
The schools are in Promise Zones or Promise Neighborhoods, designations that help impoverished areas receive federal funds for economic or educational uses.
California State University’s board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday encouraging leaders of the nation’s largest public university system and each of its 23 campuses to support and advocate for the continued protection of their 8,300 “Dreamer” students and hundreds more faculty and staff members.
Chancellor Timothy P. White urged the trustees to take a public stand at their meeting in Long Beach.
They said they were worried about the speed of the changes, which campuses are supposed to institute by next fall. They said they hadn’t been given enough time to weigh in on how best to make the transition, and that rushing might jeopardize educational quality.
After seeing this year’s standardized test scores, state education officials want to change the way those scores translate to school ratings — in a way that likely would make more schools look better.
The statisticians and administrators advocating for the change say it’s necessary as they calibrate the state’s new color-coded school accountability system.
The California State Board of Education will take up this issue — and other proposed changes — in its meeting Wednesday. But what officials call a technical tweak, education advocates see as a lowering of expectations for California’s students.