Phalaen Chang, an incoming junior at California School of the Arts, writes about the importance of both STEM and humanities courses.
Last semester, we had a seemingly simple assignment: research a career you would be interested in pursuing and write an annotated bibliography to go along with the research. As a bunch of teenagers who barely plan past the next test date, many of us were stuck on the very first step: picking a profession.
“Well… on a career test I took, I was told I would best be suited for being a lumberjack,” my friend deeply involved with dance said, confused. “Do I just do mine on a lumberjack then?”
The University of California regents on Thursday stepped up their financial oversight of the president’s office, approving its $800-million spending plan only after engaging in deeper discussion and asking for more detailed data than ever before.
The scrutiny was prompted by a critical state audit in April that found the president’s office had used “misleading” budget practices and amassed an undisclosed surplus of $175 million.
The University of California is headed toward allowing all campuses to use letters of recommendation in admissions decisions for the first time, despite concerns that the policy could hurt students who have less access to teachers and counselors who could artfully write the endorsements.
As the system’s nine undergraduate campuses grapple with a record number of applicants — nearly 210,000 last fall — UC Berkeley has sought to invite letters from all prospective students.
In less than two months, the California State Board of Education must submit its plan for satisfying the federal Every Student Succeeds Act to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Its members voted to address its requirement to define the term "ineffective teacher" Wednesday, but leave until later the completion of a formula for identifying low-performing schools, as the law also requires.
Los Angeles civic leader George Kieffer says he is “revved up” about taking the helm of the University of California Board of Regents this week, and he’s already set his top priority: improving relations with state lawmakers.
UC may be the nation’s top public research university, but tensions with Sacramento have escalated in recent years. Legislators have begun exerting more control over the system’s purse strings and this year voted themselves the power to directly fund the Office of the President.
For all the noise, infighting and litigation over teacher evaluations and tenure, California currently has no definition for what a good teacher — or a bad one — looks like.
As one way to measure equity, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires that states report on whether disadvantaged students have a higher proportion of ineffective, out-of-field and inexperienced teachers than do their peers. But to report on that metric, the state needs to define, concretely,what an "ineffective" teacher looks like.
In materials prepared for Wednesday's meeting, the State Board of Education has proposed defining ineffective teachers as those who are improperly assigned or don't have full credentials. This language that mirrors the Local Control Funding Formula law, as well as a proposal from the California Teachers Assn. union. The definition would not include any measure of student performance,an omission that is drawing criticism from some.
California’s schools might not be in session, but the people who oversee them will make some important decisions this week.
The California State Board of Education is meeting Wednesday and Thursdayto debate how the state plans to satisfy the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 2015 federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind.
The state only has about two months to submit its plan to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, whose feedback to other states has been surprising, to say the least. California is attempting to align its plan for satisfying ESSA with the Local Control Funding Formula, a state law that has its own requirements for identifying low-performing school districts.