Military veterans new to California would be allowed to pay in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities under competing bills now making their way through the legislature.
One bill would waive the in-state tuition eligibility rule that requires veterans to be stationed in California at least one year before being honorably discharged. Assembly member Sharon Quirk-Silva is one of the bill’s co-authors. She says it would save some vets from crushing debt.
Two Valley school districts – Fresno Unified and Sanger Unified – were granted a one-year waiver from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act today by the U.S. Department of Education. The move will allow school officials to introduce their own plans for a new statewide curriculum and avoid costly penalties under the law.
California education officials are reaching out to school districts, teachers and parents as they prepare to implement the state’s complicated new school funding system. They’re holding informational meetings starting this week at several county education offices across the state.
A controversial transgender student bill is awaiting action from California Governor Jerry Brown. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, it would
allow transgender students to play on sports teams and use the facilities of the gender with which they identify.
Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lee says he sometimes feels isolated. His school district in Manteca views him as a girl but he identifies as male. Lee says getting assigned to girls P.E. and having to use the female restrooms unfairly singles him out.
California’s new education funding formula sends more dollars to disadvantaged students – with new strings attached. School districts will have to show how they’ll spend the money to improve student achievement – and how they’ll measure success. And as KPCC’s Julie Small reports, they’ll have to hear from one important group before they adopt their plans.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be the first female president of the University of California system. But it’s her experience with the federal government that had students talking at her confirmation hearing. Katie Orr reports from San Francisco.
The afternoon started with a few UC students and staff protesting outside of the Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco. They were concerned Napolitano’s experience running the Homeland Security Department would lead to the deportation of undocumented students.
Education officials from nine California school districts are lobbying the US Department of Education this week in Washington, DC for waivers to the “No Child Left Behind” Act. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.
The superintendents represent a good chunk of the state’s population. They’re making the case that the “No Child Left Behind Act’s” focus on boosting test scores leaves instructors too little time to teach skills that students will need later in life. Troy Flint is with the Oakland Unified School District.
She’s a political veteran who’s run large bureaucracies. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hasn’t worked in academia – and now she’s about to become the next president of the University of California. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the choice is drawing both praise and skepticism.
Janet Napolitano gets strong praise for her personal and political skills.
Later this summer, for the first time in a generation, Fresno State will have a new president. The CSU Board of Trustees late last month selected Joseph Castro to become the university’s eight president, replacing the soon to retire John Welty, who has led the institution for the last 22 years. Castro will become the first Californian to hold the position, and the first Latino.
The California Teachers Association says it backs Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to change how the state distributes money to school districts. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, that puts them at odds with legislative Democrats.
Brown’s plan includes giving more money to districts with a majority of low income and non-English speaking students. These “concentrations grants” are controversial among some legislators because they’d come at the expense of other districts.
Fresno State President John Welty will retire this summer, bringing an end to a 22-year tenure as head of the university. He recently sat down with Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore to reflect back on his career.
Welty on advice to his successor:
Good luck, have a thick skin, and take time to laugh at yourself from time to time.
Welty, (who is a member of the NCAA Board of Directors) on paying student athletes:
Teacher Jenna Perry’s 7th grade English class at Fresno Unified’s Yosemite Middle School sounds like most others. Kids work to finish up their assignments, as the period is about to end. But there is something that makes her classroom different.
“Ok, before we leave today, let’s go over our class goal today. Somebody tell me, should we earn a point for staying on task? Why or why not? Regina?” says Perry.
At the end of every class before students are dismissed, they go over their goals, which are spelled out in a social contract they all wrote and all signed.
There’s a paradox in many of the reactions to Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to give California schools more flexibility on how they spend their state tax dollars. There’s general support around the Capitol for breaking down the funding walls surrounding several dozen programs. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, everyone seems to have a favorite program they want to protect.
Restoring money to California’s college financial aid program is proving to be popular with both Democrats and Republicans in the State Assembly. But even if they agree on the issue, Governor Jerry Brown may not. Katie Orr reports from the State Capitol.
Supporters of restoring funding levels to the state’s college financial aid program say it’s a financially savvy move. “Cal Grants” are awarded to low-income students attending public and private universities in California. The program’s budget has been slashed in recent years.
In an effort to increase education about agriculture and sustainability, the Fresno Grizzlies have partnered with a local charter high school to build a garden at Chuckchansi Park. FM89’s Ezra Romero visited the stadium; spoke with the teenagers planting the garden and has this report.
For the past week and a half a group of seniors from ACEL Charter High School in Fresno have been huffing and puffing at Chuckchansi Park. But they aren’t running bases or hitting pop flies – they’re building and planting a garden.
Friday is the deadline for California school districts to issue teachers layoff notices for the academic year that starts in the fall. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, there’s a huge drop-off in the number of pink slips this year.
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) discusses his online college course legislation with reporters at a Capitol news conference Wednesday. The event was streamed as a video conference via Google hangout.
The leader of the California Senate is proposing legislation that would provide online courses for credit at the state’s colleges and universities. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure is both a work in progress – and a balancing act.
With California’s higher education system at capacity, the most popular courses fill up fast – especially courses students need to graduate. Richard Copenhagen is a College of Alameda student and president of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.