California Today: The Latino Education Crisis

Latinos make up the majority of students in California. And yet, a new report from The Education Trust-West shows a stark and persistent achievement gap between Latino and white students. In every county in the state the majority of Latino students are not proficient in math or English language arts.

School District Spars with School Reform Groups over Achievement Gap Data

The San Francisco Unified School District continues to struggle with disparities in academic success between demographic groups, often to a greater degree than in similar communities across the state. 

Latino students lag far behind whites in every county in California, new study shows

There is not a single county in California where the majority of Latino students are proficient in math or English language arts, according to a report released Monday. 

The report, by The Education Trust-West, looked at this year’s state test scores and compared the difference between Latino students and white students who met state standards.

Why is San Francisco the state’s worst county for black student achievement?

By Jessica Calefati

Parents from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood gathered around school cafeteria tables and listened as administrators delivered a hopeful message: Their children, who all attend Charles R. Drew Preparatory Academy, one of the city’s few schools serving mostly black students, were already on track to do better on next year’s state tests.

Fallbrook schools pays $1.2 million to former employee in whistleblower case

By Deborah Sullivan Brennan

A former information technology director for Fallbrook schools received a court award of almost $1.2 million this month, concluding a wrongful termination case filed five years ago.

The employee, Elaine Allyn, sued the district after she was fired in May 2012, claiming officials had retaliated against her for initially refusing to delete e-mails archived on a school server.

Attorney: Alum Rock manager sought secret deal on construction bids

By Sharon 

Alum Rock schools’ facilities director made a side deal with a construction company for a middle school renovation that would have cost taxpayers an extra $2.5 million and netted extra revenue for the firm and for the district’s controversial bond construction manager, Del Terra Real Estate, the school district’s attorney alleged in a confidential report obtained by this newspaper.

Commentary | School funding change: Promise of law still not fulfilled

By Norma Chavez-Peterson & Sylvia Torres-Guillen

Four years ago, the Local Control Funding Formula became law, fundamentally changing the way California funds school districts. It was supposed to usher in a new era giving more power and autonomy to districts, streamlining funding and — most importantly — leveling the playing field for students whom we often leave behind.

Poll: Californians lean toward school choice, away from testing

By Sharon Noguchi

When it comes to education, Californians see the wealthy awash in school choice, the poor with few options and, surprisingly, the middle class with some — but not a lot — of choices in selecting a school, a poll released Thursday shows.

So it’s no wonder that 55 percent of voters want government to offer vouchers or tax breaks to enable children from low-income families to attend private school; 46 percent would offer that government aid to parents of all income levels.

2017 California school test scores: Why are they flatlining?

By Sharon Naguchi

Breaking with its steadily upward trend, California’s annual test scores have stagnated, with fewer than half of students proficient in math and English, and a wide ethnic achievement gap persisting.

State scores released Wednesday show just 49 percent of students proficient in English and 37 percent proficient in math. The numbers are half a percentage-point different from 2016 — down in English and up in math. Tests were administered last spring to students in third through eighth grades and 11th grade.

California must find and fix its worst public schools. Here’s one way to start

By Joy Resmovits, Priya Krishnakumar and Ben Walsh

California just released its third round of scores on new, tougher standardized tests, and now the state is on the hook.

A federal law requires states to identify the bottom 5% of their schools next school year and take steps to fix them. California education officials have yet to develop a detailed plan of how to do that.

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