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School Bond Initiative

We have just learned that the school bond initiative has received enough signatures to appear on the November 2016 ballot.  The bond measure will provide a total of $9 billion in new funds for K-14 school facilities.  This initiative maintains the current School Facilities Program rules that were in place
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State Allocation Board Summary – August 25, 2015

Blow is a summary of last week’s State Allocation Board Meeting.  Items of note include: Close of Charter School Facilities Program (CSFP) Funding Round – Using the remaining funds in the CSFP, the SAB funded eligible charter projects for preliminary funding apportionments.  Projects which didn’t make this funding round will be
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Appropriations Committees Pass Education Bills

Yesterday, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees acted on over 500 bills, including a large number of education measures. All of the bills acted upon contained significant costs to the state, so their passage signals strong institutional support. The bills that passed out of committee now head to the Senate
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Davis v. Fresno USD Appeal Denied

The California Supreme Court yesterday denied hearing the appeals in Davis v. Fresno USD, relating to Lease-leaseback (LLB) design/build projects.  They also denied the petition to depublish the case, which means the Appellate Court decision is public and may set precedent.  The Appellate Court defined the parameters of the law
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Will the Supreme Court Eliminate Agency Fees?

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is a case with enormous implications for public-sector unions, including the California Teachers Associations (CTA) and other California unions representing school employees.  The US Supreme Court has agreed to take the case, and in the next session will consider whether to invalidate the “agency shop”
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New Teacher Evaluation Lawsuit

As you may have heard, yesterday Students Matter and Gibson Dunn, the folks that are behind the Vergara litigation, filed a lawsuit against 13 school districts and their superintendents and governing board members.  The lawsuit, Doe v. Antioch, alleges that the districts and school officials willfully violated the Stull Act
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July SBE Hearing ­ Accountability and Assessment

Just like the last few SBE hearings, the July meeting focused on accountability and assessment and included extensive discussion but few official actions. Below is a summary of the key items, including the Evaluation Rubrics, the SARC, the Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments, the Digital Library, Technology, the California
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