The Answer Sheet: california


Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

California's Gov. Brown blasts state, federal education policy

"We seem to think," California Gov. Jerry Brown said in his State of the State Address today, "that education is a thing like a vaccine that can be designed from afar and simply injected into our children." Here are some of the other things he said in address on education.

By Valerie Strauss  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 PM ET, 10/14/2012

Rich siblings spend big bucks to affect California education funding

Molly Munger vs. California Gov. Jerry Brown is this week's case study in our continuing look at how billionaires (and millionaires) are throwing around their money to drive education reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:08 PM ET, 10/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2010

How a teachers' union actually helped kids (not just adults)

You've probably heard a lot about how teacher unions are obstacles to meaningful school reforms, but you probably have NOT heard about this remarkable union-involved success story in California.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2010

The disaster California schools face, and a teacher's call to action

California's public schools face a real funding disaster, and a teacher says it is time to fight back.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/14/2010

The 'Parent Trigger' doesn't help schools or parents

The so-called “parent trigger” law in California, which allows a majority of parents (from a school or from their “feeder” schools) to sign a petition that forces a school to be converted into a charter, is not a genuine parent engagement strategy. The recent effort to apply the law for the first time shows why.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Schools eligible for 2011 John Lennon Scholarship

The John Lennon Scholarship Program created by Yoko Ono is now accepting applicants from a certain group of schools. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 12/05/2010

When teachers are their own worst enemies

An educator/author argues that teachers, however unwittingly, helped create the accountability movement that is now "choking" them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 12/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Some good news for California teachers

Public schools teachers in California got some good news from the midterm elections: Their candidate won in the race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction is still good news.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:19 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/20/2010

California sued over education funding crisis

Desperate educators in California are suing the state over a school funding system that has left many districts unable to provide all students with an equal opportunity to meet the state’s academic goals.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/14/2010

California may jail parents if kids are truant

The California Senate passes a doozy of a bill that would send parents to jail for up to a year if they can't get their kids to school enough of the time. Really.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Should professor be allowed to run a sex Web site?

A tenured California university professor is operating a Web site that caters to people interested in Thailand's sex tourism and school officials say they can't do anything about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/12/2010

Even Megan Fox knows Calif. has an education crisis

"Crisis" is an overused word, but it is actually an understatement to explain what is happening in California public education, where massive budget cuts have left many schools without nurses, janitors, librarians and counselors, and sports programs. Teachers are being laid off in droves--and more cuts are in the offing. A video starring Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green tells it all.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)