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California court rules students have no right to a quality education

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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A California appeals court has ruled that students do not have a constitutional right to a quality education, so an argument that funding levels violate such a right does not stand. This San Francisco court said that, while students have the constitutional right to an education, they do not have the right to any specific level […]

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Los Angeles has space for only half of magnet school applicants

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Fewer than half of students who applied for a seat in a Los Angeles Unified School District magnet school for the 2016-2017 school year got one. The district received around 44,000 application. School board member Richard Vladovic said the lack of spots is driving parents to seek alternatives outside of LAUSD.  “I’m absolutely convinced there is a […]

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Cornyn in the middle of EB-5 visa reform fight

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  California, National, New York, News, Texas, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn embracing New York values? His failure to challenge a controversial visa-investor program and refusal to respond to reform proposals from 31 rural Texas officials aligns him with Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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California’s price-setting proposal draws fire from patient advocates

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, California, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A measure that will appear on the state’s ballot in November will ask Californians if they want to impose new regulations aimed at curbing high drug prices.

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Vergara overturned, but teacher tenure conversation changed forever

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  California, Education, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

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The same week a state appellate court overturned a lower court’s ruling that barred teacher tenure, four families in Minnesota filed a similar lawsuit questioning the fairness of tenure laws and last in-first out policies. “There’s no doubt though that [Vergara v. California] has already changed the conversation,” Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, told […]

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Unions celebrate Vergara ruling

By   /  April 15, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Unions are celebrating a decision that overthrows a lower court ruling that would have ended tenure for teachers in California. The original ruling would have made it easier for administrators to fire teachers who were performing poorly, which is extremely difficult to do once a teacher has reached tenure.  Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation […]

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