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  • Advocacy group questions teacher shortage

    (District of Columbia) The number of K-12 public school teachers in the U.S. jumped 13 percent since the end of the recession increasing the total to more than 3.8 million, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality.

  • Governor signs legislation backing student board rights

    (Calif.) The formal status of students serving in advisory roles on local district boards will be enhanced under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week.

  • Lawmakers aim to reduce college remediation

    (Calif.) Students will no longer be misplaced in remedial college courses or left to languish for years without support in non-credit bearing classes under a bill now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

  • Pending bill would restrict suspensions of early learners

    (Calif.) Last week, charter school officials in Modesto faced the difficult question of how to discipline a 5-year-old for pretending to have a bomb in his backpack. Legislation pending before the governor would prohibit schools in the state preschool program from expelling an early learner for behavior issues except under specific circumstances.

  • New duties for schools if immigration bills pass

    UPDATED 9-21 2:30 pm. to include public comment.(Calif.) There is little doubt that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign SB 54, the so-called state sanctuary bill that limits how law enforcement in California can cooperate with federal immigration officials. But there is another bill that district administrators need to be aware of that is also pending before the governor—AB 699 from Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach.