Politics & Education - Page 2

  • Bill would provide big tax breaks to teachers

    (Calif.) In an effort reduce the growing teacher shortage and improve retention rates, a bill pending before lawmakers would exclude certified classroom instructors from paying state income taxes after five years of service.

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  • Final adjustment on evaluation dashboard

    (Calif.) Staring at a deadline sometime this month for giving the public its first access to a web-based delivery of a host of new school and student performance indicators, officials at the California Department of Education will likely be putting in some overtime.

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  • Federal suit calls history curriculum anti-Hindu

    (Calif.) This week the state board of education will go into closed session to consider a federal civil rights suit filed by followers of Hinduism who claim new history and social science content standards are discriminatory.

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  • State charter group takes off the gloves in battle with CTA

    (Calif.) Wealthy supporters of charter schools have never been slow to put up big dollars backing candidates or ballot measures they believe will help the movement. But the state’s umbrella organization–the California Charter School Association–has traditionally been far more circumspect when it came to picking fights.

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  • Remediation rates inflated by poor assessment process

    (Calif.) While preparing students for higher education remains a primary goal of the state’s high schools, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office said Wednesday that inaccurate readiness testing by colleges refers too many incoming freshmen into remediation programs.

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