Samira Claros

Banning: High school senior sees no…

Student Samira Claros, a rising star in the community, is helping teacher Thomas Finch bring jazz to Banning High School, and she isn’t stopping there. Samira has been singing since she was three years old and has been making herself… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Hemet Band

Hemet: London’s calling for marching band

A group of San Jacinto Valley teenagers is taking a bit of the community’s best-known attraction across the ocean. The Ramona Bowl All-Star band will perform in London’s New Year’s Day Parade on Jan. 1. The band, which consists of… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

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STATE: A year of change: EdSource’s top…

This year brought several changes to public schools in California, beginning with a robust economy that added billions of dollars to boost K-12 per-pupil spending. In a year of multiple developments, EdSource has selected its top five stories of 2015. … Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Closing the achievement gap: Will California’s…

Student scores on the Smarter Balanced assessments, the centerpiece of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, were released in September 2015. They underscored the continuing achievement gaps that decades of education reforms have failed to close.… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: After-school program funding remains separate under…

After-school and summer programs will not only retain a separate funding stream, they will also get a slight boost in dollars under the new federal education bill and budget. At one point during the negotiations that resulted in the Every… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: State finds teacher shortage in more…

In a move that could result in more federal financial assistance for prospective teachers, the California Department of Education has identified a teacher shortage in almost every subject area in the state, including for the first time physical education, health… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: State reports 97% participation rate in…

Sizable numbers of juniors at a handful of high schools declined to take new Smarter Balanced tests in the Common Core standards, but the overall statewide participation rate for the tests was 97 percent, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: New year brings a focus on…

As millions of California public school students prepare to take the Smarter Balanced standardized tests this coming spring, educators say they’re taking steps to avoid technology problems that affected some students last year. “We had some difficulty with keys sticking,… Read full article at NPR/KPCC

STATE: What they said in 2015: Diverse…

In 2015 California grappled with implementation of multiple reforms, including the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, replacing the end of the No Child Left Behind Act, and developing a new accountability system for the state.… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Cal State University applications reach record…

California State University received a record 831,073 applications for fall 2016 admission, an increase of more than 40,000 compared to the previous year, according to figures released Friday. It’s the sixth straight year the nation’s largest public university system has… Read full article at EdSource