STATE: Don’t ignore economic inequality at schools,…

Some time ago, members of the student government that I advise came to me to share something that most, if not all, teachers have experienced at this time of year — that uncomfortable feeling when casual talk of holiday vacations… Read full article at PBS

NATIONAL: Feds issue guidance for states for…

One week after President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education sent out a four-page letter today to the school chiefs of every state providing guidance for what to do during the transition period… Read full article at EdSource

NATIONAL: Republicans keep pressing for tenure, layoff,…

Republican legislators are continuing to push for passage of three California teacher reform bills, but it’s unclear what the status of the bills will be when the Legislature convenes in January. The Assembly Education Committee spent three hours discussing the… Read full article at EdSource

NATIONAL: Google is tracking students as it…

In public classrooms across the country, the corporate name that is fast becoming as common as pencils and erasers is Google. More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap… Read full article at The Washington Post

NATIONAL: Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball…

Recess at Eagle Mountain Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, looks much like recess anyplace else. Some kids run and squeal, others swing, while a half-dozen of their peers are bunched up on the slide. Journey Orebaugh, a 6-year-old in… Read full article at NPR/KPCC

NATIONAL: Arne Duncan’s Final Speech Centers on…

Ten years from now, most people will probably remember U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's tenure for Race to the Top, changes to teacher evaluation, and Common Core politics. But his final speech—at Saint Sabina's Church on Chicago's gritty south… Read full article at Education Week

students in First Lego League competition

Legos offer a leg up on…

We use the terms Common Core and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to describe today’s problem-solving education, but it isn’t always easy to place a visual with the concept. It is easier when you are using Legos and robotics to… Read full article at The Desert Sun

North High drama production

North High’s Anna Hightower

When Anna Hightower was 3 years old, her parents took her to see “Babes in Toyland” at Riverside Children’s Theatre. She was enchanted. Little did her parents know they were creating a lifelong love of the stage. Hightower joined Riverside… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Moreno Valley crossing guard

Moreno Valley: Crossing guards debated at…

Moreno Valley city and school officials are continuing their dialogue on funding crossing guards although they've yet to resolve who will pay for the program. The City Council and school board heard an update Thursday night, Dec. 17 in their… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Michael John Franco

Boyfriend pleads not guilty in slaying…

A 44-year-old ex-con pleaded not guilty Thursday to murdering his girlfriend, a Coachella Valley native and popular Palm Desert High School math teacher. The body of Jill Grant, 41, was discovered in a dirt area near Golf Center Parkway and… Read full article at The Desert Sun