STATE: California ESSA Plan Not Giving Parents…

California’s parents aren’t getting two key pieces of information they need to evaluate schools, says a new independent review of states’ accountability plans. California ranked at the bottom, along with Idaho and Texas, receiving the lowest scores in two categories… Read full article at The Seventy Four

NATIONAL: Driver, student killed when Iowa school…

A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said. No one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

NATIONAL: Smoking, drinking and drug abuse decline…

Drinking, smoking and drug abuse are on the decline among American teenagers, in some cases falling to the lowest levels seen in decades, according to the latest results from an annual nationwide survey. About 1 in 3 middle and high… Read full article at source

NATIONAL: Many State ESSA Plans Are ‘Uncreative,…

The two-year-old Every Student Succeeds Act was supposed to free states up to go off in bold, new directions on K-12 policy. So did state plans—all of which have been turned into the U.S. Department of Education—live up to that… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Many Educators Skeptical of School Choice,…

School choice may be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ favorite policy topic. But an Education Week nationally representative survey indicates that classroom teachers, principals, and district superintendents are highly skeptical of vouchers, charter schools, and tax-credit scholarships. And that… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Do Teachers’ Political Views Align With…

Last summer, Laurie Villani picked up her monthly issue of the National Education Association’s magazine, NEA Today—which she likes to skim for teaching tips—and was disturbed by what she saw. On the cover: an article referring to the heartache that… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: District says teacher can’t force pupil…

CENTREVILLE, Va. — Officials with a Virginia school district say a teacher who allegedly disciplined a high school student for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance will not be returning to the classroom. The superintendent for Fairfax County… Read full article at The Washington Post

students loading van with cart loads of items

Indio High’s health academy prescribes hands-on…

November was a busy month at Indio High School’s HANS Academy (Health and Nutritional Services). Part of the school’s CTE program (Career Technical Education) provides specialized health career training for over 200 students, 10 percent of the school’s student body.… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Schools foundation spotlights first arts center…

Donors who sponsored the first 55 theater seats at the Richards Center for the Arts were recently honored at a dedication ceremony and reception at the former Palm Springs High School Auditorium. Part of the Foundation for Palm Springs Unified… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Gabriela Urias De Jacquez Indio resident speaking on News Channel 3

Parents concerned over zoning of new…

INDIO, Calif. - Back in 2014, residents approved Measure KK, which generated funding for the revitalization of some schools within the Desert Sands Unified School District. Once school officials took a look at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, however, they… Read full article at KESQ News