STATE: Novel program allowing California community colleges…

Lawmakers and advocates pushing for more California community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees — a break from their core mission — may want to exercise caution. A new report from the state Legislature’s independent policy advisor warns that the year-old… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Search average teacher, superintendent pay for…

California teachers saw a modest pay bump in 2017,​ with average teacher pay approaching $80,000, new state figures show. The average teacher salary in 2017 was $79,128, up 2.5 percent from 2016, according to​ the data. Staffing also grew modestly,… Read full article at The Fresno Bee

NATIONAL: Four Things for Educators to Know…

Congress just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a major overhaul for the federal tax code. It took a second House vote on Wednesday to finally get it done, and the holdup was related to education. (More on that… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Sesame Workshop to Address Refugee Children’s…

The Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee, a refugee aid group, won a first-of-its kind $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Wednesday for an ambitious education and outreach program designed to address the… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: U.S. Education in 2017 in 10…

Numbers can sometimes explain an issue better even than words. The charts, graphs, maps, and visualizations below all feature data that were released this year and convey some big takeaways about U.S. schools, students, and teachers in 2017. Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Education Department scraps policy of fully…

Students who were defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may not get their loans forgiven entirely, the Education Department announced Wednesday, in a reversal of the Obama administration policy of wiping out the debt. Under President Obama, tens of thousands… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

NATIONAL: School Ditches Online Learning Program After…

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — The fast-growing online platform was built with help from Facebook engineers and designed to help students learn at their own speed. But it's been dropped because parents in this Connecticut suburb revolted, saying there was no… Read full article at US News and World Report

NATIONAL: Why the GOP tax bill is…

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - There's a tax break for parents who send their children to private elementary and high schools in the GOP tax bill making its way to the President's desk. It would expand the use of 529 savings… Read full article at KESQ News

Jurupa Valley music charter school accepting…

Enrollment is open to attend Pacific Avenue Academy of Music, a one-of-a-kind music magnet school in Jurupa Valley. The public school for students in preschool through sixth grade infuses music into daily instruction. Located in the Rubidoux neighborhood, it is… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Pepper spray was source of odor…

The odor that prompted the evacuation of the science building at Centennial High in Corona turned out to be pepper spray, a school district spokeswoman said Tuesday, Dec. 19. “Individual(s) responsible for the possession of the pepper spray have been… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise