NATIONAL: Betsy DeVos OKs ESSA Plans for…

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has greenlighted Minnesota and West Virginia's plans for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. They are the first two states that submitted plans in the fall to win federal approval. Minnesota is planning… Read full article at Education Week

NATIONAL: Homeschooling: Requirements, Research, and Who Does…

Even as recently as 1980, home schooling was illegal in a majority of states­—and didn’t become lawful nationwide until 1993. But once seen as a fringe practice of families on the extreme right and left­—religious conservatives and hippies—homeschooling today is… Read full article at Education Week

Medal of Honor values are topic…

Riverside National Cemetery and the March Air Field Museum have formed a partnership with the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to offer a free character development seminar for secondary school educators March 6 at the museum. The Medal of Honor… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Palm Springs schools seek community input…

Palm Springs Unified Schools District is working on the fifth year of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and, once again, we are seeking input from staff, students, parents and community members on changes, additions or deletions to our current… Read full article at The Desert Sun

group of female educators and students showing their muscle, some dressed like Wonder Woman

‘Wonder Woman’ team inspires valley students

It’s film festival time in the Coachella Valley. For students that means a unique opportunity to participate in the viewing of films that impact society as a whole. Next week’s Desert Sands Unified School District article in this publication will… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Singer Von Smith to channel Freddie…

It’s often said that the music we love — songs we upload to an iTunes playlist, for instance — is the soundtrack of our lives. Each tune triggers a memory of a significant moment or experience: When did you first… Read full article at The Desert Sun

STATE: Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature plan for…

Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark law that sends additional dollars to K-12 students from disadvantaged communities will meet its funding goals two years ahead of schedule under a budget proposal to be unveiled in Sacramento on Wednesday. The governor’s budget, according… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: L.A. school board keeps interim leader,…

Meeting for the first time since Supt. Michelle King announced her retirement, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted Tuesday to name Vivian Ekchian — who has been filling in for King since October — as interim superintendent. Board members… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: ‘Teachers have better work stories’ says…

Friends are sitting around a campfire when a man asks the woman next to him about her job. “It was fourth period biology, Phoebe was gnawing on a brain, Anna was hissing like a feral cat,” she said. Her camping… Read full article at EdSource