STATE: What does California’s superintendent of public…

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reads to schoolchildren. The job of state superintendent of public instruction has been around since California itself. The position was written into the state’s 1849 constitution; four years later, Gov. John Bigler asked… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Despite progress, California’s teaching force far…

California has a far more racially and ethnically diverse teaching force than it had 20 years ago — and a more diverse one than is the case nationally. About about 1 in 3 of the state’s 305,000 teachers are teachers… Read full article at EdSource

STATE: Ocean View School District removes committee…

A Huntington Beach resident who is alleged to have referred to minorities as "colored people" in a YouTube video is being removed from an Ocean View School District committee, effective immediately. During a heated three-hour meeting Tuesday night, the district… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: Professor who called Barbara Bush ‘an…

"I will never be fired," professor Randa Jarrar taunted critics after she blasted Barbara Bush as a racist not an hour after the former first lady's death was announced last week. And the president of California State University, Fresno, has… Read full article at KPCC

STATE: English learners are becoming English-proficient at…

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who are still learning English are becoming proficient in their new language at record levels. In L.A. Unified, 20.7 percent of the students who began the school year as English learners will… Read full article at KPCC

STATE: After blackface incident, minority students at…

Aaliyah Ramos was walking through the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus last year when a prospective student approached her. Ramos was the only black person, the young woman said, that she and her mother had seen that day. They… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

STATE: Former Poway superintendent to pay $185,000…

Former Poway Superintendent John Collins agreed to pay $185,000 to the school district, and struck a plea bargain that reduced four felony charges of misusing public funds to a misdemeanor charge of failing to disclose outside income. Collins was accused… Read full article at San Diego Union-Tribune

STATE: PUSD board changes its policy on…

The Poway Unified School District Board of Education has made a “philosophical” change to the district’s homework policy that could have real changes in the future. The board members have been reviewing and updating the district’s policies to bring them… Read full article at San Diego Union-Tribune

STATE: High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While…

Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree. "All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on… Read full article at NPR

NATIONAL: Arizona unites to care for, feed…

PHOENIX — From gathering gift cards, prepping boxed lunches and opening church doors for child care, communities across Arizona are getting ready for a historic teacher walkout that could keep hundreds of thousands of students out of school indefinitely. Working… Read full article at The Washington Post