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A Discussion Of California School Funding

A Discussion Of California School Funding

By Winfred B. Roberson, Jr. California School Funding History Most Californians over the age of 50 have at least vague recollections of the 1968-1977-landmark case, Serrano vs. Priest I, II & III. That historic case addressed unequal public education funding in California at a time when local property taxes went directly to local school...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

Mar 24, 2015
Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

On Thursday night, the school district heard a critique of its use of TONI by Professor Tobin White. His research finds that the students administered the TONI were “six times more likely to qualify than those taking only the OLSAT.” They were also nine times more likely, according to Professor White, to score in...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Social Justice and AIM

Mar 21, 2015
My View: Social Justice and AIM

For a long time I have stayed relatively quiet on the issue of GATE/ AIM. There have been a variety of reasons for that, but after watching the discussion on Thursday night, things have changed. The debate emerged on Thursday can be seen as one of inclusivity versus exclusivity. My concern is that the...

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California Political News and Views
Future of UC System in Hands of “Committe of Two”

Ironically, in the midst of Sunshine Week, designed to create more open government and freedom of information, the “Committee of Two” considering the financial situation of the UC system – Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano – are not forthcoming in revealing details about their negotiations. Despite protests to the contrary, this may...

Davis Vanguard
Are AIM Students Being Overidentified? School Board Grapples with AIM Identification Issue

Mar 20, 2015
Are AIM Students Being Overidentified? School Board Grapples with AIM Identification Issue

While there were a number of procedural issues asked about the presentations on Tuesday night regarding the district AIM program, much of the hard questions focused particularly on the identification and testing issue. Board Member Madhavi Sunder noted that the importance of process is not only to ensure equal access, but to make sure...

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Davis Vanguard
Are Changes to GATE/AIM on the Way?

Mar 19, 2015
Are Changes to GATE/AIM on the Way?

The DJUSD School Board tonight will see two presentations on the AIM Program, apparently at the request of board members who have provided two professors from UC Davis to present their findings regarding AIM assessment and identification data at the Board of Education meeting. This information was presented to the Superintendent’s AIM Advisory Committee...

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Whos Cooking School Lunch
Lodi’s Family Dinner from around the World

Lodi’s Family Dinner from around the World

What’s for dinner? Nancy Rostimily, Lodi Unified School District’s Food Service Director, decided it would be an international taste of salads, along with hot chicken noodle soup and bread as well as fresh Mandarin oranges, locally sourced and so sweet, … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
Conflict of Interest: Did County Board of Education Member Violate Law in Participating in Charter Vote?

Mar 2, 2015

On February 17, 2015, the County Board of Education voted 4-1 against a staff recommendation and granted the appeal of the charter petition of Empowering Possibilities International Charter School (EPIC). In so doing, newly elected board member Matt Taylor, appeared to go against counsel recommendation that he recuse himself due to the perception of...

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Buckhorn Road
Excellent quote of the day

Feb 24, 2015

Progressives:  Our ideas are so good, they're mandatory!

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Want to Get Rid of AP U.S. History

Feb 18, 2015
Oklahoma Lawmakers Want to Get Rid of AP U.S. History

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (CNN)- Some lawmakers in Oklahoma want to make Advanced Placement U.S. History history. What’s their beef? The course, which was redesigned by the College Board and implemented in high school classrooms last year, isn’t quite pro-America enough. “In essence, we have a new emphasis on what is bad about America,” said...

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