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2009-07-16 12:38:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell met with ProCon.org's founder Steve Markoff on July 14, 2009. After the meeting, California's highest elected education official Tweeted: "Just met with the founder of procon.org. It's a great resource that breaks down hot button issues with quality, sourced info." A few minutes later he posted another message on his Twitter page: "The best part about procon.org...

2008-09-26 21:00:25

By Melissa Pamer Dropout Report There were fewer public high school dropouts at most South Bay school districts than was recently reported by state education officials, according to revised data released this week. The statewide dropout rate fell to 21.5 percent from the 24.2 percent reported two months ago, state schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell said Thursday. "To see a reduction of about 3 percent is clearly a step in the right direction," O'Connell said. "But, that said, it's...

2008-09-12 06:00:31

By editorial STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF Jack O'Connell called closing the educational achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white and Asian peers is "the civil rights challenge of our time." That sentiment echoes what Sen. John McCain said in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. They are both right. Much to O'Connell's credit, California is making some limited progress in closing the gap as measured by the state's high school exit exam. But much...

2008-09-06 00:00:23

By Jerry Berrios; George B. Sanchez Its students made modest gains in math and English this year, but the Los Angeles Unified School District still lags behind the state average and remains on a watch list for falling short of federal goals, according to state exam results released Thursday. LAUSD's score on the Academic Performance Index -- the state's academic benchmark -- rose by 21 points to 683 for the 2007-08 school year. The statewide average was 742, up from 728 in 2006-07. "We...

2008-09-01 03:00:21

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced last week that the State Allocation Board has awarded more than $259 million to 69 school districts and county offices of education. The money will go toward construction and modernization projects in districts statewide, including Adelanto Elementary, Hesperia Unified and Needles Unified. O'Connell also announced that nearly $13 million in emergency repair funds were awarded to help pay...

2008-08-27 15:01:00

By Contra Costa Times By Katy Murphy STAFF WRITER OAKLAND -- In order for California's new eighth-grade Algebra I requirement to work, the state superintendent of public instruction says, the state needs to spend about $3 billion each year for smaller math classes, additional class time, more school counseling services, teacher recruitment and training, and expanded after school and summer programs. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell said he was aware that he was making the costly...

2008-08-27 15:01:00

By Katy Murphy; Linh Tat In order for California's new eighth-grade algebra requirement to work, the state's schools chief says, the state needs to spend nearly $3 billion a year for smaller math classes, additional class time, more school counseling services, teacher recruitment and training, and expanded after-school and summer programs. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell said he was aware that he was making the costly proposal amid talks of sweeping statewide budget cuts. But if the...

2008-08-20 09:01:16

By Wendy Leung The unveiling of state testing results Thursday showed area students maintained or improved their academic proficiencies, allowing many schools to begin the semester on a positive note. Results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program - which measured almost 5million California students on grades 2 through 11 in English language arts, math, science and social science - also showed statewide gains. "It's a clear signal, by any definition, that public education in...

2008-07-29 12:01:08

By Abby Souza, Merced Sun-Star, Calif. Jul. 29--California may not have approved a budget, but that doesn't mean the state has stopped handing out money. Four Merced County school districts' requests for funds to improve their campuses were awarded by the State Allocation Board, State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell announced last week. Los Banos Unified, Merced City, Planada Elementary and Winton Elementary school districts received $4.8 million to make emergency repairs and...

2008-07-24 03:00:52

By Greenhut, Steven Anyone interested in the nearly criminal mismanagement of the nation's government-run schools need only do research on the acronym LAUSD. In March 2006 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraiogosa gave a speech blasting the LAUSD-Los Angeles Unified School District-for its "culture of complacency" and described the dropout problem in the district as "the new civil rights issue of our time." These aren't the words of a conservative education reformer, but of a liberal...