EdSource Extra! Report: Continuation schools often “exit ramp” from school than “on-ramp to success”

By Pamela Martineau ~ EdSource Extra

California’s continuation schools are failing to provide the academic and critical support services that students need to succeed,  a new report from researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford has concluded.

A fixture on the education landscape for a half century, the state’s nearly 500 continuation schools  are intended to help students who are struggling academically, but haven’t succeeded in a regular high school setting and are in danger of not graduating from high school.

via Report: Continuation schools often “exit ramp” from school than “on-ramp to success”.

Daily Republic: Solano educators honor Fairfield student who came ‘out of his shell’

FAIRFIELD — Teachers at Golden Hills Education Center’s Adult Transition Program do not know all the details about Philip Marecek’s childhood, but they know enough to know it was tough.

Marecek, who has autism, lost each of his parents at an early age. When his mother died, he came to Fairfield from Florida to live with his sister, attending Armijo High School for a brief period to earn a certificate of completion and later attending the Adult Transition Program.

Teachers and administrators are in awe of his turnaround. For it, they honored him Monday as part of the Solano County Chapter of Association of California School Administrator’s Every Student Succeeding initiative.

via Solano educators honor Fairfield student who came ‘out of his shell’.

The Educated Guess: Should districts be handed full control over spending?

To mitigate the impact of substantially cutting spending for K-12 schools, the Legislature agreed to temporarily let school districts decide how to spend money that had been earmarked for dozens of special programs, from adult education to teacher training. Now, as part of his plan to reform how education is funded, Gov. Brown is proposing to go a big step further and give local districts total and permanent flexibility over nearly all of the remaining categorical programs. He also wants to drop two dozen mandated programs, leaving districts the option of continuing to fund them without state reimbursement. Is spending flexibility over billions of dollars, ending state control over what the Legislature deemed important priorities, wise policy? Can districts be trusted to do right by children? And suppose they don’t – what then?

To explore this issue, we asked four leaders with different perspectives: Jill Wynns, president of the California School Boards Association; John Affeldt, managing partner of the nonprofit law firm Public Advocates; Bob Wells, executive director of the Association of California  School Administrators; and Erin Gabel, Director of Government Affairs for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. What do you think? Please share your views.

via Should districts be handed full control over spending? – by forum.

Daily Republic: Peers honor Fairfield-Suisun School District administrator

FAIRFIELD — Robert A. Martinez, director of human resources for the Fairfield-Suisun School District, was named 2012 Administrator of the Year in the Personnel-Human Resources category by the Association of California School Administrators.

via Peers honor Fairfield-Suisun School District administrator.