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Anaheim City School District Keeps Slapping Palm Lane Parents In The Face

Last week, Orange County Superior Curt Judge Andrew Banks ruled in favor of parents who used the Parent Trigger Law to convert their school into an independent charter school. Banks castigated the Anaheim City School District’s behavior during that process, calling it “unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious.” He ruled the parents had more than enough signatures and that the district was ...

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New City Budgets Tags $10 Million Surplus For Public Safety And Neighborhood Improvements

This came over the transom on Thursday from Councilwoman Kris Murray: Council Approves Historic Budget $10 million surplus for public safety and neighborhood improvements Dear Friends,  On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a historic city budget, dedicating a $10 million surplus, created by growth in the resort district, to neighborhood improvements including restoration of police and fire personnel, iconic ...

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AD68 Watch: Assemblywoman Young Kim Endorses Harry Sidhu

This came over the transom today from the Assembly campaign of former Anaheim Councilmember Harry Sidhu: Assemblymember Young Kim Endorses Harry Sidhu For Assembly ORANGE COUNTY, CA –Today Republican Harry Sidhu announced receiving the endorsement of Assemblymember Young Kim in his campaign for the 68th Assembly District. Assemblymember Kim, representing Orange County’s 65th Assembly District, is nationally recognized as a ...

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School Testing Yields Big Profit$—But Only Spurious Test Scores

State testing programs profit test makers billions of dollars each year—particularly Pearson Education, Educational Testing Service, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and McGraw-Hill—but reading test scores provide almost no benefit to teachers or to students, the test takers. Scores do not benefit teachers because they (a) do not provide useful information for improving instruction and (b) only superficially measure academic growth, thus ...

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A Lethal Elixir: Copious Testing and Misdirected Teaching

Under the guise of accountability—and as a condition for Palm Lane Elementary School (and other public schools) to receive federal funds—No Child Left Behind (NCLB) required that each state create or adopt tests to assess students’ annual progress. The content of these tests for students in elementary schools varied widely among states. Some states adopted more difficult tests, but other ...

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AD68 Watch: Rep. Mimi Walters, Sup. Todd Spitzer Endorse Harry Sidhu for Assembly

This came over the transom today from the Harry Sidhu for Assembly campaign: Sidhu Receives Endorsement from Two of Orange County’s Most Influential Leaders: U.S. Representative Walters and Chair of the Board of Supervisors Spitzer ANAHEIM, CA – Republican businessman Harry Sidhu continues to jump out to an early lead in the election for California’s 68th Assembly District. Today Sidhu added two ...

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SD37 Update: Walk for Wagner With Anaheim Leaders

This came over the transom this afternoon from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Anaheim Leaders Support Don Wagner Dear Friends, Please join me in supporting Assemblyman Don Wagner, who is running for election to fill the vacancy in the State Senate, 37th District, which includes Anaheim. During his tenure in the State Assembly, Don has been a strong supporter of Anaheim. ...

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