Updated 11:14 am PDT, Thursday, May 9, 2019 Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards boxes of tampons and diapers after proposing to eliminate from the state sales tax on such products in his upcoming state budget during a news conference, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The tax cuts are part of a "parents' agenda" Newsom is pursuing, and he plans to unveil a revised state budget later this week. Newsom was, accompanied by his wife, first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, center, Southern California Democratic Assemblywoman Monique Limon, right, and others. less Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards boxes of tampons and diapers after proposing to eliminate from the state sales tax on such products in his upcoming state budget during a news conference, Tuesday, May 7, ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP … [Read more...] about The Latest: California governor proposes $213.5B budget
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Reporting from Sacramento — It looked like an early April Fools’ joke at first. But, no, it was just an ambitious rookie governor trying to play world leader.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that he’ll be flying to El Salvador to learn “the root causes of migration” to the United States.Does anyone in this hemisphere not know the root cause of why caravans of Central American refugees are seeking asylum in the U.S.? Newsom quickly answered his own question in the same prepared sentence in which he raised it: They’re “fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.”That has been a reason why humans have migrated for thousands of years. Escaping poverty and bullies — seeking opportunity and a better life — have been root motivators forever.So consider the governor’s “fact-finding mission” completed before he even boards the plane, right? Maybe he also could read a book and do a little … [Read more...] about Capitol Journal: Forget the trip to El Salvador, Newsom needs to focus on California’s problems
After a year on the market, Pearson's K-12 courseware and curriculum business in the United States has been sold for $250 million in cash and debt. The British publishing company said this week it is selling the business to California-based Nexus Capital Management. The sale will not include the Pearson Vue division that conducts educational tests in offices in Bloomington and Minneapolis. It also does not include the company's higher education textbook business. The sale of the K-12 business is unusually structured. It involves an initial $25 million cash payment, followed by an "unconditional vendor note" of $225 million. The note is expected to be paid in three to seven years, Pearson officials said. Following the repayment of the vendor note, Pearson will be entitled to 20 percent of all future cash flows and 20 percent of net proceeds should the business be sold again. "This additional consideration has been structured to provide Pearson with the potential to capture future upside … [Read more...] about Pearson K-12 textbook business sold for $250 million
Rachel Premack, provided by Published 12:48 pm CDT, Friday, November 2, 2018 Shayanne Gal/Business Insider Google for Education tools have taken off "like grass on fire," industry analysts say. The software is completely free and Chromebooks, which are laptops manufactured by other companies running the Google Chrome operating system, are deeply discounted for classrooms. These tactics have worked: Google-powered devices made up almost 60% of computing devices purchased for US classrooms in 2017, up from 5% in 2012. Eighty million teachers and students use the platform worldwide, and there are 30 million Chromebooks in classrooms. Teachers have expressed suspicions about why the mega-corporation is giving away the valuable software. "There is a bit of a mistrust to Google in some way from the teacher standpoint because it is such a large corporation offering everything for free," Danny Wagner at Common Sense Media said. Michelle Alphe's French classes in … [Read more...] about Teachers love Google’s education products but are suspicious. Why is a megacorporation giving them a perfect tool for free?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spent more than $US200 million on a teacher effectiveness initiative, and an independent assessment found that the program failed to help students. Now the Gates Foundation is trying a new approach: supporting local organisations that work directly with teachers and principals. Professors who specialize in education told Business Insider that the new initiative’s focus on local groups is a step in the right direction. However, experts noted the Gates Foundation is funding some of the same groups as before, and one professor said many of the new projects are vague and broad in scope. In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched an ambitious project to improve teacher effectiveness among certain primary and secondary schools in California, Florida, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. The goal was to reform teacher evaluations. More effective teachers, the foundation predicted, would improve student achievement, raise graduation … [Read more...] about A $1 billion Gates Foundation-backed education initiative failed to help students — here’s how the foundation’s next $450 million project will look