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Fresno is "ready" for universal preschool. But is Newsom's plan the best way to fund it?
By Aleksandra Appleton, Fresno Bee  ׀  January 8, 2019
New research from the Berkeley Early Childhood Think Tank says it’s possible to finance Newsom’s loftiest goals – just not in the way the governor has proposed. Researcher Bruce Fuller says that rather than a one-time cash infusion, the group would prefer to see long-term investments tied to existing funding mechanisms that wouldn’t be at the mercy of a future economic downswing. Read more

Butte County Office of Education launches art education consortium
By Risa Johnson, Enterprise-Record ׀ January 7, 2019
The Butte County Office of Education launched a consortium last week, funded with a $2.8 million grant, to enhance art education for students across Northern California.  Read more

Tony Thurmond sworn in as state schools superintendent
By Ricardo Cano, CALMatters ׀ January 7, 2019
Tony Thurmond, who spent a childhood in the sort of poverty that mirrors the lives of many California school children, was sworn in on Monday as state superintendent of public instruction, becoming the second African American to hold the office. Read more

San Mateo Kids Get Big Lift With Amazing Results
By Sue Wood, Patch ׀ January 4, 2019
According to a recent RAND Corporation study, children who participated in Big Lift preschools were more kindergarten-ready than demographically similar peers who did not attend preschool. Read more

How California's Rural Education Network Is Creating an Online Hub to Better Connect Remote Schools and Empower Teachers to Share Experiences, Strategies & Classroom Materials
By Laura Fay, The 74 ׀ January 2, 2019
Educators in rural communities face unique challenges, but they also have special strengths that aren’t always found in urban and suburban schools. Read more 



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