California’s secretary of state on Tuesday cleared a group to begin collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to overturn a first-in-the-nation law requiring public schools to teach the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies lessons.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed a landmark bill adding lessons about gay history to social studies classes in California’s public schools.
California will once again be looking to get a piece of the $500 million before offered in the latest “Race to the Top” federal program.
Independent state auditor Elaine Howell told the Sacramento Bee the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing is one of the “worst-run” state agencies in California.
A new formula to make it easier for students to attend a public school close to home turned out to be less popular than school district officials anticipated.
A new report has suggested that California’s budget cuts have taken a severe toll on California’s teachers. Further complicating matters, an upcoming wave of retirements could leave the state short of qualified educators.
The proposed program was expected to be approved, though few if any believed that would quell the controversy and uproar that has surrounded the issue.