November 16

[Ed. note:  The “Ed News” will be taking the week of Thanksgiving off. 
 Look for the next issue on Tuesday, Nov. 27th.]
Event Reminder:  The Oxy Ed. Department’s panel about the future of the credential programThe Role of Urban Education Majors and Math/Science Secondary Teachers in Today’s Educational Landscape” will be held Thursday, Nov. 29th at 5:30 p.m.  For details and registration:    http://alumni.oxy.edu/s/956/index1col.aspx?sid=956&gid=1&pgid=1664&cid=4053&ecid=4053&crid=0&calpgid=61&calcid=667
And now to the news.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
    California’s financial health appears to be brightening substantially from the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office budget projections for the next couple of years.  The San Francisco Chronicle has the much rosier details:  http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-s-fiscal-outlook-much-brighter-4037701.php#ixzz2CJqjGIb7
   A new report, highlighted by Valerie Strauss, looks at how school P.E. programs have been reduced or eliminated over the years and also provides some sobering statistics on childhood obesity in the U.S.  The article includes a link to the full report (92 pages) titled “2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA” produced by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/15/school-p-e-programs-hurt-by-loopholes-in-state-laws/  Only 31% of California students are considered physically fit:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/only-31-of-california-students-are-physically-fit.html
   Pres. Obama addressed the issue of the “fiscal cliff” and how he thinks it should relate to education in this post from EDUCATION WEEK.  It also describes how the ed lobby is gearing up to do battle:  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/11/so_now_that_all_the.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CampaignK-12+%28Education+Week+Blog%3A+Politics+K-12%29  Valerie Strauss writes about “What the ‘fiscal cliff” means for public schools” in her latest blog.  (If nothing else, check out the picture accompanying her article):  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/16/what-the-fiscal-cliff-means-for-public-schools/
   Dana Goldstein has been writing about Crenshaw High School (LAUSD) for some time now.  In her latest blog she describes the reforms that have been instituted at the school and how they have helped to improve the atmosphere on campus and student achievement.  However, she also describes how Supt. Deasy has a different agenda for the school that she believes is more politically motivated.  Read all her thoughts here:  http://www.danagoldstein.net/dana_goldstein/2012/11/on-failing-high-schools-and-reform-churn-and-burn-two-case-studies.html
   And finally, the UCLA IDEA Friday “Themes in the News” believes that the passage of Prop. 30 is not the end of the financial crisis facing schools in California but, hopefully, the beginning of a drawn-out journey for positive education reform for what was, once, one of the best school systems in the world:  http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=40770a674de4ce8427a9a621b&id=f656e99937&e=f7d7cb8d5d

Dave Alpert (’71) Chief Commissar
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