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Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, … Continue reading Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students? →

Will Online Education Expand in California?

Lenny Gonzales By Joanna Lin For public school students in California, where you live usually determines where you can learn. To David Haglund, that’s not right. Last month, Haglund, principal of the Riverside Virtual School, an online independent study program run by the Riverside Unified School District, introduced a statewide ballot initiative [PDF] that would … Continue reading Will Online Education Expand in California? →

California Schools Chief Declares “State of Emergency”

From a press release sent today on behalf of new California Schools Chief Tom Torlakson: “The law won’t let me call out the National Guard,” Torlakson said. “So I’m saying to every Californian: ‘Your schools need your help. And they need it now.’” Torlakson said the California Department of Education would do its part, including … Continue reading California Schools Chief Declares “State of Emergency” →

Update: California Graduation and Dropout Rates

California’s graduation rate overall has gone up, according to a press release by State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell. “In 2008-09, 70.1 percent of public school students in California graduated from high school, up from 68.5 percent last year. The adjusted four-year derived dropout rate for the same school year is 21.7 percent, up from 18.9 … Continue reading Update: California Graduation and Dropout Rates →

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