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Eloy Oakley of LBCC appointed to UC Board of Regents

Long Beach City College superintendent-president Eloy Ortiz Oakley will be the first community college executive to join the University of California Board of Regents. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday the appointments of Oakley and California Assemblymember John. A. Perez to the board that governs the UC system. Read more

2015 California Economic Summit turns Inland

The 2015 California Economic Summit will be held in Ontario next November, a consortium of business and government leaders announced. This is the first time the summit will be held in Inland Southern California. Read more

Recognizing the role of California farmland in economic and environmental goals

In an effort to meet the challenges posed by climate change, California is working toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions while trying to maintain its open spaces and a healthy agricultural economy. Read more

Ontario chosen as site for state economic summit

Ed Coghlan, spokesman for California Forward advocacy group, said having the summit in Ontario makes sense, “given how important it is as an economic region.” Read more

Modesto City Schools part of state panel on budgeting

California’s makeover for school funding has had its rough patches, including a tortuous reporting form and a lot less money than most people think. But Modesto City Schools and Calaveras Unified School District have signed on to be part of the solution. Read more

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Public pensions in California pass another bankruptcy test

Public employees and retirees in California absorbed a potentially devastating court ruling a little more than a month ago: Pension benefits can be legally slashed if their employers go bankrupt. Read more

Socio-economic disparities in California schools

Among other points, the latest analysis from California Common Sense — Concentrated Disadvantage in California Schools: The New Status Quo by Kimberly Ang — found that 72% of California students now attend schools in which the majority of students are socio-economically disadvantaged. Read more

Revenue uptick sets stage for Brown vs. Dems II

Notice from the Department of Finance that revenues flowing into state coffers are running slightly more than $1 billion ahead of forecasts made in June should come as welcome news to school administrators still digging out of the financial hole created by the five-year economic downturn. Read more

California students in high-poverty schools lose learning time, study says

California high schools with high-poverty students lose nearly two weeks of learning time annually because of teacher absences, testing, emergency lockdowns and other disruptions compared with their more affluent peers in other schools, according to a new UCLA study. Read more

State board approves school funding rules

After soliciting input for over a year from education groups, research and advocacy organizations, students and parents, the State Board of Education on Friday approved final regulations governing how districts spend funds they receive through the Local Control Funding Formula, the state’s new school financing law. Read more

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Press Releases

Smart Voter and Voter’s Edge Launch Comprehensive Nonpartisan Online Voter Guide for California Vote

Personalized Ballot Look-Up Feature Allows Voters to Mark Selections and Share Ballot Choices Via Social Media Read more

CA Fwd Calls on Legislators to Take Immediate Action on Implementing Reforms to Restore Public Trust

“Path Toward Trust” Urges Specific Actions to Increase Transparency on Financial Data and Public Decisions Read more

California Forward and California Special Districts Association launch new transparency portal

Today California Forward (CA Fwd) and the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) have launched a first-of-its-kind portal providing data and information on more than 1,100 California special districts. Read more

CA Fwd Issues the State of Transparency in California As Part of National Sunshine Week

The Update Reinforces CA Fwd's Efforts to Encourage Transparency to Strengthen Good Government Practices in California Read more

New CA Fwd Report Shows Pretrial Programs Could be Cost-Effective Alternatives to Crowded Jails

Report Features Best Practices from Pretrial Programs in Five California Counties Read more

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