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Every Student Succeeding: Jacqueline defied the doctors’ expectations. Undeterred by her physical limitations, Jacqueline set her sights on athletics and thanks to the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative and #BAWSIRollers, an adaptive sports program that helps young girls with disabilities play sports, she followed her dream.



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Every Student Succeeding: Jessica Nord

Jessica Nord and her twin brother were born premature at just 30 weeks, and Jessica was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia, a brain injury that affects development. She spent years in and out of hospitals, missing copious amounts of school. She endured 13 surgeries and came out of it more…


Every Student Succeeding: Victor Ramirez-Diaz

Victor never liked school…that is until he found himself at David Stine Chaffey West run by the San Bernadino County Office of Education. The school is a community day school that helps at-risk and behaviorally-challenged students whose primary goal is to help students realize their potential. That…


Input sought on accountability plan

The State Board of Education deliberated for more than eight hours July 12 on the various components of the new accountability system and the emerging system of support. Finessing the California School Dashboard and reconciling it with the draft Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan is proving to be…


Member Resources: School facility needs and funding sources can be complicated

The most common source of funding for school facility needs are local school bonds. However, to assist with the significant level of facility needs across the state and to make sure every school has a minimum level of funding for basic facility priorities, the State School Facility Program exists to…


State Board of Education approves "English Learner Roadmap" to help more than 1.4 million students

During its July meeting, the State Board of Education approved a revolutionary “English Learner Roadmap” to help California’s more than 1,000 school districts welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are learning English.


Every Student Succeeding: Linda Rand

A lifelong Harry Potter fan, Linda Rand is now an avid reader who started at Balboa Middle School as a 6th grader after moving from the United Arab Emirates speaking almost no English. With help from her English teacher Kirsten Neumann and a translator, she dove in, learning a new language,…


Employee orientations Q&A: What you need to know about AB 119

As EdCal reported earlier this month, Gov. Brown signed legislation that requires public agency employers to give union representatives access to new employees during orientation sessions. This has already gone into effect, as part of Assembly Bill 119, a budget trailer bill. ACSA’s legal partners…


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The CDE is seeking input from the public, including school administrators, on its draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan from May…
The American Health Care Act currently being negotiated in the U.S. Senate jeopardizes healthcare for our students with disabilities and students in…

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