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We advocate – as a matter of justice – for the high quality education of every child. We affirm each parent’s right, and the responsibility, to direct their childrens' education. We support an exceptional K-12 teaching force serving all California's students. We believe educational reforms are best realized closest to actual learning experiences.

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December 16, 2014 Education

Saturdays at any bowling alley are a cacophony of talking, laughing and slow thunder as bowling balls roll down the lanes.  But on this Saturday there seems to be extra joy in the air as Camp ReCreation sponsors Holy Bowling – one of its most popular activities for its handicapped and developmentally disabled clients.

Camp ReCreation is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by Father Patrick Leslie and Sister Anne Lucey and is open to people ages 10 to 65+.  

June 12, 2014 Education

The ruling by a Los Angeles judge this week that teacher tenure as practiced in California is unconstitutional marks the opening round in a complicated legal journey that will take years to settle. It’s also a proxy fight for much deeper education questions around the United States.

May 16, 2014 Education

Six major tax policy bills were heard on May 13, 2014 in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee proposing innovative ways to support education by offering tax relief and other incentives that can empower parents (as well as teachers) to care for their own school children's learning needs, inspire greater charitable contributions to expand local resources in K-12 education, and encourage greater savings for kindergarten through college.

May 5, 2014 Education

Joy radiated through St. Raphael School in the San Francisco Archdiocese this week, as it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its successful pre-school. The anniversary reflected a growing pattern in Catholic education in California, the expansion of learning opportunities for children prior to kindergarten, generally termed early childhood education.

April 25, 2014 Education

More than 1.8 million California school students were truant from their schools in 2011-2012 - nearly 30 percent of all public school students. Eighty three thousand elementary school students in the state risk academic failure by being chronically truant, missing more than 10 percent of the school year.

It’s a situation that has lawmakers pondering how to lower that rate.

April 1, 2014 Education

In 2010, California changed the date when five-year-olds became eligible for kindergarten. In the process the state also essentially expanded kindergarten to a two-year program. Variously known as universal pre-school or transitional kindergarten, the extra voluntary year focuses on the alphabet, numbers, colors and other basic skills needed for kindergarten, which is now far more academic than in decades past.

SB 837, co-authored by a slew of Democratic State Senators, would provide funding and set standards to significantly expand the program in California.