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Links of the Week • October 3, 2018

These California public schools are the worst for black students, according to a USC study
San Francisco Chronicle
UC Berkeley and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo were two of the worst performing schools in terms of underrepresentation of black students in 2016. Black students made up 1.9 percent of the student population at Berkeley, the third worst in the state, and they made up .7 percent of the student population at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which was the worst in the state.

Abortion pill mandate for California universities vetoed by Brown
San Jose Mercury News

Cal Poly students involved in racist incidents didn’t break laws, AG says
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
“The Attorney General’s Office also noted that the acts that occurred at Cal Poly, while profoundly offensive and insensitive — and demonstrating an appalling lack of judgment — were protected as free speech by the First Amendment,” SLO Pres. Armstrong wrote in email.

California’s persistent teacher shortage fueled by attrition, high demand, say newly released studies
EdSource
There is concern that the UC and California State University systems, which prepare nearly 60 percent of California teachers, no longer have the capacity to educate enough teachers to fill the needs of school districts, researchers say.

Harassment at the Annual Meeting
Inside Higher Ed
Historians join political scientists in documenting the unprofessional and illegal behavior women experience at annual gatherings.

‘Time Poverty’ of Students Who Are Parents
Inside Higher Ed
Study adds to the growing evidence that students with young children have a much harder time completing their degrees than their childless peers.

Record number of Californians ready to vote in midterm election
Sacramento Bee
Nearly 1.5 million more people are registered to vote than were in the last midterm election in 2014.

‘Turnout will be key.’ What California leaders think will happen in congressional races
McClatchy DC

The case for spending 32 percent more on California schools
EdSource
Two separate panels of experienced California teachers and administrators were given background information and three days together to help answer a longer version of this question: How much would it cost to provide all California students the academic knowledge, skills and opportunities they’ll need to successfully pursue their plans after high school and participate in civic life?

Meningococcal outbreak declared at San Diego State University
Los Angeles Times

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