In the news: Education legislation, delayed test scores and more

It’s Friday, August 14, and it’s been a busy week in education news. Here some headlines from this past week.

  • Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill stating that a child does not have to disclose immigration status when bringing civil lawsuits in which damages could be awarded.
  • In the NewsSanta Ana Unified School District trustees approved over $400,000 to expand Restorative Justice services at middle and high school campuses.
  • The U.S. Department of Education denied California’s request to waive a requirement to provide supplemental educational services that is part of No Child Left Behind.
  • A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that poverty affected areas of children’s brains that has an impact on academic achievement and may account for 15 to 20 percent of the gap in test scores.
  • In a report published this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention supports the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that school days begin later in the morning to allow adolescents the 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep needed each night.
  • Years of teacher layoff have resulted in California districts struggling to fill 21,500 teaching jobs this school year, particularly in mathematics, science and special education.
  • The California Department of Education announced a delay in the release of student standardized test scores.