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State education officials will face more criticism today for what advocates see as a failure to provide adequate instruction to English learners in public schools. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center are holding a press conference at the ACLU of Southern California's Los Angeles office, starting at 10 a.m.

The Public Policy Institute of California is holding a forum on accountability in K-12 education. Participants will include Susanna Cooper, principal consultant in Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's office; Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District; David Lesher and Paul Warren of the Public Policy Institute of California; and Crystal Brown, president of the organization Educate our State. Starting at noon at the CSAC Conference Center.

A little context: the federal government recently rejected California's application to be exempted from some of the more punitive parts of the No Child Left Behind Act, saying California's proposal (states need to submit a blueprint of reforms to be considered) did not do enough to incorporate student test scores into teacher evaluations. The push to work test scores into teacher accountability measures has been a major part of the national education reform debate.

A reminder that Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering his State of the State address tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. in the Assembly Chambers.

Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, is holding a community forum in San Jose to get input on spending the money for energy efficiency the recently passed Proposition 39 is likely to generate. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Independence High School's multi-purpose room.

Robin Umberg, deputy secretary for veterans homes in the California Department of Veterans Affairs, will be speaking to reporters at the Veterans Home of California in Fresno today, starting at 11 a.m. On Tuesday, the Little Hoover Commission, a watchdog agency, began probing whether the state's Veterans Affairs Agency is doing enough to provide services.

The Greenlining Institute is holding a discussion on covering election reform in California. Speakers will include Eugene Lee, director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center's voting rights project; Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause; Dean Logan, registrar of voters for Los Angeles County; Rosalind Gold of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund; Mindy Romero, director of the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project; and Michelle Romero of the Greenlining Institute. The event begins at noon in the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, room 201.



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