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Thursday, August 23, 2007

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1. EXIT EXAM RESULTS..........................................VO/SOT

2. FALLEN FIREFIGHTER BILL...............................VO/SOT

3. UNCLAIMED PROPERTY CLAIMS............UNSCRIPTED

4. CHILD HEALTHCARE PRAYER VIGIL................VO/SOT

5. BLACK CAUCUS ON SECURITY OFFICERS....VO/SOT

6. NUNEZ REQUEST SOTS..................................REQUEST

HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM RESULTS VO/SOT

LIVE:

MORE THAN 93 PERCENT OF THIS YEAR'S 12TH GRADE CALIFORNIA STUDENTS HAVE PASSED THE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM, A INCREASE OF JUST OVER TWO PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S SENIORS. PASSAGE OF THE EXAM HAS BECOME A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT, STARTING WITH THE CLASS OF 2006.

SUPER: TODAY/ CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION-SACRAMENTO

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STUDENTS FIRST TAKE THE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM IN THEIR SOPHOMORE YEAR, AND ONCE THEY PASS THE TEST, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TAKE IT AGAIN. STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL SAYS EXAM PASS RATES INCREASED FOR NEARLY ALL GROUPS OF STUDENTS WHO TOOK THE TEST THIS YEAR, INCLUDING AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDENTS. O'CONNELL SAYS THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS A THREE POINT DROP IN THE PASS RATE FOR SOPHOMORES CLASSIFIED AS ENGLISH LEARNERS. HE SAYS THEIR DROP IN PASS RATE MAY BE BECAUSE STUDENTS WHO BECOME PROFICIENT IN ENGLISH ARE NO LONGER CLASSIFIED AS E-L-L, OR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS.

SUPER: SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL

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SAYS: "PART OF IT COULD BE, IF YOU WANT TO SPECULATE, IT COULD BE THE RECLASSIFICATION ISSUE. WE HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT WHEN THE STUDENTS MEET ALL THE CRITERIA, BASED ON THE SELP TEST AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND TEACHER INVOLVEMENT, THAT THESE STUDENTS BE RECLASSIFIED. THAT COULD BE ONE OF THE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TOWARD STUDENTS BEING RECLASSIFIED OUT OF THAT E-L-L CATEGORY, BUT IT'S REALLY, THAT WOULD BE SPECULATIVE, AND WE REALLY DON'T KNOW."

VO TAG:

O'CONNELL SAYS THE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM REFLECTS THE MINIMALLY ACCEPTABLE ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, BUT DESPITE A PASS RATE EXCEEDING 90 PERCENT, SAYS HE HAS NOT SCHEDULED ANY FORMAL DISCUSSIONS TO CONSIDER RAISING THE EXAM'S STANDARDS.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

DETAILED RESULTS OF THE HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE AT http://cde.ca.gov. 2007 RESULTS ARE FOUND UNDER "WHATS NEW"

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL

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SAYS: "WE NEED TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS, THAT'S GOING TO BE DONE IN CONSULTATION WITH, UH, OUR FRIENDS IN THE LEGISLATURE, WITH THE STAKEHOLDER GROUPS, WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WITH THE HIGH TECH COMMUNITY, AND ULTIMATELY WITH THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS I THINK WE NEED TO ENGAGE IN."

SPANISH BITE

SUPER: LUPITA ALCALA/CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

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NUNEZ SOTS BY REQUEST

FEEDING SOUNDBITES PER SEVERAL STATIONS' REQUESTS

RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR'S STATEMENT REPEATED TODAY THAT HE WOULD VETO HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE AN INDIVIDUAL MANDATE:

SUPER: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER FABIAN NUNEZ/D-LOS ANGELES

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SAYS: "

ON PROPOSAL THAT CALIFORNIA'S ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES BE APPORTIONED BASED ON THE VOTING RESULTS OF EACH OF THE STATE'S CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS:

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SAYS: "

ON ALLEGED REDUCTIONS TO CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING IN THE CURRENT BUDGET:

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SAYS: "

ON THE SPEAKER'S SUPPORT FOR SENATE BILL 92, WHICH WOULD SHIFT CHARTER' SCHOOLS' CHARTERING AUTHORITY FROM THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

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SAYS: "

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