Gov. Newsom Gets Strong Support Among Voters For Handling Education

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has completely upended education at all levels, the majority of California voters support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s handling of education issues, according to a just-released EdSource survey.

An even higher proportion support his position on requiring distance learning for counties with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections.

These are among the key findings of an EdSource representative poll of 834 registered voters, conducted online between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 by the FM3 Research polling firm. The poll was underwritten with support from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the Stuart Foundation.


According to the poll, some 54 percent approve of Newsom’s handling of education, while 39 percent disapprove. Parents give Newsom slightly lower ratings, and in fact appear to be divided on their level of support, with 49 percent expressing approval and 47 percent disapproval.

Higher-income voters are most positive

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Department for Education’s handling of pupil data ruled illegal

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The Department for Education broke the law in its mishandling of the national database containing details of every school pupil in England, the Information Commissioner’s Office has concluded in a highly critical report.

The report marks the second time in less than a year that the DfE has been publicly rebuked by the privacy watchdog for failing to adhere to data protection laws.

After an investigation triggered by complaints from groups including Liberty, the ICO found that the DfE had failed to comply with sections of the general data protection regulation (GDPR). It said there was “no clear picture of what data is held by the DfE” and that its handling of millions of pupil records “could result in multiple data breaches”.

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Faculty sharply question Adela de la Torre’s handling of SDSU’s COVID-19 crisis

It was a one-two punch many people saw coming. But it still shook San Diego State University.

Barely 10 days into the fall semester, SDSU pushed its face-to-face classes online due to a budding COVID-19 outbreak. A short time later, the school’s dorm students were told to go into quarantine during a heat wave.

President Adela de la Torre saw this as a way to protect students. Some of her faculty described it as an avoidable situation caused by poor leadership. And, in a rarity for SDSU, faculty are publicly and sharply questioning de la Torre’s ability to guide the university through a crisis in which nearly 1,000 of its students have tested positive for COVID-19.

That’s the highest of any college or university in California, says a New York Times survey.

“What was the purpose of putting 2,600 students in dorms? Was it just so they could take a

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How a Granite Bay High School family is handling distance learning

Like so many other kids, Josh Kerekes goes to class in his bedroom, on a laptop.



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Kerekes spent most of his freshman year inside Granite Bay High School. The school switched to online learning at the end of last school year, a transition that had a bumpy start.


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He says things got easier toward the end of last year, and this year he was supposed to have started in-person classes. Then, the school had to make a change right before school started.

After that shaky start, his mother, Annette De La Cruz, was worried about how things would start out this year. But she says Granite Bay had things on track from the beginning.

Both Annette and her husband work in the medical field and have an older daughter at home going to online community college, so

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