California Educator

August / September 2017

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Newspapers NANET TE ASIMOV, San Francisco Chronicle, two awards: Her feature story concerned a baby girl abandoned at San Francisco State University in 1984 who overcame adversity and graduated from SFSU in 2016. Her news story revealed how UC Berkeley was reclassifying master 's degrees from "academic" to "professional" to allow it to charge much more for the programs. JOYCE TSAI, East Bay Times, two awards: Her investigative news story showed how educators are being priced out of Bay Area communities due to soaring housing costs. She also won for continuous coverage of education issues during 2016, including the departure of Oakland Unified School Dis- trict Superintendent Antwan Wilson. JESSICA CALEFATI, San Jose Mercury News, for investigative series on online charter school operator K12 Inc. in April 2016. (She now reports for the CALmatters online news site.) HAROLD PIERCE, Bakersfield Californian, for a feature about how teacher Lisa Barton invests "heart and soul" in educat- ing students at Berkshire Elementary in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. AUSTIN WALSH, San Mateo Daily Journal, for continuous coverage of education issues last year, including how San Mateo County districts are offering innovative incentives to attract and retain educators. KRISTEN HWANG, Palm Springs Desert Sun, for continuous coverage of education, including controversy caused when some students at Shadow Hills High School in Desert Sands Unified School District wore homophobic symbols at school, prompting outrage from the local LGBTQ+ community. RICHARD BAMMER, Vacaville Reporter, for weekly columns about the value of early childhood education, why teacher workforce diversity is important, and the federal Every Stu- dent Succeeds Act, among others. KELLY CORRIGAN, Burbank Leader, for a series of stories about a Burbank parent's allegation of bias by the Burbank Unified School District against her learning-disabled son. ESMERALDA FABIAN ROMERO, Hoy Los Angeles, for a fea- ture about proven benefits of early childhood education for Latino children with learning disabilities, and barriers Latino parents face in accessing information about programs. KRISTI MYLLENBECK, Cupertino Courier, for a news story about disputes concerning attendance boundary changes for Lynbrook High School in the Fremont Union High School District. KEN EPSTEIN, Oakland Post, for two stories about how char- ter schools impact neighborhood public schools such as Westlake Middle School in Oakland Unified School District when they use Proposition 39 to demand space on Oakland school campuses. Journals, Magazines, Websites SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC PRESS for a package of stories about bilingual education in the San Francisco Unified School District. CAPITAL & MAIN for a series of stories about the impacts of charter schools and privatization on the future of California public education in Los Angeles and statewide. ANNA CHALLET, Boom California online magazine based at CSU Fullerton, for a feature on vital education services for youths sentenced to juvenile halls and other centers in the California juvenile court system. JOHN FENSTERWALD, EdSource, for continuous coverage of education issues during 2016 including how CTA chap- ters mobilized in the face of legal attacks to weaken public employee unions (by targeting "fair share fees" that cover costs of union representation); and how some school dis- tricts are creating pay incentives to recruit veteran teachers. Radio ANA TINTOCALIS, KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, for a story about the State Board of Education moving beyond test scores to use multiple measures to gauge student and school success in California. Television KXTV NEWS 10 (ABC) in Sacramento, for six profiles of local inspiring teachers from its ongoing " Teacher of the Month" series. Educators honored: Mary Hawkins, Carla Randazzo, Adam Shupe, Sara Lopez, Joel Francisco and Nancy Preto. DAVE ALLEY, KCOY 12 (CBS) in Santa Maria, for an in-depth look at how and why teachers' salaries differ among Cen - tral Coast school districts, and how this affects the local teacher shortage. MELISSA CAEN, KPIX 5 (CBS) in San Francisco, for a news story on how pro-charter school billionaires were pouring money into the Oakland Unified School District school board race to elect charter-friendly candidates. Links to award-winning stories are at For information on CTA's John Swett Awards for Media Excel- lence, see Burbank Teachers Association President Diana Abasta with Burbank Leader reporter Kelly Corrigan. 65 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 017

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