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June 19, 2017

2018 Election Will Rock California Education

Next year's California election will be both a referendum on the massive changes in education finance and testing enacted during Jerry Brown governorship and a test of the political coalition that made those changes possible.

May 01, 2017

Slow Implementation Endangers School Funding in Calif.

Nearly everyone says they like California's Local Control Financing Formula. A new report says it's a work in progress that's helping equity. But impatience and slow implementation put the system in jeopardy.

April 12, 2017

Fear and Optimism From Calif. School Leaders

A panel of school district leaders echoes the fears their students face from the Trump Administration but also the optimism about working within California's new financial and accountability systems.

April 10, 2017

Calif. Ed Department Reorganizes Into Teams

The California Department of Education is breaking out of its decades-old organizational silos, streamlining its operations and "Teaming Up for Success," write State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and Chief Deputy Glen Price.

April 06, 2017

Carnegie Summit Illustrates Path Toward Equity

"Getting better at getting better," is a catch phrase backed by solid science. Its methods build a better way toward closing achievement gaps.

March 06, 2017

A Proposal to Revive Local Taxing Authority for Calif. Schools

Even in the best of times, California public schools, face lean financing compared to large states with comparable costs of living. Legislative expert Rick Simpson wants to give local districts more taxing authority.

February 22, 2017

Creating a Learning Community at California's Education Department

California's Department of Education has espoused creating professional learning communities. Now, as key staffers write it's trying to recreate itself in that image.

September 28, 2016

New California Accountability System Signals Progress

It's good to count parent engagement and school climate, says Sonya Heisters. So, California has taken a step in the right direction with its new accountability system.

September 05, 2016

Some Bright Spots for Teacher Unions

It's traditional on Labor Day to assess the dismal state of unionism. But I find some bright spots for teacher unions in California, and the possibility of a brighter future.

August 10, 2016

Pre-K Policymakers Need to Wake From Nap Time

We're asking young students to wake up from nap time and start meeting state standards. As Daisy Gonzales writes, state policy makers need to wake up, too.

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