Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith argues that promise of local control requires greater transparency in creating state and local accountability measures.
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May 01, 2017
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.
March 20, 2017
California released its long-awaited accountability dashboard. Its colorful multi-system replaces the state's single number, test-score-driven indicator. The dashboard could use improvement; but it's not as dumb as some of the criticism.
April 04, 2016
It's time to invest in bottoms-up policy making and in data that communities can use, writes Ryan Smith. A new data hub in San Bernardino, California, illustrates.
February 09, 2016
Recent federal and state laws have created an opportunity for stronger parent and family engagement in California schools. Contributing author Devin Corrigan cites two reports that suggest the opportunity is real, but so are the challenges.
September 09, 2015
California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.
April 27, 2015
Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.
March 16, 2015
California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.