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June 26, 2017

Actions in Sacramento Undermining Real Accountability

Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith argues that promise of local control requires greater transparency in creating state and local accountability measures.

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.

March 20, 2017

Calif. Accountability Dashboard Debuts; Critics Abound

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

Data for the People Build Community Power

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

Will California Lead Meaningful Parent and Family Engagement?

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

Who Ensures That Parents Get a Real Voice?

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

L.A. Inequity Map Packs Political Punch

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

'Parent Power' Getting More Powerful and Organized

California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.

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