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February 19, 2015

PPIC: Critical Friend of Public Education in California

Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.

February 09, 2015

Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.

January 21, 2015

California Exceptionalism Is Not All Sunshine and Flowers

The state is worst in the nation in providing guidance counselors. It's been a problem for a long time, and not one that has a solution on the horizon.

January 20, 2015

California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.

January 14, 2015

Brown's California Budget: Slim, Smart, and Pragmatic

California Governor Jerry Brown's budget provides a substantial boost for elementary and secondary education. But it doesn't address the long-term structural issues in the state's taxing system.

December 18, 2014

Why California's Accountability Reforms Are a Big Deal

More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

October 28, 2014

Local Control Funding Gets High Marks From Educators

People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.

September 18, 2014

Local Control Funding Can Transform Schools

California educators have navigated the first year of Local Control Funding. Now, the challenge is to use the budget process to transform schools.

September 17, 2014

California's Quest to Make Education Money 'Smart'

Money is not born smart; it has to be educated. California's Local Control Funding Formula allows school districts to link revenue with the student outcomes. Will they?

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