A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

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Nov 30th, 2011
David N Plank | 11:03 AM | Finance
The latest PPIC poll on higher education in California was released last month, and the findings will bring no cheer to our state’s public colleges and universities. On the bright side, most respondents affirm that a strong higher education system is important for California’s future, and they agree that recent budget cuts are causing significant harm to both colleges and students. At the same time, a substantial...
Nov 9th, 2011
Julia E. Koppich | 11:50 AM | Assessment & Accountability
Cross-posted. As first appeared in Education Week, October 10, 2011.  Reprinted with permission from the authors.  By Julia E. Koppich & Daniel C. Humphrey.   You can hardly open a newspaper or major magazine today without finding a story about another incarnation or overhaul of teacher evaluation. But underlying nearly all these detailed descriptions of state and local programs is a near-unanimous and long...
Jul 11th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 02:16 PM
After Governor Brown’s veto of the first proposed state budget two weeks ago, he assured Democrats and the public that he would be able to negotiate with Republicans in passing his new budget proposal, including his tax extensions. However, according to the L.A. Times and the Southern California Public Radio, Brown gave up on such negotiations with Republicans soon after his claims. As a result, Brown and state...
Jun 29th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:40 PM
After the unexpected veto from Governor Brown last week, state policymakers continued to struggle this week negotiating for a budget that allows for an election regarding the tax extensions.   In response to Brown’s veto, Democrats have been waiting for Brown to garner the appropriate number of Republican votes, as reported by the KQED Capital Notes blog. On Tuesday, Brown announced his intentions to consider an...
Jun 21st, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 11:45 AM | School & District Reform
Most education reforms start with the premise that adults need to work harder so students will learn more.  But ultimately, maybe quickly, that premise is self-defeating.  Regardless of the pedagogy used, who governs the school, or how long teachers toil, students are the real workers in the system.  Building around that reality is one of the five key elements to bring about Learning 2.0, the next full-scale...