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


Feb 22nd, 2011
| 09:57 AM | Assessment & Accountability

In letters to U.S. News and World Report’s editor Bruce Kelly, various educational  researchers, university deans, and teacher education directors have expressed concern about the recent project initiated by the magazine along with the National Council of Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to review and rate the country’s teacher education programs, presumably much like the magazine has been ranking colleges...

Feb 18th, 2011
| 03:50 PM |

$1.5 Billion Cut to Proposition 98 Funding

Two weeks ago, the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) released a report detailing how Brown’s budget proposal  increases revenue by $700 million while decreasing the Proposition 98 minimum funding guarantee for schools and community colleges by $1.5 billion for the 2011...

Feb 18th, 2011
| 08:57 AM | School & District Reform

The decision by the State Board of Education to adopt the common core standards presents great challenges for California, especially in light of the ongoing budget crisis, but it also presents an unmatched opportunity for the state to bring about dramatic improvements in the educational opportunities we provide for our students.  To take advantage of the new standards California will...