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

Apr 27th, 2011
Brad Olsen | 08:27 AM | Teachers

The Not-so-Distant Past
In California in 1985 a first-class stamp cost $0.20, a dozen eggs cost $1.19, and motorists gasped when the price of a gallon of gas hit $1.20. Three top-selling albums that year were Wham!, Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required, and the Soundtrack to Miami Vice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQDU-...

Jan 25th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 11:08 PM | Teachers

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and a raft of supporters in the foundation world fervently want to replace the tried-and-true teacher salary schedule with pay-for-performance schemes.  They should be careful of what they wish for.
The idea seems straightforward: Replace raises conditioned on years of service and education beyond the minimum required for a teaching license with conspicuous...

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Jan 21st, 2011
Jennifer Imazeki | 04:03 PM | Teachers

An upcoming issue of the Economics of Education Review will have several papers originally prepared for the...