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

Apr 18th, 2011
Brad Olsen | 11:05 AM | School & District Reform

I had a nice time at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting last week in New Orleans. For the uninitiated: AERA is a yearly conference in which over 12,000 researchers, educationalists, and policymakers descend on some North American city for five days to discuss their work, deliver papers, and talk about the current state of education. Given that it also happened to be the weekend of the...

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Mar 30th, 2011
David N Plank | 11:06 AM | School & District Reform

Rekha Balu is a doctoral student at Stanford.  In the course of her dissertation research she conducted a survey of school district financial officers, in which she asked them what strategies they have considered to smooth financial turbulence in the current fiscal crisis in California.  The responses were interesting, but one in particular caught my attention:  none of the districts that responded to her...

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Mar 23rd, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 02:12 PM | School & District Reform

Cross-posted from Thoughts on Public Education.
For the first time since the eclipse of the LEARN reforms at the turn of the millennium, Los Angeles has hosted a broad scale education summit designed to bring the city together around support for public education.  “There had been a lot of what I...