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

Nov 24th, 2010
David N Plank | 09:57 AM | School & District Reform

Polling on public education almost invariably reports the same pattern of responses when participants are asked to evaluate schools.  Respondents give their local schools relatively high grades, but they give much lower grades to the public school system as a whole.  In other words, citizens trust the schools they know, where they send (or sent) their own children, but they are doubtful about schools elsewhere....

Oct 18th, 2010
David N Plank | 04:22 PM | School & District Reform

PACE’s first seminar of 2010-11,”The Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership: Lessons for Policy and Practice,” focused on the Fresno-Long Beach partnership, and on the ways in which two California school districts facing big challenges are working together and learning from each other to support improved performance and...