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

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Dec 28th, 2010
David N Plank | 05:12 PM | Finance
In his second public forum on the state’s budget crisis Governor Brown focused on California’s education system.    The clear message, after three years of cuts that have fallen disproportionately on schools, is that things will get worse—probably a lot worse—before they get better. The forum also illuminated the formidable obstacles that confront any effort to reform California’s...
Dec 22nd, 2010
Patricia Gandara | 12:18 AM | Assessment & Accountability
David Plank's comments about the new generation of assessments and the increased interest in more "authentic assessment" on the part of the feds are encouraging.  I would just remind us that in the early 1990s California was at the cutting edge of this kind of assessment with the CLAS. The CLAS was designed to test "higher order thinking skills," to give students the opportunity to work out solutions...
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Dec 17th, 2010
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:20 PM
As budget talks between state leaders and Governor Schwarzenegger dwindle, Democrat state leaders have continued their efforts with Governor-elect Jerry Brown in creating a budget proposal before the January 10th deadline, as mentioned by The Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the L.A. Times.   This week, much of that discussion occurred in a forum composed of state policymakers and educators last Tuesday...
Dec 15th, 2010
Jennifer Imazeki | 03:01 PM | Governance
  California education policy in recent publications:   >> In the most recent issue of the California Journal of Politics and Policy, Peter Dreier has an interesting case study of Measure CC, a parcel tax for Pasadena Unified. The issue also has the full text of Wendy Brown’s speech, “Without Quality Public Education, There Is No Future for Democracy”,  from the March 4th “Educate...
Dec 10th, 2010
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:32 PM
Besides the release of the 2009 Programme for InternationalStudent Assessment (PISA) results, an international standardized assessment used to compare student performance by country, there has been a lot of activity that pertains to education finance this past week. These activities include the ACLU settlement regarding school district fees and the discussion surrounding the mid-session budget talks as well as the budget...