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

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Oct 28th, 2010
Mona Vakilifathi | 02:54 PM
The 2010 midterm elections are next Tuesday, November 2nd. As mentioned in the October 8th Policy Update, there are several key races and initiatives to look out for: Governor: Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman have differing agendas for solving the various issues and debates in California education. As mentioned in the October 8th blog post, Jerry Brown’s education plan can be found here and Meg Whitman’s education...
Oct 27th, 2010
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 09:59 AM | Teachers
Can we talk?  As it turns out, we can’t.  We can yell, finger point, and mutually disparage, but we are incapable of talking about what matters most in public education: how the resources we have are best allocated to produce the student achievement results we need.   A case in point:  Jacob Adams, a Claremont Graduate University colleague, has edited a new book, Smart Money, which shows that...
Oct 26th, 2010
Brad Olsen | 04:09 PM | Assessment & Accountability
The L.A. Times publication in August of a value-added analysis of teacher effectiveness, based on student scores on math and ELA tests, has sparked national debate about the ethics of publicly ranking individual teachers.  Educators and researchers questioned the usefulness of student scores on standardized tests as teacher effectiveness measures, the merits of teacher performance-pay systems, and whether journalist-...
Oct 22nd, 2010
Michael Kirst | 04:36 PM | Post Secondary Education
Cross-posted from The Sacramento Bee. Published: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 After decades of flying under the radar, America's community colleges are moving to the front and center of national efforts to improve education. Private foundations are launching major initiatives to strengthen community colleges across the country – including a $35 million competitive grant program recently announced by the Gates Foundation....
Oct 22nd, 2010
Mona Vakilifathi | 08:07 AM
Governor Schwarzenegger’s line-item veto cutting $6.8 million of funding for CalPADS has received strong resistance from the California Department of Education in addition to other education leaders, according to the Fresno Bee. CalPADS is the state’s student data system; not to be confused with the state’s teacher data system CalTIDES. CalPADS was implemented approximately one year ago, in compliance with...