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May 26th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 09:10 AM | School & District Reform
The words “remix” and “mashup” entered the vocabulary as descriptors of life in the digital age.  They are also key to what I am calling Learning 2.0, the next full-scale version of public education.      At the simplest level, these new terms are represented by three teenagers using Apple Garage Band to combine bits and pieces of music into their own composition.  At a more...
May 26th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 01:43 AM
As mentioned in the last PACE "CA Education Policy News Update" blog post, the May budget revise was released last week by Governor Brown with some opposition from the Legislative Analyst’s Office. This week state Democrats have also stated their disagreement with Brown regarding how the $6.6 billion tax revenue should be allocated among state services. The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) provides...
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May 25th, 2011
David N Plank | 03:42 PM | Assessment & Accountability
Following up on an earlier post, the debate on assessment policy turns on the question of how much information we really need or even want to have about student performance.  At the level of rhetoric, of course, we want as much information as we can get, and we want that information to be as accurate as possible.  As a practical matter, though, information has costs, and we are prepared to settle for a lot less than...
May 23rd, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 10:58 AM
Brown’s May Revised Budget Proposal   Last week, as summarized by the Fox & Hounds Daily blog in two blog posts here and here, Governor Brown’s budget revise was released, shortly after the release of the GOP budget proposal. In addition, Brown’s revised budget plan was released on May 15th, the same date as the deadline to issue teacher layoff notices. As reported by The San Bernardino Sun and The...
May 17th, 2011
William Perez | 03:42 PM | Immigration & ELL
                                 This blog post is part 3 of 3.  For part one click here; for part two click here.   When my family immigrated to the United States and settled in Southern California over 20 years ago, I was identified as an English...
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