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May 12th, 2011
David N Plank | 01:40 PM | Finance
It looks as though the day of reckoning is finally at hand.  (See here for background).    Governor Brown is set to issue his budget revise next Monday, and then the dogs will be off the leash.  In his campaign the Governor promised not to raise taxes without a vote of the people.  But Republicans have refused to assent to a referendum on tax extensions, which leaves an all-cuts budget as the...
May 10th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:52 PM
Budget Updates   For the past several weeks, the tension between Democrats and Republicans has motivated Democrats to campaign heavily in Republican districts to persuade these constituents to support Brown’s budget plan. As reported by the L.A. Times, Democrats gathered together at the state’s Democratic convention last weekend not only to celebrate their party’s success in last year’s state...
May 6th, 2011
David N Plank | 04:04 PM | Assessment & Accountability
The current rhetorical convention to describe what we want students to know and be able to do asserts that students should leave high school “ready for college and careers.”  There is some agreement about what it means to be ready for college (see here and here) but far less about what it means to be ready for careers, and little or none about how career readiness should be measured.  This is a...
May 5th, 2011
William Perez | 03:30 PM | Immigration & ELL
                                This blog post is part 2 of 3.  For part one click here;  for part three click here.   In framing the legal responsibility of districts to provide language access and protect the rights of English Learners to an...
May 2nd, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 03:28 PM
Budget Updates   Little progress has been made on the state budget, but there has been much conversation among Democrats as to how they will proceed in passing the tax extensions and in making further cuts to state services. The Sacramento Bee offers an opinion article that not only summarizes the current status of the state budget, but also provides insight into the differences between the political goals of Democrats...