Monthly Archives: February 2009


February 13, 2009 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar “Student-Based Funding in Oakland and San Francisco: Implementation and Policy Implications” is now available. The Feb 13th seminar featured Jay Chambers, Larisa Shambaugh and Jesse Levin from the American Institutes For Research presenting findings from their recent study of the implementation of a weighted student funding system in two California school districts. They assessed how the distribution of resources changed in these two districts after the move to student-based funding, and identified “lessons learned” for other districts and for state policy-makers who are considering more equitable and effective strategies for allocating scarce resources in California’s education system. The speakers were introduced by PACE’s Executive Director David N. Plank.

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Collective Bargaining Agreements in California School Districts: Moving Beyond the Stereotype

In a new PACE Policy Brief, Katharine Strunk from the University of California-Davis analyzes the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) negotiated between school districts and local teachers’ unions in 464 California school districts. She shows that CBAs vary widely across districts, which suggests that school boards and unions are taking advantage of the flexibility inherent in contract negotiations to develop creative solutions to specific local problems. She also shows that CBAs in school districts educating high-need students are the least likely to include provisions that depart from conventional policies. She concludes by identifying three policy levers that the state can use to ensure that increased local flexibility is used to advance the interests of students: dissemination of information about ‘best practices,’ incentives for innovation on matters covered by CBAs, and sanctions for districts that abuse increased flexibility.

January 30th, 2009 Seminar Podcast

pace seminarAn audio broadcast of our recent seminar “From Values to Public Judgment on K-12 Education Reform in California” is now available. The January 30th seminar featured Isabella Furth and Heidi Gantwerk from Viewpoint Learning, Inc. discussing a recent project in which they engaged groups of citizens in informed dialogue about the future of California’s K-12 education system and the policy choices that our state faces. The speakers were introduced by PACE’s Executive Director David N. Plank.

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