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

Recent Posts

Jan 21st, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 04:15 PM
As mentioned in last week’s blog post  “The California State Budget Proposal,” Governor Brown’s January 10th budget proposal intends to cut $400 million from the California Community College (CCC)  system, and $500 million each from the California State University  (CSU) system and the University of California (UC) system. Unlike K-12 education, the cuts in California...
Jan 21st, 2011
Jennifer Imazeki | 04:03 PM | Teachers
An upcoming issue of the Economics of Education Review will have several papers originally prepared for the conference “Merit Pay: Will it Work? Is it Politically Viable?” at Harvard’s Kennedy School last June. Those following the debate on value-added models of teacher effectiveness may be particularly interested in three of the papers:   It's Easier to Pick a Good Teacher than to Train One:...
Jan 19th, 2011
David N Plank | 02:42 PM | Teachers
Alan’s post illuminates some of the critical but vexing questions that surround the evaluation of individual teachers, but it also casts light on the current policy controversy surrounding the question of what it means to be a “highly qualified” teacher.  The controversy has arisen in light of a recent act of Congress, passed in response to a California court decision, that declared that...
Jan 16th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 01:14 AM | Finance
The initial California state budget proposal   was released last Monday. The proposal, as illustrated by The San Jose Mercury News, consists of approximately $12.5 billion in cuts from various government services, but also relies on $12 billion in revenue by extending current tax hikes through a special election in June 2011. The L.A. Times, The Press Enterprise and The Sacramento Bee  provide...
Jan 14th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 04:13 PM
Last Monday, Bill Honig stepped down from his appointed position on the State Board of Education, according to the Contra Costa Times   and the Thoughts on Public Education  blog, due to “complications” during his appointment process. Although no explanation has been offered by Honig or the Brown Administration, a replacement has been made on the Board. As mentioned by the San Francisco Chronicle...