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

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Apr 11th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 02:25 PM
Budget Update   This week, Governor Brown ceased his negotiations with Republican legislators after failing to find common ground with Republicans regarding his budget proposal, as reported by The Sacramento Bee, the KQED Capital Notes blog, and The San Francisco Chronicle. The direction in which Governor Brown, Democrat legislators, and Republican legislators are taking to address the budget deficit, as well...
Apr 7th, 2011
David N Plank | 07:55 AM | Assessment & Accountability
For more than 50 years education reformers have worried that American students were falling behind—successively—the Russians, Japanese, Chinese, Singaporeans, and Finns in their mastery of mathematics.  The passage of NDEA was spurred by the fear that the U.S. was falling behind in the space race, and the proposed remedy was improvement in math and science instruction.    Current reformers express...
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Mar 31st, 2011
Jennifer Imazeki | 02:52 PM | Finance
The recent release of the Interim Status Report on the financial health of districts can’t be surprising to anyone. 13 districts received a negative certification, meaning the “district will be unable to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the current year or for the subsequent fiscal year.” Another 97 districts were determined to be in danger of failing to meet financial obligations for the...
Mar 30th, 2011
David N Plank | 11:06 AM | School & District Reform
Rekha Balu is a doctoral student at Stanford.  In the course of her dissertation research she conducted a survey of school district financial officers, in which she asked them what strategies they have considered to smooth financial turbulence in the current fiscal crisis in California.  The responses were interesting, but one in particular caught my attention:  none of the districts that responded to her...
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Mar 28th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 04:09 PM
During the past two weeks, the Brown administration has made some progress in achieving its budget plan. On Friday, as reported by the L.A. Times, The Sacramento Bee, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times and Capitol Weekly, Governor Brown signed into law billions of cuts to state services as a part of his budget proposal. Regarding  education, the signed bills would cut funds to higher education, including...