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

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Mar 11th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 02:30 PM
Governor Brown and state legislators were not able to pass the state budget by its deadline this week.  According to The Press Enterprise, the L.A. Times, Contra Costa Times, The Sacramento Bee, and The San Francisco Chronicle Politics blog, Brown and Republicans have not been able to negotiate a budget deal that also appeals to Republicans’ concerns. As a result, Brown has asked for a delay in voting on the budget...
Mar 10th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 03:22 PM | School & District Reform
The Politics of Learning 2.0                                              This blog post is part 3 of 3.  For part one click here; for part two, click here.   The contemporary politics of education...
Mar 9th, 2011
David N Plank | 03:34 PM | Assessment & Accountability
Brad Olsen’s thoughtful post on the forthcoming NCTQ/US News rankings of teacher education programs echoes some more general concerns about holding teachers and schools accountable.  These concerns have come forward most recently in discussions of “value-added” assessment of individual teachers, but they are equally familiar from the decade-long debate over how to measure schools’ performance...
Mar 9th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 01:17 PM | School & District Reform
The essence of Learning 2.0                                              This blog post is part 2 of 3.  For the first part of Learning 2.0, click here.   Over the last year, I have visited schools where...
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Mar 8th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 02:39 PM
As the month of March begins, Governor Brown’s self-imposed March 10th budget deadline is approaching. Within the next week, Brown intends to pass a state budget and place the ballots regarding the much-talked about tax extensions as well as a proposal to transfer the control of government services from state to local governments.   Updates Regarding the State Budget   Towards the end of last week, the L.A....