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As districts and communities begin implementing the Local Control Funding Formula, the state must ensure the new law is not just about local control and flexibility, but also— and most importantly—about educational justice. The supplemental and concentration grants must be used to increase and improve services for low-income, English learner, and foster youth students at their school sites. Districts must engage parents as true partners in spending decisions and report expenditures down to the school level in a way that is transparent to all stakeholders. Click here to read more.
State leaders must streamline our systems of accountability and maintain a focus on strong student results. An accountability system that fragmented, that contains too many indicators, and that drifts away from a focus on student academic achievement will risk confusing stakeholders and fracturing the public’s understanding of school success. Click here to read more.
California must incentivize its best college graduates, particularly in fields such as science and math, to select teaching as a career. To close gaps in students’ access to great teachers, we must ensure that districts attract and retain our very best teachers in our highest need schools. To transform the teaching profession, district and state policies must guarantee that every teacher receives a high-quality, multiple-measure evaluation every year. And state policymakers must eliminate bureaucratic laws such as seniority-based layoffs that ignore teaching effectiveness and disproportionally destabilize high-need schools. Click here to read more.
For students to gain the deeper knowledge embedded in the new standards, districts must support teachers in transforming their instructional practices and must ensure every student is taught using rigorous, high-quality instructional materials. For every child to succeed in our increasingly technological world and succeed on new computer-adaptive assessments, district and state leaders must secure the technology for the Smarter Balanced
assessments, close the digital divide, and expand access to promising new instructional strategies such as blended learning. In the coming year, education leaders must inform families and other stakeholders in California’s many diverse communities about the new education standards, and the state must evaluate and monitor the implementation process. Click here to read more.
How effective are your child’s teachers? Does your child receive the same resources as other California students? Are ineffective education program wasting ou…
Dr. Tami Pearson & Molly MauerClaremont Graduate SchoolClaremont, CA
Dr. Tami Pearson, Phyllis Hart & Sheilagh PolkOakland Unified School DistrictOakland, CA
Dr. Tami Pearson, Phyllis Hart & Sheilagh PolkMontebello, CA
Kilian BetlachOrange County Dropout Prevention SummittAnaheim, CA
Phyllis HartCollege BoardSacramento, CA
Kilian BetlachZap the GapSan Mateo County Office of Education
Dr. Tami Pearson & Gabriel CraftHilo, HI
Dr. Tami Pearson & Gabriel CraftKona HI
California’s high schools are in crisis. Many students never graduate at all and, of those that do, too many are woefully ill-prepared for life after high scho…
Dr. Linda MurrayCommunity For Educational EquityLos Angeles, CA
Dr. Linda Murray, Dr. Tami Pearson & Olivia LynchVentura, CA
Dr. Linda Murray & Dr. Tami PearsonVentura, CA
This report shines a spotlight on widening achievement gaps and probes beyond the averages put forth in the California Department of Education findings on the …
Across California and in the San Francisco Unified School District, students are either not graduating high school at all or they are graduating without the sk…
There’s a lot that parents and communities can do to help their schools work better. But to improve your schools, you first need to understand what’s going on …
The Disproportionate assignment of new and unqualified teachers to poor and minority students is well documented, both in California and in other states. This …
Schools serving the highest proportions of low-income students and students of color by and large employ the highest proportions of inexperienced and underqual…
California’s Hidden Teacher Spending Gap: How State and District Budgeting Practices Shortchange Poor and Minority Students and Their Schools
Federal and state policies increasingly stress the need to educate all students to high academic standards. These policies assume, and indeed require, that add…