Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending

California’s school funding reform law has triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input in at least some districts – along with a plethora of suggestions about how to spend the additional ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, Local Control Funding Formula, Natomas Unified School District, Parent Activism, Parents, San Bernardino City Unified, San Diego Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Systemic Change, West Contra Costa Unified

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

The students in John Daniels’ U.S. history class at James Lick High School in East San Jose are a smidgen of the tens of thousands of juniors who are taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

About 2,000 people signed a petition to “save” the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, or SoCal ROC, one of the state’s largest and oldest providers of career training for students that advocates fear may be ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Local Control Funding Formula, Quick Hits

More non-profits teaching parents to read with children

More non-profits teaching parents to read with children

Uriel Torres, 4, wasn’t sitting quietly as his tutor read him a book about Clifford, that irascible big red dog. He wasn’t sitting at all. He leaned forward out of his high chair, almost laying ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Kindergarten and Preschool, Reporting & Analysis

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

The achievement gap is a term used so regularly in the education world that its realities can sometimes lose their significance. But according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the gap is ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Early Learning, Featured, Local Control Funding Formula

West Contra Costa Unified joins growing number of districts to publish draft accountability plan

After months of meetings yielding scores of suggestions from parents and other community members about how the school district can better serve its roughly 30,000 students, West Contra Costa Unified School District released its draft ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, West Contra Costa Unified

Sacramento City Unified won’t renew No Child Left Behind waiver

Sacramento City Unified won’t renew No Child Left Behind waiver

Faced with intense opposition from teachers, Sacramento City Unified announced Wednesday it would not join other California districts in reapplying for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. Its defection leaves seven of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, No Child Left Behind, Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Evaluations

Los Angeles Unified’s draft accountability plan shows promise of new funding law

The potential of the state’s new education funding system was on full display this week when Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent John Deasy presented a draft accountability plan that included a dizzying array of new ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis

“Student needs index” identifies highest needs L.A. schools

The Advancement Project, the Los Angeles-based civil rights and advocacy organization, has come up with what it calls a “student needs index” to identify the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District with the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis

San Diego Unified concludes initial outreach to parents

SAN DIEGO – This week marks the end of the San Diego Unified School District’s initial public outreach efforts that will help determine how it spends state dollars under California’s new school funding law. But low parent turnout ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, San Diego Unified