EdSource Today Reports: Commentary

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

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

Bullets fly, but the test must go on

Bullets fly, but the test must go on

This commentary was written the day last month that 10th graders in Los Angeles were due to take the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam. Five pops that sounded like fireworks. Short and ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Teachers and Admin, Tests and Assessments

Districts’ stringent criteria can delay reclassifying English learners

English learners have been a subject of policy concern in California since the early 1970s. The needs of these students — who make up about 25 percent of the state’s public school students today — ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, English learners, Featured

Baseball can teach education a real lesson about making better decisions

With baseball season starting, I’ve been reading scouting reports on my favorite team. Because my immigration journey started in Philadelphia, I am cursed to spend my life as a Phillies fan. The scouting reports all ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, K-12 Reform, Systemic Change

Repay schools their stolen property taxes now, while times are good

Repay schools their stolen property taxes now, while times are good

Should California schoolchildren be the state’s interest-free lenders of first resort? Most people would say no. Yet they are. Should California, in opposition to the equitable school financing principles outlined in Serrano v. Priest, take the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, School Finance, State Budget

California can be national leader in reforming testing and school accountability

California can be national leader in reforming testing and school accountability

Beginning next week, California students will begin taking field tests of the new Smarter Balanced assessments, replacing the mostly multiple choice standardized tests that have been administered in schools for the past 15 years. This represents a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Jerry Brown, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, Systemic Change

School districts should begin planning now for new science standards

School districts should begin planning now for new science standards

The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted last September by the State Board of Education, will better engage and educate all students in science, and better prepare them to enter more in-depth science, computing and engineering ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Standards, STEM

Now is the time to seize the parent engagement moment

Now is the time to seize the parent engagement moment

Well-informed, engaged parents make a vital difference in the health and education of children. When families, schools and communities work as partners, student achievement is boosted and children are better prepared to lead happy and ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Parents

Community schools can help break the cycle of poverty

Community schools can help break the cycle of poverty

We’ve known for some time that children from low-income families are less likely to succeed in school relative to their higher-income peers. Many solutions to address this achievement gap have been explored, such as greater ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula

CalSTRS shortfall will require a shared responsibility

CalSTRS shortfall will require a shared responsibility

The California Teachers Retirement System, or CalSTRS, is facing a significant unfunded liability with respect to its Defined Benefit Program. CalSTRS has a shortfall in funding of approximately $71 billion and will run out of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Legislature and Bills, School Finance, State and Federal Policies, Teacher Pensions, Teachers and Admin