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The legacy of Prop. 187; schools prepare for future fires

November 8, 2019

This week: We revisit Proposition 187 — the anti-immigrant initiative that California voters passed 25 years ago; and superintendent of schools in Placer County, Gayle Garbolino Mojica, discusses how her 16 districts were able to lessen disruptions from multiple days of electrical blackouts in October.

Counselors or cops in Pomona Unified; full-day kindergarten in every school

September 20, 2019

This week: We interview Jesus Sanchez, a community organizer and founder of Gente Organizada, and Iris Villalpando, a student leader, about why they fought so hard to change spending priorities in Pomona Unified School District; and we speak with reporter Zaidee Stavely about a bill on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk that would require every school to offer at least one full-day kindergarten class.

Big school bond with reforms, new pitch to presidential candidates

September 14, 2019

This week: We interview Jeff Vincent, of the Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley, about whether the proposed $15 billion bond measure will solve funding inequities; and we interview Laura Schifter, the policy director of a new coalition, ED2020, whose goal is to persuade presidential candidates.

Debating the merits of ranking schools; finding funding to repair them

September 7, 2019

This week: We interview Michael Kirst, the former president of the State Board of Education, about why adopting a ranking system for district and charter schools can be arbitrary and unhelpful; and we also discuss the possibility of a state construction bond for K-12 and community college facilities on the March 2020 ballot.