March 30, 2019

This week, U.S. senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris put forward a 10-year, $315 billion plan to close the pay gap nationwide between teachers and other professional workers to attract more college grads into the classroom. For insight and perspective, we interview two experts on the federal role in education: Michael Kirst, former president of the California State Board of Education, and Professor Dan Goldhaber of the University of Washington.

Also, John and Louis discuss new twists in the debate over giving students more access in school to take the SAT and ACT. Two bills before the Legislature reflect conflicting views on the college entrance exams: one would allow districts to substitute SAT or ACT for the 11th-grade Smarter Balanced test; another would ask UC and CSU to consider stop using SAT and ACT altogether.

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