January 3, 2020

This week, John Fensterwald and guest co-host Ryan Smith debate John’s annual education predictions, disagreeing on whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will campaign for an initiative in November to increase taxes on commercial properties. Ryan, who co-chairs State Superintendent Tony Thurmond’s initiative on closing the achievement gap, is confident Newsom will engage and the initiative will pass, while John is skeptical.

They also discuss the prospects of a $15 billion school construction bond in March, whether 2020 will see added attention to strengthening the teacher pipeline, what might be done to address low achievement in math, and whether Newsom and the Legislature will add teeth to accountability requirements of the Local Control Funding Formula.

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