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Calling the new state-mandated local accountability plans “a daunting undertaking,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office called on the Legislature to allow school districts to write more focused annual plans for achievement.
An advocacy organization that analyzed dozens of school districts’ inaugural improvement plans under the state’s new school funding law praised the level of community involvement but criticized the lack of clarity in the finished product.
Ryan Smith, the new executive director of Education Trust-West, got an early lesson in the inequities of education in California when, as a 6-year-old, his single mother used her savings to move from low-income South Los Angeles so that her only child could attend better schools.
State and federal financial aid has protected low-income and some middle class families from state universities' big tuition and fee increases – but not enough eligible families sought help, a report from the Public Policy Institute of California concluded.
As accountability for student progress in California becomes more local, a new report by advocacy group EdTrust-West focuses on how school districts can better educate their English learners, who comprise nearly one in four students in the state.