Without a lot more money, the next state superintendent of public instruction must clarify the department's role under local control.
California Department of Education official calls state's charter school laws outdated and says they are in need of revision.
Periodically over the past century, state boards of education, governors and state superintendents have clashed over who should be setting education policy in California.
School districts are trying a variety of strategies aimed at creating safe and welcoming school environments, but there is controversy over the role and frequency of student surveys, and how to use them.
Study group recommends that districts conduct an annual survey of parents, students and teachers on school safety and students' wellbeing.
Michael Fullan says the state has pursued the 'right drivers' with, so far, a flawed implementation.