While California’s Local Control Funding Formula shifted control over budgeting and decision making from the state to local districts, the state and federal government still retain authority over setting broad education and school finance policies. In this section, find articles about pressing challenges to California’s education system, the state’s education reforms, how school districts are implementing them, and their impact.
Current formula hurts children from low-income families in high-cost regions.
The former state secretary of education shepherded academic standards into adoption and bolstered county offices’ role in state policy.
Public Advocates argues the district doesn’t show how $1.2 billion in extra funding will benefit English learners and low-income students.
Many programs struggle to keep up with operational costs, potentially limiting access to STEM offered outside of school hours.
There's full agreement on 4 proposals but anger among some task force members over 7 proposals passed by a narrow majority as a package.
Former teacher recalls hopeful time half a century ago in a newly integrated middle-school classroom.
As California schools move to implement new science standards, there will be an increased demand for teachers in a subject area where there is already a severe shortage.
Recently retired, Gail Gregorio will replace CTA veteran Joe Nuñez, who was abruptly let go as executive director last week.
Like Oakland Unified, West Contra Costa faces budget deficits and sought help from its county office of education.
CTA provides no explanation for why it terminated Joe Nuñez after six years as executive director and nearly 25 years as a CTA employee; search for his successor to begin immediately.
The new coalition aims to impose a statewide tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Senate hearing indicates that further changes will be needed to reach a deal on a bill charter school leaders fear would cripple growth.
The CSBA sued after the Legislature squeezed funding for school districts by revising what programs fall under Proposition 98.
The new rate will credit districts for helping non-graduating seniors to earn a diploma the next year. It would be combined with the 4-year grad rate on the School Dashboard.
Berkeley’s 2020 Vision initiative was supposed to eliminate achievement gaps for the entering kindergarten class in 2007 but a year from its target date, it is clear that it still has a long way to go in reaching its ambitious goals.