California, under Gov. Jerry Brown, has shifted control over budgeting and decision-making from the state to local districts. But Sacramento – through the State Board of Education and the Legislature – and Washington, D.C., still retain authority over setting broad education and school finance policies. EdSource Today is tracking the development of the Local Control Funding Formula, California’s new school finance system, and how districts are implementing this reform.
California remains strongly committed to Common Core standards in math and English language arts, which focus on critical thinking and problem-solving. The standards have been adopted by more than 40 states.
The state board says the report failed to look at total effort to help schools and hold them accountable.
New California Dyslexia Guidelines are meant to improve how reading is taught to all students by all teachers, not just reading specialists.
Far more students are now eligible to enroll at UC and CSU, without a parallel increase in the universities' ability to admit more students.
More people still support charters, but the margin has narrowed in an Education Next survey.
Despite recent changes at the college level, more needs to be done in K-12 schools.
Districts' revenues may be back to pre-recession levels, but not their buying power, says FCMAT's Michael Fine.
As California's strict vaccination law turns a year old, vaccination rates have reached their highest levels.
That's the recommendation of Rick Simpson, the Assembly's retired expert on school finance.
A recent audit found that Tri-Valley Learning Corporation executives had conflicts of interest and commingled funds.
A new icon in the school dashboard would signify less than 95 percent participation.
U.S. Education Secretary and American Federation of Teachers President's comments highlight division that exists between some school choice advocates and those who back traditional public schools.
The Vision for Success plan adopted by the college system's board of governors lays out a pathway to support students.
New state policy is expected to help schools meet California's Vision of Success for English learners.
Is the state's bare-bones response to the Every Student Succeeds Act a shrewd tactic or a missed opportunity?