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.
Early backer of charter law says no easy answers to issues raised by charter school expansion in the state.
The report sets a long-term goal of preschool for all children, regardless of income, but focuses on expanding access first to children in low-income families.
Public Policy Institute asked about some of the most hotly debated issues in its annual Californians and Education statewide survey.
Some school districts emerge as models for serving foster youth, but others are doing little to target them with specific programs.
Researchers say the greatest need in low-income communities is for programs serving children under 5 years old, such as preschool and transitional kindergarten.
Alameda County Office of Education analysis of district’s budget reveals shortfall if all unions get the same level salary increase as teachers.
Plan would forgive loans of up to $50,000 for 42 million Americans — for every person with a student loan and a household income of less than $100,000. It would be paid for by a tax on the wealthiest Americans.
Sen. Richard Pan is proposing a bill to curb medical exemptions for vaccinations of public school students.
Oakland Unified to receive $1.2 million from city to help reinstate cuts to Restorative Justice and Foster Youth programs, supplement library funding.
The Charter Task Force is taking on one of the most heated education reform issues in the state and is shooting to come up with recommendations to send to Gov. Newsom by July 1.
Newsom is proposing to expand paid family leave from six to eight weeks beginning in July 2020, and he plans to extend it to six months per child by 2021-22.
Assemblywoman has introduced a bill that would ban some inexperienced teachers from schools with a high percentage of low-income students.
California was ranked 14th in access to preschool for 4-year-olds, behind Oklahoma, Vermont, Florida, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia and South Carolina, among other states.
Current defined-benefit pension plan is the best option for California teachers, author says.
About half of new teachers hired in California classrooms are not fully credentialed.