Current reforms to public education include the new Common Core State Standards for learning, the Local Control Funding Formula for school districts, the rise of charter schools and the growth of partnerships between schools, nonprofits, businesses and other government agencies. You will also find reporting about new initiatives and smaller reforms throughout the EdSource site.
California and Washington appear in sync on at least one issue: local control of schools.
Californians on both sides of the charter school debate can expect another year of hearings over Senate Bill 808, a bill that critics claim could lead to the shuttering of many charter schools.
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, an associate professor and school teacher and leader in Oakland, says a focus on equity could lead to a renaissance in education.
A bill that would have allowed only school districts to approve new charter petitions is very much alive despite being shelved Monday by its sponsor.
However, twice in the past, they overwhelmingly rejected ballot initiatives that would have allowed vouchers.
The bill would give school districts more power to approve or deny charter schools, which charter school advocates argue would lead to many charter schools closing their doors.
After educators say interim test reports designed to improve teaching were too vague to be useful, the consortium that created them promises to do better.
Next Generation Science Standards aim to reach minorities, English learners and others underrepresented in science fields.
Flexible classroom spaces can improve student learning and collaboration, educators say.
Education Trust–West presses for tracking spending at the school level.
The complaint is contesting how the district spent $41 million in supplemental and concentration funding.
Dr. Corinne Hyde talks about Common Core controversy, standards implementation, tests, curriculum materials and USC's online guide to the Common Core.
Workshop participants expressed concerns about data timeliness, local indicators, how data relate to districts’ accountability plans, and how charter data are reported.
Groups say the district isn't complying with its obligation under the funding formula.
E.M. Grimmer Elementary in Fremont, which has a high percentage of low-income and Latino students, was among 19 district schools – or 58 percent – that were ranked at the highest level in math on state standards.