In passing the Local Control Funding Formula in 2013, the Legislature shifted decision-making back to local districts and steered more money to districts with higher proportions of low-income children, English learners and foster and homeless children. Proposition 98, adopted in 1988, sets the overall yearly level of K-12 and community college spending through a complex formula tied to the growth in the state economy. The changes in funding were tied to major changes in how districts assess students and are held accountable for their success. Districts must outline how they will spend their funds in a Local Control and Accountability Plan. Whether these reforms succeed in improving student outcomes significantly and narrow historically large achievement gaps is now the core issue and challenge in education reform in California.
Fewer districts will require help from county offices, but colors tell a bigger story; disparities among student groups persist.
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Foster students miss the most school days of any group of students in the state.
California schools must do a better job of counting and providing services to homeless students, audit says.
UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ makes strongest remarks yet against the use of college admissions tests at Berkeley as university awaits faculty report on the issue.
Parents and family child care providers are among the experts who will guide California’s efforts to expand and improve early childhood education in the state.
UC considering ways to help undocumented students stay in school, if their DACA status is terminated.
Much has changed since voters approved Proposition 187, an initiative to expel undocumented students from its public schools and universities.
The state board will deliver an LCAP template that will be easier to read, but it probably still won't be easy to follow the money.
Research shows later start times improve academic performance, but many in education community opposed being required to start later.
If we raise the bar and also provide the right support for kids, teachers and parents, students will meet or exceed our expectations.
Membership decline likely tied to the departure of a major CTA affiliate, the California Faculty Association.
Gov. Newsom signed the bill delaying start times for teenagers against the opposition of school groups that said districts know best how to set schedules.
Analytical tools that are available but not used can help schools better understand how to improve student performance.
Increasing the number of teachers of color in California classrooms is a top priority for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.