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.
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.
Readers can access results for California’s Smarter Balanced tests taken by students in the spring in nearly 10,000 school statewide.
Average scores have been rising in English language arts, but dropping in math as students progress through middle and high school — a cause for worry.
State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond says that key priorities, among other things, should be improving teacher preparedness and qualifications and building a more diverse teaching force in California.
The debate over whether ethnic studies is an appropriate and valuable course for high school students was settled long ago.
Critics said the original proposal was politically biased and omitted the American experiences of some ethnic and religious groups.
If the bill is approved, California will join 14 other states and the District of Columbia in requiring districts to offer full-day kindergarten.
Gov. Newsom signed legislation that will ban out-of-school suspensions for disruptive behavior and willful defiance after next July.
Suspensions for willful defiance have declined sharply in recent years, but Sen. Nancy Skinner says more state action is needed.
If the governor signs the bill into law, teachers would receive at least six weeks of paid maternity leave.
Former State Board of Education president says that there is strong support in California for the California School Dashboard.
California has run out of money to help school districts build and repair schools. View EdSource's video explainer to understand the choices facing legislators and voters.
A push in L.A. Unified to devise a 1-to-5 ranking of its schools would be at odds with the statewide system that avoids a “summative rating.”