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.
The bill would allow the state to review a medical exemption if a child attends a school with an immunization rate of less than 95 percent.
Potentially two initiatives on the November 2020 ballot could create a choice or confusion for voters.
School districts could consider the need for a new charter school and its financial impact; charters will keep their right of appeal.
Teachers need more support to help struggling students rather than bans that reduce their ability to manage their classrooms.
Students who are suspended from school are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to be arrested and incarcerated.
The state needs to take a more active role in translating policy reform into academic achievement for its youth in care.
A new study overcomes challenges from a lack of transparency to compare schools' spending under the Local Control Funding Formula.
California's size and diversity make universal preschool or extended paid leave a feat in some ways comparable to a national effort.
When school opened in 2018, charter and private schools reported lower vaccination rates than traditional public schools.
The decision by California Faculty Association this spring to end its long-standing relationship with the CTA took place with little public notice
The former state secretary of education shepherded academic standards into adoption and bolstered county offices’ role in state policy.
There's full agreement on 4 proposals but anger among some task force members over 7 proposals passed by a narrow majority as a package.
Former teacher recalls hopeful time half a century ago in a newly integrated middle-school classroom.
As California schools move to implement new science standards, there will be an increased demand for teachers in a subject area where there is already a severe shortage.
Recently retired, Gail Gregorio will replace CTA veteran Joe Nuñez, who was abruptly let go as executive director last week.