In an exit interview, retiring state board President Michael Kirst urges more attention to professional development for teachers and principals, discusses the need for more school funding, an expanded school database and a new agency focused on children's needs.
California's teaching corps is more diverse — more Latino and Asian teachers due to retirements and new hires — but teachers still do not resemble the state's student body in which a majority of the students are Latino, compared to about 1 in 5 of its teachers.
Preschool Counts, a program piloted by Stanford University in 2013, is boosting early math skills by pairing undergraduate students with preschoolers to practice math through games and other activities.
Newly elected policymakers should focus on supporting teachers, helping struggling students, and better aligning teaching materials to state standards, say former California secretaries of education Gary Hart and Glen Thomas
San Juan Unified is one of the California school districts making investments in its teacher evaluation system. The district adopted a System of Professional Growth in 2016 that focuses on feedback and mentoring of teachers who are being evaluated.
San Francisco is the only city in California where parents without U.S. citizenship are allowed to vote in school board elections, but only 49 registered, amid warnings that ICE could find their addresses.