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California’s Aspiring Education Bosses Face Reform Issues

California’s Aspiring Education Bosses Face Reform Issues By Evelyn B. Stacey, policy fellow in Education Studies Californian is now a finalist in the federal Race to the Top process. That has forced candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to confront key reform issues. “The idea we can’t hold people ...
Education

Race to the Top Proves that Competition Works

Race to the Top Proves that Competition Works By Evelyn Stacey, policy fellow in Education Studies SACRAMENTO—In the first round of Race to the Top (RTTT), California placed 27th out of 41 states that applied and failed to gain a one-time federal grant. Now California is trying again in Phase ...
California

Why Beverly Hills Gave Students the Boot

Students living outside the illustrious 90210 zip code have been allowed to attend Beverly Hills Unified schools through an “opportunity permits” program. That opportunity came to an abrupt end in January when the Beverly Hills school board voted to end the program—kicking out a full 10 percent of their students. ...
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Washington-centric Education “Reforms” Destined for Failure

Last week the Obama administration released changes to No Child Left Behind, now known as Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The New York Times observed that, “This ambitious agenda presents striking challenges of its own, both political and in terms of implementation.” Indeed, the proposed alterations have elicited divided ...
Common Core

States Should Look, Not Leap When it Comes to National Standards

In order to qualify for federal Title I funds, states may now have to sign on to the Common Core State Standard Initiative (CCSSI). Yet the Pioneer Institute and Pacific Research Institute study, Why Race to the Middle, found that: • the process for developing national standards was flawed; • ...
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Prepare foster kids for future

Letters to the Editor Prepare foster kids for future Re “Shame on us for putting foster kids last” (Viewpoint, Feb. 12): Ed Howard makes a good point that California has more consideration for pet-related issues than the fate of foster children. Although pending legislation could extend foster care to age ...
California

California Passes Reforms to Compete in Race to the Top

California started the year by passing two new bills and submitting an application to the federal government to win a piece of the funding pie known as Race to the Top. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed both bills into law on January 7. Both had passed the legislature with the ...
Commentary

Book Calls for Advancement Through Disruption

Review of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, by Clayton M. Christensen with Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson (New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, 2008), 288 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 0071592067 / 9780071592062, $32.95 This book offers brilliant insights into the United States’ education woes—and ...
Commentary

The Lessons of Race To The Top

Yesterday California submitted its application for Race To The Top funds to the U.S. Department of Education. The state recently passed two pieces of legislation to vie for the funds, and by some accounts the process has already been beneficial. “There’s been more state [education reform] legislation in the last ...
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California Students Need the Gift That Keeps on Giving

The holiday season finds Sacramento legislators scrambling for $700 million in Race to the Top money from the federal government. In the midst of the chaos, policy makers, parents and taxpayers should take time to reflect on what California’s six million public school students really need, starting with high expectations. ...
Commentary

California’s Aspiring Education Bosses Face Reform Issues

California’s Aspiring Education Bosses Face Reform Issues By Evelyn B. Stacey, policy fellow in Education Studies Californian is now a finalist in the federal Race to the Top process. That has forced candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to confront key reform issues. “The idea we can’t hold people ...
Education

Race to the Top Proves that Competition Works

Race to the Top Proves that Competition Works By Evelyn Stacey, policy fellow in Education Studies SACRAMENTO—In the first round of Race to the Top (RTTT), California placed 27th out of 41 states that applied and failed to gain a one-time federal grant. Now California is trying again in Phase ...
California

Why Beverly Hills Gave Students the Boot

Students living outside the illustrious 90210 zip code have been allowed to attend Beverly Hills Unified schools through an “opportunity permits” program. That opportunity came to an abrupt end in January when the Beverly Hills school board voted to end the program—kicking out a full 10 percent of their students. ...
Commentary

Washington-centric Education “Reforms” Destined for Failure

Last week the Obama administration released changes to No Child Left Behind, now known as Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The New York Times observed that, “This ambitious agenda presents striking challenges of its own, both political and in terms of implementation.” Indeed, the proposed alterations have elicited divided ...
Common Core

States Should Look, Not Leap When it Comes to National Standards

In order to qualify for federal Title I funds, states may now have to sign on to the Common Core State Standard Initiative (CCSSI). Yet the Pioneer Institute and Pacific Research Institute study, Why Race to the Middle, found that: • the process for developing national standards was flawed; • ...
Commentary

Prepare foster kids for future

Letters to the Editor Prepare foster kids for future Re “Shame on us for putting foster kids last” (Viewpoint, Feb. 12): Ed Howard makes a good point that California has more consideration for pet-related issues than the fate of foster children. Although pending legislation could extend foster care to age ...
California

California Passes Reforms to Compete in Race to the Top

California started the year by passing two new bills and submitting an application to the federal government to win a piece of the funding pie known as Race to the Top. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed both bills into law on January 7. Both had passed the legislature with the ...
Commentary

Book Calls for Advancement Through Disruption

Review of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, by Clayton M. Christensen with Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson (New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, 2008), 288 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 0071592067 / 9780071592062, $32.95 This book offers brilliant insights into the United States’ education woes—and ...
Commentary

The Lessons of Race To The Top

Yesterday California submitted its application for Race To The Top funds to the U.S. Department of Education. The state recently passed two pieces of legislation to vie for the funds, and by some accounts the process has already been beneficial. “There’s been more state [education reform] legislation in the last ...
Commentary

California Students Need the Gift That Keeps on Giving

The holiday season finds Sacramento legislators scrambling for $700 million in Race to the Top money from the federal government. In the midst of the chaos, policy makers, parents and taxpayers should take time to reflect on what California’s six million public school students really need, starting with high expectations. ...
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