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ERIC Number: EJ759601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-19
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
California's Schooling Is "Broken": Studies Call for Overhaul of Finance, Governance
Jacobson, Linda
Education Week, v26 n28 p1, 20 Mar 2007
This article reports the findings of 22 studies which document "how broken California's system is." The project, called "Getting Down to Facts," was requested during the 2005-2006 school year by the Republican governor's Advisory Committee on Education Excellence, as well as by Democratic leaders, to reassess California's complex school finance system and determine whether more resources are needed for students to meet achievement goals. California's system of school finance and governance needs such a major overhaul that simply funneling more money into the existing formula or tinkering with the administrative structure probably would not help students reach state achievement goals, it concludes. Even though the package of studies--more than 1,200 pages in all--offers little in the way of cost estimates for improving student performance, the consensus is that the state first needs to give local schools more flexibility in their use of funding, get rid of barriers that make it hard to fire ineffective teachers, and improve data collection so officials can determine whether the money they are spending is making any difference. The studies document "how broken the system is," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said during a press conference held to discuss some of the findings in the nearly two dozen academic papers released last week. "This is just a starting point for what I hope will be a renewed focus in the legislature on increasing student achievement with needed reform," he said. The researchers' work will be used to draft policy recommendations, but with Gov. Schwarzenegger currently pushing a universal-health-care plan, it is unlikely that any proposals to change the system will come before next year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California