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Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2019
Policy development is fundamentally a process of negotiation. Legislation or other regulatory guidance often requires the support of a range of stakeholders to actually become policy. The resulting policy is therefore a compilation of interests, all partially represented in a final product that sufficiently satisfies enough key stakeholders to…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, School District Autonomy, Elementary Secondary Education
Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2019
In the face of stagnant achievement and persistent achievement gaps in mathematics, school districts have enacted a variety of changes to varying levels of success. On the heels of an Algebra for All model that failed to generate desired outcomes of students, San Francisco Unified School District adopted a policy in 2014 that dramatically changed…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Policy, Mathematics Education, Middle School Students
Taylor, Tia; Knudson, Joel; Ramanathan, Arun – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2019
In the January 2019-20 State Budget Proposal, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a K-12 education spending plan with an all-time high of $80.7 billion dollars. The budget proposal makes significant investments in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), special education, state preschool, and partial relief for pension liabilities. In addition, it…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, School District Autonomy, Elementary Secondary Education
Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2019
More than 5 years after the passage of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), California school districts continue to develop and refine strategies to act on the opportunities and expectations associated with the state's school finance system. A new project called the LCFF Test Kitchen has enabled three school districts to make progress by…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Educational Finance, School District Autonomy, Elementary Secondary Education
Castro, Marina; Knudson, Joel; O'Day, Jennifer – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2019
California's transition to a new governor, superintendent of public instruction, legislators, and members of the state board of education is an opportunity to reflect on the implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Namely, has the school finance system achieved its original goals of promoting local control, equity, and greater…
Descriptors: School Districts, School District Autonomy, Funding Formulas, Educational Finance
Massengale, CoCo; Knudson, Joel; O'Day, Jennifer – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2018
In the 2017-18 school year, the California State Board of Education rolled out a new statewide system of support for local education agencies, with the goal of moving away from punitive accountability policies toward working alongside schools and districts to respond directly to local needs and contexts. Distilling lessons from prior research,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, School Districts, State School District Relationship, Accountability
Knudson, Joel; Castro, Marina; Blum, Jarah – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2017
It started with a cup of coffee. In the wake of an intense contract negotiation, and against the backdrop of a district bankruptcy, multiple teacher strikes, and a wave of mistrust that veterans of the era still refer to as "rock bottom," the San José superintendent and the San José Teachers Association president decided to chart a…
Descriptors: School Districts, Partnerships in Education, Personnel Management, Teacher Associations
Knudson, Joel; Ramanathan, Arun; Carter, Allison; O'Day, Jennifer – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2017
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has introduced positive and much-needed change to California's approach to K-12 education funding by allocating resources according to student need and freeing districts to make decisions that address local priorities. For all of LCFF's advantages, however, the Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs) in…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School District Autonomy, School Districts, Educational Change
Knudson, Joel; Castro, Marina; Blum, Jarah – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2017
In the wake of an intense contract negotiation, and against the backdrop of a district bankruptcy, multiple teacher strikes, and a wave of mistrust that veterans of the era still refer to as "rock bottom," the San José superintendent and the San José Teachers Association president decided to chart a different path forward. This report is…
Descriptors: School Districts, Partnerships in Education, Personnel Management, Teacher Associations
Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2017
Changes at the federal level and an upcoming California election are shaping the social, economic, and political context in which K-12 districts operate. The California Collaborative on District Reform convened for a two-day meeting to step back, reflect, and take stock of the road ahead. Meeting participants listened to research-based…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts, Instructional Improvement, Cooperation
California Collaborative on District Reform, 2017
This document synthesizes the findings from the evaluations of four statewide programs designed to provide support for underperforming schools and districts in California as part of the state accountability system: (1) Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (II/USP); (2) High Priority Schools Grant (HPSG) Program; (3) School…
Descriptors: Synthesis, State Programs, Program Evaluation, Research Reports
Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2016
California educators continue in their struggle to communicate district plans to parents, teachers, and other members of the school community. Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), have ballooned into jargon-laden stacks of tables, impenetrable to all but the most sophisticated reader. Envisioned as a tool to improve transparency, the LCAP…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, School District Autonomy, Accountability, Educational Planning
Blum, Jarah; Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2016
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) represents a sea change in the way California funds public education. By directing resources to the students in greatest need, freeing districts from the constraints of categorical programs, and inviting stakeholder participation, the new funding system creates the conditions for districts to advance goals…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School District Autonomy, Public Education, Educational Finance
Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2016
The California Collaborative on District Reform convened in Oakland for a two-day meeting, "Integrating Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning to Advance Equity and Achievement." The meeting explored methods to support and integrate academic, social, and emotional learning in K-12 education. Implementation efforts surrounding the…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Academic Achievement, Social Development, Emotional Development
Knudson, Joel; Hannan, Stephanie; O'Day, Jennifer; Castro, Marina – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2015
The Common Core State Standards represent an exciting step forward for California, and for the nation as a whole, in supporting instruction that can better prepare students for college and career success. Concurrent with the transition to the new standards, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), of which California is a governing…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Measurement, Educational Assessment
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