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Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2020
School closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed the conditions in which students learn and experience schooling. Disparities in students' access to learning and in their academic outcomes are likely to exacerbate longstanding challenges and inequities. Now more than ever, educators need information that will help…
Descriptors: Data Use, Educational Improvement, Equal Education, Data Collection
Massengale, CoCo; Choi, Linda; O'Day, Jennifer; Knudson, Joel – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, and in many cases exacerbated, disparities among students that result from their socioeconomic status, language background, race and ethnicity, and disability classification. Now more than ever, school systems need to understand student needs and respond with targeted supports that address these needs. One…
Descriptors: Equal Education, School Districts, Special Education, Students with Disabilities
Castro, Marina; Choi, Linda; Knudson, Joel; O'Day, Jennifer – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented conditions for K-12 teaching and learning, and education leaders everywhere are working quickly to make the best policy decisions possible. Knowing that the current context is dramatically different than previous school years and that students' access to learning from home varies, how should schools…
Descriptors: Grading, School Policy, Equal Education, School Districts
Hester, Candace – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2020
In 2019, career pathways were offered in one-third of U.S. school districts, including more than 500 in California. A new brief from the California Collaborative on District Reform, "The Career Pathways Approach: A Way Towards Equity?," examines the equity promise and challenge of pathways. At a time when traditional school experiences…
Descriptors: Career Pathways, Equal Education, School Districts, Minority Group Students
Knudson, Joel; Cantor, Pamela – California Collaborative on District Reform, 2020
A trio of crises--the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting financial instability, and racial injustice--has disrupted learning environments and the relationships, structures, and supports that students depend on to thrive. The consequences are far-reaching, but they have been felt most acutely by our most vulnerable youth. In the face of these challenges,…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Well Being, Resilience (Psychology)
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
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