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Humphrey, Daniel; Koppich, Julia; Lavadenz, Magaly; Marsh, Julie; O'Day, Jennifer; Plank, David; Stokes, Laura; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2017
This report is the third in a series by the Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative (LCFFRC). This research seeks to help policymakers and others better understand ways in which the LCFF is changing fundamental aspects of resource allocation and governance and how these changes might lead to improved student outcomes. The work is…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Educational Finance, Local Government, Stakeholders
Brown, Brentt; Vargo, Merrill – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
California has embarked on a major new wave of curriculum reform with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the new English Language Development (ELD) standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The adoption of the CCSS builds a legacy of standards-based education reform in California that began with the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Program Implementation, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
Mayo, Andrea – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
The education system in California today is unable to meet the needs of the state's economy or the expectations of its citizens. From school finance to ensuring the quality of teaching, from assessment and accountability to preparing students for college and careers, education policy today in California often works against the best interests of…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Change, Accountability, Public Education
Loeb, Susanna; Valant, Jon – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
In this policy brief the authors present an overview of the current state of school leadership in California. They examine the challenges that California must overcome to recruit, hire, train, and retain strong and talented principals, with a particular focus on the limitations of current state and district policies. They also propose a set of…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Personnel Policy, Personnel Management
Strunk, Katharine – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
In this policy brief the author shows that contracts negotiated by local teachers' unions and district administrations allow for more flexibility than conventional views suggest. CBAs (collective bargaining agreements) are quite varied in their contents, and many school boards and unions have used the flexibility inherent in contract negotiations…
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Unions, Negotiation Agreements, Employer Employee Relationship
Venezia, Andrea; Maxwell-Jolly, Julie – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
California policymakers have pursued various strategies for raising student achievement over the past half-century. The state's schools now advance demanding curricular standards which are among the most rigorous in the nation. These are in the form of "content" and "performance" standards. This paper, stemming from a Policy…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Policy Analysis, Educational Policy
Fuller, Bruce; Livas, Alejandra; Bridges, Margaret – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
The new call for a universal preschool system is prompting an important policy debate across California. How preschooling is expanded and improved with limited public resources depends on several key issues. The hopeful ideals of "preschool for all"--with children beginning school ready to learn--spark enthusiasm and broaden public will.…
Descriptors: Non English Speaking, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, School Readiness
Woody, Elisabeth L.; Bae, Soung; Park, Sandra; Russell, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2006
Achievement gaps have real consequences for students, particularly those facing the challenge of passing the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), now a requirement in order to receive a high school diploma in California. The combined 2005 CAHSEE passing rates reveal significant discrepancies between White and Asian students and their African…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Gandara, Patricia; Maxwell-Jolly, Julie; Driscoll, Anne – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2005
As long as students with limited English language skills have attended California schools a debate has raged among educators and policy-makers regarding how best to educate these children. A major focal point of this debate is bilingual education. That is, the viability, advisability, and effectiveness of using students' primary language in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Public Education
Bridges, Margaret; Fuller, Bruce; Rumberger, Russell; Tran, Loan – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
Parents and policymakers are turning to preschools to better advance the school readiness and broader development of young children. Much remains unknown, including how preschool programs of varying quality affect diverse groups of children. This is particularly important as several California counties embark on ambitious and costly efforts to…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Access to Education, Child Development Centers, School Readiness
Woody, Elisabeth L.; Buttles, Melissa; Kafka, Judith; Park, Sandra; Russell, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
In an effort to understand teachers' and administrators' experiences with public school accountability, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), with the support of the Noyce Foundation, established the Educator Responses to Accountability Project (ERAP). During the 2002-2003 school year, the authors conducted in-depth interviews with…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public School Teachers, Academic Achievement, Policy Analysis