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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