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Welsh, William; Coghlan, Erin; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Aiming to relieve overcrowded schools operating on multiple tracks, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has invested more than $19 billion to build 130 new facilities over the past decade. District leaders asked researchers at Berkeley to estimate the achievement effects of this massive initiative--benefits that may stem from entering…
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Crowding, Educational Environment
Dauter, Luke; Fuller, Bruce – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
Everyone knows that student achievement often suffers when children and families move, leaving behind their school and neighborhood, yet, in urban districts like Los Angeles, mobility is now encouraged by the development of mixed-markets of diverse schools, including charter, pilot, and magnet schools in. Over 60 new school facilities were opened…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Magnet Schools, Family Characteristics, Educational Facilities
Newton, Xiaoxia A.; Rivero, Rosario; Fuller, Bruce; Dauter, Luke – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2011
In this paper, we investigate the effects of teacher characteristics and school context on the timing of teachers' decisions to exit schools where they teach. The two-level discrete time survival analysis framework allows for simultaneous examinations of who exits, when, and under what conditions. Our results for a large sample of teachers in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Teacher Attitudes
Fuller, Bruce; Vincent, Jeff; Bierbaum, Ariel H.; Kirschenbaum, Greta; McCoy, Deborah; Rigby, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This report examines how California's massive and ongoing investment in school construction could better advance the shared goals of school improvement, sustainable urban growth, and equal opportunity. This brief is organized in five parts. First, the authors sketch a "framework" for how smart growth principles could help guide school…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, School Construction, Context Effect, Housing Needs
Fuller, Bruce; Wright, Joseph – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
Gaps in early learning are starkly apparent among differing children even before they enter kindergarten. So, a rising number of states are trying to narrow initial achievement disparities by expanding access to quality preschool. At the same time, recent findings show that preschool is not a lasting inoculation: its benefits fade if children move…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, State Courts, Finance Reform, Equal Education
Fuller, Bruce; Gesicki, Kathryn; Sweo, Thea; Jung, Sunyoung – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
California continues to widen access to local child care and preschool programs--albeit in fits and starts--for a variety of families. About 65% of all four year-olds statewide now attend a preschool center. Government spends $3.6 billion on early care and education programs statewide, including a three-fold increase in state spending since 1996.…
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Community Organizations, Child Care, Child Development
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
Fuller, Bruce; Gesicki, Kathryn; Kang, Erin; Wright, Joseph – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
Debate is well under way regarding the efficacy of the "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act," including whether this bundle of federal rules and resources is prompting gains in student achievement. Spirited conversation will intensify as the Congress discusses how to adjust and reauthorize this ambitious set of school reforms. Both state and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Accountability
O'Day, Jennifer; Bitter, Catherine; Kirst, Mike; Carnoy, Martin; Woody, Elisabeth; Buttles, Melissa; Fuller, Bruce; Ruenzel, David – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
During the past two years, three independent studies--conducted by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), American Institutes for Research (AIR), and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)--have examined the accomplishments, shortcomings, and continuing challenges of California's Public Schools Accountability Act (PSAA).…
Descriptors: Accountability, Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Public Schools
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