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Polikoff, Morgan; Marsh, Julie; Plank, David N.; Hall, Michelle; Hardaway, Tenice; Le, Tien – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
California is in the middle of a nearly unprecedented period of change in the state's education system. Following voter approval of Proposition 30 in 2012, the Legislature adopted the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) in 2013. The LCFF upended the way California funds schools, redistributing revenues toward schools and school districts facing…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Change, Funding Formulas, Accountability
Carnoy, Martin – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
In 2005-06 almost half of the pupils in California's public schools were Latinos, but Latinos only received about 15 percent of the BA degrees awarded by public and private colleges in the state. Texas has a comparable Latino population, but does significantly better than California in getting Latino students through college. The implication of…
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Graduates, Access to Education, Hispanic American Students
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; 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
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
Timar, Thomas B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
This paper examines changes in California's school finance system over the past 35 years. It focuses specifically on the growth of categorical program funding. The study assesses the nature and magnitude of changes, the causes of those changes, the significance of those changes for the capacity of schools to provide high quality educational…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Public Education, Financial Support, State Aid
Johnson, Laura Ruth; Pai, Seeta A.; Bridges, Margaret – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2004
Nationwide, public attention has increasingly focused on the need for a variety of early care and education arrangements to meet the changing needs of families. The demand for early care and education has grown for families from all socioeconomic sectors, intensifying as participants in welfare-to-work programs enter the workforce, and as work…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Labor Force Development, Child Care, Child Development
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2004
This publication presents three working papers on the inadequacies and difficulties of successful transition from high school to college. These papers are derived from The Bridge Project, a six-state study of K-16 issues. These three papers do not attempt to cover all aspects of K-16 and transition issues. Consequently, the policy implications at…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Community Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education, Transitional Programs