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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, 2018
California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) was signed into law in 2013, and represents the most significant change in California education finance and governance in 40 years. It moves additional funds to districts with students in poverty, English language learners, and foster youth. The LCFF sends supplemental funds to districts based on…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Educational Improvement, School Districts, Funding Formulas
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2014
After years of painful budget cuts, new revenues will begin to flow to California school districts in 2014. Thanks to the voters' approval of Proposition 30 and the adoption of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), nearly all districts can expect budget increases over the next several years. In this report PACE offers guidance on…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Budgets, Funding Formulas, School Districts
Plank, David N.; Brewer, Dominic J.; Polikoff, Morgan; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
California is in the midst of sweeping education changes. The state is rolling out the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a new system of assessments. Voters approved a temporary statewide tax increase that will provide additional funding to schools after years of spending cuts. The Legislature adopted a new system for funding schools (the…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2013
For decades, when California's state leaders have wanted to see local school districts respond to shifts in policy and expectations they relied on the state-controlled school finance system to leverage local change. Through the use of categorical programs and earmarked funding, they created incentives for districts that complied and penalties for…
Descriptors: Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Career Readiness
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
This report commemorates the fifth anniversary of the Getting Down to Facts project, which sought to provide a thorough and reliable analysis of the critical challenges facing California's education system as the necessary basis for an informed discussion of policy changes aimed at improving the performance of California schools and students. The…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Finance Reform, State Legislation, Educational Policy
Perry, Mary – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2012
Governor Jerry Brown has called for a major overhaul of California's school finance policies. His proposal for a weighted pupil funding system would simplify the rules that govern the distribution of funds to schools and school districts, while targeting a larger share of available resources to the schools and students with the greatest needs. In…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Finance Reform, Educational Finance, Expenditure per Student
Brewer, Dominic J.; Plank, David N.; Hall, Michelle – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE, 2012
California has long been viewed by the rest of the nation as leader in many areas, including education. The state's K-12 and higher education systems were once the envy of other states. Of late, though, the news from the Golden State has not been so rosy. For the last three decades California has faced increased demands on public services while…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, State Surveys
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
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
In this edition of "Conditions of Education" six of the leading academic authorities on education policy in California address the key issues facing the state's education system, focusing their attention on critical indicators of current performance and on specific policy changes that would lead to sustained improvement. They identify…
Descriptors: Governance, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy
Loeb, Susanna; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2007
The "Getting Down to Facts" (GDTF) studies released in March 2007 offered a clear diagnosis of the issues facing California's education system. Now, as California moves beyond the facts and begins the search for ways to improve the performance of California schools and students, the state faces a critical policy dilemma. On the one hand,…
Descriptors: Policy Analysis, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Politics of Education
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
Hass, Bob, Ed. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
Educators and policymakers have accomplished much over the past decade, aided by parents and taxpayers. California has set a high bar for what all children are expected to learn, from kindergarten forward. Instructional materials and tests are now closely aligned, so that teachers know how to gauge their students' progress. And achievement growth…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Finance, Educational Change, Accountability
Timar, Thomas; Rodriguez, Gloria; Simon, Virginia Adams; Ferrario, Kim; Kim, Kris – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2006
Central to California's school accountability system are programs to engage low-performing schools in improvement efforts. One of these is the High Priority Schools Program (HPSGP), created by Assembly Bill 961 (Chapter 747, "Statutes of 2001") to provide funds to the lowest performing schools in the state. To be eligible for funding,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Grants, Change Strategies, State Programs
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