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Kerchner, Charles Taylor – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
Big institutions, like public education, change slowly but often dramatically. The history of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) over the past five decades reveals an organization pulled up from its early 20th Century Progressive Era roots. Decades of reform efforts have provided a lively audition for what a new institution of public…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Educational Change, Public Policy, Public Education
Steele, Jennifer L.; Murnane, Richard J.; Willett, John B. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2010
During a two-year period from 2000-2002, California awarded a $20,000 Governor's Teaching Fellowship (GTF) to 1,169 people enrolled in traditional, post-baccalaureate teacher licensure programs who agreed to teach in low-performing public schools for four years after earning their licenses. The GTF was a policy response to longstanding evidence…
Descriptors: Incentives, Fellowships, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Recruitment
Hough, Heather J.; Loeb, Susanna – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This case study will serve primarily as an historical account detailing the development of Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA). QTEA and the most salient details that led to its eventual passage, serving as an information source for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and other districts when they take on potentially controversial…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Case Studies, Laws, Urban Schools
Koppich, Julia E.; Rigby, Jessica – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy primer is designed to provide base-line information about new forms of teacher pay that are emerging around the country, to support the local conversations and negotiations that will lead to the development of innovative compensation systems. It identifies reasons why teacher compensation is high on local, state, and federal policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Innovation, Teacher Motivation, Incentives
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
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
Reardon, Sean F.; Kurlaender, Michal – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
In this policy brief the authors summarize the findings from a study investigating the impact of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) on California's lowest performing students. Utilizing longitudinal data from four large urban school districts, the authors compare students scheduled to graduate just before (2005) and after (2006-07) the…
Descriptors: Exit Examinations, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Graduation
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
Hough, Heather J. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2009
This policy brief reviews the recent experience of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with the development and approval of Proposition A. Proposition A (also known as the Quality Teacher and Education Act, or QTEA) included a parcel tax mainly dedicated to increasing teachers' salaries, along with a variety of measures introducing…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, School Districts, Teacher Effectiveness, Tax Effort
Huang, Jeric – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
Six of California's largest urban school districts have joined together in the Partnership for Urban Education Research (PUER), to address the most pressing issues in urban education. The six PUER districts have agreed to work together to increase data availability, enhance internal research capacity, and promote collaboration and information…
Descriptors: Dropouts, High School Students, Urban Schools, School Districts
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
Imazeki, Jennifer – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
There are significant signs of progress in California's schools, in spite of the tremendous challenges they face. Trends across multiple measures of student performance are fairly consistent: all students are doing better, or at least holding steady, during a time when the system is serving a larger and more diverse population of children. For…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Trend Analysis, Educational Improvement, Achievement Gains
Loeb, Susanna; Beteille, Tara; Perez, Maria – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ3), 2008
Data-based decision making has been the mantra of the school reform movement since the late 1980s, but California does not yet have an effective system for collecting and using vital school information. California has taken a number of steps to address this shortcoming. These include the Public School Accountability Act of 1999 and Senate bills…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Information Systems, Data Collection, Accountability
Koppich, Julia E. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
Local school administrators, board members, and unions are in the best position to devise the compensation, evaluation, and professional development models that work for their communities. Many changes in personnel policy will be the subject of negotiations between school boards and local unions. But the state also has a vital role to play in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Personnel Policy, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
Loeb, Susanna; Plank, David N. – Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1), 2008
What will it take to bring about dramatic improvements in the performance of California's education system? The fact is, everyone does not know. California does not know how to collect the kind of educational data that would allow it to accurately measure the performance of schools and students, or to evaluate the effectiveness of different…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, Educational Policy
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