8 things to know about education funding in the new California state budget
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed the state’s $171 billion budget for 2016-17. Here are some highlights of education spending in the budget, including increases for additional preschool seats, efforts to address the teacher shortage and programs to prepare students for college. 1. Overall numbers The $171 billion state budget includes total funding of $88.3...
By Sarah Favot | July 5, 2016
California in the age of ESSA: Can schools be held accountable without real consequences
This is the last in a three-part series examining California’s approach to education data and school accountability. Part One surveyed how the state’s skepticism of test-based accountability starts at the top with Gov. Jerry Brown, who successfully took on the federal government; Part Two explored how the elimination of certain data systems has limited educational research...
By Matt Barnum | June 30, 2016
The purge: California leaves researchers (and policymakers) in the dark by gutting education data
This is the second in a three-part series examining California’s approach to education data and school accountability. Part One looks at how the state’s skepticism of test-based accountability starts at the top with Gov. Jerry Brown, who successfully took on the federal government. Part Three will consider what the next era of accountability in California...
By Matt Barnum | June 29, 2016
How Gov. Brown fought the federal government on education policy — and won
This is the first in a three-part series examining California’s approach to education data and school accountability. Part Two explores how the elimination of certain data systems has limited educational research in one of the country’s most consequential states. Part Three will consider what the next era of accountability in California might look like under the new...
By Matt Barnum | June 28, 2016
Civil rights groups call out Gov. Brown on his comments over equity in education
By Judy Lin More than 50 civil rights and education reform groups are using Jerry Brown to remind Jerry Brown of his pledge to help black and Latino students following an interview with CALmatters in which he suggested that disparities will persist despite government intervention. In a letter dated May 3, dozens of advocacy groups...
By LA School Report | May 3, 2016
Villaraigosa parts ways with Brown on education issues in CALmatters interview
By Judy Lin | CALmatters As he eyes a run for governor, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is spotlighting the lagging academic performance of Latino and African American students and saying the state should do more to hold schools accountable. The 63-year-old Democrat says parents have a right to know how their schools are...
By LA School Report | April 22, 2016
Brown’s CA budget proposal includes increase for education
California Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his new $122.6-billion budget proposal today, the first part of a complicated process that should lead to its passage sometime over the summer. While pundits are describing it as another conservative budget from Brown, K-12 education funding looks to get a boost, with an increase to $51.2 billion from $49.8 billion in the...
By Craig Clough | January 7, 2016
CA Senate passes test waiver bill, now goes to Gov. Brown
The California state Senate voted 37 to 0 yesterday to approve SB-725, which exempts 2015 seniors from passing the California High School Exit Exam, allowing them to receive their diplomas immediately. The state Assembly passed the bill last week, 77 to 1. The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown to sign into law. Because it...
By Elizabeth Weise | August 25, 2015
Additional $660 million may be available for California schools
Gov. Jerry Brown‘s revised May budget has already received plenty of praise from school districts for showering California’s public education institutions with billions in additional funds. But the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) yesterday delivered additional sunny news estimating that revenues would be $3.2 billion more than Brown’s budget predicts. “Overall, we think the administration’s...
By Craig Clough | May 19, 2015
Billions in extra education funds brings praise from around state
* UPDATED Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget, which directs billions more toward schools over the next few years, has brought smiles to the faces of educational leaders around the state. The overall amount includes an additional $3.1 billion for the current academic year and $2.7 billion extra for next year and could mean as much as...
By Craig Clough | May 14, 2015