New report cites signs of progress with CA education reforms; much work to be done

Taking stock five years into landmark changes for California’s schools, a new report calls for doubling down on efforts to deepen and strengthen “one of the country’s most ambitious equity-focused education reforms.”

The lengthy analysis by the Palo Alto-based nonprofit Learning Policy Institute is mostly positive about the policy changes that former Gov. Jerry Brown set in place, while underscoring the challenges ahead.

Among the report’s many recommendations:

  • Expand training for teachers and school leaders in new academic standards and practices.
  • Clarify for the community how local school dollars are spent.
  • Find better ways to identify and learn from exemplary districts and schools.
  • Allocate more money overall for a state ranked in the bottom fifth of states in cost-adjusted per student spending.

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