The elephant in the Marin taxpayers’ living room — burgeoning teacher pension costs at local public schools — is the subject of a new report by a Stanford-based policy group. The 20-page report, “The Canary in the Gold Mine: The Implications of Marin’s Rising Pension Costs and Tax Revolt for Increasing Education Funding,” identifies higher pension costs as the reason why school parcel taxes are becoming an increasingly tougher sell.
PACE in the News
Marin Independent Journal
Sacramento City Unified's ongoing labor fight serves as a cautionary tale for other school districts in California that may have similar problems lurking in their finances, an education think tank says in a new report issued today.
Diverse Issues in Eduction
Strategizing around how best to address policy makers on issues of access, student success and the impact of higher education, four prominent scholars gathered at New York University (NYU) on Friday to share their research.
As local educational agencies throughout California strive to boost student outcomes by way of continuous improvement strategies, a new research analysis of the state’s eight CORE districts explores which conditions best support that continuous improvement in districts and schools. The findings also indicate that many educational leaders may not be as successful in implementing the approach as they believe.
Advocates, leaders and researchers have been waiting for a long time to have an early childhood champion in the governor’s office. Now we finally have one. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the new California Legislature have a historic opportunity to put families first this year — something politicians all say they want to do.
Los Angles Times
Half a century ago, the University of California helped catapult the SAT to a place of national prominence in the college admissions process when it began requiring all applicants to take the test and report their score. Now the UC system, by its sheer size and influence as the nation’s premier public research university, is again poised to play an outsize role in the future of standardized testing in America as its leaders consider whether to drop both the SAT and ACT as an admissions requirement.
Nearly 400 California school districts spend at least 50 percent less per student than required to provide an adequate education, according to a new interactive data tool published by EdSource. The news site developed the funding scale from a study conducted by the American Institutes for Research for Getting Down to Facts II, a comprehensive research project of PACE and Stanford University. The average shortfall for all districts is 38 percent, or $25.6 billion, in the 2016-17 school year.
Researchers don’t often see a quick policy impact from their work, but it happened for Jeffrey Vincent and Eric Brunner, coauthors of a PACE and Stanford University Getting Down to Facts II report, notes reporter John Fensterwald of EdSource.
Jeffrey Vincent, co-author of a report on school construction financing for Getting Down to Facts II, a PACE and Stanford University research project, told EdSource that the new funding formula for a $15 billion school facilities bond slated for the March 2020 ballot is a “much-needed first step” toward giving low-property wealth districts a fair share of the money, but doesn’t go far enough. State legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom reached an 11th hour deal that would give small and low-wealth districts a larger share of the funds.
Los Angles Times
Critics worry that a California State University proposal to increase admission requirements from three years of high school math to four years could make it harder for African American, Latinx, and low-income students to get into CSU, writes the Los Angeles Times. Michal Kurlaender, a UC Davis education professor and co-author of a PACE report on 12th grade math course-taking, told the newspaper that the plan could have unintentional consequences. While students enrolled in 12th grade math generally have higher college graduation rates, said Kurlaender, many schools serving low-income and underrepresented students don’t offer the courses.