PACE in the News

  • EdSource

    The EdSource staff asked several education leaders to comment on what they think Gov. Jerry Brown’s most important contributions to education reforms in California have been, what major education issues remain unaddressed, and what they are hoping for from incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    Senior PACE Advisors Carl Cohn and David Plank contributed to this article.

  • California Dream Series

    California’s 40-year-old Proposition 13 dramatically changed how the state funds education.

    Between 1970 and 1997, per pupil spending in California fell more than 15 percent relative to spending in other states.

  • The Sacramento Bee

    California Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento plans to introduce a nearly $2 billion package of bills to give access to preschool to all low-income 4-year-olds and more 3-year-olds. McCarty’s main bill would expand the state’s existing preschool program by about 50 percent to serve roughly 250,000 low-income kids

    Early childhood education has been linked to positive outcomes from lower rates of incarceration to higher pay.

  • EdSource

    The alliance intended the website to serve as a guide for parents and the public that may be unaware of the significant shifts in policy under Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Board of Education that he appointed. To support its recommendations, the website frequently cited findings in the project Getting Down to Facts, three dozen studies that looked at the state of K-12 education and its needs.

  • Napa Valley Register

    Newsom appeared to intuit this long before that report emerged. Newsom told the Oakland-based EdSource lobbying group California and the nation need “a new way of thinking about education as a lifetime pursuit. Our role begins when babies are still in the womb and doesn’t end until we’ve done all we can to prepare them for a quality job and successful career.”

    So far, Newsom has not proposed any specific programs to make his vision real, but it’s clear government spending on education can change outcomes. The Stanford-PACE report found that spending $1,000 more per student at the high school level produced “significant increases in high school graduation rates and academic achievement, particularly among poor and minority students.”

  • The New York Times

    Even among the most engaged voters, the race for state superintendent may not attract much attention. But it is attracting huge amounts of money: upward of $43 million, mostly funneled to outside groups running advertisements in the race.

    The battle for the state school’s chief is between two Democrats: Tony Thurmond, a state assemblyman from the Bay Area, and Marshall Tuck, a former education executive from Los Angeles. The state superintendent, a nonpartisan office, does not have any independent policymaking authority, making the costly race even more peculiar. But charter school supporters have thrown millions behind Mr. Tuck, while the state teachers’ unions have given their dollars to attract votes for Mr. Thurmond.

    We spoke to Julie Marsh, a professor of education policy at the University of Southern California, to understand the significance of a race between candidates who agree on many major education issues, including more state funding for schools. Here is our interview, which has been condensed.

  • California State University, Sacramento

    CelebrateEd: Join Sacramento State for a week of events to celebrate the scholars, partners and innovators who are making change in California schools (September 17-21)

  • Policy Analysis for California Education

    Dr. Heather Hough has been named PACE’s new Executive Director, after an extensive national search. Dr. Hough brings a unique combination of experience in policy research and practice improvement, and has worked with PACE in various capacities since 2008. PACE will also bring in three new Faculty Directors: Christopher Edley, Jr. from UC Berkeley, Cecilia Rios-Aguilar from UCLA, and Deborah Stipek from Stanford University, who will join Julie Marsh (University of Southern California) and Michal Kurlaender (UC Davis) in providing strategic leadership for PACE.

  • Education Week

    Nowhere is a data-informed approach to social-emotional learning more pronounced than in California's CORE Districts, which embarked on a groundbreaking effort in 2013 to capture a more holistic vision of student success and school quality. There, eight of the largest districts in the state have incorporated Social-Emotional (SE) and Culture and Climate (CC) survey data into their measurement systems.

  • Education Week

    Hans Fricke, the director of quantitative research at Policy Analysis for California Education, which is based at Stanford, and a collaborator on this study, says the findings show that it's possible to overdo it when it comes to giving parents advice.

    "You have to be careful how much you actually try to get across at any point and time," said Fricke. "Otherwise, you might risk that parents opt out of it or don't pay attention anymore."


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