Reforming Education in California: A Guide for Citizens and Candidates

Year of publication: 
April 2010
Publication: 
Policy Analysis for California Education

PACE announces the publication of its policy book “Reforming Education in California: A Guide for Citizens and Candidates.” The goal of this briefing book is to support, in an informative and constructive manner, debates about the critical issues facing California education. “Reforming Education in California” is useful for candidates as well as for informed citizens as they evaluate proposed changes in education policies.

This briefing book provides a package of recommendations that, if implemented, will improve the quality of education in California. Beyond the specific recommendations proposed, three major themes are interwoven throughout policy book that should be considered each time the state revises its education policies: resources must be targeted to students who need them most; local schools and districts need more flexibility to allocate resources where needed; policies should be designed to support continuous improvement. There is no one silver bullet to fix California’s public education problems, but there are a series of good policies and practices that can be implemented to spur fundamental reform of the system and improved outcomes for California’s schools and students.

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