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This paper is a baseline analysis of how many teachers will be needed in California over the next 10 years. By baseline analysis, we mean that the authors have taken data on student enrollment projections and looked at several variables that affect the number of teachers available in the years to come. These variables include the expected rate at which new teachers come into the profession and the rate at which teachers retire. Both of these variables are difficult to estimate. The baseline analysis that is presented does not try to include several critical events that have occurred in recent...
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The 1995–96 California state budget allocated an additional $1 billion to K–12 education over the previous budget year. While the funding increase was welcomed by educators across the state, the additional funds were not part of any effort to restructure school finance policy in the state. Rather, two-thirds of these additional funds were designed to be used to offset non-recurring expenses, of which the schools have many. Deferred maintenance, library materials, technology improvements, and facility upgrades were among the categories of spending to which schools could dedicate these new...
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This report is a review of the data currently gathered and disseminated on the state level for K–12 public schools in California. It is one of four reports which together comprise the Poverty and Race Research Action Council's state data reconnaissance project, coordinated by the California Budget Project. This report is designed as a data guide for researchers and policymakers regarding the kind and quality of education data available. The education portion of the report was gathered by PACE. The catalogue section of this report outlines state level data: raw data sets and published reports...
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The purpose of this paper is to provide a synthesis of the research and analysis that exists in the literature about school choice. The primary focus of the paper is on research which has implications for the development and evaluation of public policy regarding school choice. This paper neither promotes nor discourages the provision of school choice, but rather provides information designed to assist policymakers, parents, educators, and interested members of the public with an objective source of information. The paper concludes with a summary of research questions about school choice which...
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The issue of choice in education has been prevalent for many years, but recently has become a topic of renewed interest in California. Eleven choice bills, which would allow parents to select, under varying guidelines, their children's schools, were introduced in the 1989 legislative session. All were held over to 1990 for further study. What has caused this upsurge of interest in choice? There are several reasons, but perhaps primary among them has been the political consensus not to consider seriously public aid to private schools. Vouchers or tuition tax credits have been defeated at the...