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What are Basic Aid districts?
by Jeff Camp | February 3, 2024 | 0 Comments

Most school districts in California are funded on the basis of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). But Basic Aid districts aren’t part of the system. How are these districts different, and why does it matter?

What's an LCAP?
by Jeff Camp | February 1, 2024 | 5 Comments

Your district is required to 'engage parents' in developing its annual Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). California parent leaders can use the LCAP to influence their district's priorities, but only if they understand the process. What's in an LCAP, and how does the process actually work?

Parcel Taxes and Bonds Demystified
by Denise Jennison | January 27, 2024 | 3 Comments

Parcel taxes and bonds enable school districts to raise money locally. Parcel taxes are for people and programs. Bonds are for buildings and facilities. Here's what you need to know.

Education Jargon
by Carol Kocivar | January 21, 2024 | 2 Comments

We try to write Ed100 clearly, demystifying jargon along the way. Below is a list of some education-related terms that many insiders know. Do you?

California state budget for education, 2024-25
by Jeff and Carol | January 15, 2024 | 2 Comments

It could be worse. The Governor's budget for 2024-25 proposes to tap the state's reserve funds, largely sparing education from cuts. There are risks. This post explains what comes next.

Time and Education
by Jeff Camp | January 7, 2024 | 1 Comment

This is installment #4 for our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. This one is all about time, the most precious resource of all.

Ed100 Year in Review, 2023
by Jeff and Carol | January 2, 2024 | 0 Comments

What changed in California education in 2023? This post highlights some of the lessons we updated and posts we added to the Ed100 blog. It was a big year!

Investing in the future of the Golden State
by Penelope Oliver | December 5, 2023 | 0 Comments

The State Treasurer of California manages the government finances of the fifth-largest economy on planet Earth. In this student-led interview, Fiona Ma explains the role and some of the accomplishments she is proud of, like CalKIDS accounts.

California's teachers
by Jeff Camp | November 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

This is installment #3 for our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. This one is all about California's teachers.

Nourishing California’s Children
by Penelope Oliver | November 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

It has become increasingly practical to distribute fresh food from farm to table. California's First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is an advocate for a Farm to School movement. Penelope Oliver, a student leader, explains steps you can take in your school.

New laws that parents and teachers should know about: 2023
by Carol Kocivar | October 20, 2023 | 1 Comment

This post summarizes new California laws passed in 2023 that affect students, parents, and teachers. The post includes useful links to each new law, its legislative history, and relevant context. Whew!

California's Students
by Jeff Camp | October 7, 2023 | 0 Comments

This is installment #2 for our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. It's all about California's students.

Mental health for learning
by Shereen Walter | October 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

Social emotional challenges like depression and anxiety can undermine learning. Shereen Walter, president of the California State PTA, highlights the growing openness that is enabling school communities to make progress on addressing this challenge.

How does California's education system work?
by Jeff Camp | September 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Today we are releasing the first installment of our updated YouTube channel, which will summarize the ten chapters of Ed100 in ten short videos. Watch episode 1 and help us spread the word!

Attention, High School Juniors!
by Zaid Fattah | September 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

The student position on the California State Board of Education is the most powerful leadership role a high school student can play in American government. It's not an advisory position -- it's a full seat at the table. Zaid Fattah explains why and how to apply. The deadline is NOW.

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