California's constitution obligates the state to provide public education. It does not, however, establish any expectation about the quality of that education. Should it? Californians may be asked to vote on this question.
Lowell High is one of America’s most famously successful public schools. In a sudden move, the San Francisco school board recently announced that it will dump the school’s selective admission process, making it just another school in the lottery. The controversy is part of a national pattern.
Schools seek accreditation every few years to demonstrate that their courses are rigorous and valuable. There's a lot to learn from the process. Leslie Reckler explains how it works.
Every year lists come out touting the 100 “best” high schools in California. Be wary when you look at them. Any time someone creates a list of the "best" it’s good to ask some basic questions like these: The best at what? The best for whom?
In many states across America, courts have played an important role in determining whether funding for public education is adequate. So far, in California, the courts have said, “NO. This is not something for the courts. The legislature has to deal with this."
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