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.
Before the pandemic, our schools were funded according to attendance. State Senator Portantino argues that California should join the majority of states and fund schools by enrollment. The stakes are high, as Carol explains.
People sometimes ask me how California's public schools can be saved. "From what?" I ask. The premise of the question is that the education system needs to be rescued. I agree… but not from villains. Universal public education needs to be rescued from pessimism.
Over 2,000 bills are introduced in the California Legislature each year. About half reach the Governor’s desk, and even fewer actually make it into law. Here is our short round-up of what happened to bills related to education in 2018.
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