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Education Data: Slow Expectations
by Jeff Camp | June 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

In the old days, essential facts about schools had to be tallied by hand. Compiling data was slow, error-prone work. We don't live in that world anymore... right? Alas, fast computers are no match for slow expectations. Here's why the problem matters, and how to fix it.

Ed100 Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to C.K. McClatchy High, the winner of the $1,000 prize in the Ed100 drawing! Congratulations also to the other four winners of the $250 prizes...

Can Students Serve on California School Boards?
by Michaela Klein Weinstein | May 31, 2019 | 3 Comments

In California, if a school district includes a high school, the school board ought to include a student member, but not all yet do. Michaela Weinstein, a student member of the board in Albany Unified, explains the steps needed to create the position, and how to serve it well.

What's Happening to Charter Schools?
by Carol Kocivar | May 20, 2019 | 2 Comments

Legislative debate about charter schools in California has sparked lots of emotion this year, with hundreds of advocates clogging the halls of the capitol to speak for and against new bills about charter schools. Here's what's at stake.

Ed100 Chapter of the Month #10: So Now What?
by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

The first nine chapters of Ed100 explained California's public education system, piece by piece. So now what? If we want to make the system work better for more kids, what can be done? That's the focus of Chapter 10.

The 100 Best Public High Schools in California
by Carol Kocivar | April 29, 2019 | 3 Comments

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?

Local Indicators on the California School Dashboard
by Mary Perry | April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Created by and for each school district (not for individual schools), the "local indicators" on the California School Dashboard aren't visually attractive, but they are hidden gems. They succinctly express important goals and the district's the plan to achieve them.

Does Your School Start Too Early?
by Carol Kocivar | April 16, 2019 | 1 Comment

Teenagers need more sleep. Medical experts recommend that middle schools and high schools should start no earlier than 8:30. School districts have been slow to change. California legislators are considering whether to force the issue with a statewide policy.

Why Ed100 Is Giving Away Money, and How Your PTA Can Get It
by Jeff Camp | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Ed100 drawing is coming up fast, and your school's PTA could win $1,000. Here's WHY we hold these drawings.

Ed100 Chapter of the Month #9: Success
by Jeff Camp | March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed100 Chapter 9 explores the meanings of success in education. How is success measured, for individuals and systems? How does the California school Dashboard work? Are kids making it to college, and can they afford it? Where do career goals fit in?

California's Dashboard for College and Career Success
by Jeff Camp | March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

How well do California schools prepare students for what comes next? The California School Dashboard measures "College and Career" readiness rates with an evolving indicator that includes test scores, but also success in career education pathways, biliteracy rates and more. Here's how it works.

The Bilingual Education Advantage
by Jeff Camp | March 16, 2019 | 2 Comments

Bilingual education is booming in California public schools, thanks to changes in state law and changes in popular attitudes. There's a lot to know and a long way to go. Here's what you need to know.

A New Day for Early Education in California
by Kim Pattillo Brownson | March 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Governor Newsom has declared that expanding early education in California will be a major priority. Kim Pattillo Brownson, Vice President for Policy and Strategy for First 5 LA, explains why this is a very big deal, and how to learn more about it.

Using School Time Creatively
by Jeff Camp | March 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By law, most California high schools and middle schools will have to change their class schedules by 2022-23. Some schools will use this moment for a bigger conversation about the way they use time, and whether to consider a block schedule. Here's what it's all about.

How Do SchoolSite Councils Work?
by Leslie Reckler | March 11, 2019 | 3 Comments

Public schools in California must have a SchoolSite Council. These committees of parents, students, teachers and staff play a vital role in the support and oversight of a school. Leslie Reckler demystifies what site councils do, and how they can do it well. The rules changed in 2019.

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