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Celebrating national volunteer week
by Jeff Camp | April 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

How will you celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 17-23? As Jeff explains, volunteers are essential to communities… and also part of what makes school communities unequal. If you want to help Ed100, we have some ideas for you!

What's the future for the SAT and ACT?
by Jeff Camp | April 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

California's public college systems have signaled the end of the SAT and ACT for admissions, moving to a system of 'comprehensive review'. What do parents, students, and school leaders need to know about the new rules? What are the risks and opportunities of this change?

What's an LCAP?
by Jeff Camp | March 31, 2022 | 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?

Why parent and student leaders matter
by Jeff Camp | March 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

To become effective and wise, volunteer leaders need and deserve training and support. Summer conferences play a critical role in this training. This post describes what students leaders and faculty advisors can expect from the 2022 Ed100 Student Academy, and how to register for free.

When students can read, they can fly
by Carol Kocivar | March 20, 2022 | 1 Comment

When kids can read, they can fly. Unfortunately, many students don't get the early help they need to get off the ground. What can be done? Some leaders call for earlier dyslexia risk screening for kids. Others call for earlier academic transparency for schools. Carol explains.

The student who invented Quizlet
by Jeff Camp | March 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Andrew Sutherland invented Quizlet when he was in high school. Virtually every student uses it. How does something like that happen? We invited Sutherland to tell his inspiring story at the summer conference of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders. Watch it!

Time to fund arts education?
by Carol Kocivar | March 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Access to arts in school is deeply unequal. Laws require schools to provide arts education, but they are widely ignored. A proposed ballot initiative would change that by directing funds to districts specifically for arts education. Carol explains how it has come to this.

Black history and education
by Rex Ridgeway | February 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 1850, California declared itself a “free” state. But the path toward equality in California education has been long and sordid. Rex Ridgeway offers his perspective about some of the milestones from the Common Schools Act of 1860 through Nina Simone.

What are the functions of a school district central office?
by Leslie Reckler | February 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

School district central offices perform vital services that are easy to take for granted. Leslie Reckler explains what they do and why it matters.

How should students be counted?
by Carol Kocivar | February 13, 2022 | 2 Comments

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.

The Lottery and California education
by Jeff Camp | January 30, 2022 | 1 Comment

The state lottery delivers about $2 billion to California schools each year. It's a tiny fraction of the total cost of public education, but still a heck of a big number. Here's what you should know about it.

How to Choose a College
by Jeff Camp | January 25, 2022 | 6 Comments

Suppose you get offers from multiple colleges. How do you choose among them? How does the college selection process actually work? This post takes the mystery out of it, and introduces a new, free tool to make informed choices based on your own interests.

How is the budget for education created?
by Carol Kocivar | January 23, 2022 | 1 Comment

California's state budget has grown quickly in the last two years, defying expectations. There are many happy implications for education. In this post, Carol explains the process ahead, including how to have an influence.

What I learned as an extern for Ed100
by Jeff Camp | January 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Volunteers are crucial to the success of Ed100. For the last several years, we have involved college students as both externs (in December) and interns (June, July and August). Sophie shares her reflections on the experience.

How School Boards Choose a Superintendent
by Leslie Reckler | January 17, 2022 | 4 Comments

The most important responsibility of a school board is to hire and evaluate the superintendent of schools. Leslie Reckler explains what's at stake, and how to do it right.

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