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Constitution Week
by Carol Kocivar | September 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Constitution Week 2017 is September 17 through 23. What do California schools teach about citizenship? The standards are changing...

What's an LCAP?
by Jeff Camp | September 7, 2017 | 3 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? He

Stay Current: Here's What You Missed
by Jeff Camp | September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

A lot happened over the summer. Here's what might have slipped by you.

Five Tips to Engage Parents
by Carol Kocivar | August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the nicest questions we get from readers is "How can I use Ed100 at my school?" Here's some practical advice.

School Funding: Is Bad Good Enough?
by Carol Kocivar | August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to investing in children and schools, California is still just getting "back to bad". And it might get worse.

Getting Down to Facts
by Jeff Camp | August 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

Some changes in California's education system can be traced back to the work of the Governor's Committee on Education Excellence. The Committee's recommendations are still relevant. Here they are.

Getting Ready for the New School Year
by Carol Kocivar | July 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

Five tips to share with your school community to help you get ready for a great year.

Parcel Taxes and Bonds Demystified
by Denise Jennison | July 10, 2017 | 2 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.

Ed100 Democracy Quiz: Can We Stump You?
by Jeff Camp | June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

There's one thing that leaders past and present consistently agree about...

What Student Board Members Should Know Before They Start
by Ella Smith | June 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

Many school boards in California include a student member. As the school year begins, new students are stepping up to this important role. Ella Smith served as the student member in Poway, California.

Summer Reading For Parent Leaders
by Carol Kocivar | June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

List of “must reads” to help parent leaders become more informed and ready for the new school year.

The Future of Charter Schools
by Jeff Camp | June 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Charter schools in California now serve nearly one in ten students. Advocates for charter schools and teachers' unions are clashing over proposals that affect the future of charter schools. This post examines the legislation. It's a good example of how important policy is formed in this state.

That's an Interesting Question
by Jeff Camp | June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

We have reworked all of the lessons in Ed100, adding over 700 questions that make the lessons even easier to find, understand and use. The questions are implemented as "beacon links" that work on your computer or on your phone.

School Boards Demystified
by Denise Jennison | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Local school boards are the heart of California's public school system. But what do they actually DO? This post begins a series to demystify the role and function of school boards.

Congratulations, Graduates!
by Carol Kocivar | May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Graduation rates have been slowly, steadily rising in California, and so have college-ready rates. Graduation is a time to celebrate achievement, hopes, dreams, and the power of a good speech. Here are a few that stand out.

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