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Can Proposition 15 Untangle California's Funding Problems?
by Carol Kocivar | August 30, 2020 | 9 Comments

Californians will soon be bombarded with messages about Proposition 15, which asks whether taxes on commercial and industrial property should be based on market value. As mail-in ballots arrive in October, the politics will be intense. Carol summarizes what you need to know.

Developing Informed Student Leaders at the Ed100 Academy Day 2
by Kaylee Nguyen and Jeff Camp | August 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

On the second day of the Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders, hundreds of students learned how to get access to data and policy tools that can make them powerful as advocates. They were also invited to connect with six remarkable organizations.

Stress, Anxiety and the Start of School
by Shereen Walter | August 16, 2020 | 1 Comment

As school begins with a whole new set of challenges, parents, families and students are struggling with new sources of stress and anxiety. What are the experts recommending to manage it all? Shereen and Carol round up some great advice for schools and parents to help kids cope.

The Academy Day 1: Education and Equity
by Kaylee Nguyen and Jeff Camp | August 9, 2020 | 1 Comment

The theme of the first day of the inaugural Ed100 Academy for Student Leaders was Education and Equity. Here's a rundown of what happened, starting with how students prepared for it.

The Coronavirus vs. Arts Education
by Carol Kocivar | August 3, 2020 | 5 Comments

When budgets tighten, districts may be tempted to shirk on their obligation to provide students with a full curriculum, which by definition must include the arts. Carol explains ways for school communities to use the new Learning Continuity Plan to stand up for the arts.

The Making of the Academy
by Jeff Camp | July 28, 2020 | 4 Comments

Hundreds of students participated in the inaugural Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders. Here's the story of how it happened, and how it almost didn't.

Program Guide for the Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders (Summer 2020)
by Jeff Camp | July 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

This post describes the sessions and speakers for the 2020 Ed100 Academy for California Student Leaders, which was held online July 20-23. Over a thousand high school student leaders applied and 500 participated.

What Does the Superintendent of Public Instruction Do?
by Jeff Camp | July 10, 2020 | 2 Comments

The elected leader of California's vast education system is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. What does this position actually do?

Where Can We Find the Money Schools Need?
by Carol Kocivar | June 21, 2020 | 2 Comments

To reopen schools safely will require more funding, not less. Where will it come from? Education advocates argue that it is time for a fresh look at tax breaks that reduce school funding.

Teaching Civics Has Never Mattered More
by Carol Kocivar | June 14, 2020 | 5 Comments

Racism. Protests. Pandemic. Helping our children understand what’s happening makes civic learning even more essential than usual. Is your school up to the task?

California's School Dashboard Has Broken Gauges
by Steve Rees | June 6, 2020 | 4 Comments

The California School Dashboard is the state's main tool for school accountability. Does it work? Steve Rees, founder of School Wise Press, argues that flaws in the Dashboard's design can lead schools and districts to bad decisions.

Ed100 Drawing Winners Announced
by Jeff Camp | June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

We have new winners! Was your school among them? Read to find out...

Will School Budgets Survive?
by Carol Kocivar | May 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

A tsunami is about to wipe out California school budgets like sandcastles on a beach. Unless Congress acts, kids are going to get hurt, and the damage will be long-lasting. California's Education Coalition is calling on parents to speak out, before it's too late.

How California Budgets for Education
by Carol Kocivar | May 17, 2020 | 2 Comments

Every year, California creates a budget for public education. How does that work, actually? Who creates and influences it, and when are the decisions made? How can you get involved and have an influence? This short post explains the basics with tons of pointers to learn more.

Education Data in a Fog, as Usual
by Jeff Camp | May 5, 2020 | 3 Comments

When COVID-19 arrived, schools closed without much central coordination. A similar process may play out in reverse as each district decides how and when to re-open, and each family weighs its own choices. State and national education data systems aren't set up to track this.

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