Education must-reads: From the state’s data system holding students back to a one-day strike in Sacramento, 9 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 4, 2019
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.
When Gov. Gavin Newsom recently proposed building a statewide data system to track students from pre-K through college and into the labor market, the empirical researcher in me said: “Finally.”
Not because the new system, once established, will link between data sets that I can analyze — though that’s a welcome development for scholars everywhere — but because it’s an asset that California students can no longer do without.
A state data system, done right, is one of the most important investments California can make in helping more students finish college. By Michal Kurlaender, EdSource
Top USC officials stepping down as university tries to set new course, Los Angeles Times
Hitting ESSA’s Elusive Targets on School Accountability, Education Week
Progressives Threaten to Destroy School Reform, Wall Street Journal
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See previous morning roundups below:
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3:
Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated a former superintendent of Sanger Unified and an early childhood advocate to two positions on the State Board of Education.
Matt Navo and Kim Pattillo-Brownson will join Newsom’s earlier appointee, Stanford University emeritus professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who was elected board president at her first meeting last month. That leaves Newsom one more vacancy to fill on the 11-member state board.
Navo, 48, is currently director of systems transformation at the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention for WestEd, a San Francisco-based education research and training nonprofit. Before that, he was superintendent of Sanger Unified, a 12,000-student, low-income district in the Central Valley recognized and studied for gains in student achievement. Before becoming superintendent, he worked as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, middle, high school and alternative education principal, and directed Sanger’s special education services. He then became assistant superintendent and later, superintendent. By John Fensterwald and Zaidee Stavely, EdSource
How much of USC’s sweeping sexual abuse investigation will stay secret?, Los Angeles Times
Test prep to get into vocational education? Yup, it’s a thing, Hechinger Report
TUESDAY, APRIL 2:
Elections have consequences, and while some are unintended, one major impact of last year’s California elections is very much intended.
Organizations and wealthy individuals favoring education reforms and charter schools went head-to-head with the California Teachers Association and other elements of the education establishment.
It was a wipeout. The CTA, et al, swept the table, including the elections of Gavin Newsom as governor and Tony Thurmond as state superintendent of schools, and stronger Democratic supermajorities in the Legislature.
And now there are consequences – a frontal assault on charter schools, which the CTA and other unions see as rivals for students and the funds that come with their enrollments.
Newsom has already signed one bill, requiring more transparency in charter school operations, and several others with potentially erosive effects on the charter school movement are moving quickly. By Dan Walters, CALmatters
California bills aim to counter college admissions scandal, Education Week
Higher salaries for ‘breaking bad’ in the classroom, Hechinger Report
Expanding Our View of What Public Education Means, RealClear Education
MONDAY, APRIL 1:
California is home to about one out of every five charter schools in the United States, but state oversight of them is far from a national model.
Since the Charter Schools Act of 1992 was passed more than a quarter-century ago, a political standoff in Sacramento has made it almost impossible to repair even the parts of the charter law that no one disputes are broken.
Even though Democrats have a firm grip on the Legislature, they are not united on charter schools. Torn between allegiances to pro-charter philanthropists and the powerful teachers union, lawmakers have for years begun each legislative session by introducing a handful of bills favorable to one side or the other. Many have died in committee. Those that have made it to a governor’s desk often have often been vetoed.
With the arrival of Gov. Gavin Newsom, there are signs that the gridlock is ending. By Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times
For first time, L.A. schools have free SAT day for all juniors, Los Angeles Times
What happens when you put a classroom on wheels and park it in the poorest neighborhoods of San Francisco?, The California Sunday Magazine
Inside the South L.A. High School That’s Giving the Doctors of Tomorrow a Head Start, Los Angeles Magazine
Eagle Rock Elementary Faces Budget Cut, Boulevard Sentinel