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Getting Down to Facts

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Nov 23, 2009

This is one of the sites I looked at when the education topic first came up at the beginning of this year.

""Getting Down to Facts" is a research project of more than 20 studies designed to provide California’s citizens with comprehensive information about the status of the state’s school finance and governance systems. The overall hypothesis underlying this research project is that improvement to California’s school finance and governance structures could enable its schools to be more effective."

Here's the website: Web Link

And here's the summary: Web Link

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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Note on page 7 the weakness between API and dollars spent per pupil. But I wouldn't want to be accused of coming to a false conclusion so read the entire document to see where I'm coming from.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Obama won't stop until he destroys America. He hates America and wants to destroy it. Of course he wants the government in the education business just like the banking business, cars and everything else. His goal is to destroy it and replace it with communism.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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How can dollars be used
more effectively to meet
outcome goals for students?

Approaching a more effective system
of public school governance and finance.

There is no silver bullet for school
reform, no one policy change that will
forever assure an optimal school system.
Instead, Getting Down to Facts
points to policy areas that are worth
pursuing because the evidence suggests
that changes in these areas could produce
benefits for students. Among
these areas are:
! relaxation of state regulations and
restrictions on categorical funds to
allow greater local flexibility for resource
allocation, including the flexibility
to make more effective use of
instructional time and possible expansion
of that time especially in
schools with high concentration of
disadvantaged students;
! simplification and rationalization of
school finance formulas to promote
better strategic planning for the best use
of resources by local school officials;
! efforts to support the recruitment
and development of effective teachers
and educational leaders through
new approaches to pre-service
education, in-service professional
development, due-process, evaluation,
tenure pro-cesses, and compensation;
! experimentation with alternative
training, induction, development, and
evaluation of educational leaders.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm

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In other
words, even California teachers and
administrators, who might be expected
to be quite optimistic about the role of
resources, estimate that adding resources
alone within the current structure
of schools has only a small
positive effect on student outcomes.

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Posted by Dana
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I've never studied school finances but I'd like to make an observation. I lived in an east coast state for 30 years and was in school for the majority of that time. I had kids in the public schools for three of those years. There was no such thing as fluctuating funds for public schools. The schools never took anything away or fired teachers for lack of money. There was art and music, each once a week, for grades K-5, then they became electives.
I moved here and for the first time heard parental concern about money for schools and services and staff being cut. I mentioned how this was unheard of in my former state, and was told that California doesn't fund schools through property taxes because that's unfair; Rich neighborhoods will have better schools, etc. I fell for that, until I worked at a public elementary school in San Jose, in a neighborhood less affluent than Pleasanton. This school has no computers for student use; no computer lab. This school has no P.E. teacher except for fourth and fifth grades. This school has a pathetic library compared to Pleasanton elementary schools, I could go on. So California manages to have inequities among it's public schools AND feast or famine funding.

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