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LAO 2010-11 Budget Analysis: Proposition 98 and K-12 Education

Original post made by Stacey, Amberwood/Wood Meadows, on Feb 27, 2010

Here's the California Legislative Analyst's Office report on Schwarzenegger's budget proposals as affects K-12 Education funding. They offer analysis of the proposals and suggest alternatives for the legislature to consider.

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If you have an opinion (whether agree or disagree) on these items, I suggest writing to your State Assembly representatives.

Pleasanton is represented by Hayashi Web Link, Buchanan Web Link, and Torrico Web Link.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

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"State Control Likely Duplicative, Might Be Unnecessarily Restrictive. In addition to these state requirements, most personnel matters are collectively bargained at the local level—a process that is purposefully designed to protect teacher interests. As a result, state laws are largely duplicative of many of the provisions contained in local teacher contracts. Moreover, by having one–size–fits–all personnel policies, the state could be unnecessarily restraining districts from crafting policies better suited for their particular teacher and student populations. ___That is, allowing districts little choice and little flexibility in personnel matters could be creating unnecessary challenges at the local level and preventing some districts from implementing more efficient and effective policies that promote the overall quality of the education program.___"

"Recommend Use of Performance Evaluations as Alternative to Seniority. If the Legislature decides that state laws should continue to govern teacher layoffs and assignments, then we recommend the Legislature __eliminate the requirement that districts base these decisions on seniority__. However, to minimize the likelihood of arbitrary dismissals and the potential for more contested termination hearings, we also recommend the Legislature adopt a more concrete measure of effectiveness. Specifically, we recommend the Legislature amend state law to __require administrators to use performance evaluations in these personnel decisions__. Requiring the use of data measuring effectiveness in an objective and consistent manner would help minimize the risk of arbitrary dismissals or dismissals based primarily on salary costs.

Likely Would Take Time to See Results, but Could Improve Overall Evaluation System. Such a change in state law likely would take time before having a notable effect on district behavior. This is because some local evaluation tools would need to be improved before administrators and teachers viewed them as useful guides in making personnel decisions. Improvements to local evaluation systems could take a few years to develop, negotiate, and implement effectively. Thus, we recommend allowing for a two–year window during which these improvements could be made, with the new policy applying to labor contracts entered into after January 1, 2012. Despite the lag time needed to implement the policy, __the state’s overall teacher evaluation system ultimately could be significantly improved, which, in turn, would help improve the overall quality of K–12 education.__ "

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

Stacey, You make like this article I just posted on another thread. Maybe we should send it to the Governor? Summary is: middle school charter; $125,000 per teacher; potential bonus of $25,000 in second year; at will employment: class sizes of 30; 600 applied, 8 got jobs.

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Posted by Sandy Piderit
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Great link, Kathleen!

I hope we will receive valuable information from these kinds of small charter school experiments -- and then be given the flexibility to carry out larger-scale experiments within California school districts.

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