Topic: Education
News
Feb. 7, 2017
"Education will be hit with a double whammy. The retirement fund for teachers CalSTRS, last week lowered the rate it expects to receive on investments. Gov. Brown’s budget calls for $153 million more to offset the rate change. Meanwhile, the large state worker retirement fund, CalPERS, which covers non-teacher employees, also projects greater funding concerns because of promised pension and healthcare costs. . . On top of the troubles for local school districts, last month the University of California Regents agreed to a 2.5% tuition increase, in part, to cover pension costs. . . And all this despite the avalanche of new tax revenue earmarked for education. "
News
Feb. 3, 2017
In a shock critics had warned against, Golden State schools discovered that their nation’s largest pension system, CalPERS, was on track to force substantial budgetary cutbacks on core education spending.
News
Feb. 1, 2017
Fortune urged lawmakers to view black students as a high-needs population that should receive more funding, and to provide them with more educational choices by expanding who can authorize charter schools. She pointed out that of 13 predominantly African-American and low-income schools in California that are considered “high-achieving” on state assessments, 12 are charters.
News
Feb. 1, 2017
According to a landmark study for the Equality Opportunity Project, Stanford’s Raj Chetty and coauthors found that certain state and community colleges offer effective pathways to higher incomes for younger generations. . . Of the top ten colleges in the country with the best mobility rates, three are in California: top-ranked Cal State Los Angeles, Glendale Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.
News
Jan. 27, 2017
How L.A. Unified’s headache was relieved is an eye-opening exercise in creative political accounting. . . The district simply recategorized a number of previous expenditures as qualifying for the LCFF grants, enabling it to declare it “will enable the district’s estimated ending balance to revert back to pre-CDE decision levels.” . . . Nothing changed, in other words, except some computer codes. And L.A. Unified still has an immense achievement gap.
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