EdSource Today is an independent online forum that responds in a timely way to key education challenges and innovations in California and nationally. Written by EdSource staff and guest commentators, its mission is to promote critical thinking through informed, in-depth discussion and reporting, in addition to clarifying key education issues for policy makers, educators, the media and the general public.
- Business, military signal strong support for public preschool, but Republican lawmakers unswayed - by Lillian Mongeau
- June 17th, 2013 | Comments | By Lillian Mongeau
- Early childhood education advocates are working to make it clear that not everyone supporting President Barack Obama’s proposal to vastly expand federal funding for preschool and infant and toddler care is a tax-and-spend liberal. “This has become a bipartisan issue in the real world,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said recently in a sound bite that has become standard language in Read entire article »
- Interactive graphic of state budget highlights for education - by John Osborn
- June 14th, 2013 | Comments | By John Osborn
- Click here to see EdSource Today’s interactive graphic of the budget the Legislature passed Friday. The Legislature on Friday passed a $96.3 billion budget plan for the state that includes a shift in how California funds schools and contains significant funding for education. Schools and community colleges will receive $55.3 billion under the voter-approved school funding guarantee. The total is Read entire article »
- State budget puts community colleges on (slow) path to recovery - by Kathryn Baron
- June 14th, 2013 | Comments | By Kathryn Baron
- Celebrate might be too strong a word, but, in the current fiscal context, community colleges have reason to at least raise a small glass as they head into summer. The budget bill passed Friday by the Legislature brings the budget for the 112 community colleges up to $6 billion for the 2013-14 fiscal year. That’s up by more than $200 million over this year, and begins the process of restoring the Read entire article »
- After historic win, much collective work lies ahead - by Ted Lempert / commentary
- June 14th, 2013 | Comments
- By Ted Lempert / commentary
- California is about to embark on the most comprehensive reform to its school finance system in 40 years, putting local communities in the driver’s seat and making a historic investment of more than Read entire article »
- LCFF lemmings poised to leap? - by Eric Premack / commentary
- June 14th, 2013 | Comments
- By Eric Premack / commentary
- The current Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation pending before the Legislature utterly fails to reach any of the key reform goals that Gov. Jerry Brown and his advisers articulated. The Read entire article »
- Light bulbs, sockets and innovation in education - by Merrill Vargo / commentary
- June 9th, 2013 | Comments
- By Merrill Vargo / commentary
- If you stop and think about it, when Edison invented the light bulb he also had to invent the socket. Edison was a master innovator, but it must have become clear to him pretty quickly that continued Read entire article »
EdSource In Depth
There is renewed discussion in the Legislature to reduce the voting threshold for passage of parcel taxes to 55 percent from the current two-thirds requirement. This EdSource report analyzes all the p...
Basic math concepts acquired before kindergarten are powerful predictors of later learning. This new EdSource report highlights the challenges of integrating math concepts into preschool.
This report on a new EdSource survey of 315 school districts—representing two-thirds of public school students in California—sheds new light on how the state implements student disciplin...
The continuing state budget crisis combined with increased flexibility in how school districts use funds has had a dramatic impact on adult education programs in California.
This report identifies eight "stress factors" that are threatening the ability of California school districts to provide a quality education to California children.