EdSource

In just three years, California’s class size reduction program in kindergarten through the 3rd grade has unraveled at a rapid rate, and continues to do so.

California’s 30 largest school districts—which educate nearly 2 million students—are facing multiple stresses tied to the economic crisis at a state and national level, threatening their ability to provide a quality education to California’s children, according to a new EdSource report.

Parent advocates and district staff have worked hard during the past 10 years to make San Francisco Unified’s school lunches healthier despite tough budgetary times. This occasional paper describes step-by-step how these advocates transformed the district’s approach to food, the challenges they faced, and what is still left to be done.

As state education leaders consider whether to seek a waiver from the most onerous provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind, they are also proposing a “comprehensive review” of the state’s accountability system put in place in 1999.The State Board of Education will start discussing what an updated state accountability system might look like  at its meeting in Sacramento today.

California’s 30 largest school districts—which educate nearly 2 million students—are facing multiple stresses tied to the economic crisis at a state and national level, threatening their ability to provide a quality education to California’s children, according to a new EdSource report.

Hundreds of groups working on behalf of children’s issues in California are coming together for the first time to pool their collective influence to shape child-friendly policies in the state.

Some California colleges are helping struggling math students complete all the math they need in a single yearlong course, instead of requiring them to take the usual sequence of courses that can take years to complete and that many never finish.

The release last month of “value-added” rankings of New York City teachers based on student test scores, a practice pioneered by the Los Angeles Times in the summer of 2010, has once again raised pointed questions about whether the rankings of individual teachers should be published by the media.

StudentsFirst, the newest entrant into the California school reform landscape, has 170,000 members in California, according to its founder Michelle Rhee, the former Washington D.C. schools chief and wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

A UC Davis study has found that the rise in childhood obesity rates in California is slowing, which researchers think may be the outcome of improved nutrition and physical fitness programs in the state’s public schools.