California

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

CA Is First State to Ban Suspensions for Willful Defiance

Posted on: Thursday October 2nd, 2014

The national movement for school discipline reform has been growing rapidly in recent years, and especially so in California. This week, California became the first state to ban suspensions for "willful defiance" for K-3 students.

Schools Not Prisons: #DoTheMath

Posted on: Friday September 12th, 2014

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A powerful short video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

Watch the video below!

Schools Not Prisons: #DoTheMath

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2014-09-12

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A new video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

In California it costs $62,300 per year to imprison someone, but just $9,100 per year to teach a child. A new video from Californians for Safety and Justice challenges us to "do the math" when it comes to expanding the criminal justice system or investing in schools.

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Three CA Districts Limit Police in Schools

Posted on: Monday June 30th, 2014

Alongside recent victories in Los Angeles and San Francisco that limited out-of-school suspensions, in the past year Oakland, Pasadena and San Francisco have all made sweeping changes to their rules for school police officers.

San Francisco Bans Suspensions for 'Willful Defiance'

Posted on: Wednesday February 26th, 2014

Following on the heels of Los Angeles, San Francisco has become the second California school dictrict to ban suspension for 'willful defiance'.

Following on the heels of Los Angeles, San Francisco Unified has become the second California school district to ban suspension for 'willful defiance'.

"Making Education Work for Latinas"

Posted on: Tuesday February 4th, 2014

A new report from the Civil Rights Project shines a light on the educational experiences of young Latinas and how parents, teachers and schools can encourage more of them to stay in school and continue on to college.

In an education debate that often focuses on young men, the particular challenges that young women face can often be ignored.

What Restorative Justice Can–and Should–Look Like

Posted on: Tuesday January 28th, 2014

Students from Oakland, CA, participate in a restorative justice circle in their classroom a show how school discipline reform can foster strong, supportive school communities.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-01-28

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

As schools have started to abandon ineffective, zero-tolerance discipline policies, students and teachers are showing how alternatives like restorative justice can foster strong, supportive school communities. This video from Oakland, CA, features one such alternative, a student-led circle, in action. This is what school discipline reform can–and should–look like.

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Watch Rev. Dr. William Barber's Inspiring Speech at AFT/OTL Conference

Posted on: Monday November 4th, 2013

On October 4, Rev. Dr. William Barber gave an inspiring keynote speech in defense of public education at the AFT's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles.

On October 4, Rev. Dr. William Barber gave an inspiring keynote speech in defense of public education at the AFT's Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference in Los Angeles. Click here for a full recap of the conference, which included an the all-day 2013 OTL Organizing Summit. Watch the video below!