Patt Morrison for November 3, 2009

“Race to the Top” is really the race to reform California’s education system

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There are 500 million reasons for California to race toward some fairly sweeping education reforms, and ready-or-not the state legislature is ready to pull the trigger. The special legislative session to change California’s education system, to make the state eligible for $500 million in federal stimulus dollars aimed at education program, starts this week and possible reforms include open school district enrollment, performance pay for teachers and easier creation of charter schools. Is this the right way to go about reform?

There are 500 million reasons for California to race toward some fairly sweeping education reforms, and ready-or-not the state legislature is ready to pull the trigger. The special legislative session to change California’s education system, to make the state eligible for $500 million in federal stimulus dollars aimed at education program, starts this week and possible reforms include open school district enrollment, performance pay for teachers and easier creation of charter schools. Is this the right way to go about reform?

Guests:

Sen. Gloria Romero, (D-24th District; East Los Angeles); Chair of the Senate Education Committee & author of SB X51, the reforms for California to be eligible for federal Race to the Top grants

Glen Thomas, California Secretary of Education

David Sanchez, president of the California Teachers Association


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