A new year brings renewal of hope, it’s said, but it also means renewed political and legal hostilities over the direction of California’s public school system.
For years, an “Equity Coalition” of civil rights and education reform groups has battled the state’s education establishment – state schools Supt. Tom Torlakson, the state Board of Education and the California Teachers Association, most notably – over how the “achievement gap” should be addressed.
That’s the wide differential in academic performance between poor Latino and black students and their more privileged white and Asian classmates.
The establishment says more money is the answer and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) provides money specifically to improve the standing of the “high-risk”students.
However, with Brown calling it “subsidiarity,” he and other state officials have been content to provide the extra money to local school districts with high numbers of targeted students with few strings.