League members put a high priority on supporting excellence in public education, but the last few years have been discouraging ones. A new study reported in the Chronicle on March 15, reveals a “deeply flawed” system. Part 1 of the study is available at http://irepp.stanford.edu/projects/cafinance.htm Governor Schwarzenegger has promised to make the next year one of educational reform, so it looks as though the League will have its work cut out for it. This won’t be the first time the League has been in the forefront of educational reform. The invaluable website EdSource http://www.edsource.org was founded in 1977 by the League in cooperation with the Parent Teachers Association California and the American Association of University Women California chapter. For thirty years it has been a primary source of nonpartisan, objective information about education issues. Parents, teachers and policy makers have turned to it over the years for guidance in providing the best possible education for all of California’s children.
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