July 18, 2017
California is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.
It’s really a great opportunity for California because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to California’s students, California’s teachers and California’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by Washington.
The choices California makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.
This is great news – but it also means that California’s leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.
Education leaders and policymakers in California are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.
Luckily for California, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that California is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for California — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.
Now, we need to make sure that California’s policymakers know about these great resources.
California kids are smart. California teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make California a leader in education.
Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.