By Katy Murphy
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 1:30 pm in achievement gap, dropouts, elementary schools, English learners, families, finances, high schools, middle schools, NCLB, school reform, students, teachers, test scores.
California schools don’t have enough funding and they provide “inadequate and unequal learning conditions and opportunities,” according to the latest annual report by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.
The report is more of an advocacy piece than a research analysis, but it does raise (and answer, in no uncertain terms) important questions about the state of public education in California — its class sizes, course offerings, college-going rates, graduation rates, among other measures.
Researchers compiled a fact sheet on Oakland Unified, as well (I found at least one typo — I’m sure there are more than 174 middle school students in the city).
Did any of the authors’ findings come as a surprise? Do you agree with their conclusions?