California's Public Schools Get a Failing Grade

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Despite recent efforts at school reform, California education is "uniformly bleak... across the board" from funding to academic achievement. That's the conclusion of an unprecedented study of California's K through 12 education--and the deficiencies are not due to special problems, like poverty and kids who don't speak English. The 216-page study by the Rand Corporation is the first such report to include all available government data and research, including 13 years' worth of national test scores and decades of comparative funding, along with teacher pay scales and qualifications, data on school facilities--even teen pregnancy rates. Why are California schools worse than most of those in the rest of the nation? We talk to the study's lead author and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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California's K-12 Public Schools (Rand report)

Superintendent O'Connell's response to Rand report

Prop 47: K-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2002

Prop 55: K-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2004

Prop 98: Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act of 1988



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton