First “Invisible California” Report Highlights Educational Needs of Antelope Valley

FIRST REPORT IN THE “INVISIBLE CALIFORNIA” SERIES HIGHLIGHTS EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF THE ANTELOPE VALLEY REGION IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY Los Angeles, CA, October 12, 2017 – Today, Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based nonprofit supporting dozens of CA school districts to improve college and career readiness, and PACE, an independent, non-partisan research center based at three California […]

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Tips for Teachers: Finishing the Semester Strong

At schools across the country, students are expecting visits from relatives and friends, wondering what new gadget they might be getting, and trying to impress peers and family at winter music performances – all while keeping a focus on exams, group projects, and assignments. You’re trying to help students end this semester strong during this […]

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Tracy Unified School District Works with Pivot Learning to identify $1.2M in Potential Funding to Better Support Student Learning

When Brian Stephens, Ed.D., joined Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) in 2014, he found a district that had been facing declining enrollment and the associated budget cuts. Dr. Stephens also found a driven and committed group of district leaders, who had been doing everything they could to ensure that students in Tracy were receiving a […]

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Why California Local Funding Requires State Leadership

I’ve played plenty of Scrabble in my life, but I’d never heard the word “subsidiarity” until it was used as a way to explain Local Control Funding Formula. According to Wikipedia, subsidiarity is a principal of decentralization originating in the Catholic Church that, “in its most basic formulation holds that social problems should be dealt […]

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CSBA Summer Leadership Institute

Mid-July is approaching, and for Pivot that means the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Summer Leadership Institute is here. Members of our team, Dr. Arun Ramanathan, Carla Hulce, and Deborah Sims, will be heading to Sacramento July 15th-16th to team up with Lauren Weisskirk from EdReports.org,  Mt. Diablo Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Nellie Meyer, and San Juan […]

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Ed Finance Watch: June’s Top News

CCEE Board Meeting Overview Following a closed session performance evaluation of CCEE staff, Executive Director Dr. Carl Cohn gave a progress report in which he shared details of his site visits to various California districts and charters, meetings with advocacy groups, and a Gates Foundation Leadership retreat. The board held a short but lively discussion about […]

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Baseball Can Teach Education a Lesson

I wish that discussions of education data were as interesting as my conversations on baseball statistics. Contrary to my reputation as an Ed Dork, I do not wake up every morning, grab my phone and check out EdWeek, EdSource and Eduwonk for the latest Ed news. I wake up, grab my phone and check out […]

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Ed Finance Watch: The New Accountability

State Board takes the next step toward new accountability system In their regular meeting this month, the State Board of Education (SBE) took the next step toward defining how the state will measure the performance of districts, schools, and subgroups. After several hours of discussion and public comment, the board approved a motion that lays […]

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Ed Finance Watch: Measuring the Way We Progress

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence held their regular meeting on April 7. At the meeting, board members heard from Executive Director Carl Cohen and the rest of the new CCEE on the progress they’ve made. Most notably, the group officially began its technical assistance work in an engagement with Palo Verde School District in […]

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Four Steps to Merge Special and General Education

As a great man once said, it’s déjà vu all over again. The State Board of Education has announced an effort to merge special and general education. On one level, this is great news. For much of the past decade, students with disabilities have disappeared from policy discussions around the big shifts in standards, instruction […]

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