{Event} The Implications of District Budgetary Challenges for Local and State Policy: Lessons from Sacramento and Marin

Presented by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and Pivot Learning Friday, November 8, 2019 11:30am – 1:00pm PST Library Galleria. 828 I Street. Sacramento, CA Please note lunch will be served starting at 11:30am and the presentation will begin at 12:00pm. Click Here to Register In this seminar, Pivot Learning will discuss two case […]

THE BIG SQUEEZE: How Pension Costs Threaten Educational Equity

A new report from Pivot Learning finds that California’s unfunded pension costs threaten educational equity. California’s chronic underfunding of teacher pensions is pushing school districts into financial distress, forcing them to make painful cuts that will increasingly harm both the state’s teachers and its most vulnerable students, according to a report released today by Pivot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ed Finance Watch: Accountability

Accountability Discussion at SBE Focuses on Indicators The evolving accountability system was once again a central topic at the State Board of Education’s regular meeting March 9-10. Staff recapped the planned architecture for an accountability system that coherently aligns three components: the LCAP, the state system including the Evaluation Rubrics and support services, and the […]

Ed Finance Watch: Evaluation Rubrics

Evaluation Rubric Development Moves Forward The refinement process continues for a key piece of California’s school accountability system–the Evaluation Rubrics mandated under LCFF. Earlier this month, WestEd released a summary of the feedback from the pilot test of the draft rubric they developed last year. Much of the response was positive, noting that the example for […]

Ed Finance Watch: New Federal Education Law

What the New Federal Education Law May Mean for CA During their January meeting, the State Board of Education focused on the implications of the new law on California’s own accountability system and policy goals. The board kicked off their meeting with a presentation on the contents of the 1,000-plus page law. Much of the structure […]

Pivot Learning Partners and Five Districts Partner to Transform Budgeting and LCAP Development in California

Oakland, CA – Today, Pivot Learning Partners announced a statewide pilot program, called the California Smarter School Spending Project, to transform instructional planning, district budgeting, and LCAP development. Over the course of the next year, with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pivot will work closely with leadership in five pioneering California […]