Open Forum: Unfunded pensions are hurting California students and teachers

Our recent report, The Big Squeeze: How Unfunded Pension Costs Threaten Educational Equity, continues to bring attention to the issue of rising pension costs and how schools are being impacted. An op-ed published in the San Francisco Chronicle sounds the alarm about the equity crisis facing California public schools due to unfunded pensions costs. Learn more […]

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A Standards-Aligned Curriculum with Excellent Implementation is Still Not Enough

Our most vulnerable students also require structured materials designed specifically to fill learning gaps by Linda Diamond, President, CORE and author of the Teaching Reading Sourcebook and Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures Back in September 2018 I wrote about the importance of selecting and fully implementing a great curriculum with excellent support and ongoing professional learning. This is a huge and […]

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What’s new at CORE?

Check out CORE’s new 3rd edition of the popular Teaching Reading Sourcebook, with content updates and a brand new chapter on MTSS. Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, 2nd Edition has also been revised with new, clearer test instructions and an easy-to-use format. CORE is excited to be a reseller of the digiCOACH Advanced Teacher Coaching Platform. They will be integrating […]

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The impact of underfunded pension funds

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 […]

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Promoting Instructional Leadership and Excellence in Special Education

Pivot Learning’s expert team of district and school improvement specialists came together for a webinar on continuous improvement in special education. This targeted webinar focused on building the capacity of special education leaders, teachers, and related service providers to serve as instructional leaders. You will learn how our most specialized educators can work with general educators […]

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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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