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Education Reform

There is a great deal of discussion about "education reform" in the national media. Everyone seems to think they know how we should best improve our public education system. 

A couple years ago, the film Waiting for Superman shook the public awake, offering a glimpse into some of the problems with our system, but it did so at the expense of public school teachers and our union in order to promote charter schools as a panacea. And then came Won't Back Down, this time ignoring the realities our schools and students face to promote the misguided "parent trigger" law as a silver bullet.

One voice has been surprisingly left out of the debate on "education reform" - or as respected education historian Diane Ravitch refers to it, "corporate education reform":  the voice of educators.

Day in and day out educators are doing their best for their students with far fewer resources and overcrowded classrooms. Instead of pointing the finger and casting stones, especially when research proves these "reforms" ineffective, we should be working together to not only reform our public schools, but to improve our public schools.

arrow RESOLUTION: "Supporting California’s Public Schools and Dispelling the Corporate 'Reform' Agenda"


  • Charter Schools
    While charters may be one strategy among many, to spark innovation and improvement in public schools, they are not a silver bullet.
  • Teacher Effectiveness
    For any high stakes purpose associated with personnel decision making or compensation, multiple measures should be used.
  • Use of Student Test Scores
    Research literature includes many cautions about the problems of basing teacher evaluations substantially on student test scores.

Get the Facts

  • Right to Due Process
    Current misconceptions regarding the law have created several myths about tenure, popularly held, but all false.
  • A Blueprint for Great Schools Report
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and a team of education, parent, community, and business leaders provides a new vision and direction for education in California.
  • "Documentaries" Fictionalize Research
    The National Education Policy Center says "Waiting for Superman" and "The Lottery" offer simplistic and misguided solutions for public education.

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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