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Quality Education Investment Act


Arrow QEIA Symposium: Overview of Findings

Arrow From Education Week: Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

The CTA-sponsored Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 is helping schools that are serving a higher percentage of low income, minority and English learners to close the achievement gap. In fact, new data show QEIA schools continuing to excel: about 85% have exceeded the 3-year API growth targets.

Nearly $3 billion will go to K-12 schools with API scores in the bottom two deciles over eight years. Community colleges will also receive a portion of the funding to expand career and vocational education. The targeted QEIA schools and their students face many challenges. These schools have 98% more students participating in the free or reduced lunch program; 134% more English language learners than other schools in the state; and, 67% more students whose parents did not graduate from high school.

Some of the goals of the program include:

  • Reducing K-12 class sizes (max 20 in grades K-3, and avg 25 in grades 4-12 in these schools)
  • Having qualified teachers in all core subjects
  • Increasing the number of credentialed counselors in high schools
  • Establishing district-wide teacher quality index to ensure equitable distribution of teacher experience
  • Quality training programs and time for collaboration

The Quality Education Investment Act passed into law in 2006 thanks to CTA-sponsored legislation and the settlement of a lawsuit between CTA and then-Gov. Schwarzenegger after he refused to repay the billions he borrowed from schools in 2004-05 and repays public schools all the money owed under Proposition 98 from that time. QEIA is more than a repayment of the dollars owed to our public schools, however. It provides an opportunity to close the achievement gap, improve teaching and learning in those schools that are struggling, and invest in the future of our students and state.

Resources

  • QEIA Fact Sheet
    The Quality Education Investment Act will help schools serving low-income and minority students and English learners close the achievement gap.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Which schools are eligible? What accountability criteria will be used? What additional funds will be available to provide these improved conditions? Get answers to these questions and more.
  • Characteristics of Successful Schools
    A focus on student learning, personalization, relationship-centered, standards-based curriculum, and a safe school environment are among the characteristics of successful schools.

More Info

  • At-risk Students Excel with QEIA
    Research shows the nearly 500 lower-performing schools receiving QEIA funding for proven interventions like smaller class sizes are making sustained progress, experiencing nearly 50% higher growth on the California API than similar, non-QEIA schools.
  • The Role of CTA in QEIA
    Involvement in a reform such as QEIA breaks new ground for the association.
  • How Does QEIA Work?
    QEIA sets benchmarks for performance and a variety of resource measures that schools must meet in ways that work best for them.

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

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