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Quality Education Investment Act Ends: Lessons Learned


The CTA-sponsored Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) of 2006 ended June 30, 2015. It helped schools serving a higher percentage of low income, minority and English learners close the achievement gap. In fact, data show QEIA schools are continuing to excel with about 85% having exceeded API growth targets. 

 From the May 2015 California Educator: Read the issue profiling the QEIA legacy
 QEIA Symposium: Overview of Findings as program was winding down
 From Education Week: Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons 

Nearly $3 billion went to K-12 schools with API scores in the bottom two deciles over eight years. Community colleges also received a portion of the funding to expand career and vocational education. The targeted QEIA schools and their students had faced many challenges. These schools had 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 included:

  • 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

QEIA was 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 repaid public schools the money owed under Proposition 98 from that time. QEIA was more than a repayment of the dollars owed to our public schools, however. It provided an opportunity to close the achievement gap, improved teaching and learning in those struggling schools, and invested in the future of our students and state.


  • QEIA Fact Sheet
    The Quality Education Investment Act helped schools serving low-income and minority students and English learners close the achievement gap.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Which schools were eligible? What accountability criteria was used? What additional funds were 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 were among the characteristics of successful schools.

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  • 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.

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