I’m the principal here at Grattan Elementary. It’s my third year. And this year it’s very exciting. For the first time in years our budget is not smaller than it was last year. And I think that’s a trend. So we’re looking forward at good times coming up for us in California education. —Principal Matthew Reedy at San Francisco’s Grattan Elementary in a back-to-school story on KQED’s “The California Report.”
I trust in the common sense of the American people. They will not knowingly abandon their public schools to the whims and follies of the market. The market goes up, the market goes down. The market has winners and losers. The principle of American education is equality of educational opportunity, not a market that practices risk management and sheds the losers from its portfolio. —Education historian Diane Ravitch in her blog about her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools
What this litigation is trying to do by judicial decree is what Prop. 32 and many other ballot initiatives have failed to do. It’s essentially an end run around legislative or ballot initiatives by trying to get courts to decide what the California legislature and people of California, through their initiative process, have refused to do. —Catherine Fisk, a professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and an expert in labor relations, about the Friedrichs v. CTA lawsuit to ban fair share fees and weaken the political voice of unions. From the Frying Pan News blog.
This is a challenge for our education system. It’s going to take all of us — parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and business leaders — but California has always led the way. —State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a public video update about transitioning to the Common Core State Standards.
When we do this, we shall move away from our battlegrounds, from ‘standing your ground,’ to common ground. —The Rev. Amos C. Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP, in a San Francisco Chronicle column about the legacy of the March on Washington and the need to find jobs, justice and equality for all.
Ratio of students per counselor statewide in California, ranking the state 50th in the nation in the number of counselors per student, as of 2010-11. The ratio compares to 471:1 nationally. (From an EdSource report “Recovering From The Recession”)
Percentage of Americans who have trust and confidence in the men and women who teach in our nation’s public schools. (From a PDK/Gallup Poll on public’s attitudes about public schools)
Number of California K-12 public school students (55.8 percent) who qualified for free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12 school year, one indicator of poverty (From Ed-Data)