Sacramento Gets One Right (so far)
If it becomes law, AB586 would provide formal and financial acknowledgement to a reality that informs all the work we do in education. It is not only more difficult, but more expensive to educate an English Language Learner. It is not only more difficult, but more expensive to educate a low-income child. As long as Los Altos spends $11,000 per student while my district spends $6,000, educational equity will remain a pursuit and never a point of arrival.
This is about more than money. Money can be misappropriated, misspent, misapplied. No, what gets me really excited about this bill is the essential principle at its core, the formal, legislative recognition that getting better results for low-income, high-need kids requires something different and something more. Once the essential binary nature of public education is represented in budgetary realities, the way is paved for all manner of reform.
If high-need urban education is enough of a unique species to require alternative funding mechanisms, than it likewise requires alternative...
...principal training and certification
...financial control mechanisms
Make your own list. It's well past the time when recognition of the vast differences within our school system took on a legal, financial, and effective form. Right now that recognition is limited to bad movies and the drunk moron on the bar stool next to yours. We can do better, and passing AB586 into law is an appropriately massive next step.
via: Educated Guess