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California Public Education Funding Shuffle: Shift Money from the Classroom to Online
Does where you live determine what you learn? For California public school students it certainly can. And if they’re not living in the right neighborhood, they may miss out on prep courses that are necessary for admission to state universities. But with the technology available to deliver these courses online, why should geography continue to be a barrier to access?
To rectify this inequality, David Haglund, Riverside Virtual School Principal introduced a ballot initiative for the State of California to give students access to courses that are publicly funded. However this would require a reallocation of public funds.
How the Scheme Would Work:
The State of California uses the average daily attendance (ADA) to determine the allocation of funding to school districts. This is the number of days a student attends school divided by the number of days school is taught in the same period. Haglund’s initiative calls for the ADA to be allotted according to the number of classes a student completes. Therefore funding for one student could be divvied up among a number of institutions and no longer allotted to the district where the student is enrolled.
What Skeptics Say:
The proposal’s intentions are good but the mechanism is not. There is fear that more public money will go to private companies. And that the state education system would suffer from disruption.
Joanna Lin for CaliforniaWatch.org provides a well-rounded analysis of this issue. For the full article, access the link below. Excerpts on Haglund’s initiative:
Haglund said, “The initiative is not designed to destroy public education.”
“California as a state has pushed educational innovation into the private and charter school space. If that’s where we want to go, then keep it up,” he said. “But if we want our kids in public schools to have access to the same type of high-quality education they can have elsewhere, we need to switch it up.”
The California Student Bill of Rights Initiative is “designed to eliminate control by ZIP code,” Haglund said.
Under the proposal, schools, districts and county education offices would be required to make available to all students the courses needed for admission to the state’s universities. Those courses, known as A-G requirements at the University of California and California State University, could be offered at a student’s school or district of residence or any other publicly funded school, and they could be classroom-based, online or a blended model of the two.
Nearly 27 percent of California public high schools in 2007-08 offered too few A-G courses for all students to take them, according to an analysis [PDF] by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access.
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