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Jerry P. Becker

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Changes in TX and CA: Education
Posted: Mar 27, 1999 10:09 PM
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[Note: From a colleague on the West coast ... ]

The San Diego Union Tribune published an interesting article this weekend
summarizing the changes in TX and highlighting the difference between Texas
reforms and CA efforts at reform.

Two quotes of interest:

"What makes Texas particularly interesting to California officials is that the
school systems in the nation's two largest states have two big things in

Both of the wealthy states spend less money per pupil on their schools than
the national average. And both states have large minority and immigrant
student populations, about 40 percent Latino.

The striking difference, however, is that students in the Texas school system
are scoring above the national average on federal tests, while California
students are at or near rock bottom among all states."


"His Democratic successor, Davis [the new Governor], expects the
Legislature to send him a four-bill package next week. The reforms
sponsored by Davis create new reading programs, a peer review system
to weed out incompetent teachers and a requirement that high school
graduates pass an exit exam beginning in 2004.

The linchpin of the package, according to a Davis aide, is an accountability
bill that next year would begin publicly ranking the performance of each of
the 8,000 schools in the California public school system.

The bill, carried by state Sen. Dede Alpert, D-Coronado, also would provide
some financial rewards for schools that show improved performance. A
corrections program, beginning with 430 low-performing schools, would offer
financial aid and a turnaround team, followed by restaffing or closure if
there is no improvement after two years."

You can find the entire body of the articles at the Tribune archives (you must
register,but it is free)

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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