What Will a School Look Like in 100 Years?

In many ways, a school built today contains many similarities with a school built 100 years ago. The idealized school is on a grassy campus, almost park-like, somewhat set back from the road in a somewhat walkable suburb. It’s distinguishing feature is probably its football stadium! But downtown San Diego offers a glimpse of the…

Revamp the Funding Formula, Set the Stage to Meet Student Needs

“For me it’s like common sense, but it’s actually revolutionary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan when asked recently about California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). LCFF represents the conclusion of a several-year effort to fundamentally rethink the way that California provides funding to schools.  As Secretary Duncan indicates, LCFF starts with a fairly simple…

What’s Fair in Funding?

California Governor Jerry Brown is sticking to his bold “Local Control Funding Formula” (LCFF).  It’s been interesting to see that push back is coming primarily from Democratic legislators, primarily based on the idea that it would be more “fair” if the state increased the base grant for all students, rather than provide so much supplemental funding,…

Play Ball!

In baseball, as in life, it would be foolish to suggest that money isn’t important. But adding more expensive players to the payroll is no guarantee of success. How much a team spends is not as important as what they do on the field, using the players they’ve got. School districts, like baseball teams, need the kind of leaders that can make a dollar go a long way.