PACE in the News

  • Politico California Pro

    Civil rights groups are challenging statewide school bond legislation because they say California's formula for awarding construction money benefits wealthier school districts more than poor areas that may need upgrades the most. The article cites research from Getting Down to Facts II that shows that districts with higher property values and fewer low-income students have received the bulk of state funding to modernize schools.

  • Stanford Graduate School of Education

    Convincing Californians to support more funding to expand and improve early childhood education and preschool could be challenging for proponents, including Governor Gavin Newsom, according to a recent pollof 2,000 registered voters. The poll, conducted by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, found that programs for young are not a top education priority for voters.

    Stanford Graduate School of Education professors Deborah Stipek and David Plank analyze poll results in a new policy brief from PACE.

  • Capital and Main

    Governor Gavin Newsom’s first education budget passed in the legislature last week.  The budget reflects a Prop. 98-mandated minimum increase, district relief for pension obligation paydown, investments in early learning, funds for special education, and facilities funding for full-day kindergarten. The article identifies that one area in which the budget is out of step with average Californians is college affordability, citing a PACE policy brief.

  • EdSource

    Legislation for billions in school construction bonds moved closer to the 2020 California ballot despite concerns over equitable spending of those funds. This EdSource article cites a study for the PACE/Stanford University research initiative Getting Down to Facts II, by Jeffrey M. Vincent of UC Berkeley and Eric Brunner at the University of Connecticut, which found distributions from past bonds were eight times higher in the state’s wealthiest districts than in its poorest.

  • EdSource

    California’s 336 local and county charter school authorizers, plus the State Board of Education, face greater standards and oversight in determining whether to approve charters, under recommendations proposed by a state task force, according to an EdSource article. The report cites a study in PACE’s Getting Down to Facts II research initiative that raises concerns about school districts’ capacity to adequately assess charter applications.

  • EdSource

    College affordability is a top concern for voters throughout California, but the problem is most profound for African Americans and residents living in rural areas of the state, according to a poll of 2,000 California voters by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) and the USC Rossier School of Education.

  • This Month in SEL

    Transforming Education and Policy Analysis for California Education partnered to analyze data from over 500,000 students across 8 districts in California. This brief provides benchmarking data that is designed to allow practitioners to compare their aggregated data across grade levels and subgroups, better supporting their efforts to make inferences about their students’ social-emotional competencies and mindset development.

  • EdSource

    California’s new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, is creating 13 work groups to identify and recommend strategies for addressing some of the state’s thorniest education challenges. The work groups will address the challenges identified in a study issued last fall as part of Getting Down to Facts II, a project coordinated by Stanford University and the research nonprofit Policy Analysis for California Education, or PACE.

  • EdSource

    For California districts already grappling with teacher shortages, high housing costs pose one more obstacle to hiring. Many districts can’t find enough fully credentialed teachers to fill their classrooms, according to the “Getting Down to Facts II” education research project released last year.

  • California's school pension funding plan is working

    In this EdSource Commentary, Grant Boyken, public affairs executive officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), states, “CalSTRS’ dedication to act as fiduciaries on behalf of California’s teachers requires that we correct the record to assure our members, stakeholders and the public that the CalSTRS Funding Plan is working and to argue strenuously for the defined-benefit pension as the best choice for career educators”.

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