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How Newsom would close the achievement gap in California schools

Original post made on Jun 1, 2022

Gov. Gavin Newsom advocates "completely reimagining" California's schools to equalize academic outcomes, but will it work?

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 2, 2022 at 12:18 am

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Equal opportunity? Absolutely and a laudable goal.
Equal outcome? No way.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 2, 2022 at 8:49 am

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MVWSD elementary schools: Poor use of existing computer resources for K-4th grade poor kids. = [none in summer]. Gov's program can't work in this environment.

Does it make sense: when it is known these kids (and their families) lack consistent internet and easy-to-use computers, to take away the poor kids Chromebooks for the Summer? It does not. But that is what is happening in Mountain View. I just heard a Principal explain at an ELAC that 'libraries' etc. are a good source of connection to the DISTRICT PROVIDED internet resources. Yeah - all wealthy parents - just try That!

When a wealthy district like MVWSD, with tens of millions in operational Reserves, can't 'let' poor kids keep their Chromebooks over the Summer, the governor's program surely can't work. (Clearly program monitoring still show poor & less educated families 'need individual help')

Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Jun 3, 2022 at 2:51 am

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Since 2010, the child population of the state has been on a slow march down. Within about 5 more years, the under 18 population will have decreased by about 20%. The way this works out is that with no per pupil spend increase beyond inflation, effectively there is a 20% funding savings. To increase spending by 50%, a net increase of 20% to the educational budget is all that is required. So it really is within reach.

Posted by TomR
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 4, 2022 at 8:05 am

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There are so many broken things wrong in this state, it is no surprise many families cannot raise children here and choose to leave:

- Sky high childcare costs, and not enough afterschool availability for families whose parents work till 5.
- No buses for kids! Ironically the plan is hundreds of gas-emitting cars for public school drop-off every morning, burdening working families, while giving empty political lip service about the environment.
- A perverse delay of crucial middle school and high school curriculum subjects, in order to 'level the achievement gap' among students. Idiocy.
- Removing merit based admissions at some of the best public high schools in the state. Removing the ACT/SAT, previously one of the best ways for poor kids to show aptitude for college. Now college admissions is even more skewed for wealthy families, towards (expensive) extracurricular activities, essays, and grade-inflated private high school GPA's.
- All the GreatSchools scores are broken and they PUNISH student diversity! Any school where students of different races perform differently on tests in math/english is automatically penalized heavily in its 'equity' score. Any homogeneously white school gets extremely high ratings because their equity score is thrown out! This impacts home values and home-seekers, perversely penalizing families in diverse communities and rewarding white flight. Just pure idiocy and lack of common sense from GreatSchools (a CA company).
-I have little confidence Newsom's budget will be spent well. Will likely be misused, with a lot of waste, and then engender painful cuts in a couple years since these administrators all seem terrible at math.