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Move over Sacramento (CDE)

posted Jul 12, 2012, 7:33 AM by Gary Jones   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 7:33 AM ]
At this point, one of the best things Sacramento can do is simply get out of the way. Although most teacher policy is determined at the district level, one of the key findings of Getting Down to Facts was that state policies could do much more to give districts flexibility at least to try new approaches. Such reforms don’t necessarily require more money; most of the needed changes are regulatory, not budgetary, such as allowing districts more flexibility to bargain over performance-based layoffs. State policy should be aimed at encouraging district experimentation and making that experimentation easier. The state can also help with evaluating those district efforts and disseminating information about them so districts know what other districts are doing, what works, and what doesn’t.

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