In Taking Stock: Leadership from the Middle, Michael Fullan and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo report on how the transformation of California’s education sector is faring in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments.
California’s approach, called by some The California Way, is expressed in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and its companions the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). This approach is radically different than the approach taken by the vast majority of U.S. governments over the past 35 years since A Nation at Risk rang the alarm bells about the state of American education.
Taking Stock concludes that LCFF/LCAP is on the right track having accomplished a good deal of support and progress in the past four years. It also points to weaknesses in the current strategy that must be addressed to ensure the undisputable success and sustainability of LCFF.
The report comes at a crucial time near the end of the tenures of Governor Jerry Brown and State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, and the upcoming election in November 2018. The future of LCFF/LCAP has major consequences for the state of California, for the country as a whole, and indeed for the global community, as nearly all governments are striving to improve their education systems.
Michael Fullan and his team have been participating and tracking California’s radical education transformation since 2014.
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