Among the problems listed were:
- Not being able to fire tenured - but bad - teachers
- An irrational system for distributing money
- Missing data on students and resources
- Too many mandates (including many unfunded mandates)
- Excessive regulation
- One size fits all solutions for a diverse group of schools
- Extreme inequity
- Giving more autonomy to school sites
- Less regulation in schools
- More funding for schools
- Recruiting and retaining good teachers
- Giving educators more flexibility
Seriously, they paid people to figure this out? They could have asked me. Think of how much money would have been saved if they had just emailed me instead of commissioning a report that included researches from 32 universities and institutions. And every teacher I know would say the same thing. Duh.
Maybe it's not very eloquent, but there's actually no better way to say it. Your state tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen of California.
Now we'll see if they do anything about any of these recommendations. I am doubtful.