California education issues to watch in 2019 — and predictions of what will happen

Welcome, readers, to the new year. It’s time for our favorite armchair exercise: predictions for the year in education. The Greeks asked Tiresias, the blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, for their advice. Last year, I consulted Dewey, my rescue dog with cataracts; his visions proved to be as cloudy as his eyesight. No treats for him. I’m back to going solo. (More on how we fared at the end of the column.) There’s a wild card this year: Gavin Newsom. Gov. Jerry Brown, while sometimes mystical, proved to be true to his…

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What Tuesday’s election could mean for California education

Tuesday’s statewide elections could have a major impact on California’s education system. That’s the case even though education remains a mostly local issue in the state. Locally elected school boards run the state’s nearly 1,000 school districts, and reforms championed by Gov. Jerry Brown have devolved even  more power to local school districts. On top of that, the amount of money the state spends on its K-12 schools and community colleges is strictly prescribed by Proposition 98, approved by voters two decades ago,. But within those constraints, California’s governor has…

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