July 18, 2014
California leads the nation in returning educational control closer to the classroom – where it belongs.
We have adopted new standards that give teachers a bigger role in deciding what is taught, and we have reoriented our entire school finance model to allow local school boards, not legislative committees in Sacramento, to make spending decisions.
Local control leads to decisions that benefit students and lets local communities discover better ways to ensure that all students graduate ready to succeed in college, careers and life. The Legislature has directed the State Board of Education to rebuild our school accountability system, the Academic Performance Index, for this purpose. This change provides a great opportunity to continue our move toward local control because a single accountability model in a state as large and diverse as California simply cannot deliver the results we want.