My Wish List

When I think about developments I hope to see after venturing into retirement, improved relations between California’s private school leaders and the California Department of Education would follow close on the heels of world peace and a cure for cancer. It can happen. It should happen. And unlike world peace and a cure for…

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Justice Delayed

Becoming a parent was, without doubt, the most humbling experience of my life. As a young educator, I found it surprisingly easy to dispense advice about other people’s children, a practice in which I blithely engaged with a self-appointed sense of authority. As if to exact a measure of compensation for bestowing the title…

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It’s Time for a CDE Office of Private Schools

During the course of a November 2, 2021 Zoom meeting with private school leaders, SSPI Thurmond committed to the creation of an advisory council on private education. Offering few details about the body’s composition and purposes, Mr. Thurmond hinted that its members would be drawn from both the private and public education sectors, and…

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Money for Nothing?

On May 12, 2021, private schools throughout California received word, via an email sent from the California Department of Education, that their applications for federal Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) funding had been approved. The notifications also revealed the amount of funding each school was eligible to receive in the form of services…

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What Has Gone Wrong at the CDE?

 

Yes, that’s a loaded title, and lest it overly prejudice an open-minded reading of what follows, let me begin by offering credit where credit is due, and recognizing the good.  The California Department of Education does not lack for outstanding talent, leadership, and dedication. CDE staff are hard working public servants, seasoned educators and…

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