Building a strong public education system is the responsibility of every Californian. Students are educated in a diverse environment where teachers are held accountable for their performance. The state’s public education system is based on the civil right of every child to an education. But it must be supported and strengthened. To do this, Californians must work together. We must support a diverse array of schools, teachers, and parents, and reform federal laws to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education.
Strengthening the public education system requires all Californians to work together
For the education system to thrive, a broad range of stakeholders must come together and work toward common goals. Equity and full investment in all students and public education are two key components. These priorities should be paired with an increased focus on the whole child and positive school conditions. A new online GPS articulates this vision. It also identifies eight important next steps for state policymakers. These steps are necessary for a high-achieving public education system that benefits all students and all families.
Educating every child is a civil right
Educating every child is a civil rights issue that has been discussed for generations. But only recently has the term been put into practice, and it’s not just in the realm of education. The U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment to all citizens, including children. Equal opportunity in education is guaranteed by the Constitution, and all kids should have the same educational opportunities regardless of race, religion, wealth, or citizenship. The ACLU fights to protect this civil right, and there are a number of laws that prevent discrimination in education.
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Teachers are held accountable for their academic performance
A strong public education system holds teachers accountable for student performance. This includes evaluating teachers’ performance based on test scores and student growth. In some cities and states, classroom data is also included in teacher evaluations. An effective flow of information can also help schools measure student growth and credit teachers for catching up with students. But how can accountability be ensured? Let’s look at the current state of education in America.
Students are educated in a diverse environment
Today, middle-class families are increasingly seeking diverse schools for their children. Even white Millennials realize that demographics in the United States are changing and they want to ensure their children have access to a richly diverse education. Almost half of all public K-12 students are now members of racial or ethnic minority groups. The educational benefits of diversity are numerous, and no school should be considered excellent in today’s context.
Parents have a say in their child’s education
At the new middle school in the Bronx, parents have been invited to help plan the curriculum. Principal Kyle Brillante praised the parents’ efforts, but some argued that the involvement was not necessary. Teachers and parent coordinators also praised the school for its effort to involve parents. While there is a debate over the issue, it is clear that more parents need to be involved in a child’s education.