StudentsFirst Vice President of Legislative Affairs Tim Melton today issued the following statement reacting to California Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address:
"Like Governor Brown, we believe strongly that ensuring our students receive a world-class education is a matter of social justice. While we are pleased that California's improved fiscal stability will allow continued investment in the classroom, we must also focus on such reforms as improving teacher evaluation systems so educators are receiving the support and feedback they need to improve student learning. We remain encouraged by Gov. Brown's commitment to providing our schools with the resources and the flexibility they need to focus on improving student achievement, including among English-language learners, students with disabilities and students from low-income areas. Together with reforms that ensure education dollars are spent wisely, transparently and sustainably, these policies can go a long way toward delivering the high-quality education every California student deserves. We look forward to working with Gov. Brown and with legislators to support student learning and put our kids' educations first."
Earlier this month, StudentsFirst Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Fiscal Strategy Rebecca Sibilia issued a statement supporting the principles behind Gov. Brown's proposal to modify school funding formulas, which would provide schools with increased resource flexibility and could help them better serve low-income and non-English-speaking students.
StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what's best for students. Today, too many of America's children are not getting the quality education they need and deserve. StudentsFirst is helping to change that with common sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. We are working to ensure educators are valued for the critical role they play in kids' lives, families have high-quality school choices and a real say in their child's education, and our tax dollars are spent wisely on what works for kids. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow. For more information visit www.studentsfirst.org.