September 19 | Sacramento Bee

As an educator for more than 40 years, I believe access to quality education for every student is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time.

In the three years since the state dismantled its school accountability system to make way for the Local Control Funding Formula, we have discussed and debated what the state’s new school accountability system should aim to achieve. But the time has come to finally establish an accountability system that will do right by all of our kids.

That is why the Legislature, with unanimous bipartisan support, helped me send Assembly Bill 2548 to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. AB 2548 sets clear performance standards for schools that will focus on closing gaps in academic achievement between low-income students and their higher income peers.

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