October 7 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Joe Matthews

Is California abandoning its poorest students?

That question would be dismissed as absurd by our state’s education leaders, especially Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Board of Education. For years, they have been building a new educational architecture they say will do more for the poorest kids in the poorest schools.

But as the many elements of this architecture are put in place, they have grown so complicated that the entire structure seems incoherent. It’s possible that this new architecture could undermine public accountability, resist public engagement and obscure how disadvantaged students are really doing.

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