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Lawmaker Urges Governor To Spare Educational Data Systems



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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 6, 2011

The systems in question are CALPADS - which tracks student achievement and CALTIDES - which tracks teacher performance.  Democratic Senator Joe Simitian helped create them. He says both make the state's educational system accountable to taxpayers:

"Hard to imagine any other environment in which you would spend 40,50,60 billion dollars a year but not be able to say here's what we're getting in the way of value for that expenditure."

The Bay Area Council - a business group - is also asking the Governor to spare the systems.  CALPADS and CALTIDES receive several million dollars in federal funding.  Brown's budget proposal would take that money and use it elsewhere in education.  Brown's office says the Governor has concerns with the complexity, usability and accountability of the data collection systems…and wants them reviewed
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