Monthly Archives: July 2013

Nature vs. Nurture? Some thoughts and how standardized testing fits in the equation….

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/al-alt-edd-explains-nature-vs-nurture-with-regard-to-identity-development-in-students-354717.php

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Local Control Funding Guidelines?

This article is interesting in that it highlights the method of operation of the State of CA in school funding. The Local Control Funding Formula is the most significant school funding reform in 40 years. However, the bill has passed an schools (and the legislature) is yet to determine the guidelines of exactly what “local controll” means and how funds may be spent.
http://ht.ly/nqqXE

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Online education: Not just for college any more!

Having served in higher education, obviously online education serves a growing portion of the enrollment in community colleges. However, primary education, grades K-12 are now developing fully online, publicly supported and accredited schools. As such, some thoughts on online education:

http://www.dictated.com/4247/albert-alt-discusses-education/

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Municipal borrowing/bond isusances scrutinized

Being a CFO in a publicly funded organization, I read this artricle with much interest. In this case, a budget director for a city was found by the SEC to have made material false statements in documents securing financing/issing bonds for the City of Miami. In the past, publicly funded entities have been able to borrow and issue bonds with very little scrutiny but obviously that has changed in many ways. It certainly is representative of the evolution of public finance.
http://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370539727618#.UfJ7ZBYZ5n8

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Interesting article on adult education

I read this article in Inside Higher Education with much interest. Having first served in Community Colleges, I thought “Adult Ed” was what we did…well, in fact it was however, I didn’t realize the significant need for the services in K-12 areas as well. Now serving as CFO in a large High School Distirct, I now see how much adult education contributes to serving the at-risk population.
http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/minor-details/forgotten-segment-educational-pipeline

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Fortunate to represent education finance issues

http://www.sandiegopolitico.com/2013/06/assembly-member-shirley-weber-hosts.html

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Civic Engagement

While I work in education, cities and counties are finding successes in working with their communities and stakeholders to develop priorities for funding and enlisting community help in a variety of problem solving efforts. Some schools/colleges universities set a great example of this process internally but I dont believe have yet followed suit to engage the external stakeholders.
http://tbrnews.com/news/hermosa_beach/community-dialogue-kicks-off-to-overflowing-crowd/article_ca0e7554-ee7b-11e2-86d0-001a4bcf887a.html

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