Arun Ramanathan

Promising Practices for Success in Linked Learning Schools

For Immediate Release  March 21, 2013 Contact: Eric Wagner (510) 465-6444, ext 318 Email: ewagner@edtrustwest.org New Ed Trust–West Study Finds Promising Practices for Student Success in Linked Learning Schools; Reveals Implications for District-Level Implementation throughout California OAKLAND, CA (March 21, 2013) – As the Linked Learning high school reform initiative expands across California, the results of a two-year study by the Education Trust–West identifies promising practices in Linked Learning schools and districts. However, the study also notes variation in districtwide implementation of these best practices. The results of the study can be found in the new report released today titled, Expanding Access, Creating Options: …

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CALPADS Data Reveals Poor Results for Students of Color

Today’s release by the California Department of Education (CDE) of the state’s graduation and dropout rates has good news and bad news. The bad news is clear: The data show that California students, particularly low-income students, students of color, and other high-need populations, graduate from high school at alarmingly low rates. The good news is that for the first time, the graduation and dropout rates are accurate, transparent, and are no longer estimates, thanks to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, or CALPADS. This year’s data tell us even more about student performance. The data show that three out …

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Governor Brown’s Budget Cuts Education

The California Governor’s new budget slashes education across the board, including K-12 and higher education. Despite the dire economic situation in California, educators and voters alike were hoping to restore funding to their needed levels. Dr. Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust—West, issued the following statement regarding the release of Governor Brown’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year: “The proposed budget by Governor Brown identifies painful cuts in education. These could be worse without legislative action and public approval of a potential proposition to extend tax increases – both of which have been difficult to secure in …

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When Minorities are the Majority.

Arun Ramanathan, executive director of The Education Trust West, contributed a recent open forum letter in the San Francisco Chronicle titled ‘When Minorities are the Majority.’  For the first time, Latinos students are the majority of California’s student population. Putting this demographic shift into an education perspective, Arun describes the transition from old notions of education policy and the potential impacts across the state of California. Unfortunately, our political and educational systems have a long way to go before they catch up with the needs of the new majority.Too many California students fall through gaping holes in our college and …

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Neediest schools should be able to keep their best teachers

We are sharing with you excerpts from a recent San Joes Mercury News opinion article written by Arun Ramanathan, the Director of Education Trust-West. The article discusses the merits of SB 995 which would allow schools to hire, fire, and reassign teachers based on effectiveness, subject matter and programming need without regard to seniority. We have included the California teachers Association stance on the bill as well. From the Mercury News opinion article: Last month, school districts around California issued layoff notices to 30,000 teachers because of the state budget crisis. It is deplorable that our state has forced the …

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Ed-Trust West Launches Blog: EdVocate West

Education Trust-West, often considered the most important truth teller in American education, announced this week the launch of their new blog, EdVocate West. The Education Trust-West is thrilled to announce the launch of our new blog: The Edvocate West.  Authored by Executive Director, Arun Ramanathan, The Edvocate West will explore and critique California’s most pressing education reform issues.  Specifically, we will examine those issues impacting low-income students and students of color and utilize our voice to advocate for an equitable and excellent education for those students most often left behind. Check out the blog and let us know what you …

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