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AERA/IEL Forum: Michael Kirst
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When: July 14, 2015
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Where: Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Avenue
Suite 100
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Presenter: Michael Kirst
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You are invited to the Educational Policy Forum featuring

Michael Kirst

Tuesday, July 14, 12:00-2:00 PM


Join us for a conversation with Michael Kirst on California’s Independent Approach to Education Reform: National Implications.


Read an interview with Dr. Kirst

Access the slides from Dr. Kirst's presentation here.

A number of important education reforms have recently been enacted in the nation’s most populous state, which have national implications. California has taken a different approach than most other states in not acquiescing to federal expectations and independently pursuing significant reforms related to the Common Core and school finance.

The evolution of Common Core in California has been relatively non-controversial and embraced by a broad array of stakeholders. Unlike the process in so many states, teacher evaluation and high-stakes accountability were left out of the initial stages of implementation, allowing teachers and students time to adjust. California’s higher education segments likewise have been involved and are supportive.

The new school finance legislation in California consolidated a wide array of categorical programs and represents a major departure in school funding policy. Most other jurisdictions have highly centralized state finance models. California’s new local control funding formula gives local school systems much greater financial autonomy as well as responsibility for accountability. This new California funding approach obviously has profound significance for educational governance and equity issues.  

Michael Kirst is currently President of the California State Board of Education and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford University faculty in 1969, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for the Elementary and Secondary Education of the US Office of Education.He has published extensively on a wide array of education policy issues and has consulted with numerous state and local districts on school funding, governance, assessments, and related issues.


Location: The Institute for Educational Leadership. 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20008. Closest metro stop is Van Ness-UDC off of the Red Line.


*Required reservations may be sent by email ( to Christy Talbot at AERA no later than July 10th. Limited available seating is assigned according to the order in which reservations are received. Thirteen dollars for the subsidized lunch will be collected at the door.

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