Improve K-12 education by making teaching more attractive to top college graduates.

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Currently, California National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are consistently well below the national average in all categories, as shown by data from 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011.  (nces.ed)

The quality of teaching has a greater effect on student success than ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, school attended, or class size.  Factors that determine the effectiveness of a teacher include knowledge in subject area of instruction, certification and teacher training, overall academic ability, and experience.  (nea.org) 

The success of students at all levels is determined primarily by the character and capacity of their teachers.  The quality of teaching has a greater effect on student success than ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, school attended, or class size.  Factors that determine the effectiveness of a teacher include knowledge in subject area of instruction, certification and teacher training, overall academic ability, and experience.  (nea.org)  

To improve the quality of our education system, we need a program that provides an incentive for young scholars to become teachers. By providing free graduate education (in education and another specialty field) for promising candidates, as well as a guaranteed job on completion of postgraduate coursework, the government of California can ensure that there will be a bounty of cream-of-the-crop teachers to give Californians the best education possible.

This can be implemented as a pilot program at very low cost to the state, and assessed over time.  If this pilot program proves successful, the full program may then be considered as a statewide initiative.

More information can be found in the bill proposal here.



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