K-12 Education in California: A Look at Some Policy Issues

Report #100, February 1990


The structures put in place by the Constitution and statutes to govern state education policy are fundamentally flawed, the Commission concludes in this study. In addition, regulatory processes are routinely ignored; categorical programs are not allowed to operate effectively; and the attendance reporting system spends too much time tracking students who are not actually attending school and does little to effectively encourage attendance. Foremost among the report’s seven findings and eight recommendations, the Commission proposes that the State Board of Education be given the resources it needs to carry out its responsibilities; that the Attorney General take action to prevent further violations of the Administrative Procedure Act by the Superintendent; and that attendance accounting procedures be revised and emphasis placed on the importance of school attendance.