Education Reform

California lost the bid for the last round of Race to the Top funding to competing states for one simple reason: we could not communicate a clear vision for education reform in the state. Disjoined efforts on both a state and local level made California uncompetitive in the eyes of federal education officials.

Over two-thirds of the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are from somewhere outside of the United States. California needs to start investing in home-grown entrepreneurship. This is significant need for students to be prepared in an educational environment relevant to the innovation economy. Students must be given adequate tools for success in emerging business market, and businesses should be rewarded for investing in the next generation of employees.

To prepare our children to successfully compete in the 21st century economy, we need modern tools to educate and empower them. California’s current education funding mechanism is outdated and in need of rebooting – both in delivery of funds and determination of funding. Continuing with our current education system is like pouring water into a broken pitcher. Simply pouring in more money, time and resources without fixing the flaws in the system will not solve the problems causing that are causing California’s students to fall behind. What we need are real solutions that can be implemented today.

The goals of education reform are simple:

1. Each student is given the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in college and/or career, and prepared to meet the challenges of a global marketplace.

2. Each educator is supported professionally and held accountable for successes in the classroom.

3. Each school and school district is given the flexibility they need to meet the unique needs of their students.

4. Each community is dynamically connected to its school to help create climates of creativity and innovation.