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In this paper I will discuss the involvement of Governor Grey Davis in education reform for the state of California The governor has done four progressive years for Californias education as well as gaining respect from faculties Governor Grey Davis - following the gains of his Republican predecessor Pete Wilson- probably is the most significant California school reformer in decades Los Angeles Times September 28 2000 For example the first order of the Davis Administration was school reform Under his leadership California has invested more in its schools and its students and at the same time demanded more in return In his first three years funding for grades K-12 have increased by over 8 billion or 29 percent which is the largest three year increase ever Also per-pupil spending has grown form 5756 to 6922 an increase of 1166 At the same time schools were held accountable for improvement His efforts during term of office were such that it was called the Era of Higher Expectations This year 544 percent of all schools and 517 percent of all lower performing schools met growth targets of five percent or higher One of the big things he did was a historic session on school reform That historic session produced four landmark bills the four corners of the Governors Higher Expectations approach Each of the bills were passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by early April of 1999 These bills consisted of establishing the nations first statewide peer-review program for teachers another thing he created was new reading programs to ensure that every child in California can read with confidence by the age of 9 and has invested nearly 200 million dollars to implement these programs In addition Governor Davis also established Californias first statewide accountability program including an Academic Performance Index that measures school performance and he also required an exit exam for Californias high school students This was to start the basis to
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