Enrollment growth trends require the state to plan now for
dramatic and continued growth.
The fastest growing parts of California's population are
those that the states public education system has often done the
worst job of serving. The future of this state is dependent on
reversing this trend as soon as possible.
There have been too many consecutive years of ad hoc,
disjointed efforts - including major reforms - to improve only parts
of the education system at any given time.
Increasingly diverse needs of postsecondary students (English
language learners, adult re-entry students, part-time students,
etc.) demand a diverse education system now more than ever.
Education experts and the lawmakers have recently determined
that a unified approach to educational improvement would likely
yield more positive long-term results than the continued separation
of K-12 and postsecondary education.
Recent focus on teacher preparation and remediation has
demonstrated a pressing need for a more coherent/aligned system.
There has been a consistent call from both the education
community and the public at large for a long-term vision for
education, encompassing the system from birth through graduate
Heightened awareness of education issues among government,
business, and philanthropic organizations is focusing debate on
The Master Plan for Education is being developed by legislators
who have long-term experience with education policy. Under term
limits, many legislators who have gained a comprehensive understanding
of how California's educational system has evolved over time and
who have the ability to effectively use policy tools to effect
change, will soon be leaving office.
There have been decades of increasing conflict among K-12
Current legislation calls for the original Master Plan,
which addresses only higher education, to be reviewed every 10
years. The last review was completed in 1989.