Legal and Policy Barriers to Redesigning California High Schools

In an effort to identify legal, regulatory, and policy barriers to the creation and successful operation of redesigned high schools in California, CRPE staff interviewed high school principals, teachers, union officials, state and district policymakers, reform advocates, and others involved in high school redesign work in California.

They then analyzed state and federal laws, including the California Education Code and the federal No Child Left Behind statute as well as collective bargaining agreements, policy statements and speeches by state education officials.

This report presents the results of the analysis of perceived barriers to high school redesign and impediments located in federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as local district policies.