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Ninth Annual Analysis Quiz (Antiobesity Edition)

March 17, 2006 - Our ninth annual contest to test just how closely the members of the news media are reading our Perspectives and Issues (P&I) and Analysis books is over. This time, the analysts win. The contest rules provided that the first reporter to submit a completed and correct entry by the deadline would win. No correct entry was submitted by noon yesterday, so our hard-working analytical staff at LAO who helped to dream up these questions won this time out. In light of public health concerns over obesity, their prize was an assortment of bagels and muffins from Noah’s Bagels instead of the traditional prize of donuts.

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Is Community College Enrollment Funding Keeping Pace With Demand?

December 9, 2005 - Is Community College Enrollment Funding Keeping Pace With Demand? (revised December 2005) This is one of a series of issue briefs examining important questions about higher education funding in California. For more information on this topic, or to request other briefs from this series, contact the Legislative Analyst’s Office Higher Education section at (916) 319-8339, or visit our website at www.lao.ca.gov.

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Eighth Annual Budget Analysis Quiz

April 14, 2005 - The annual quiz that tests your knowledge of our 1400 page Analysis of the Budget Bill and Perspectives and Issues!

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What Happened to the Proposal to Redirect UC and CSU Applicants to Community Colleges?

March 4, 2005 - What Happened to the Proposal to Redirect UC and CSU Applicants to Community Colleges? This is one of a series of issue briefs examining important questions about higher education funding in California. For more information on this topic, or to request other briefs from this series, contact the Legislative Analyst’s Office Higher Education section at (916) 319-8339, or visit our website at www.lao.ca.gov.

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Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2005-06 Budget Bill

February 24, 2005 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2005-06

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The Impact of SB 740 on California’s Nonclassroom-Based Charter Schools (RAND Corporation)

February 16, 2005 - Chapter 892, Statutes of 2001, (SB 740, O’Connell), directed our office to extend our contract with the RAND Corporation to include an assessment of the state’s process for funding nonclassroom-based charter schools. RAND found that the state’s funding determination process had reduced nonclass-room-based charter schools’ possible misuse of funds. The process also resulted in non-classroom-based schools increasing spending on instruction and teacher compensation. It did not, however, result in an increase in students’ exposure to teachers. Compared to the state’s existing “threshold” funding approach, RAND suggests the state use a more holistic funding determination process that still could detect possible financial wrong-doing without triggering automatic funding cuts for schools that might have reasonable justifications for their different expenditure patterns. Report Summary

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Legislative Analyst's Office Staff Guide, 2004

December 3, 2004 - Staff and their assignments within the Legislative Analyst's Office as of November 2004. (This document is 5 MB in size.)

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Where Are the State’s Universities Relative to Their Master Plan Eligibility Targets?

June 28, 2004 - This report summarizes a recent report measuring how well the state's universities are meeting their eligibility targets as called for in the state's Master Plan.

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Seventh Annual Analysis Quiz

March 17, 2004 - The annual quiz that tests your knowledge of our 1400 page Analysis of the Budget Bill and Perspectives and Issues.

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Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2004-05 Budget Bill

February 24, 2004 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2004-05

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Charter School Operations and Performance: Evidence from California (RAND Policy Brief)

July 14, 2003 - Charter schools generally do as well as traditional public schools in fostering reading and mathematics achievement even though they receive fewer state funds and employ fewer teachers with full state credentials, according to a report prepared by RAND. The LAO contracted with RAND to perform this evaluation, which was required by Chapter 34, Statutes of 1998 (AB 544, Lempert). See http://www.lao.ca.gov/2003/RAND_charter/053003_RAND_Charter_Schools.pdf for the full report (1.3 MB) and http://www.lao.ca.gov2003/RAND_charter/surveys.pdf for the surveys (42 MB).

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Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2003-04 Budget Bill

February 24, 2003 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2003-04

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CPEC: A Review of Its Mission And Responsibilities

January 1, 2003 - Supplemental report language (SRL) of the 2002-03 Budget Act directed the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) to convene a working group to (a) reexamine the California Postsecondary Education Commission’s (CPEC) statutory responsibilities; (b) identify ways that the commission can effectively perform its responsibilities within its budgeted resources; and (c) consider recommendations put forth by the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education related to current CPEC functions and the development of a successor agency. This report presents the primary issues identified by the working group and the relevant findings and policy options discussed.

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Legislative Analyst's Office Staff Guide, 2002

November 1, 2002 - Staff and their assignments within the Legislative Analyst's Office as of November 2002.

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Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the 2002-03 Budget Bill

February 24, 2002 - Index of Information Technology Issues in the Analysis of the Budget Bill, 2002-03