California schools under-funded by $22 billion, according to new report

California is under-funding its schools by $22 billion dollars, according to a new report released last week.

Lauren Phinney sat down with Jennifer Imazeki PhD, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at SDSU, to discuss the report.

Jennifer Imazeki is a Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics at San Diego State University where she also serves as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Since joining the SDSU faculty in 2000, she has taught a range of economics courses, from a 500-seat section of Principles of Microeconomics to a writing-intensive course for economics majors (for details, see Teaching page). She also designed a data analysis course with a particular focus on quantitative literacy, which led to working with Mark Maier to write a new edition of The Data Game: Controversies in Social Science Statistics. In all of her courses, she uses active learning approaches, and has been an advocate for active learning in general, particularly using technology and team-based learning. Her contributions to the economics education community include several journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of teaching economics and she writes one of the few blogs focused on teaching economics. She is also a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Education.

Dr. Imazeki’s interest in education and good teaching extends beyond the university level. She has worked on several projects to train middle and high school teachers in using economics to teach Common Core skills, and she created an Economics for Teachers course for SDSU undergrads working toward their single-subject teaching credential in social science. This dovetails with her research on the economics of K-12 education, including work on school finance reform, adequacy and teacher labor markets. She has published several articles on education policy in a range of professional journals, books and policy outlets (see CV for details and links), and provided analysis for multiple court cases related to educational adequacy. She is a member of the American Economic Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Education Finance and Policy and the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She is also an Associate Editor for the American Economist, the journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon (the international honor society in economics).

Dr. Imazeki received her Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.

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