2 Incumbents Ousted in L.A. Board Race Fueled by PAC Money

In a low-turnout election Political Action Committees spent more than $4.7-million to replace one union-backed board member with another.


Adventures in English Learning, or How I Drowned My 'Speak & Spell'

Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.


Déjà Vu or Something New? California Seeks Labor-Management Cooperation

At an over-subscribed conference, the state superintendent and other leaders endorsed broadened labor-management cooperation and the means to achieve it.


California Doesn't Enlist in Teacher Wars; Seeks Labor-Management Partnership

California is taking an exceptional path in teacher labor relations. Rather than declare teacher unions the enemy of reform, the state's political leaders have sought to form a working partnership. On Friday teams of union and district leaders gather for the first symposium held by the California Labor Management Initiative.


Calif. Legislation Would Require Schools to Negotiate Evaluations

Bills in the California Legislature would make teacher evaluation criteria a mandatory subject of bargaining and link evaluation to test scores. Is the state ready to move from its industrial mindset and learn from history?


L.A. Inequity Map Packs Political Punch

Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.


The Complex Puzzle of Common-Core Implementation

Although California has strongly supported the Common Core, providing high quality continuing professional development faces substantial implementation challenges, so writes contributing writer Arun Ramanathan.


California Teachers Association Pres. Looks to the Future

As California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel prepares to leave office, he comments on the role his union might take in education reform.


Good Deal: L.A. Teachers Settle, Avoid Strike

After months of strike talk, demonstrations, and threats of layoffs, United Teachers Los Angeles settled on a new labor contract with the L.A. Unified School District.


New Poll Challenges Union Stance on Tenure

Another poll, this one debuted on page 1 of the "Los Angeles Times," shows weak support for teacher tenure and a challenge to the state's teacher unions. But the voters love and trust teachers.


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