Local Control Funding Can Transform Schools

California educators have navigated the first year of Local Control Funding. Now, the challenge is to use the budget process to transform schools.


California's Quest to Make Education Money 'Smart'

Money is not born smart; it has to be educated. California's Local Control Funding Formula allows school districts to link revenue with the student outcomes. Will they?


An 'On California' Design Competition: Build a Better ELL System

What the best way to deliver assistance to English Language Learners and their teachers? Join our design challenge.


Vergara: The Campaign for What? And Why?

The Vergara public relations campaign came to Pomona College this week, restating its case but leaving its goals cloudy.


Los Angeles iPad Story Keeps Growing; Critics More Pointed

The iPad story in Los Angeles grows, as we had predicted. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy sent the school board a six-page memo defending his actions. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times called for greater transparency, for the release of the district inspector general's reports, and for a new investigation.


iPad Scandal Grows in L.A., Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.


Gov. Brown Appeals Vergara, Creating Electoral Issue

The ink was hardly dry on the judge's final ruling before California Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal of the Vergara ruling that struck down statutory job protections for teachers. Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the appeal Friday.


Final Vergara Decision Issued: Let the Appeals Begin

Judge Rolf Treu has issued his final judgment in the case of Beatriz Vergara v. the State of California affirming his tentative decision that five state statutes regarding tenure and teacher employment violate the state's constitution. The appeals process now begins. The state and the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers have 60 days to decide whether to appeal. It is expected that they will.


Contracting Not an Easy Answer, as Los Angeles iPad Venture Shows

After disclosures of possible improprieties in the negotiation and letting of contracts, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has halted purchases of Apple iPads under a $30-million contract that was to be the first round of a $1-billion program. Now that the district has hit the reset button on the troubled program, it's time to learn from experience. The real lesson here isn't about iPads; it's about managing through contract.


Who Are These Kids? Language Learners in California

The English Language Learner lawsuit ruled upon August 12 by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant probably won't grab the attention of Silicon Valley billionaires the way the Vergara suit has, but it's still a big deal. EL students make up about a quarter of the state's student population, and it's important to understand who they are.


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