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.


To Understand Justice, Study Profound Injustice: Slavery

The Whitney Plantation is devoted exclusively to slavery. Expect to be moved, educated, horrified, and perhaps motivated.


Growing Inequality Is Visible in K-12 Politics

The one-percenters who can make large campaign donations have more money than ever. And, as in all other policy areas these days, they want to call the shots in K-12 education.


Foster Youth Not Yet Making the Grade

The state's new funding formula illuminates the needs of foster youth. Early implementation finds reason for cautious optimism, but there is much work ahead.


One Cheer for Schools on Inequality

There's a lot of talk these days about inequality in America, and the conversation often turns to education. Somehow, schools are supposed to create opportunity and fix inequality.


'Parent Power' Getting More Powerful and Organized

California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.


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