PPIC: Critical Friend of Public Education in California

Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.


Unions Need A Periscope To See Dangers over the Horizon

The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!


Can We Do School Improvement Without Tests?

Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.


Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.


Inequality Divides the Golden State and Threatens Its Future

The richest state in the union is also the most unequal by some measures. The lens of journalism and analysis has started to shine the gap between rich and poor and what to do about it.


Here's a Science Quiz for U.S. Senators

Nearly half of United States senators say that they don't believe that humans significantly contribute to climate change. Here's a science quiz for them. You can add questions.


How and Why California Is Not New York

California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.


Unions Shouldn't Let Vergara Drive Out the Important

They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.


California Exceptionalism Is Not All Sunshine and Flowers

The state is worst in the nation in providing guidance counselors. It's been a problem for a long time, and not one that has a solution on the horizon.


Go Beyond Method to the Civic Purposes of Science

Almost a century ago, John Dewey urged educators to move science education from memorization to method. But as guest contributor John L. Rudolph writes, the goal was a better society, not just better scientists.


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