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.


California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.


California Gets D+. Does Anyone Care?

California's schools just got a D+ grade. Mostly folks here have shrugged their shoulders about the Education Week's "Quality Counts" mark, which places the state in the lowest tier.


Brown's California Budget: Slim, Smart, and Pragmatic

California Governor Jerry Brown's budget provides a substantial boost for elementary and secondary education. But it doesn't address the long-term structural issues in the state's taxing system.


Big Ideas Provide Big Opportunities for Teachers' Unions

California's teacher unions face an unprecedented, but short window, of opportunity to reshape instruction and teacher evaluation. Will they seize it?


'On California' Is on Vacation

The blessings of season to you all! We will be back in the New Year. Christmas thoughts follow.


Instructional Leadership Corps Aims to Transform California's Teaching

Can teachers reclaim their roles as leaders of their own learning? A new partnership between research centers at Stanford University and the California Teachers Association will try to build that capacity.


California Schools Chief in Country Video

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.


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