They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
California's teacher unions face an unprecedented, but short window, of opportunity to reshape instruction and teacher evaluation. Will they seize it?
The blessings of season to you all! We will be back in the New Year. Christmas thoughts follow.
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 State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.