Why Is It So Hard to Believe Good News About Public Schools?

The Common Core Standards require students to back their opinions with evidence, writes contributing blogger Alan Warhaftig. Why can't people believe evidence that shows L.A. public schools doing well?

Challenge to 'Fair Share' Union Fees Unfair and Unworkable

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to "fair share" agreements that require non-members to pay fees for teacher union representation. Constitutional law professor Catherine Fisk sees the challenge as unfair and the alternative of a "members only" union as unworkable.

Broad Foundation Plan Ignites Charter School War in L.A.

A Broad Foundation plan to put half of L.A.'s students in charter schools intensifies the trench warfare over reform. If history is a guide, there will be no winners.

University of California Tops Upward Mobility Scale

Six University of California campuses and Pomona College led the New York Times College Access Index that measures economic diversity at top colleges. But the good news could be a lot better.

New School Improvement Agency to Be 'A Dramatic Departure'

Veteran educator Carl Cohn is to lead the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the new agency created to assist schools and districts. He promises capacity building instead of punishment and compliance.

Who Ensures That Parents Get a Real Voice?

California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.

Is There a 'Blue State' Frontier for Teachers' Unions?

Teacher unions, particularly those in Blue States like California, are playing defense and missing the opportunity to build a union for this century.

TFA Rejected Me, But I'm Not Bitter

Arun Ramanathan was rejected by the TFA and now, decades later, he writes that its hard for him to take sides over the program's value. Its real benefit may be in the changed lives of the volunteers rather than the students they taught.

Here's How to (Really) Decentralize L.A. Schools

Ramon Cortines is intent on decentralizing the country's second largest school district. His idea will work if the board picks a successor superintendent who believes that smaller is better.

School's Out: Chicago's Summer of Boyhood

As 'On California' goes on summer vacation, I recall the summers of youth in Chicago, and the lessons they taught.

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