I decide to try Minecraft. Kids are crazy for it; the building block game motivates them. After an afternoon of learning curve, I need to call my 9-year old tutor.


Former California State Superintendent Bill Honig has created a web site to buoy the 'build-and-support' approach to reform and to oppose test-driven sanctions and charter school expansion.


Accountability targets based on the percentage of 'proficient' students obscure real differences between schools, encourage bad instructional practices, and encourage the wrong kind of intervention, writes Morgan Polikoff


We're asking young students to wake up from nap time and start meeting state standards. As Daisy Gonzales writes, state policy makers need to wake up, too.


The California Commission on Education Excellence is building a non-bureaucracy that's uses continuous improvement rather than mandates to heal ailing schools. It's head, Carl Cohn, explains in this annotated interview.


Just in case you think public education doesn't work, spend an hour with Presidential Scholar Diana Chao and her teacher Molly Arboleda. You'll learn about exceptional people and what they think about schooling.


An analysis of data from the California CORE districts shows that pending federal regulations might not target the right assistance for struggling schools and would stigmatize far too many with the 'failing schools' label.


A half-century ago no one talked about schools as political. Now everyone does. But is it 'good' politics?


Policy Analysis for California Education has been a premier ed policy organization for three decades. As Daisy Gonzales writes, it is in the forefront of shaping current reforms and interpreting them for audiences such as 'On California.'


A year ago Charleston, South Carolina, suffered the shooting deaths of church pastor and eight participants in Bible study. We found Amazing Grace in the midst of a memorial pushing back against hate.


The opinions expressed in On California are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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