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This post marks the 281th article published on 'On California'. It's author and editor need a rest and to, at least, taste the pleasures of retirement. Thanks to all of you.
It's hard and historically expensive to personalize learning. AltSchool's founders think they know how and that an exponential change in learning will follow.
Labeling schools as failing and sending in experts with packaged programs has been ineffective in improving schools. 'Networked Improvement Communities' are a promising alternative.
Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith argues that promise of local control requires greater transparency in creating state and local accountability measures.
School police are a presence in many schools, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods where many students of color live. Marquisha Spencer asks whether they criminalize ordinary misbehavior.
Next year's California election will be both a referendum on the massive changes in education finance and testing enacted during Jerry Brown governorship and a test of the political coalition that made those changes possible.
The potential of professional grade unionism raises the question, "what don't more unions and managements act this way." They would if the law required or encouraged them to.
The Charter School War in Los Angeles just continues a debilitating fight started nearly two decades ago. One way forward is to shift attention to designing and building fundamentally different ways of teaching and learning.
If all publically financed schools in Los Angeles got substantial operating authority, what would hold the system together? Here's a sketch of a "big tent" school system design.