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.


The election of a charter-friendly school board in Los Angeles will not end the Charter School Wars. Civic activists need to promote a larger goal and seize the peace dividend.


Judy Burton, who headed Los Angeles school reform programs in the 1990s and then formed the Alliance charter organization, has died.


The election of two charter-backed candidates for the L.A. school board is less a victory for reform than a demonstration of expensive trench warfare and dysfunctional politics. And it is spreading throughout California.


A bill to promote single-sex schooling is making its way through the California Assembly. Three experts in the field see the legislation as wrongheaded and an affront to gender equality.


California is recognizing that students who speak a language other than English are a great asset to its society and economy. Recent changes in education policy promote biliteracy. Pursuing this path puts the state in a position of national leadership, writes Vickie Ramos Harris


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