I went looking for unicorns and found clever, friendly workhorses instead ... and a prophet in the desert. Notes from an edSurge summit.


Advocates for the L.A. charter-centric reform plan, Great Public Schools Now, have pivoted toward aiding promising district-run schools. But first they need a fiscally sound school system.


L.A. Board votes to oppose charter plan and, as a new paper from Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim reveals, chartering is not about markets; it's all politics.


Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to mandatory union fees that originates in California. Is this a fundamental challenge to teacher unionism?


Now is the time, and California the place, to improve English Learner instruction, says contributing author Devin Corrigan. He offers five takeaways from recent research.


On New Year's Eve, the Los Angeles Times issued an editorial plea for cooperation rather than charter school warfare. Pleas won't help; the city needs a concrete plan that makes both charters and district schools thrive.


Teachers in some schools are exercising substantial authority over curriculum, budgeting, and evaluation, writes, Barnett Berry. And their number is increasing.


Big districts get all the attention. Their leaders make headlines. They 100,000+ students; 10,000+ teachers. What they often don't have is the best results for students, writes Arun Ramanathan.


Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District closed on Tuesday morning because of what he called a "credible" bomb threat. Let the second guessing begin.


After two years, California's sweeping finance and accountability laws remain a grand vision of linking educational goals to dollars and local democracy. But full implementation will take more time and a reaffirmation of the vision.


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