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.


Neither side seems able to see beyond the trenches as the Los Angeles charter school war settles in for a long winter, maybe several of them. Also see links to other stories of note.


The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.


We are wasting Black minds, argues Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith, who also points to places who are building success with African-American students.


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