Six University of California campuses and Pomona College led the New York Times College Access Index that measures economic diversity at top colleges. But the good news could be a lot better.
Veteran educator Carl Cohn is to lead the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the new agency created to assist schools and districts. He promises capacity building instead of punishment and compliance.
California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.
Teacher unions, particularly those in Blue States like California, are playing defense and missing the opportunity to build a union for this century.
Arun Ramanathan was rejected by the TFA and now, decades later, he writes that its hard for him to take sides over the program's value. Its real benefit may be in the changed lives of the volunteers rather than the students they taught.
Ramon Cortines is intent on decentralizing the country's second largest school district. His idea will work if the board picks a successor superintendent who believes that smaller is better.
As 'On California' goes on summer vacation, I recall the summers of youth in Chicago, and the lessons they taught.
Does New Orleans' 10-year experience with charters and choice have application to Los Angeles? Yes, but partly in the negative.
Guest contributor Kate Shuster argues that the pedagogy of debate provides a way for students to learn about slavery, and she provides links to a treasure trove of resources.
A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.