The question is not whether charters are good schools, but what they represent in the effort to reform and rebuild public education in California.
Reformers have sought to decentralize L.A. schools for nearly half a century. Outgoing Superintendent Ray Cortines is trying a new plan. How's it going?
The Common Core Standards require students to back their opinions with evidence, writes contributing blogger Alan Warhaftig. Why can't people believe evidence that shows L.A. public schools doing well?
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to "fair share" agreements that require non-members to pay fees for teacher union representation. Constitutional law professor Catherine Fisk sees the challenge as unfair and the alternative of a "members only" union as unworkable.
A Broad Foundation plan to put half of L.A.'s students in charter schools intensifies the trench warfare over reform. If history is a guide, there will be no winners.
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.