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.
School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.
People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.
Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.
Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.
California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.