An irresistible computer game and a equally irresistible 7-year-old teach me about how we might link deeper learning and the Common Core.
Even more than we expected, incumbents in Los Angeles school board races failed to capture majorities. Three are headed toward runoffs. Charter supporters are ascendant as big money pours in.
Angelenos will pick a majority of the board members in the nation's second largest school district on Tuesday. A critical election? I think so.
Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.
The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!
Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.
California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.
The richest state in the union is also the most unequal by some measures. The lens of journalism and analysis has started to shine the gap between rich and poor and what to do about it.
Nearly half of United States senators say that they don't believe that humans significantly contribute to climate change. Here's a science quiz for them. You can add questions.
California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.