The blessings of season to you all! We will be back in the New Year. Christmas thoughts follow.


Can teachers reclaim their roles as leaders of their own learning? A new partnership between research centers at Stanford University and the California Teachers Association will try to build that capacity.


California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.


More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.


Deported U.S.-educated college students and graduates face bureaucratic hurdles in Mexico. Binational cooperation is needed to help them, writes William Perez.


California educated thousands of students who have been deported or returned to Mexico. The state is not reaping the benefits of their education; neither is Mexico, writes William Perez.


It's the best of times for California's teacher unions, and also the worst. They have solid political backing in Sacramento, but only a limited time to use it.


In a conversation with me, Paul Tough talks about how children (really) succeed and the implications of his work as California designs a new accountability system.


The LAUSD iPad scandal has attracted the FBI's attention, but the underlying problem is the District's chronic political distrust. It's a tax on children.


Former Long Beach and San Diego superintendent, Carl Cohn, points toward the errors in the Vergara decision on teacher tenure and due process.


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