A growing number of Pilot Schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District are "teacher-powered" with faculty making key decisions, write guest commentators Kim Farris-Berg and Kristoffer Kohl.
In a race that gained national attention, incumbent California state superintendent Tom Torlakson retained his office against Marshall Tuck, a former charter school leader, who was heavily supported by corporate reformers aligned with Democrats for Education Reform.
Guest blogger Arun Ramanathan led San Diego Unified emergency preparedness efforts for an earlier pandemic. Now is the time to plan for Ebola, he argues.
Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.
The 21,000-student ABC Unified School District in South Los Angeles County celebrates a productive labor-management relationship that helps student achievement and makes the workplace more fulfilling.
People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.
Pomona College professor David Menefee-Libey brings decades of policy analysis to the blog.
State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.
The California Department of Education is applying user-centered design thinking to create educational technology solutions. Guest blogger Karen Holst tells the story.
Ramon Cortines is the once and future superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, brought back to make peace and get things done.