California's new accountability plan proves to be complex, and it is only one of many that district's need to complete.
A public opinion poll released Thursday shows that a large majority of Californians supports the restrictions on tenure and due process that were the subject of the recent Vergara decision.
The problems raised in the Vergara lawsuit could be solved if we would think about them differently, argues guest blogger Ted Kolderie. It is clear that the source of the problem is the boss/worker arrangement itself rather than the way the teachers behave in it, he argues.
In a stunning, but little recognized gift, Esri, the makers of geographic information systems software, have given $1-Billion in free access and mentoring to public schools. Guest Blogger Charlie Fitzpatrick writes about its use as a powerful learning tool.
Remember the analogy test you had to take to get into college. Well, here's one: Vergara is to education reform as pancake makeup is to beauty. Makeup covers up the pockmarks and makes the surface look better. But it doesn't do anything about the body's systemic problems that caused the blemishes.
The Vergara decision brings opportunity but probably no action, writes Peter Schrag, and comes at a time of great danger for teacher unions, writes Stephanie Simon.
It's important not to be naïve about the 'Vergara' ruling. Legislative politics, not overblown rhetoric, will decide how deep the impact of the case will be.
In a week where two states dumped the Common Core, more than 300 California organizations signed on to support it.
The 'Vergara' decision, announced Tuesday, has shaken the system, but probably not as much as both proponents and opponents claim. A legislative fix could, and we argue should, be in order in California, but more equity lawsuits will likely follow.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson is headed for a runoff with challenger Marshall Tuck. Torlakson won 46.8% of the vote in Tuesday's primary, a large plurality, but not enough for outright victory.