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.
The Charter Oak school district leadership invested heavily in the transition to the Common Core. It put teachers at the center of the change, bet big on instructional technology and professional development, and strategically targeted the math curriculum as the place to start.
Four teachers in suburban Los Angeles 'school me' on their transition to Common Core teaching. They like it and are a lot more rational about the process than much of the pro-and-con bombast.
It could be firecrackers before the 4th of July as big decisions loom for California education: A contested election next week, the Vergara lawsuit, first results from the state's Local Control Funding Formula, and the end of Common Core pilot tests.