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.


Here's my interview with California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson running for re-election on June 3. He talks about his accomplishments including the Common Core and local control financing.


Marshall Tuck is running to become state superintendent in California. He'd start by challenging the existing school code.


I preview interviews with California's state superintendent and his challenger. The interviews, including links to full transcriptions, will appear next week.


A toothache often stands in the way of learning. The schools in Pomona, California, are responding with school-based health centers.


The California economy is growing faster than projected, and tax revenues are increasing. There's new money to fight over, and if Gov. Jerry Brown has his way some to salt away in a "rainy day" fund and to draw down the teacher pension debt.


Two Democrats, representing different education reform factions within the party, are facing off in the race for California school superintendent. And then, there is a wild-card candidate.


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and school superintendent John Deasy officially launched an innovative summer program including digital badges.


The talk at the annual California EdSource conference underscores the differences between the reform approaches taken by the state and the national debate. The state has bet heavily on the Common Core and a new funding formula.


Gov. Jerry Brown has opened a window of opportunity for teachers to define and organize around teaching quality. It's an open question how California' teachers and their unions will respond.


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