In our notes on the news: California's graduation rate hits 80%, public opinion supports Common Core, a scrap over the state budget, and bilingual ed survives.

Unionized teachers in California push to create "ideas" leadership that moves the practice of teaching without requiring them to leave the classroom.

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The digital badges that will be used in the Los Angeles summer learning program have revolutionary potential to extend learning, and what counts as learning.

Can your city make you smart? This summer Los Angeles will; it plans a innovative summer program that uses Digital Badges to link schools, kids, and community in four neighborhoods.

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4-9-14: Brief comments on California's Local Control Funding, cracks in the Democratic Coalition, and Charter Schools

Vergara case "the closest thing to a silver bullet we've seen," say former LAUSD superintendent Roy Romer and board member Marlene Canter.

The Vergara v. California lawsuit is just the warm-up act for a high-profile showdown between corporate reformers and Californian teachers, argue David Menefee-Libey and Charles Taylor Kerchner.


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