The U. S. and Mexico share hundreds of thousands of students, but the barriers to educating them well are high, and the students are often unwelcomed in either country, writes John McDonald.


Los Angeles is locked in controversy about charter schools: more, fewer, none. That's the wrong discussion. Instead, we should be designing a truly 21st Century school system. Here are some design ideas.


A new poll from Policy Analysis for California and the University of Southern California shows that the state has a long way to go to keep its promise to engage local stakeholders in the state's historic education finance reforms, writes Daisy Gonzales


The California State Board of Education is poised to adopt a multiple indicator accountability system to replace the state's discredited single number score. Good! But it will work only if schools learn from using it.


It's traditional on Labor Day to assess the dismal state of unionism. But I find some bright spots for teacher unions in California, and the possibility of a brighter future.


Single measure accountability systems make 'soup' out of school achievement by putting all its ingredients into a mathematical blender, writes David Plank. The soup conceals more ingredients than it reveals.


I am starting to get the hang of Minecraft's basic controls and gaining a glimpse of why kids and some adults are excited about it. But what to do with the dead pigs?


I decide to try Minecraft. Kids are crazy for it; the building block game motivates them. After an afternoon of learning curve, I need to call my 9-year old tutor.


Former California State Superintendent Bill Honig has created a web site to buoy the 'build-and-support' approach to reform and to oppose test-driven sanctions and charter school expansion.


Accountability targets based on the percentage of 'proficient' students obscure real differences between schools, encourage bad instructional practices, and encourage the wrong kind of intervention, writes Morgan Polikoff


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