Former superintendent and foundation head Jonathan Raymond advocates bringing special education, and its students, into the mainstream. California is taking steps in that direction.


California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.


A California appellate court struck down the Vergara lawsuit's challenge to tenure, discharge, and seniority laws. But the movement against teacher job security is still alive.


Steven Sample, the recently deceased president of the University of Southern California, taught important lessons in leadership, both in word and deed. He was also a great friend.


It's time to invest in bottoms-up policy making and in data that communities can use, writes Ryan Smith. A new data hub in San Bernardino, California, illustrates.


The "fair share" union fee issue is not going away. But teacher unions have gained time to blunt its effects and maybe void the effort altogether.


District and union collaborate on new system that moves from helping novices and struggling teachers to helping everyone.


This large suburban district outside Sacramento, Calif., has rethought evaluation and moved beyond a stale and dysfunctional compliance system toward professional growth for all teachers.


Poway Unified, in San Diego County, pioneered peer review in the 1980s. It's grown a new professional learning and effectiveness system from the roots of this longstanding labor-management engagement.


A new report summarizes the lessons from three California districts where administrators and teachers' unions combined evaluation and professional growth. Here are my takeaways.


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