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.

Increasingly, charter-friendly writers and activists are coming to the conclusion that simply adding more charters doesn't fix a city's education system.

California's history shows that a socialist can heavily influence public policy even in the face of electoral defeat.

Unsolved problems abound, but California's looking a bit more golden these days compared with the slash-the-budget conservative states.

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