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November 30, 2015

I've Seen the LCAP's Future, And it Ain't Pretty

California's Local Control Accountability Plans are beginning to look too much like Special Ed's Individual Education Plans, writes guest commentator Arun Ramanathan. Compliance is trumping educational substance.

October 28, 2015

Columbia's Escuela Nueva Model Could Work in California

International policy scholar Tom Luschei looks to Latin America for targeted interventions that work with students in poverty. Colombia's Escuela Nueva could benefit our children, he says.

October 26, 2015

For an Educational Model, California Should Look to Cuba

In many ways California is a northern extension of Latin America, writes Tom Luschei. And it could learn a lot from Cuba.

October 21, 2015

What Kind of Country Would California Be? Very Unequal

California's bigger than many countries. International education scholar Tom Luschei begins a series of posts asking what kind of country would it be? Very unequal.

June 03, 2015

Will a Skeptical Public Accept Multiple Indicators?

California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?

June 01, 2015

Is Ed. Data a Fitbit or a Post-Mortem?

As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.

May 13, 2015

Déjà Vu or Something New? California Seeks Labor-Management Cooperation

At an over-subscribed conference, the state superintendent and other leaders endorsed broadened labor-management cooperation and the means to achieve it.

May 07, 2015

California Doesn't Enlist in Teacher Wars; Seeks Labor-Management Partnership

California is taking an exceptional path in teacher labor relations. Rather than declare teacher unions the enemy of reform, the state's political leaders have sought to form a working partnership. On Friday teams of union and district leaders gather for the first symposium held by the California Labor Management Initiative.

May 06, 2015

Calif. Legislation Would Require Schools to Negotiate Evaluations

Bills in the California Legislature would make teacher evaluation criteria a mandatory subject of bargaining and link evaluation to test scores. Is the state ready to move from its industrial mindset and learn from history?

March 27, 2015

Growing Inequality Is Visible in K-12 Politics

The one-percenters who can make large campaign donations have more money than ever. And, as in all other policy areas these days, they want to call the shots in K-12 education.

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