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March 20, 2015

One Cheer for Schools on Inequality

There's a lot of talk these days about inequality in America, and the conversation often turns to education. Somehow, schools are supposed to create opportunity and fix inequality.

February 19, 2015

PPIC: Critical Friend of Public Education in California

Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.

February 17, 2015

Unions Need A Periscope To See Dangers over the Horizon

The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!

February 12, 2015

Can We Do School Improvement Without Tests?

Now that standardized testing has become a flashpoint in the culture wars, policy makers and politicians have begun throwing tests under the bus. But if tests go away, can we still find ways to improve schools? The current California experience may offer some clues.

February 02, 2015

How and Why California Is Not New York

California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.

January 21, 2015

California Exceptionalism Is Not All Sunshine and Flowers

The state is worst in the nation in providing guidance counselors. It's been a problem for a long time, and not one that has a solution on the horizon.

December 19, 2014

California Schools Chief in Country Video

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.

December 18, 2014

Why California's Accountability Reforms Are a Big Deal

More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.

November 25, 2014

'Dreamers' and the American Dream: A Thanksgiving Prayer

As our nation of immigrants gathers Thursday to give thanks, we should connect the arc of our own family history with that of the 'Dreamers,' those undocumented students trying to be American.

November 20, 2014

What Happens to Deported Students?

What happens to students raised in the United States and deported to Mexico? As President Obama issues executive order on immigration, William Perez writes from Mexico City.

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