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November 17, 2014

Invisibility Cloak Lifted From California Foster Youth

California's new school funding formula brought foster-care youth into public attention, along with their stories of struggle and triumph. Before getting to policy issues, let's just listen to them.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

October 28, 2014

Local Control Funding Gets High Marks From Educators

People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.

October 24, 2014

David Menefee-Libey Joins 'On California' as Co-Author

Pomona College professor David Menefee-Libey brings decades of policy analysis to the blog.

August 12, 2014

Steve Barr Tries to Bridge Union-Reformer Divide in Reboot of California's 'Democrats for Education Reform'

Steve Barr has organizing in his DNA, and he, along with retired union leader Joe Boyd, have announced an effort to recreate the California chapter of Democrats for Education Reform as a union-friendly environment. They want to go beyond wedge issues and toward big picture ideas that have broad support. But just getting used to saying pro-union and DFER in the same sentence is a stretch.

July 16, 2014

How to Drive Reform With Instruction Rather Than Testing

The Common Core will work in California if its adoption is driven by instruction rather than testing. Making this happen challenges the state to slow the consequences of testing and to find ways to invest in a modern educational infrastructure.

June 17, 2014

Billion Dollar Pledge to Bring Sophisticated Geo-Maps to Classrooms

In a stunning, but little recognized gift, Esri, the makers of geographic information systems software, have given $1-Billion in free access and mentoring to public schools. Guest Blogger Charlie Fitzpatrick writes about its use as a powerful learning tool.

May 29, 2014

Potentially Game-Changing Month Ahead for California

It could be firecrackers before the 4th of July as big decisions loom for California education: A contested election next week, the Vergara lawsuit, first results from the state's Local Control Funding Formula, and the end of Common Core pilot tests.

May 27, 2014

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on the Record

Here's my interview with California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson running for re-election on June 3. He talks about his accomplishments including the Common Core and local control financing.

May 27, 2014

Candidate Marshall Tuck on the Record

Marshall Tuck is running to become state superintendent in California. He'd start by challenging the existing school code.

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