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March 20, 2017

Calif. Accountability Dashboard Debuts; Critics Abound

California released its long-awaited accountability dashboard. Its colorful multi-system replaces the state's single number, test-score-driven indicator. The dashboard could use improvement; but it's not as dumb as some of the criticism.

March 06, 2017

A Proposal to Revive Local Taxing Authority for Calif. Schools

Even in the best of times, California public schools, face lean financing compared to large states with comparable costs of living. Legislative expert Rick Simpson wants to give local districts more taxing authority.

February 27, 2017

David Cohen on Shifting the Perception of Public Education

National Board certified teacher Kristoffer Kohl talks with another teacher and author, David Cohen, about his new book and the implications of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary.

February 22, 2017

Creating a Learning Community at California's Education Department

California's Department of Education has espoused creating professional learning communities. Now, as key staffers write it's trying to recreate itself in that image.

February 20, 2017

Here's An Alternative to Betsy DeVos' Privatization Agenda

Betsy DeVos' privatization agenda will become national policy. The California counter-narrative is creating a public system that improves itself.

February 08, 2017

It's Time to Take Betsy DeVos Seriously

The script played out. Betsy DeVos has become the most vilified U.S. education secretary in history, and she just took the oath of office. But it's time to take her ideas and her politics seriously.

February 06, 2017

Calif. Creating a 'Counter Narrative' to Trump's America

California is positioning itself to battle Donald Trump. Behind the war that will be fought out in the classrooms and the courts lies a starkly different idea of what America is and should be.

January 16, 2017

Let's Fund California Schools Like a Blue State

California public schools have enjoyed relatively good fiscal times lately, but the state still provides inadequate financing for education. Pat Reilly advocates boosting per pupil expenses.

December 01, 2016

Leading Calif. District Wants to Use SAT Instead of State Test

Long Beach Unified, a leader among California school districts, wants to omit the state's performance exam for its 11th graders. Superintendent Chris Steinhauser says that the SAT exam is more useful than the state-required SBAC test.

November 14, 2016

Can Social-Emotional Skills Drive Continuous Improvement?

In California, social emotional learning counts. As Daisy Gonzales writes, educators in the state are also exploring the link between emotional learning and test scores in subject areas.

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