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June 05, 2017

Stop Charter School War; Build a New Learning System

The Charter School War in Los Angeles just continues a debilitating fight started nearly two decades ago. One way forward is to shift attention to designing and building fundamentally different ways of teaching and learning.

June 01, 2017

A New School District Design for Los Angeles

If all publically financed schools in Los Angeles got substantial operating authority, what would hold the system together? Here's a sketch of a "big tent" school system design.

May 24, 2017

Remembering Judy Burton, a School Reform Pioneer

Judy Burton, who headed Los Angeles school reform programs in the 1990s and then formed the Alliance charter organization, has died.

May 23, 2017

A Shameful Big-Money School Board Election in L.A.

The election of two charter-backed candidates for the L.A. school board is less a victory for reform than a demonstration of expensive trench warfare and dysfunctional politics. And it is spreading throughout California.

May 10, 2017

Federal Tax Credits Poised to Make a Big Education Impact

Donald Trump's pledge to put $20-billion behind school vouchers will likely materialize as federal tax credits. Here's how states and school districts should be thinking about them.

March 08, 2017

The Fossils Are Old; The Scientists Are Young

Elementary school students do real science in a partnership between L.A. Summit Prep and the La Brea Tar Pits funded by the National Science Foundation.

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.

January 10, 2017

DeVos Confirmation Will Shine a Spotlight on Dark Money

Betsy DeVos' nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education will illuminate what money buys in American politics. It is not just another battle between the education establishment and "reformers."

January 05, 2017

Ten Questions for Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

The nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Education faces a Senate committee next week, and thorough questioning is expected. Here, from several policy scholars, are a double handful of questions. Add your own.

November 29, 2016

California Should Fight Betsy DeVos' Politics of Privatization

Billionaire voucher and charter advocate Betsy DeVos' nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education has set off alarm bells. It should. Her agenda is a battle cry: one she should lose. Californians should see she is not confirmed.

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