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May 17, 2017

California Can Lead the Country in English-Learner Education

California is recognizing that students who speak a language other than English are a great asset to its society and economy. Recent changes in education policy promote biliteracy. Pursuing this path puts the state in a position of national leadership, writes Vickie Ramos Harris.

May 01, 2017

Slow Implementation Endangers School Funding in Calif.

Nearly everyone says they like California's Local Control Financing Formula. A new report says it's a work in progress that's helping equity. But impatience and slow implementation put the system in jeopardy.

October 14, 2016

How to Bring L.A.'s Schooling Into the 21st Century

Almost all the education wars are being fought on a very small battlefield. There's real carnage, but no winners. We should switch the reform fight to building a new learning system: Learning 2.0.

September 19, 2016

There's Already a Wall for U.S.-Mexico Students

The U. S. and Mexico share hundreds of thousands of students, but the barriers to educating them well are high, and the students are often unwelcomed in either country, writes John McDonald..

August 04, 2016

An Hour With a Presidential Scholar and Her Teacher

Just in case you think public education doesn't work, spend an hour with Presidential Scholar Diana Chao and her teacher Molly Arboleda. You'll learn about exceptional people and what they think about schooling.

January 07, 2016

5 Takeaways on Educating California's English Learners

Now is the time, and California the place, to improve English Learner instruction, says contributing author Devin Corrigan. He offers five takeaways from recent research.

September 02, 2015

TFA Rejected Me, But I'm Not Bitter

Arun Ramanathan was rejected by the TFA and now, decades later, he writes that its hard for him to take sides over the program's value. Its real benefit may be in the changed lives of the volunteers rather than the students they taught.

May 14, 2015

Adventures in English Learning, or How I Drowned My 'Speak & Spell'

Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.

March 16, 2015

'Parent Power' Getting More Powerful and Organized

California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.

January 19, 2015

California Gets D+. Does Anyone Care?

California's schools just got a D+ grade. Mostly folks here have shrugged their shoulders about the Education Week's "Quality Counts" mark, which places the state in the lowest tier.

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