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June 26, 2017

Actions in Sacramento Undermining Real Accountability

Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith argues that promise of local control requires greater transparency in creating state and local accountability measures.

June 23, 2017

Are School Police Feeding the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

School police are a presence in many schools, particularly those in low-income neighborhoods where many students of color live. Marquisha Spencer asks whether they criminalize ordinary misbehavior.

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.

April 17, 2017

Innovative Latin American School Design Coming to California

Columbia's highly successful Escuela Nueva: featuring cooperative, personalized, active learning is coming to the United States, maybe to a school near you, write Tom Luschei and Sarah Smith Orr.

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.

September 21, 2016

Why Calif. Local Funding Requires State Leadership

California's Local Control Funding Formula was announced under the banner of subsidiarity, but Arun Ramanathan argues that local control also means state responsibility.

August 31, 2016

Single-Number School Rankings Miss Tasty Ingredients

Single measure accountability systems make 'soup' out of school achievement by putting all its ingredients into a mathematical blender, writes David Plank. The soup conceals more ingredients than it reveals.

August 10, 2016

Pre-K Policymakers Need to Wake From Nap Time

We're asking young students to wake up from nap time and start meeting state standards. As Daisy Gonzales writes, state policy makers need to wake up, too.

June 27, 2016

Between Hope and Hate, There's Charleston

A year ago Charleston, South Carolina, suffered the shooting deaths of church pastor and eight participants in Bible study. We found Amazing Grace in the midst of a memorial pushing back against hate.

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