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June 19, 2017

2018 Election Will Rock California Education

Next year's California election will be both a referendum on the massive changes in education finance and testing enacted during Jerry Brown governorship and a test of the political coalition that made those changes possible.

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 30, 2017

Here's the Peace Prize for the L.A. Charter War

The election of a charter-friendly school board in Los Angeles will not end the Charter School Wars. Civic activists need to promote a larger goal and seize the peace dividend.

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.

February 02, 2017

Three Lessons From a Teacher-Powered Schools Conference

At more than 100 schools, teachers have gained substantial autonomy over the learning program, working conditions, personnel, and other domains. Here's what I learned by spending a weekend with them.

October 19, 2016

We Know What to Do About Teacher Shortages

A new Learning Policy Institute Report tells us what we knew along. Supporting teachers and making their jobs decent will solve both the teacher shortage and teacher quality problems, writes Kristoffer Kohl.

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 26, 2016

L.A. Magnets Outscore Charters on 2016 Tests

Alan Warhaftig writes that this year's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests show Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools outscoring charters. Charters did better with English Learners.

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