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September 15, 2016

My Design Specifications for 21st-Century LA Schools

Los Angeles is locked in controversy about charter schools: more, fewer, none. That's the wrong discussion. Instead, we should be designing a truly 21st Century school system. Here are some design ideas.

June 17, 2016

Is Philanthropy Plan for L.A. 'Great' or Just Grating?

The 'Great Public Schools Now' announced Thursday by charter-friendly philanthropists isn't great. It's not even much of a plan, but it has our attention.

June 13, 2016

Can 'Deeper Learning' Drive Teacher Power?

Historically, the idea of teacher power has been associated with faculty running schools. A new report links teacher influence and providing deeper-learning experiences.

May 10, 2016

Californians Should Watch NOLA's Return to Local Board Control

Louisiana is poised to return New Orleans' (mostly) charter schools to local board control. This is not a return to the past, but a redefinition of local control and local politics, and others should pay attention.

March 14, 2016

Coexistence With Charters Requires a New School System

Increasingly, charter-friendly writers and activists are coming to the conclusion that simply adding more charters doesn't fix a city's education system.

March 02, 2016

The Fight for Reform in L.A. Has Produced No Winners

The relevant part of our book title is the preposition from. The giant school district taught me lessons then, and it still does. They are fighting about the wrong things.

February 23, 2016

L.A. Charters Miss Enrollment Targets by 14,600. So What?

Data from the Los Angeles Unified School District show charter schools as missing their enrollment targets, raising new issues about how its 274 charters are regulated and overseen.

January 28, 2016

Dear LA Times: Collaboration Is Not for Wimps

The new Los Angeles school superintendent Michelle King has been both praised and criticized for her collaborative style. Guest contributor Ken Futernick, pushes back on the idea the collaboration spells weakness.

January 20, 2016

L.A. Charter Plan Needs a Healthy District

Advocates for the L.A. charter-centric reform plan, Great Public Schools Now, have pivoted toward aiding promising district-run schools. But first they need a fiscally sound school system.

January 04, 2016

Plan, Don't Plea, for Charter School Peace

On New Year's Eve, the Los Angeles Times issued an editorial plea for cooperation rather than charter school warfare. Pleas won't help; the city needs a concrete plan that makes both charters and district schools thrive.

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