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December 16, 2015

Second Guessing L.A. Schools Closure

Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District closed on Tuesday morning because of what he called a "credible" bomb threat. Let the second guessing begin.

December 14, 2015

Calif. Finance Law Still a Grand Vision and Cloudy Reality

After two years, California's sweeping finance and accountability laws remain a grand vision of linking educational goals to dollars and local democracy. But full implementation will take more time and a reaffirmation of the vision.

December 10, 2015

No Ground Gained In L.A. Charter Skirmish

Neither side seems able to see beyond the trenches as the Los Angeles charter school war settles in for a long winter, maybe several of them. Also see links to other stories of note.

December 09, 2015

New Education Law Moves U.S. Closer to California's Path

The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.

December 02, 2015

Do Black Minds Matter, Too?

We are wasting Black minds, argues Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith, who also points to places who are building success with African-American students.

November 30, 2015

I've Seen the LCAP's Future, And it Ain't Pretty

California's Local Control Accountability Plans are beginning to look too much like Special Ed's Individual Education Plans, writes guest commentator Arun Ramanathan. Compliance is trumping educational substance.

November 25, 2015

Thanks for the Refugees

Most of us, or our ancestors, came from somewhere else, and mostly we're thankful we did. We just have a hard time extending that gift to others.

November 23, 2015

Tax Proposals Would Lift California's Low School Funding

By almost any measure, California ranks low in its support for K-12 education. Several tax proposals would help stabilize financing.

November 18, 2015

A Peace Plan for the L.A. Charter School War

It may be possible to head off the looming charter school war, but peace needs a plan. My five-point scheme starts by understanding that all politics are local.

November 04, 2015

Charters and Dollars Don't Constitute a Plan

Charters and rich folk were made for each other. I've got nothing against either. But we need to get real about what kind of education system they would create.

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