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November 02, 2015

Is the Charter School War Necessary?

Charter schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District don't have to act as adversaries, but each has to change, according to Robin Lake and Paul Hill.

October 28, 2015

Columbia's Escuela Nueva Model Could Work in California

International policy scholar Tom Luschei looks to Latin America for targeted interventions that work with students in poverty. Colombia's Escuela Nueva could benefit our children, he says.

October 26, 2015

For an Educational Model, California Should Look to Cuba

In many ways California is a northern extension of Latin America, writes Tom Luschei. And it could learn a lot from Cuba.

October 19, 2015

What Are Charter Schools Good for?

The question is not whether charters are good schools, but what they represent in the effort to reform and rebuild public education in California.

October 14, 2015

First Steps Toward Decentralization in L.A.

Reformers have sought to decentralize L.A. schools for nearly half a century. Outgoing Superintendent Ray Cortines is trying a new plan. How's it going?

October 06, 2015

Challenge to 'Fair Share' Union Fees Unfair and Unworkable

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to "fair share" agreements that require non-members to pay fees for teacher union representation. Constitutional law professor Catherine Fisk sees the challenge as unfair and the alternative of a "members only" union as unworkable.

September 28, 2015

Broad Foundation Plan Ignites Charter School War in L.A.

A Broad Foundation plan to put half of L.A.'s students in charter schools intensifies the trench warfare over reform. If history is a guide, there will be no winners.

September 23, 2015

University of California Tops Upward Mobility Scale

Six University of California campuses and Pomona College led the New York Times College Access Index that measures economic diversity at top colleges. But the good news could be a lot better.

September 09, 2015

Who Ensures That Parents Get a Real Voice?

California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.

September 07, 2015

Is There a 'Blue State' Frontier for Teachers' Unions?

Teacher unions, particularly those in Blue States like California, are playing defense and missing the opportunity to build a union for this century.

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