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August 31, 2015

Here's How to (Really) Decentralize L.A. Schools

Ramon Cortines is intent on decentralizing the country's second largest school district. His idea will work if the board picks a successor superintendent who believes that smaller is better.

July 01, 2015

School's Out: Chicago's Summer of Boyhood

As 'On California' goes on summer vacation, I recall the summers of youth in Chicago, and the lessons they taught.

June 30, 2015

Lessons From New Orleans: 'Don't Copy'

Does New Orleans' 10-year experience with charters and choice have application to Los Angeles? Yes, but partly in the negative.

June 22, 2015

Teaching about Slavery? It's Debatable

Guest contributor Kate Shuster argues that the pedagogy of debate provides a way for students to learn about slavery, and she provides links to a treasure trove of resources.

June 17, 2015

What Would A Decentralized L.A. School Network Look Like?

A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.

June 16, 2015

The 'Slow Food' Way of Breaking up L.A. Schools into Autonomous Networks

School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.

June 15, 2015

The Future for L.A. Schools: Little Hierarchies or Big Network?

People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.

June 12, 2015

Thinking About Ed. Data From the Student's Perspective

Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.

June 10, 2015

Accountability Needs Narrative More Than Numbers

Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.

June 08, 2015

Calif. State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term

California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.

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