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.
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August 31, 2015
July 01, 2015
As 'On California' goes on summer vacation, I recall the summers of youth in Chicago, and the lessons they taught.
June 30, 2015
Does New Orleans' 10-year experience with charters and choice have application to Los Angeles? Yes, but partly in the negative.
June 22, 2015
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
A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.
June 16, 2015
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
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
Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.
June 10, 2015
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
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.