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June 04, 2015

Former State Board Member Says, 'Breakup L.A. District'

Carl Cohn, recently resigned California state school board member and former superintendent in Long Beach and San Diego, advocates breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

June 03, 2015

Will a Skeptical Public Accept Multiple Indicators?

California dumped its single number achievement system, and it's headed toward a dashboard of indicators. Will the public learn to read the dials and lights or just hone in on standardized test scores?

June 01, 2015

Is Ed. Data a Fitbit or a Post-Mortem?

As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.

May 14, 2015

Adventures in English Learning, or How I Drowned My 'Speak & Spell'

Guest contributor Arun Ramanathan recalls his struggles with the English language and asks why we make learning it so difficult and convoluted.

May 13, 2015

Déjà Vu or Something New? California Seeks Labor-Management Cooperation

At an over-subscribed conference, the state superintendent and other leaders endorsed broadened labor-management cooperation and the means to achieve it.

May 06, 2015

Calif. Legislation Would Require Schools to Negotiate Evaluations

Bills in the California Legislature would make teacher evaluation criteria a mandatory subject of bargaining and link evaluation to test scores. Is the state ready to move from its industrial mindset and learn from history?

April 27, 2015

L.A. Inequity Map Packs Political Punch

Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.

April 23, 2015

The Complex Puzzle of Common-Core Implementation

Although California has strongly supported the Common Core, providing high quality continuing professional development faces substantial implementation challenges, so writes contributing writer Arun Ramanathan.

April 22, 2015

California Teachers Association Pres. Looks to the Future

As California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel prepares to leave office, he comments on the role his union might take in education reform.

April 20, 2015

Good Deal: L.A. Teachers Settle, Avoid Strike

After months of strike talk, demonstrations, and threats of layoffs, United Teachers Los Angeles settled on a new labor contract with the L.A. Unified School District.

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