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April 13, 2015

New Poll Challenges Union Stance on Tenure

Another poll, this one debuted on page 1 of the "Los Angeles Times," shows weak support for teacher tenure and a challenge to the state's teacher unions. But the voters love and trust teachers.

April 04, 2015

To Understand Justice, Study Profound Injustice: Slavery

The Whitney Plantation is devoted exclusively to slavery. Expect to be moved, educated, horrified, and perhaps motivated.

March 25, 2015

Foster Youth Not Yet Making the Grade

The state's new funding formula illuminates the needs of foster youth. Early implementation finds reason for cautious optimism, but there is much work ahead.

March 16, 2015

'Parent Power' Getting More Powerful and Organized

California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.

March 09, 2015

Minecraft Offers Lessons in Building a Strong Learning System

An irresistible computer game and a equally irresistible 7-year-old teach me about how we might link deeper learning and the Common Core.

March 02, 2015

L.A. Board Election Critical for District's Future

Angelenos will pick a majority of the board members in the nation's second largest school district on Tuesday. A critical election? I think so.

February 17, 2015

Unions Need A Periscope To See Dangers over the Horizon

The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!

February 06, 2015

Inequality Divides the Golden State and Threatens Its Future

The richest state in the union is also the most unequal by some measures. The lens of journalism and analysis has started to shine the gap between rich and poor and what to do about it.

February 04, 2015

Here's a Science Quiz for U.S. Senators

Nearly half of United States senators say that they don't believe that humans significantly contribute to climate change. Here's a science quiz for them. You can add questions.

February 02, 2015

How and Why California Is Not New York

California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.

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