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January 26, 2015

Unions Shouldn't Let Vergara Drive Out the Important

They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.

January 21, 2015

California Exceptionalism Is Not All Sunshine and Flowers

The state is worst in the nation in providing guidance counselors. It's been a problem for a long time, and not one that has a solution on the horizon.

January 21, 2015

Go Beyond Method to the Civic Purposes of Science

Almost a century ago, John Dewey urged educators to move science education from memorization to method. But as guest contributor John L. Rudolph writes, the goal was a better society, not just better scientists.

January 20, 2015

California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.

January 19, 2015

California Gets D+. Does Anyone Care?

California's schools just got a D+ grade. Mostly folks here have shrugged their shoulders about the Education Week's "Quality Counts" mark, which places the state in the lowest tier.

January 14, 2015

Brown's California Budget: Slim, Smart, and Pragmatic

California Governor Jerry Brown's budget provides a substantial boost for elementary and secondary education. But it doesn't address the long-term structural issues in the state's taxing system.

January 12, 2015

Big Ideas Provide Big Opportunities for Teachers' Unions

California's teacher unions face an unprecedented, but short window, of opportunity to reshape instruction and teacher evaluation. Will they seize it?

December 23, 2014

'On California' Is on Vacation

The blessings of season to you all! We will be back in the New Year. Christmas thoughts follow.

December 22, 2014

Instructional Leadership Corps Aims to Transform California's Teaching

Can teachers reclaim their roles as leaders of their own learning? A new partnership between research centers at Stanford University and the California Teachers Association will try to build that capacity.

December 19, 2014

California Schools Chief in Country Video

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.

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