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November 10, 2014

Teachers Design and Run L.A. Unified 'Pilot' Schools

A growing number of Pilot Schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District are "teacher-powered" with faculty making key decisions, write guest commentators Kim Farris-Berg and Kristoffer Kohl.

November 05, 2014

Incumbent Tom Torlakson Wins California Superintendent's Race

In a race that gained national attention, incumbent California state superintendent Tom Torlakson retained his office against Marshall Tuck, a former charter school leader, who was heavily supported by corporate reformers aligned with Democrats for Education Reform.

November 03, 2014

For Ebola, Planning Is Better Than Panic

Guest blogger Arun Ramanathan led San Diego Unified emergency preparedness efforts for an earlier pandemic. Now is the time to plan for Ebola, he argues.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

October 29, 2014

It's True: Good Labor Relations Are Good for Kids

The 21,000-student ABC Unified School District in South Los Angeles County celebrates a productive labor-management relationship that helps student achievement and makes the workplace more fulfilling.

October 28, 2014

Local Control Funding Gets High Marks From Educators

People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.

October 24, 2014

David Menefee-Libey Joins 'On California' as Co-Author

Pomona College professor David Menefee-Libey brings decades of policy analysis to the blog.

October 22, 2014

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability

State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.

October 20, 2014

Design Thinking With the California Department of Education

The California Department of Education is applying user-centered design thinking to create educational technology solutions. Guest blogger Karen Holst tells the story.

October 17, 2014

Cortines Flunks Retirement, Returns to LAUSD for Third Time

Ramon Cortines is the once and future superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, brought back to make peace and get things done.

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