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May 27, 2014

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on the Record

Here's my interview with California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson running for re-election on June 3. He talks about his accomplishments including the Common Core and local control financing.

May 27, 2014

Candidate Marshall Tuck on the Record

Marshall Tuck is running to become state superintendent in California. He'd start by challenging the existing school code.

May 23, 2014

Previewing the Torlakson and Tuck Interviews

I preview interviews with California's state superintendent and his challenger. The interviews, including links to full transcriptions, will appear next week.

May 21, 2014

Removing Learning Barriers With a Smile

A toothache often stands in the way of learning. The schools in Pomona, California, are responding with school-based health centers.

May 15, 2014

Public Education the Prime Beneficiary of Better Budget Times

The California economy is growing faster than projected, and tax revenues are increasing. There's new money to fight over, and if Gov. Jerry Brown has his way some to salt away in a "rainy day" fund and to draw down the teacher pension debt.

May 14, 2014

Two Democrats and a Wild Card Face Off for California Superintendent

Two Democrats, representing different education reform factions within the party, are facing off in the race for California school superintendent. And then, there is a wild-card candidate.

May 14, 2014

Summer of Learning Program Launched in L.A.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and school superintendent John Deasy officially launched an innovative summer program including digital badges.

May 09, 2014

EdSource Conversation Reflects State's Exceptionalism

The talk at the annual California EdSource conference underscores the differences between the reform approaches taken by the state and the national debate. The state has bet heavily on the Common Core and a new funding formula.

May 05, 2014

From 'Trusting Teachers' to Organizing Around Quality

Gov. Jerry Brown has opened a window of opportunity for teachers to define and organize around teaching quality. It's an open question how California' teachers and their unions will respond.

May 02, 2014

Annotating the News 5-2-14: From Grad Rates to Bilingual Ed

In our notes on the news: California's graduation rate hits 80%, public opinion supports Common Core, a scrap over the state budget, and bilingual ed survives.

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