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February 22, 2017

Creating a Learning Community at California's Education Department

California's Department of Education has espoused creating professional learning communities. Now, as key staffers write it's trying to recreate itself in that image.

February 20, 2017

Here's An Alternative to Betsy DeVos' Privatization Agenda

Betsy DeVos' privatization agenda will become national policy. The California counter-narrative is creating a public system that improves itself.

February 13, 2017

Virtual Learning in State Parks: Tide Pools and Technology

Field trips are fun, but they are often difficult and too expensive. The California State Parks are using portable technology to allow students virtual access to tide pools, butterflies, and the gold rush, writes Brad Krey.

February 08, 2017

It's Time to Take Betsy DeVos Seriously

The script played out. Betsy DeVos has become the most vilified U.S. education secretary in history, and she just took the oath of office. But it's time to take her ideas and her politics seriously.

February 06, 2017

Calif. Creating a 'Counter Narrative' to Trump's America

California is positioning itself to battle Donald Trump. Behind the war that will be fought out in the classrooms and the courts lies a starkly different idea of what America is and should be.

February 02, 2017

Three Lessons From a Teacher-Powered Schools Conference

At more than 100 schools, teachers have gained substantial autonomy over the learning program, working conditions, personnel, and other domains. Here's what I learned by spending a weekend with them.

January 23, 2017

Did Twitter Make Trump the President?

Whether or not Twitter was the cause of the Trump presidency, it has changed politics. New research illustrates its power.

January 16, 2017

Let's Fund California Schools Like a Blue State

California public schools have enjoyed relatively good fiscal times lately, but the state still provides inadequate financing for education. Pat Reilly advocates boosting per pupil expenses.

January 10, 2017

DeVos Confirmation Will Shine a Spotlight on Dark Money

Betsy DeVos' nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education will illuminate what money buys in American politics. It is not just another battle between the education establishment and "reformers."

January 09, 2017

One-Third of California's Budget Comes From Federal Funds

California wants to create a counter-narrative to the Trump Administration's social and economic policies, but the dependence on federal dollars portends a bumpy ride, as Scott Graves from the California Budget & Policy Center shows.

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