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May 24, 2016

Do Good Schools Follow Rules or Break Them?

My interview with designer Tim Brown continues as he talks about how constraining rules can help focus imaginative design and why a $-billion isn't enough to save education.

May 16, 2016

California's Continuous Improvement Needs Political Muscle

It's easy to lose sight of how profoundly California wants to change its education system and the political coalition that will be required.

May 10, 2016

Californians Should Watch NOLA's Return to Local Board Control

Louisiana is poised to return New Orleans' (mostly) charter schools to local board control. This is not a return to the past, but a redefinition of local control and local politics, and others should pay attention.

May 04, 2016

Praise for a Book That Will Change Teaching About Slavery

Author Kate Shuster has written and taught about inequality for years, and recently turn her attention to how we teach about slavery. She's found a valuable resource.

May 01, 2016

Accountability Systems Need to Help Schools Improve

To move beyond the failed system of naming and shaming, the accountability system needs to provide the capacity for schools to improve. Numbers aren't enough.

April 26, 2016

How Accountability Can Help or Hurt Equity

Equity advocates are pushing an accountability bill that is working its way through the California legislature. It could help, but it could also help recreate a failed system.

April 21, 2016

Four Steps to Merge Special and General Education

California is renewing efforts to merge special and general education. Getting there requires courage, energy and empathy, writes Arun Ramanathan.

April 20, 2016

How Can We Make Learning 'Differently' Normal?

Former superintendent and foundation head Jonathan Raymond advocates bringing special education, and its students, into the mainstream. California is taking steps in that direction.

April 19, 2016

Pressure Builds Around California Accountability Vacuum

California's accountability system is still a work in progress, even as pressures for hard-number reporting mount. Those who want to move beyond negative incentives delay at their peril.

April 18, 2016

Vergara Overturned; Unions Lose by Winning

A California appellate court struck down the Vergara lawsuit's challenge to tenure, discharge, and seniority laws. But the movement against teacher job security is still alive.

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