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April 08, 2016

Lessons in Leadership From a Great University President

Steven Sample, the recently deceased president of the University of Southern California, taught important lessons in leadership, both in word and deed. He was also a great friend.

March 31, 2016

Here's What Unions Can Do About Friedrichs

The "fair share" union fee issue is not going away. But teacher unions have gained time to blunt its effects and maybe void the effort altogether.

March 25, 2016

Building Evaluation Around Standards in San José, Calif.

District and union collaborate on new system that moves from helping novices and struggling teachers to helping everyone.

March 24, 2016

Rebranding Evaluation as Professional Growth in San Juan, Calif.

This large suburban district outside Sacramento, Calif., has rethought evaluation and moved beyond a stale and dysfunctional compliance system toward professional growth for all teachers.

March 21, 2016

Five Lessons for Creating Effective Teacher Evaluation

A new report summarizes the lessons from three California districts where administrators and teachers' unions combined evaluation and professional growth. Here are my takeaways.

March 10, 2016

Can a Socialist Win Without Being Elected?

California's history shows that a socialist can heavily influence public policy even in the face of electoral defeat.

March 08, 2016

California's Looking Like the Progressive Alternative

Unsolved problems abound, but California's looking a bit more golden these days compared with the slash-the-budget conservative states.

March 02, 2016

The Fight for Reform in L.A. Has Produced No Winners

The relevant part of our book title is the preposition from. The giant school district taught me lessons then, and it still does. They are fighting about the wrong things.

February 29, 2016

Five Reasons Vergara Is Still Unwinnable

I argued that the Vergara lawsuit was a loser when it was being tried. It still is.

February 23, 2016

L.A. Charters Miss Enrollment Targets by 14,600. So What?

Data from the Los Angeles Unified School District show charter schools as missing their enrollment targets, raising new issues about how its 274 charters are regulated and overseen.

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