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December 18, 2014

Why California's Accountability Reforms Are a Big Deal

More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.

December 16, 2014

Igniting Youth to Success through Afterschool

Research shows that investing in high-quality afterschool programs addresses many of the challenges that Minnesota and many other states face in helping youth succeed in school, work, and life.

December 11, 2014

Teachers' Unions Face 'Best and Worst' of Times

It's the best of times for California's teacher unions, and also the worst. They have solid political backing in Sacramento, but only a limited time to use it.

December 10, 2014

Paul Tough on What (Besides Tests) Should Count

In a conversation with me, Paul Tough talks about how children (really) succeed and the implications of his work as California designs a new accountability system.

December 05, 2014

LAUSD iPad Scandal Breeds Costly Distrust

The LAUSD iPad scandal has attracted the FBI's attention, but the underlying problem is the District's chronic political distrust. It's a tax on children.

December 01, 2014

What's Wrong With the Vergara Ruling

Former Long Beach and San Diego superintendent, Carl Cohn, points toward the errors in the Vergara decision on teacher tenure and due process.

November 23, 2014

How Can Public Schools Thrive in Tough Economic Times?

When the country hits turbulent financial times, like the recent recession years, it takes its toll on the quality of education available in our K-12 schools, and it can even take decades for the true deficiencies to show.

November 13, 2014

Teacher-Powered Pilot Schools Face Obstacles

Teacher-power schools come with with significant challenges, as well as with a growing craft knowledge about how best to operate them, report Kristoffer Kohl and Kim Farris-Berg.

November 11, 2014

Bold Innovations Emerging at L.A. Unified's Teacher-Powered Schools

L.A. Unified teacher-powered Pilot Schools are empowering teachers to reimagine teaching and learning...and their own jobs, write 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.

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