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April 27, 2015

L.A. Inequity Map Packs Political Punch

Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.

April 22, 2015

California Teachers Association Pres. Looks to the Future

As California Teachers Association president Dean Vogel prepares to leave office, he comments on the role his union might take in education reform.

April 20, 2015

Good Deal: L.A. Teachers Settle, Avoid Strike

After months of strike talk, demonstrations, and threats of layoffs, United Teachers Los Angeles settled on a new labor contract with the L.A. Unified School District.

March 16, 2015

'Parent Power' Getting More Powerful and Organized

California's new finance and accountability system depends on local democracy. It turns a parent's role from choice to voice.

March 04, 2015

Incumbents Falter in L.A. School Board Races

Even more than we expected, incumbents in Los Angeles school board races failed to capture majorities. Three are headed toward runoffs. Charter supporters are ascendant as big money pours in.

March 04, 2015

Boston Selects New Superintendent of Schools

The city's education officials chose Tommy Chang, an instructional superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District, from a field of four finalists.

March 02, 2015

L.A. Board Election Critical for District's Future

Angelenos will pick a majority of the board members in the nation's second largest school district on Tuesday. A critical election? I think so.

February 24, 2015

L.A. Schools Can't Afford Computers for All Students, Superintendent Says

The Los Angeles Unified district doesn't have the money to continue with plans to provide all students with a computer, superintendent Ramon Cortines said.

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.

November 23, 2014

Leading Means Protecting the Children

If there is a leadership lesson buried in this mess, it is to listen to the children, take them seriously and don't hope for bad news to go away.

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