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October 17, 2014

Cortines Flunks Retirement, Returns to LAUSD for Third Time

Ramon Cortines is the once and future superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, brought back to make peace and get things done.

October 16, 2014

L.A. iPad Investigation Report to Remain Confidential; Superintendent Resigns

Los Angeles Unified's school board voted against releasing an inspector general's report on a controversial technology program days before the district's superintendent stepped down.

October 15, 2014

Let's Look First at the Hand L.A.'s John Deasy Was Dealt

John Deasy picked up a bad hand of cards when he came to the superintendency in Los Angeles. Now, as his exit is likely, the question is whether anyone could have played them better.

October 13, 2014

Build a New Political Coalition Around Increased Learning Capacity

How to create a new learning system, what I call Learning 2.0? Build a political coalition around a new learning infrastructure available to every student in the state. Start with English Language Learners.

October 09, 2014

Los Angeles Students' Education Rights Violated, Judge Rules

A California judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring the state to immediately step in and fix scheduling problems that have caused students at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles to miss classes and be illegally denied enough learning time.

October 08, 2014

A Modest Proposal for a New Learning System: Learning 2.0

Almost all the education wars are being fought on a very small battlefield. There's real carnage, but no winners. We should switch the reform fight to building a new learning system.

September 28, 2014

Replacing L.A. Superintendent Would Raise Stability Issues

Replacing the Los Angeles superintendent, if it comes to that, will create serious consequences for making the district better.

September 22, 2014

In L.A., Summer in the City Can Make You Smarter

The Los Angeles Summer of Learning keeps kids safe and expands the horizons of learning.

September 04, 2014

Los Angeles iPad Story Keeps Growing; Critics More Pointed

The iPad story in Los Angeles grows, as we had predicted. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy sent the school board a six-page memo defending his actions. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times called for greater transparency, for the release of the district inspector general's reports, and for a new investigation.

September 02, 2014

iPad Scandal Grows in L.A., Raising Leadership Questions

The story of how the Los Angeles Unified School District contracted for iPads and software with Apple and Pearson is not going away. Calls for investigation continue along with public questions about whether Superintendent John Deasy can, or should, survive this issue and others. But the important issue is not the contract; it's the strategy behind it.

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