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September 26, 2016

L.A. Magnets Outscore Charters on 2016 Tests

Alan Warhaftig writes that this year's Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests show Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools outscoring charters. Charters did better with English Learners.

September 15, 2016

My Design Specifications for 21st-Century LA Schools

Los Angeles is locked in controversy about charter schools: more, fewer, none. That's the wrong discussion. Instead, we should be designing a truly 21st Century school system. Here are some design ideas.

September 05, 2016

Some Bright Spots for Teacher Unions

It's traditional on Labor Day to assess the dismal state of unionism. But I find some bright spots for teacher unions in California, and the possibility of a brighter future.

June 17, 2016

Is Philanthropy Plan for L.A. 'Great' or Just Grating?

The 'Great Public Schools Now' announced Thursday by charter-friendly philanthropists isn't great. It's not even much of a plan, but it has our attention.

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.

March 14, 2016

Coexistence With Charters Requires a New School System

Increasingly, charter-friendly writers and activists are coming to the conclusion that simply adding more charters doesn't fix a city's education system.

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.

January 20, 2016

L.A. Charter Plan Needs a Healthy District

Advocates for the L.A. charter-centric reform plan, Great Public Schools Now, have pivoted toward aiding promising district-run schools. But first they need a fiscally sound school system.

January 13, 2016

L.A. Board Vote Reveals Charter Politics

L.A. Board votes to oppose charter plan and, as a new paper from Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim reveals, chartering is not about markets; it's all politics.

January 04, 2016

Plan, Don't Plea, for Charter School Peace

On New Year's Eve, the Los Angeles Times issued an editorial plea for cooperation rather than charter school warfare. Pleas won't help; the city needs a concrete plan that makes both charters and district schools thrive.

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