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October 22, 2014

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability

State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.

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.

July 16, 2014

How to Drive Reform With Instruction Rather Than Testing

The Common Core will work in California if its adoption is driven by instruction rather than testing. Making this happen challenges the state to slow the consequences of testing and to find ways to invest in a modern educational infrastructure.

June 30, 2014

New State Accountability Plan Is Only One Among Many

California's new accountability plan proves to be complex, and it is only one of many that district's need to complete.

June 26, 2014

Poll Shows Support for Vergara Restrictions

A public opinion poll released Thursday shows that a large majority of Californians supports the restrictions on tenure and due process that were the subject of the recent Vergara decision.

June 11, 2014

While Other States Fold the Common Core, California Doubles Down

In a week where two states dumped the Common Core, more than 300 California organizations signed on to support it.

June 03, 2014

Linking Budgets and Policies to the Common Core

The Charter Oak school district leadership invested heavily in the transition to the Common Core. It put teachers at the center of the change, bet big on instructional technology and professional development, and strategically targeted the math curriculum as the place to start.

June 02, 2014

Four Teachers 'School Me' in the Common Core

Four teachers in suburban Los Angeles 'school me' on their transition to Common Core teaching. They like it and are a lot more rational about the process than much of the pro-and-con bombast.

May 29, 2014

Potentially Game-Changing Month Ahead for California

It could be firecrackers before the 4th of July as big decisions loom for California education: A contested election next week, the Vergara lawsuit, first results from the state's Local Control Funding Formula, and the end of Common Core pilot tests.

May 27, 2014

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on the Record

Here's my interview with California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson running for re-election on June 3. He talks about his accomplishments including the Common Core and local control financing.

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