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September 14, 2016

Poll Shows Parents Not Engaged in Calif. Local Control

A new poll from Policy Analysis for California and the University of Southern California shows that the state has a long way to go to keep its promise to engage local stakeholders in the state's historic education finance reforms, writes Daisy Gonzales.

June 20, 2016

How School Leaders Can See Through Ed-Tech Hype and Make Smart Choices

Schools make bad edtech choices, writes EdSurge CEO Betsy Corcoran but they don't have to...with a little thought, reflection, and help from their friends.

February 10, 2016

The Calif. Teacher Shortage Is Real

Forget teacher layoffs. The balance of supply and demand has turned in California. Legislators want to change the incentives.

December 14, 2015

Calif. Finance Law Still a Grand Vision and Cloudy Reality

After two years, California's sweeping finance and accountability laws remain a grand vision of linking educational goals to dollars and local democracy. But full implementation will take more time and a reaffirmation of the vision.

November 23, 2015

Tax Proposals Would Lift California's Low School Funding

By almost any measure, California ranks low in its support for K-12 education. Several tax proposals would help stabilize financing.

September 23, 2015

University of California Tops Upward Mobility Scale

Six University of California campuses and Pomona College led the New York Times College Access Index that measures economic diversity at top colleges. But the good news could be a lot better.

September 07, 2015

Is There a 'Blue State' Frontier for Teachers' Unions?

Teacher unions, particularly those in Blue States like California, are playing defense and missing the opportunity to build a union for this century.

June 08, 2015

Calif. State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term

California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.

April 23, 2015

The Complex Puzzle of Common-Core Implementation

Although California has strongly supported the Common Core, providing high quality continuing professional development faces substantial implementation challenges, so writes contributing writer Arun Ramanathan.

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.

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