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November 30, 2015

I've Seen the LCAP's Future, And it Ain't Pretty

California's Local Control Accountability Plans are beginning to look too much like Special Ed's Individual Education Plans, writes guest commentator Arun Ramanathan. Compliance is trumping educational substance.

September 09, 2015

Who Ensures That Parents Get a Real Voice?

California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.

June 12, 2015

Thinking About Ed. Data From the Student's Perspective

Unless students get feedback that motivates them, the elegance of state and district data systems won't mean much.

June 10, 2015

Accountability Needs Narrative More Than Numbers

Statewide accountability data won't create organizational learning unless it's connected to a school's story about where it's headed and what causes success.

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.

June 01, 2015

Is Ed. Data a Fitbit or a Post-Mortem?

As California redesigns its assessment system, questions of data usefulness rise to the forefront. Think rapid feedback rather than data autopsy.

March 25, 2015

Foster Youth Not Yet Making the Grade

The state's new funding formula illuminates the needs of foster youth. Early implementation finds reason for cautious optimism, but there is much work ahead.

March 20, 2015

One Cheer for Schools on Inequality

There's a lot of talk these days about inequality in America, and the conversation often turns to education. Somehow, schools are supposed to create opportunity and fix inequality.

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 09, 2015

Minecraft Offers Lessons in Building a Strong Learning System

An irresistible computer game and a equally irresistible 7-year-old teach me about how we might link deeper learning and the Common Core.

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