The California Commission on Education Excellence is building a non-bureaucracy that's uses continuous improvement rather than mandates to heal ailing schools. It's head, Carl Cohn, explains in this annotated interview.
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August 09, 2016
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California's new Labor-Management Initiative has been teaching how to build collaborative relationships. Its success is key to the state's reform agenda.
June 06, 2016
The state is moving away from test-and-punish. Here's why I think the instinct to improve is a stronger driver than naming and shaming.
April 26, 2016
Equity advocates are pushing an accountability bill that is working its way through the California legislature. It could help, but it could also help recreate a failed system.
April 04, 2016
It's time to invest in bottoms-up policy making and in data that communities can use, writes Ryan Smith. A new data hub in San Bernardino, California, illustrates.
March 31, 2016
The "fair share" union fee issue is not going away. But teacher unions have gained time to blunt its effects and maybe void the effort altogether.
March 08, 2016
Unsolved problems abound, but California's looking a bit more golden these days compared with the slash-the-budget conservative states.
February 09, 2016
Recent federal and state laws have created an opportunity for stronger parent and family engagement in California schools. Contributing author Devin Corrigan cites two reports that suggest the opportunity is real, but so are the challenges.
December 14, 2015
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.
December 09, 2015
The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.