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August 09, 2016

What If Failing Schools Were Supposed to Heal Themselves?

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.

June 10, 2016

Labor-Management Initiative Moves Forward in Second Year

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

Can 'The California Way' Turn Around Underperforming Schools?

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

How Accountability Can Help or Hurt Equity

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

Data for the People Build Community Power

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

Here's What Unions Can Do About Friedrichs

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

California's Looking Like the Progressive Alternative

Unsolved problems abound, but California's looking a bit more golden these days compared with the slash-the-budget conservative states.

February 09, 2016

Will California Lead Meaningful Parent and Family Engagement?

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

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.

December 09, 2015

New Education Law Moves U.S. Closer to California's Path

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.

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