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October 28, 2015

Columbia's Escuela Nueva Model Could Work in California

International policy scholar Tom Luschei looks to Latin America for targeted interventions that work with students in poverty. Colombia's Escuela Nueva could benefit our children, he says.

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.

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.

April 27, 2015

L.A. Inequity Map Packs Political Punch

Grassroots politics meets big data. Sophisticated mapping tools allowed a coalition of community organizations to reshape the budget of the Los Angeles Unified School District and send money to the students in greatest need.

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.

February 19, 2015

PPIC: Critical Friend of Public Education in California

Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.

February 09, 2015

Assessments and Standards Are Not Enough to Lift Learning

California has invested heavily in the Common Core and its associated tests, but it has yet to develop the infrastructure that will support teachers and students.

February 02, 2015

How and Why California Is Not New York

California and New York are pursuing different reform paths and politics: one centralized and confrontational, the other decentralized and coalition building. California's is likely to gain more traction.

January 20, 2015

California Trying to Build Decentralized Evaluation System

What if the problem wasn't herding kittens, but evaluating the play routine of each of them? That's what California is trying to do.

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