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January 12, 2015

Big Ideas Provide Big Opportunities for Teachers' Unions

California's teacher unions face an unprecedented, but short window, of opportunity to reshape instruction and teacher evaluation. Will they seize it?

December 19, 2014

California Schools Chief in Country Video

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stars in a country and western style video, "California: We do things different." This deserves to go semi-viral.

December 18, 2014

Why California's Accountability Reforms Are a Big Deal

More California exceptionalism: the state's new school funding law, and the local engagement lawmakers built into it, fundamentally change both school finance and accountability.

November 05, 2014

Incumbent Tom Torlakson Wins California Superintendent's Race

In a race that gained national attention, incumbent California state superintendent Tom Torlakson retained his office against Marshall Tuck, a former charter school leader, who was heavily supported by corporate reformers aligned with Democrats for Education Reform.

October 31, 2014

California K-12 Schools Chief Race Is a Study in Contrasts

Torlakson and Tuck disagree on fundamentals: how to improve student learning, how to organize the K-12 system, and how to build political support for public education.

October 29, 2014

It's True: Good Labor Relations Are Good for Kids

The 21,000-student ABC Unified School District in South Los Angeles County celebrates a productive labor-management relationship that helps student achievement and makes the workplace more fulfilling.

October 28, 2014

Local Control Funding Gets High Marks From Educators

People like the new funding formula; it's changing local politics and bringing educators and finance people together. But they fear for its future.

October 22, 2014

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability

State School Board president Mike Kirst signals the end of single-measure accountability as California schools chase eight state priorities.

October 06, 2014

A "Grand Bargain" Would Be Better Than Vergara

Guest blogger Ken Fruternick, a witness for the defense in the "Vergara" trial, calls for an agreement that would address the issues without waiting for the appeals process.

September 24, 2014

A New Tool for Effectively Educating English Learners

English learners comprise a quarter of California school students. Here are some research-based ways to help make them more successful.

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