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September 23, 2014

Will Local Control Funding Help English Learners? The Verdict Is Still Out.

A new report from Education Trust West finds that most California districts did not use their new budget flexibility to create innovate solutions for English language learners.

September 18, 2014

Local Control Funding Can Transform Schools

California educators have navigated the first year of Local Control Funding. Now, the challenge is to use the budget process to transform schools.

September 17, 2014

California's Quest to Make Education Money 'Smart'

Money is not born smart; it has to be educated. California's Local Control Funding Formula allows school districts to link revenue with the student outcomes. Will they?

July 16, 2014

How to Drive Reform With Instruction Rather Than Testing

The Common Core will work in California if its adoption is driven by instruction rather than testing. Making this happen challenges the state to slow the consequences of testing and to find ways to invest in a modern educational infrastructure.

June 30, 2014

New State Accountability Plan Is Only One Among Many

California's new accountability plan proves to be complex, and it is only one of many that district's need to complete.

June 26, 2014

Poll Shows Support for Vergara Restrictions

A public opinion poll released Thursday shows that a large majority of Californians supports the restrictions on tenure and due process that were the subject of the recent Vergara decision.

May 29, 2014

Potentially Game-Changing Month Ahead for California

It could be firecrackers before the 4th of July as big decisions loom for California education: A contested election next week, the Vergara lawsuit, first results from the state's Local Control Funding Formula, and the end of Common Core pilot tests.

May 27, 2014

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on the Record

Here's my interview with California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson running for re-election on June 3. He talks about his accomplishments including the Common Core and local control financing.

May 27, 2014

Candidate Marshall Tuck on the Record

Marshall Tuck is running to become state superintendent in California. He'd start by challenging the existing school code.

May 23, 2014

Previewing the Torlakson and Tuck Interviews

I preview interviews with California's state superintendent and his challenger. The interviews, including links to full transcriptions, will appear next week.

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