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December 16, 2015

Second Guessing L.A. Schools Closure

Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District closed on Tuesday morning because of what he called a "credible" bomb threat. Let the second guessing begin.

December 10, 2015

No Ground Gained In L.A. Charter Skirmish

Neither side seems able to see beyond the trenches as the Los Angeles charter school war settles in for a long winter, maybe several of them. Also see links to other stories of note.

November 18, 2015

A Peace Plan for the L.A. Charter School War

It may be possible to head off the looming charter school war, but peace needs a plan. My five-point scheme starts by understanding that all politics are local.

November 04, 2015

Charters and Dollars Don't Constitute a Plan

Charters and rich folk were made for each other. I've got nothing against either. But we need to get real about what kind of education system they would create.

November 02, 2015

Is the Charter School War Necessary?

Charter schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District don't have to act as adversaries, but each has to change, according to Robin Lake and Paul Hill.

October 19, 2015

What Are Charter Schools Good for?

The question is not whether charters are good schools, but what they represent in the effort to reform and rebuild public education in California.

October 14, 2015

First Steps Toward Decentralization in L.A.

Reformers have sought to decentralize L.A. schools for nearly half a century. Outgoing Superintendent Ray Cortines is trying a new plan. How's it going?

October 12, 2015

Why Is It So Hard to Believe Good News About Public Schools?

The Common Core Standards require students to back their opinions with evidence, writes contributing blogger Alan Warhaftig. Why can't people believe evidence that shows L.A. public schools doing well?

September 28, 2015

Broad Foundation Plan Ignites Charter School War in L.A.

A Broad Foundation plan to put half of L.A.'s students in charter schools intensifies the trench warfare over reform. If history is a guide, there will be no winners.

August 31, 2015

Here's How to (Really) Decentralize L.A. Schools

Ramon Cortines is intent on decentralizing the country's second largest school district. His idea will work if the board picks a successor superintendent who believes that smaller is better.

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