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December 05, 2014

LAUSD iPad Scandal Breeds Costly Distrust

The LAUSD iPad scandal has attracted the FBI's attention, but the underlying problem is the District's chronic political distrust. It's a tax on children.

December 01, 2014

What's Wrong With the Vergara Ruling

Former Long Beach and San Diego superintendent, Carl Cohn, points toward the errors in the Vergara decision on teacher tenure and due process.

November 13, 2014

Teacher-Powered Pilot Schools Face Obstacles

Teacher-power schools come with with significant challenges, as well as with a growing craft knowledge about how best to operate them, report Kristoffer Kohl and Kim Farris-Berg.

November 11, 2014

Bold Innovations Emerging at L.A. Unified's Teacher-Powered Schools

L.A. Unified teacher-powered Pilot Schools are empowering teachers to reimagine teaching and learning...and their own jobs, write Kim Farris-Berg and Kristoffer Kohl.

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 17, 2014

Cortines Flunks Retirement, Returns to LAUSD for Third Time

Ramon Cortines is the once and future superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, brought back to make peace and get things done.

October 15, 2014

Let's Look First at the Hand L.A.'s John Deasy Was Dealt

John Deasy picked up a bad hand of cards when he came to the superintendency in Los Angeles. Now, as his exit is likely, the question is whether anyone could have played them better.

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