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March 02, 2016

The Fight for Reform in L.A. Has Produced No Winners

The relevant part of our book title is the preposition from. The giant school district taught me lessons then, and it still does. They are fighting about the wrong things.

February 23, 2016

L.A. Charters Miss Enrollment Targets by 14,600. So What?

Data from the Los Angeles Unified School District show charter schools as missing their enrollment targets, raising new issues about how its 274 charters are regulated and overseen.

February 17, 2016

Would I Tell My Daughter to Teach?

His daughter set up a play classroom and exhibits an instinct for teaching. Arun Ramanathan asks whether he should encourage her.

February 01, 2016

How Many Numbers Does It Take to Fix a School?

On Tuesday, the CORE districts, which enroll more than 1 million California students, release their multiple-measure School Quality Improvement Index.

January 25, 2016

A Glimpse of Ed Tech Future: Steady Work

I went looking for unicorns and found clever, friendly workhorses instead ... and a prophet in the desert. Notes from an edSurge summit.

January 11, 2016

Is This the End of Teachers' Unions?

Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to mandatory union fees that originates in California. Is this a fundamental challenge to teacher unionism?

January 04, 2016

Plan, Don't Plea, for Charter School Peace

On New Year's Eve, the Los Angeles Times issued an editorial plea for cooperation rather than charter school warfare. Pleas won't help; the city needs a concrete plan that makes both charters and district schools thrive.

December 21, 2015

Why Teacher-Powered Schools Are Picking Up Momentum

Teachers in some schools are exercising substantial authority over curriculum, budgeting, and evaluation, writes, Barnett Berry. And their number is increasing.

December 17, 2015

For School Districts, Smaller Can Mean Better

Big districts get all the attention. Their leaders make headlines. They 100,000+ students; 10,000+ teachers. What they often don't have is the best results for students, writes Arun Ramanathan.

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.

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