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December 09, 2015

New Education Law Moves U.S. Closer to California's Path

The No Child Left Behind Act is headed to the morgue. Its replacement follows California's lead into capacity building investments, multiple indicators, and localizing decisions.

December 02, 2015

Do Black Minds Matter, Too?

We are wasting Black minds, argues Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith, who also points to places who are building success with African-American students.

November 30, 2015

I've Seen the LCAP's Future, And it Ain't Pretty

California's Local Control Accountability Plans are beginning to look too much like Special Ed's Individual Education Plans, writes guest commentator Arun Ramanathan. Compliance is trumping educational substance.

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.

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.

September 14, 2015

New School Improvement Agency to Be 'A Dramatic Departure'

Veteran educator Carl Cohn is to lead the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the new agency created to assist schools and districts. He promises capacity building instead of punishment and compliance.

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