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September 09, 2015

Who Ensures That Parents Get a Real Voice?

California's Local Control Funding Formula depends on parents to be the watchdogs of school district budgets, but Oscar Cruz writes that there's little guarantee that they will get an effective voice.

September 02, 2015

TFA Rejected Me, But I'm Not Bitter

Arun Ramanathan was rejected by the TFA and now, decades later, he writes that its hard for him to take sides over the program's value. Its real benefit may be in the changed lives of the volunteers rather than the students they taught.

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.

June 30, 2015

Lessons From New Orleans: 'Don't Copy'

Does New Orleans' 10-year experience with charters and choice have application to Los Angeles? Yes, but partly in the negative.

June 22, 2015

Teaching about Slavery? It's Debatable

Guest contributor Kate Shuster argues that the pedagogy of debate provides a way for students to learn about slavery, and she provides links to a treasure trove of resources.

June 17, 2015

What Would A Decentralized L.A. School Network Look Like?

A networked LAUSD would be part conventional district, part holding company, and greater part incubator and quality control agent.

June 16, 2015

The 'Slow Food' Way of Breaking up L.A. Schools into Autonomous Networks

School reformers like to talk about "blow it up" dramatic change. My autonomous network idea for Los Angeles is a deliberate counter-example.

June 15, 2015

The Future for L.A. Schools: Little Hierarchies or Big Network?

People are again talking about breaking up the country's second largest school district. I think that networks of schools would work better than smaller hierarchies.

June 08, 2015

Calif. State Superintendent's Blueprint for a Second Term

California Superintendent Tom Torlakson discusses his second-term plans in a state that dissed NCLB, ditched single-test accountability, revolutionized finance, and raised taxes to get its schools moving again.

June 04, 2015

Former State Board Member Says, 'Breakup L.A. District'

Carl Cohn, recently resigned California state school board member and former superintendent in Long Beach and San Diego, advocates breakup of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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