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June 06, 2017

Why Don't More Unions Perform Like This?

The potential of professional grade unionism raises the question, "what don't more unions and managements act this way." They would if the law required or encouraged them to.

May 23, 2017

A Shameful Big-Money School Board Election in L.A.

The election of two charter-backed candidates for the L.A. school board is less a victory for reform than a demonstration of expensive trench warfare and dysfunctional politics. And it is spreading throughout California.

March 23, 2017

Union Program Boosts Classroom Innovation

The Institute for Teaching, a California Teachers Association offshoot, has put nearly $1-million behind innovative teacher-initiative projects from STEM to STEAM: labs, gardens, dance, culture, and canoes. Here's a look.

February 02, 2017

Three Lessons From a Teacher-Powered Schools Conference

At more than 100 schools, teachers have gained substantial autonomy over the learning program, working conditions, personnel, and other domains. Here's what I learned by spending a weekend with them.

December 07, 2016

Patrick Dolan: A Gentle Guide to Productive Labor Relations

We've lost Patrick Dolanwho spent a career teaching unions and managements how to create relationships that were both just and productive. His message is more urgent now than ever.

November 29, 2016

California Should Fight Betsy DeVos' Politics of Privatization

Billionaire voucher and charter advocate Betsy DeVos' nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education has set off alarm bells. It should. Her agenda is a battle cry: one she should lose. Californians should see she is not confirmed.

September 05, 2016

Some Bright Spots for Teacher Unions

It's traditional on Labor Day to assess the dismal state of unionism. But I find some bright spots for teacher unions in California, and the possibility of a brighter future.

June 10, 2016

Labor-Management Initiative Moves Forward in Second Year

California's new Labor-Management Initiative has been teaching how to build collaborative relationships. Its success is key to the state's reform agenda.

May 16, 2016

California's Continuous Improvement Needs Political Muscle

It's easy to lose sight of how profoundly California wants to change its education system and the political coalition that will be required.

May 10, 2016

Californians Should Watch NOLA's Return to Local Board Control

Louisiana is poised to return New Orleans' (mostly) charter schools to local board control. This is not a return to the past, but a redefinition of local control and local politics, and others should pay attention.

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