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April 18, 2016

Vergara Overturned; Unions Lose by Winning

A California appellate court struck down the Vergara lawsuit's challenge to tenure, discharge, and seniority laws. But the movement against teacher job security is still alive.

February 29, 2016

Five Reasons Vergara Is Still Unwinnable

I argued that the Vergara lawsuit was a loser when it was being tried. It still is.

April 13, 2015

New Poll Challenges Union Stance on Tenure

Another poll, this one debuted on page 1 of the "Los Angeles Times," shows weak support for teacher tenure and a challenge to the state's teacher unions. But the voters love and trust teachers.

February 19, 2015

PPIC: Critical Friend of Public Education in California

Readers from outside the state may not know that the Public Policy Institute of California has just released its annual "California's Future" report. The K-12 section is worth a look.

February 17, 2015

Unions Need A Periscope To See Dangers over the Horizon

The once-in-a-lifetime window of political opportunity that California teacher unions enjoy gives them time to build around the elemental changes facing teaching as an occupation. Scary and exciting!

January 26, 2015

Unions Shouldn't Let Vergara Drive Out the Important

They're right to fight, but by making Vergara the keystone of their political agenda, California's teacher unions miss important opportunity.

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.

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 06, 2014

A "Grand Bargain" Would Be Better Than Vergara

Guest blogger Ken Fruternick, a witness for the defense in the "Vergara" trial, calls for an agreement that would address the issues without waiting for the appeals process.

September 11, 2014

Vergara: The Campaign for What? And Why?

The Vergara public relations campaign came to Pomona College this week, restating its case but leaving its goals cloudy.

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