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Learning from the Genome of American Schooling

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 1:01 PM

At a time when 65 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, we stand solidly behind our schools. Our national optimism, even in pessimistic times, sees the schoolhouse as the workhorse of a better tomorrow, the bedrock of opportunity. By large margins we...

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School Communities: Committing to the Futures of Immigrant Students

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 7:23 PM

Today, Bryan, Sabrina and Kevin committed to a 4-year college. Bryan started his English-learning journey in 8th grade, after moving from Mexico to Los Angeles. He formed a posse of friends, and together they learned what it meant to achieve in their new land. Sabrina's mother is Mexican and her...

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A Golden APLE for California's Teachers

(7) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 4:26 PM

It gets harder every day to be a teacher in California. Educators, students, and residents alike may have breathed a sigh of relief with the passage of Proposition 30, which prevented another round of paralyzing reductions to state education funding by creating a revenue stream drawn from raising taxes on...

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California Dreaming

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 11:05 AM

It is a significant and memorable day for California as state voters have made their voices heard in support of public education. Proposition 30, Governor Brown's temporary tax initiative to restore funding to education throughout the state, has been approved by a 54 percent majority or more than 4.9 million...

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Nation's Largest Workforce Provider Under Siege

(37) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 5:59 PM

American schools are facing unprecedented challenges none more important than educating ever more diverse cohorts of students to greater levels of competency at a time when economies and societies are more integrated and vulnerable to global upheavals. New demographic data tell a powerful story. For the first time in U.S....

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Cheating Ourselves: Education and Its Discontents

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 1:28 PM

All advanced post-industrial democracies are facing uncertain times - from anemic economic growth, to seemingly permanent budget crises, and growing public distrust of the institutions of government. As the strictures and structures of society lose their grip and weaken the sense of common purpose and social cohesion -- a fragile...

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Memo to Bald Men

(12) Comments | Posted August 13, 2011 | 9:59 AM

The absurdist virus that plagues Washington evokes the Borgean image of two bald men furiously fighting over a comb: anachronistic, irrelevant, and sad.

Washington's absurdist dystopia is in full display in the gridlock over immigration. Latinos should take notice because immigration defines the Latino experience. While Spanish was spoken in...

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Broken System, Broken Families

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 6:55 PM

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century the lives of well over a billion people are shaped by the experience of migration: 214 million as transnational migrants, approximately 740 million as internal migrants, and millions more as immediate relatives left behind.

While mass migration is reshaping economies...

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The Fox

(18) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 1:51 PM

American academia is in mourning and in search of relevance. The economic debacle that has diminished and may demolish the sancta sanctorum of the University -- from Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the entire system at the University of California -- is an essential element of this sense...

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Charter Schools Fail Immigrants

(48) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 6:10 PM

Over the course of the last two decades, charter schools have become a ubiquitous feature of the urban educational landscape. Their expansion is poised to continue under the Obama administration. According to the Center for Education Reform, forty states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws, and the...

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