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California Education Reform

Reinvesting in California's Postsecondary Education

Gavin Newsom | Posted 02.05.2014 | San Francisco
Gavin Newsom

We were once the leader, the model in higher education that every other state looked at and strived to be. But those times have changed, and not at all for the better.

Politician To Donate $250,000 To Fire State's Worst Teacher

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

Many California politicians have taken a crack at education reform in recent years, but the latest effort by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a 2014 gubernat...

Organizing and Partnering for School Change in East Los Angeles

Martin J. Blank | Posted 04.01.2013 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the past several years, the efforts of a community organizing group, a dedicated group of teachers, an array of community partners, the students, and the parents converged to demand change in East LA-- and to make it a reality.

Proposition 30 Puts California's Children First

Teach Plus | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Teach Plus

Will we choose to ensure our children get the education they deserve and invest in California's economic future? Or will we retreat from our commitment to each other and allow the worst cuts to education that our state has ever seen?

New Revenue Should Have Strings Attached to Student Success

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 12.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

It has taken years for California to seriously consider raising its own taxes to invest in a school system that is 47th out of 50 states in per pupil spending. We owe it to every voter, family and student to invest wisely in California's future.

California Legislature Goes for the Jugular on Obama's Education Goals

Teach Plus | Posted 10.29.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

California's economy continues to struggle to the extent that some teachers have been warned that they face an unprecedented 20 furlough days later this year.

Some Kids Need More to Get the Same Result

Martin J. Blank | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Martin J. Blank

I recently heard a story that explains why the community schools model -- a reform approach I've been touting for about twenty years now -- is so effective at helping children succeed in the classroom.

Pain, Tragedy and Learning From It

Robert Ross | Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact
Robert Ross

It appears that, as a policy framework, we have left school officials with ineffective options with potentially harmful consequences for dealing with deeply troubled youth in a victim-bullying construct.

LA Unified Adopts 'Value-Added' Approach To Teacher Ratings

latimes.com | Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.13.2011 | Los Angeles

In a dramatic turn for the country's second-largest school district, Los Angeles Unified released school ratings based on a new approach that measures...