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America's Classist Education System

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

America's education system is unequal and unfair. All parents want what is best for their children, but some parents -- and states and school districts -- have greater means to provide them with educational resources.

Even Businesses Want To End This Tax Loophole

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

It's a most improbable union -- but California progressives and the state's business community have come together in support of closing a commercial p...

Let's Hear It for the CTC!

Eric Scroggins | Posted 06.25.2013 | San Francisco
Eric Scroggins

As educators, we're painted, sometimes fairly, as a pretty divisive and ideological bunch. It's against this backdrop that I find myself hopeful and grateful for the recent process spearheaded by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Picking Up the Broken Pieces

Lauren Pak | Posted 04.28.2013 | Teen
Lauren Pak

The Diamond Bar strike is much bigger than just resolving the amount of furlough days that should take place in the coming year. It is about fighting for the right for a quality education.

California Dreaming

Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education
Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco

The citizens of our largest state spoke clearly on what is a defining issue of our day: the role of public education in the remaking of the American promise.

California Students Can't Afford To Be Left Out of the Equation

Josephine Kao | Posted 01.06.2013 | Teen
Josephine Kao

Though I am not old enough to vote in the California General Election, I encourage those who can vote to support Prop 30, which directly affects me and my fellow 6.3 million public school students.

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?

"No" on Teacher Evaluation Bill

Jamie Alter Lynton | Posted 08.31.2012 | Los Angeles
Jamie Alter Lynton

For too long as a state we have refused to appropriately link teacher and principal evaluations to student test scores, the very thing this sort of bill like AB 5 could be accomplishing. Even a third-grader could tell you it deserves an "F".

Are Public Schools Earthquake Safe?

| Posted 06.25.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson A state Senate committee voted today to support legislation that woul...

Teenage Student Hunger-Strikers in California Demand: "Save Our School!"

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Matthis Chiroux

Anai Rosales, 18; Veronica Mandujano, 18; and Kayla Ely, 17, have been starving themselves since Wednesday, March 7 on a hunger-strike to protest sweeping school budget cuts they say would effectively, "kill [their] school."

State Budget Cuts Slam Higher Education, Almost Spare K-12

| Kathryn Baron and John Fensterwald | Posted 02.13.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org. Midyear budget cuts hit Cali...

POLL: Should School Dress Codes Ban 'Distracting' Hair And Piercings?

Posted 11.23.2011 | Home

A California high school has proposed a controversial new dress code which, if approved, would prohibit students from sporting "distracting" hair (suc...

Hunter Stuart

Gay Student's Flamboyant Style Blamed For His Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.28.2011 | Gay Voices

Only a few hours had passed after 17-year-old Brandon McInerney had pled guilty to the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Lawrence "Larry" King at E.O. Gre...

Making A Deal For Education Funds: Tax Change Could Bring In Billions

| Kathryn Baron | Posted 01.23.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org. A group of billionaires, old...

The Lesson that California Can Teach the Nation

Jonathan Jeffrey | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Jonathan Jeffrey

The students of this nation have a perspective and knowledge that could help solve some of education's largest problems. Now it's up to the adults to listen.

Costs Of No Child Left Behind Waivers 'Jaw Dropping"

| John Fensterwald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org. An ambivalent State Board of...

California To Add New Grade Pre-Kindergarten

Posted 01.09.2012 | Education

California is looking to add a new grade to its elementary schools that would place students who turn 5 between September and December in kindergarten...

Are Standardized Tests Pushing Teachers To Cheat?

Posted 01.08.2012 | Education

From Georgia's southern charm to California's golden beaches, the east and west coasts boast cultures of their own. But one particular culture -- one ...

In Defense of the American Teacher

Kelly Wu | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home
Kelly Wu

I attend a public school in California and the horror stories you hear are indeed true. We took a week-long vacation last year to celebrate the fact that the school district could not pay its teachers.

Jose Antonio Vargas: A DREAM Act Deferred?

| Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation’s The Learning Curve blog. Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American founder and former journalist fo...

Budget Cuts Force State To Pull Back On Anti-Cheating Efforts

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Corey G. Johnson | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson Only after the governor ordered an independent examination did Georgi...

Schools Chief Who Took $800,000 Pay Cut Giving Up More For Charity

AP | By TRACIE CONE | Posted 10.30.2011 | Education

FRESNO, Calif. -- The school superintendent in California who is forgoing hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and benefits to help offset budget c...

Lucas Kavner

Confronting Women's Rights From All Angles

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.10.2011 | Impact

Malika Saada Saar has spent her entire life around strong women. When she was 12, her mother went back to college. By the time Malika was 15, her m...

Teaching Gay History In California Classrooms?

AP | By LISA LEFF | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- California conservatives were outraged in 1966 when the state Board of Education adopted a new junior high school history tex...

School Tries GPS Units To Keep Track Of Truant Students

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The Orange County Register reports that Anaheim-area schools in California are testing out a new method to keep kids from skipping school: GPS trackin...