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California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

State Education Race Shows Major Split In The Democratic Party

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

(Corrects April 25 story to political consultant Hefner is Torlakson's campaign manager instead of Tuck's, paragraph 17) By Sharon Ber...

The Education of Marshall Tuck and the Making of a Run for California's Chief Education Office

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 03.30.2014 | Education
Melanie Lundquist

Marshall Tuck was the CEO of one of the largest school turnaround efforts in the nation, a non-profit called the Partnership for LA Schools, serving 15,000 kids across the most impoverished neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Summer Learning & STEM Momentum

Chris Roe | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Chris Roe

With summer coming to an end, and back to school season fast approaching, now is the time for STEM educators, advocates and funders to champion the vital role that summer learning programs play in our efforts to improve year-round STEM education in California.

Expanded Learning, California Style

Jennifer Peck | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

With the passage of Proposition 49, an unprecedented half a billion dollars was devoted to after school programs -- more than all other states' investments combined.

Summer Matters, Now

Jennifer Peck | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Jennifer Peck

When not addressed, the devastating effects of summer learning loss are ongoing and cumulative, affecting students' performance throughout the whole of their academic career.

Calif. Flops In Fitness With Only 1 In 3 Of Kids Passing P.E. Test

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Indicative of a growing health hazard for kids nationwide, only about one in three students earned a "healthy" score on California's physical-fitness ...

California Superintendent of Public Instruction: More Than Just a Job

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

With an average of one in five students dropping out of high schools across the state in 2009, the race to be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction is about more than just a candidate.