Education

LAUSD sends ‘rubber room’ teachers home

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to end one of its most controversial practices. Instead of putting a damper on criticism, however, the move could intensify it. Starting today, teachers under investigation will not be sent to detention in holding facilities known as "rubbe...

CA bullying controversies go national

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Bully movie

America is shocked -- and fascinated -- by bullying in California. In recent days, several local stories relating to the issue have been picked up by the national news media. Together, they illustrate three important developments. First, policymakers are struggling to determine how to address ...

Top CA GOP senator backs bilingual ed

Friday, May 16th, 2014
Ron Unz

A notable Golden State Republican just made a U-turn on 16 years of education policy: Sens. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. He jointed majority Democrats in a  vote of the California Senate Education Committee to recommended adding an initiative to the 2016 ballot that would restore bilingual ...

Support for boosting school taxes drops

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

  Proposition 13 still garners broad support across California 36 years after the tax-limitation measure was passed. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California,  support for loosening Prop. 13's two-thirds vote requirement for approving ...

Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting e...

Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how she successfully negotiated with one of the most powerful public sector unions. http://youtu.be/xiBLR2V8eRo

Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers. http://youtu.be/DUQNMZsvPxQ

Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how standards are crucial for long-term success in education. http://youtu.be/8lvqrM2GHWM

Video: More choices means a better education

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Video: More choices means a better education

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about how a robust program to offer parents and students choices about their education has helped transform Colorado's Douglas County School District for the better. http://youtu.be/eiGjq5NpNOY

Video: How much is a good teacher worth?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Video: How much is a good teacher worth?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about the three most important factors that have gone into reforming the Douglas County School District in Colorado. http://youtu.be/ImEtrk4CQow