In CA, Smarter Balanced testing shapes fate of Common Core

Friday, June 13th, 2014

It's crunch time for California supporters of the new Common Core educational standards. On several fronts, key business, education and political interests have heightened their push for the changes. Although opposition remains strong, pro-Common Core groups sense that a tipping point may be a...

Vergara ruling: Silicon Valley titan KOs teachers unions

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

In 16 pages, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu dealt California's teachers unions an unprecedented defeat. Using unsparing, uncompromising language, Judge Treu ruled that job protections passed at these unions' behest violated the state Constitution by denying equal educational opportu...

Column: UC regents urged to divest in fossil fuels

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Divest Now UC

  The scene brought to mind Tom Wolfe’s essay “Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers,” which was published all the way back in 1970, when young Jerry Brown was a member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. Wolfe’s non-fiction essay was set at San Francisco’s Office of ...

LAUSD sends ‘rubber room’ teachers home

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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
schools, keefe, cagle, april 23, 2014

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's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how she successfully negotiated with one of the most powerful public sector unions.

Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

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

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to's Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers.