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Posted June 30, 2016

Here’s Why L.A.’s New Changes to Teacher Evaluation Are Bad for Students and Teachers

The nation’s teacher unions used their lobbying muscle to make sure the new Every Student Succeeds Act ended the Obama administration’s pressure on states and…

By Thomas Toch

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Posted June 3, 2016

Our Schools Need Edu-Philanthropy’s Dollars and Its Policy Priorities

Is there a meaningful role for philanthropy in our push to improve our public schools? While we may think the answer is a simple one,…

By Arthur Levine

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Posted June 3, 2016

Failure Is a Part of Success: The Gates Foundation Should Be Praised for Owning Up

A recent Los Angeles Times editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Jan. 20, 2016

Was There Too Much Coverage of Friedrichs? @SchoolLawBlog Says No

Mark Walsh is the only journalist that I know of who focuses on education-related Supreme Court cases, though his writing at EdWeek (@SchoolLawBlog) and on SCOTUSblog. So it was great to get Walsh’s take on last week’s big Supreme Court case and on media coverage of school law cases in general. https://twitter.com/SchoolLawBlog/status/686635083059429376 (See my previous post on this: How to Be  Smart Supreme Court Coverage…

By Alexander Russo

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

The LA Times Makes a Common (Core) Error

Even though Common Core State Standards have been around for years, it still seems as though folks are having trouble really understanding what they are—despite the fact that it’s built right into the name. To put it plainly, the Common Core State Standards are a set of standards. State. Standards. Despite that crystal-clear title, the Los Angeles Times editorial board couldn't be bothered with getting it right—and not just when it…

By Education Post

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Posted Oct. 12, 2015

Can’t We Just Agree That Great Schools Are Great for Students?

A few weeks ago, a story broke in the Los Angeles Times about a plan to expand access to public charter schools throughout the city.…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Sep. 18, 2015

The Tests Are New, But the Story’s the Same: What Will It Take to Close the Opportunity Gap?

Last week, California released the first set of results from the new standardized tests that are linked to the Common Core State Standards. The new…

By Katie Braude

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Posted Sep. 4, 2015

Learning What Parents Really Want in a New L.A. Schools Superintendent

For the last six years my job at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has allowed me to serve as a liaison for our…

By Antonio Plascencia, Jr.

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Posted Apr. 22, 2019

Every Time I Think About Leaving the Classroom, My Students Remind Me Why I’m Here

Last week, teaching almost killed me. Again. I was driving home from work, having stayed later than typical for a meeting and some organizing. The…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 23, 2019

New EPA Proposal on Pollution Could Lead to More Students With Asthma Missing School

How could my students succeed if they were not able to come to class? It was a question I used to struggle with constantly. Prior…

By Kunal Sindhu

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Posted Apr. 19, 2019

Wealthy, White People Are Still in the Business of School Segregation

What’s causing school segregation? Some people say charter schools—I say it’s White people.   Before y’all get upset, I’m not saying it’s all White people—just…

By Tanesha Peeples

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