| Sep 8, 2013
A proposed bill to overhaul California's standardized school testing system includes some provisions that are bold and forward-looking. After all, there is no point in continuing with the old tests of student progress in English and math this year when...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:16 AM
In the coming weeks, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely sign AB 484, a measure that would put the state at odds with the Obama administration and risk $1.5 billion in federal funding by effectively suspending data collection on K-12 student achievement for...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:15 PM
Campuses in five Los Angeles County school systems were stripped of their scores on the state's Academic Performance Index over claims of cheating, other misconduct or mistakes that affected the handling of standardized tests.
In all, 27 California...
| Oct 1, 2013
Los Angeles has more charter schools than any other school district in the nation, and it's a very bad idea.
Billionaires like privately managed schools. Parents are lured with glittering promises of getting their kids a sure ticket to college....
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Recent Los Angeles high school graduates have made substantial progress in passing college-preparation courses but most would fall well short of new graduation requirements for students who just completed ninth grade.
That unsettling trend was laid...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 8:00 AM
A local advocacy group is pushing for teachers' raises and bonuses based on whether instructors are willing to take on difficult assignments and on whether they deliver measurable student achievement gains.
The proposals are part of two policy papers...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 6:45 PM
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy on Thursday broadly endorsed proposals from an outside group for attracting and retaining teachers, including more money for those who take on difficult assignments and deliver measurable academic gains.
| May 20, 2013
| 3:36 PM
The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden.
The point was made as the U.S. Department of Education announced that it granted three more...
| May 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Academic Decathlon teams from Los Angeles have won the state competition and, in a first, taken both first and second place at the national competition. Now, the season ends with one more distinction for L.A. Unified: Franklin High School has won a...
| Nov 28, 2012
There is one word you've been hearing a lot lately to describe the best college football teams in the country. It is a strange word for a sport of violence. It is an odd way to describe our modern gladiators.
That word is "smart."
After Notre Dame's...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 5:12 PM
It wasn't about money. It was about respect.
That's what Chicago teachers union president Karen Lewis kept reminding the public during the seven-day teachers strike that had parents scrambling and kept 350,000 children out of class.
But there was way...