Behind the Headline: L.A. School Board Seat is a Pivotal Win for Charter School Movement

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On Top of the News
L.A. School Board Seat is a Pivotal Win for Charter School Movement
5/20/15 | Los Angeles Times

Behind the Headline
Palace Revolt in Los Angeles?
Summer 2010 | Education Next

Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a charter school, won a seat on the school board in Los Angeles this week. He defeated Bennett Kayser in what the L.A. Times’ Howard Blume called “a high-cost, bitter proxy campaign between charter advocates and the teachers union, a face-off with implications well beyond Los Angeles.”

An article by Bruce Fuller in the Summer 2010 issue of Ed Next provides background on political tensions in LA Unified and battles over reform plans that took place when then-Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa “united working-class Latino parents, civil rights leaders, and big-money Democrats to challenge union leaders” in his quest to turn around the schools. (Current L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti “has declined to be actively involved” in this year’s school board election, Blume notes.)

—Education Next

Was Missouri’s Interdistrict Transfer Program Poorly Designed?

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The transfer program has allowed 2,000-plus students to have the opportunity for a better education and has launched a robust conversation about how to turn around struggling school districts.

Aim for Individual Mastery and the Rest Will Follow

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How difficult will it be to square current accountability structures with emerging personalized learning models.?

To Boost Reading Skills, Restore the Liberal Arts to Elementary School

To be a good reader you need an understanding of literature, art, music, history, and the sciences — that is, you need a liberal arts education.

Behind the Headline: Beyond a Spot on the Map

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What can policymakers do to bring school reform to rural America? Experts are taking a fresh look.

Common Core and Classroom Instruction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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How decisions teachers make about instruction shape the implementation of the Common Core

Behind the Headline: A Father’s Initiative

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In a powerful article in the Washington Post, Eli Saslow takes readers inside the world of an unemployed single father in Milwaukee trying to find a job and give his daughter a better life.

A Student of School Reform on the Maryland State Board of Education

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I suspect one of the toughest parts of this job will be projecting a sense of urgency about necessary reforms while heralding the very good things taking place

Four Lessons from the Opt-Out Debate

It’s still too soon to gauge whether the opt-out movement is a true groundswell of opposition, a union-driven blip on the radar, or something in between.

Let’s Not Replace the Honesty Gap with a Reality Gap

Many states have been defining “proficient” at levels dramatically below the level that would indicate that kids are on track for college and career. But that is about to end.

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