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Teachers in a changing class by themselves
Mar 7, 5:25 PM:

CA columnist gives attention to retired dean/current Vista board member on changing culture of teaching. Future educators will be attracted to profession because of accountability and evaluation pressures. Interesting >

Shutdown of campuses shows charter school model allows more accountability
Mar 4, 6:59 AM:

Editorial puts Crescendo cheating scandal into bigger picture -- swift CA charter shutdowns highlight "black hole of accountability at traditional public schools". Condemns board for not shutting these down, but no >

California teachers' supplemental pension plan is flawed, study finds
Mar 2, 6:54 AM:

Open market retirement supplement for teachers in CA is massive, cumbersome and expensive for teachers. Not a good alternative to pensions likely to be reduced or eliminated with budget cuts looming. Only 30 percent of >

L.A. school board to close six charter schools caught cheating
Mar 2, 6:51 AM:

L.A. Board votes to close chain of 6 charters in city because of systematic cheating accusations on recent round of state tests. Some board members and others thought charters deserved a second chance, a 1-year probation >

A Rare Investment Amid Gutted Schools Comments (1) | 5:00 pm
Feb 24, 8:46 AM:

Failing CA school turns charter and replaces principal and staff to get federal money aimed at increasing performance. Brings up bigger problem of inequitable school funding, but doesn't go much further. Ask why some >

More LA schools convert to charters as funds dip
Feb 21, 11:21 AM:

Top-ranking CA public school decides to break-up with district to become charter.  In love with flexibility.  Board member says it feels like a divorce, adds we're "losing our high-performing high schools."  Well, gotta >

Editorial: School board is stacking deck against parents
Feb 21, 10:11 AM:

Editorial questions CA board's motivation for opposing Parent Trigger Law, but doesn't go much further. Are they scared giving more control to parents would reduce status? Could've examined how scenario in Compton played >

Capital Area Intermediate Unit wants to test digital textbooks in midstate schools
Feb 18, 11:18 AM:

PA school district consortium wins grant from the State Department of Education for digital textbook program. Conflicting info presented here whether digital textbooks affect achievement. 

E-schooling an idea with virtual benefits
Feb 15, 10:59 AM:

A look at various approaches to providing virtual learning and how different Calif. charter schools approach it, what parents are looking for. Addresses important details that often go unmentioned.

Dropouts bigger long-term crisis than budget
Feb 14, 12:07 PM:

High dropout rate is driven in part by illegal immigration; could create permanent uneducated underclass. Hope seen rate may have stabilized, but no information on efforts or proposals to stem dropout epidemic. 

Schools craft budgets in the dark -- and prepare for deep cuts
Feb 14, 11:15 AM:

Lots of numbers and what-if planning among CA school districts to as-yet-undetermined 2011-2012 budgets.  Missing: Concrete ideas for guaranteeing academic progress for students whatever the budget hits. 

Mercury News editorial: State education board, Legislature must not weaken parent trigger law
Feb 13, 2:55 PM:

Assault on trigger law by CA politicos. creating "clean-up" bill intended to weaken parent power.  Current, forceful opinion that could use achievement data for readers to understand why some parents feel they have no >

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools voices concerns
Feb 11, 11:54 AM:

San Bernadino, CA Superintendent Gary Thomas highlights improved student outcomes even as the dropout rate increased statewide but obsession over money transcends all other issues in this coverage.

Charter school petitioner tells Vallejo trustees she'll rewrite her submission
Feb 10, 3:01 PM:

Process for petition for a new school in Calif.. county is murky. Who mucked up the application, the petitioner or the school district? How standardized is the process? There must be districts nearby doing it well.

Do your homework
Feb 10, 2:37 PM:

Local and county school officials are battling to oversee charter schools. Tough to judge who'd do the better job without a track record. And article doesn't offer county's plan to address local concerns.

Environmental Curriculum Launches in California Districts
Feb 10, 1:06 PM:

Districts adopt new environmental curriculum after large pilot, while budgets are tight to provide essential programs. Green might be great, but so is fundamental teaching and learning.

YUCAIPA: New school boundaries approved
Feb 10, 12:38 PM:

CA district school closures result in new school assignments.  Parents voice concern and start making choices to change schools. It's a big state; why not introduce them to how other parents -- and other districts -- >

Upland school district denies Options for Youth charter renewal
Feb 10, 10:25 AM:

Board of education has decided not to renew Options for Youth alternative charter,  despite evidence of some success. Attention given to what having drop-outs return to traditional district schools will do to numbers.

Parents help plan new eCademy Charter School
Feb 9, 3:58 PM:

School district acts on demands and parents praise new charter seeking to blend traditional schooling with cyber learning. More on the approval process would help, as well as how this issue is playing across the US.

Seven candidates vie for Live Oak school board seat
Feb 9, 10:36 AM:

Candidates know what they want to see happen in the schools. What does the school board need a new member to accomplish?



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