| Nov 14, 2013
How do you measure school quality?
For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 1:05 AM
WASHINGTON - Sometimes the best isn't good enough: Most American fourth- and eighth-graders still lack basic skills in math and reading despite record high scores on a national exam.
Yes, today's students are doing better than those who came before...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama's proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials said.
The Wednesday event is the first in a series of four public...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:06 PM
Californians will get the first chance to comment on President Obama’s proposals to make college more affordable during a public forum next week at Cal State Dominguez Hills, officials announced Wednesday.
The Nov. 6 event is the first in a series...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:47 PM
On the eve of discussions over his future, Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy can count on broad support from the civic elite, but by his own yardsticks, his performance fell notably short this year.
Deasy set ambitious and specific targets to measure...
| Oct 25, 2013
The Los Angeles Unified School District's plan to supply every student with an iPad is, to be charitable, not going well. Before any more school districts decide to spend millions on high-tech gadgets, let me offer a few words of caution. Why me?...
| Oct 23, 2013
Kirk Dillard, the state senator from Hinsdale, has finally taken the gloves off with Bruce Rauner, the gazillionare businessman, in their Republican race for governor.
"I would rather tell my own positive story, that I'm tested and prepared for the job...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Diane Ravitch is all the rage in education circles these days, but rage, unfortunately, is what's she's selling. There are many reasons why, despite decades of efforts, U.S. public schools continue to fail, especially for low-income and minority children....
| Oct 13, 2013
He was 15 years old but looked 12, a reedy, pale little guy with a mop of dark hair. When he stood in front of the class to tell his story, he was so nervous you could see his skinny legs trembling under his khakis. The drama class assignment was to...
| Oct 4, 2013
Re "Taking roll in California," Opinion, Sept. 30
It's good to see California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to sound the alarm about truancy. Truancy predicts crime. It's a lot easier to get kids back...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 9:27 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday cracking down on a risky method of financing that hundreds of school districts and community colleges in the state have relied on to pay for new construction.
The measure, authored by Democratic state Sen....