| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:02 PM
The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.
Los Angeles County Superior Court...
| Jun 12, 2014
Earlier this year, we told you about a riveting case unfolding in a Los Angeles courtroom. Nine students — among them 15-year-old Beatriz Vergara — contended that strong job protections enshrined in state law, including teacher tenure, made it...
| May 18, 2014
| 6:52 PM
California voters haven't booted out a state schools chief in 32 years. They're not likely to this year, either. But don't bet the kids' college money on it.
This is a weird election, especially the June 3 primary. There's nothing really compelling on...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:42 AM
You would have thought that after 45 states leaped forward to adopt the Common Core curriculum standards for their schools, the only issue going forward would be how to make this big change happen in the smoothest and most successful way.
| Feb 19, 2014
| 5:11 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Bruce Rauner marked his 58th birthday fending off criticism from Republican governor rivals of his vilification of “government union bosses” and apologizing for how he initially characterized an effort to get his daughter...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Perhaps the Baltimore City Council should go back and read Jane Sundius' commentary from earlier this year ("Guidelines aim to end disparity in school discipline," Jan. 9).
There she chastised the school system for putting far too many students out of...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 5:09 AM
Republican governor rivals Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner directly confronted each other for the first time Monday amid controversy over misconduct allegations by a state treasurer’s office employee that have quickly become the focus of the...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The State Board of Education passed a new school discipline policy that will have far-reaching effects on every subdivision in Maryland. Your editorial in support of the new policy was both predictable and disheartening ("Keep them in class," Jan. 29)....
| Feb 4, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland alleged this week that more than 100 universities, including Goucher College and Loyola University Maryland, are violating federal law by requiring applicants to fill out extra forms that determine their eligibility for...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 4:42 PM
Last week, I heard a teacher comment that one of her students came to kindergarten unable to identify the color red.
"Didn't anyone at home ever say to this child, 'Look at the red fire engine'?" she asked.
While the importance of teachers cannot be...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be...