| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark.
Contrary to what Rall writes, teachers in California's...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 3:59 PM
The White House has released this list of expected attendees at Tuesday’s state dinner in honor of France.
The President and Mrs. Obama
His Excellency Francois Hollande, president of French Republic Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:45 AM
"Maryland, No. 1 in education!" We've heard that boast ad nauseam over the last five years, every time Education Week releases its Quality Counts rankings. We hear it especially from the state's political establishment, as it takes every chance it can...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:11 AM
Yesterday, Governor O’Malley delivered his eighth—and thankfully—final state of the state address of his administration. And, as usual, his speech was filled with so much that isn’t so.
Now, I’ve done a few O’Malley...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Florida ranked high on an education policy report card issued today by StudentsFirst, the advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee. The Sunshine State earned a B- on the report card, behind only Louisiana, which did just slightly better.
| Dec 28, 2013
| 11:25 AM
Burbank marked a busy, busy year in 2013. The City Council welcomed a new member and ushered out a five-term councilman. Many of the top positions in city government — police chief, fire chief and city manager — were either hired or had...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:47 AM
StudentsFirst, the education advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, said today it is "ramping up" its work in Florida by adding new staff members. In the past two years, the group pushed hard, and ultimately unsuccessfully, for state lawmakers to...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 6:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Ian Calderon's introduction to the family business began at the ripe age of 1.
His dad, Charles Calderon, then a state senator, staged a carnival for his son's birthday at their Montebello home in 1986. The senator used $2,000 in...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:56 AM
The reverberations from the departure of Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso will be felt nationally as well as locally. Six years ago, I was a member of the Baltimore school board that hired him. Our risky vision was to try to recruit a game-changer...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:36 PM
Charlene Tabet, who benefited mightily from outside spending in the Burbank Unified school board race, handily won a seat Tuesday, joining incumbent Larry Applebaum as the two top vote-getters.
Of the 11,123 ballots cast, Applebaum claimed 5,858 while...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 12:23 PM
A similar bill, officially a "parent empowerment" measure, was narrowly defeated last year in the Legislature. This year's version is as divisive as 2012's,
The bill has the backing of influential lawmakers and influential education reform groups,...