| Aug 13, 2014
| 10:30 PM
Michelle Rhee, the controversial education figure and founder of the influential advocacy group StudentsFirst, announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as chief executive of the organization.
Rhee, who served as Washington D.C. schools chancellor...
| 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...
| 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 22, 2014
| 5:01 PM
— Newly named to head Baltimore's public schools, Gregory E. Thornton has unfinished business in the district he is leaving behind after 31/2 tumultuous years.
Wearing a red T-shirt, he arrived Friday at a school where, to peals of laughter, the...
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| Apr 3, 2014
Without a doubt, California's poor and minority schoolchildren get more than their share of ineffective, unmotivated and demoralized teachers.
But are the state laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal and layoffs now under attack in a Los Angeles court...
| 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...