California

How California's Education Politics Brought Me to Tears, Again

You know how Tom Hanks’ character in “A League of Their Own” insists that there’s “no crying in baseball”? For the most part, that’s how I feel about education reform. There’s too much that’s sad or...

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Charter Schools

Integration Is Hard, But These Schools Are Doing It

When was the last time you walked into a school and saw a rainbow of students of different races and ethnicities? For me, this has happened only a few times during my 10 years of working in public...

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Charter Schools

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Ramona Patrick on Diversity and Busy Summers

Ramona Patrick is the founding principal of Citizens of the World, Silver Lake in Los Angeles. The Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWCS) network reflect the socioeconomic, racial and cultural...

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California

Coffee Break: L.A. School Board Candidate on Downward Dogs, Underdogs and Finding His ‘Happy Place’

Nick Melvoin is an ed reformer running to represent District 4 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board. He is a former LAUSD teacher and, as my Jewish mother would say, quite a...

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California

Are Black and Latino Students Stuck With Low-Performing Teachers? Vergara Might Give Us an Answer

I used to teach in a Los Angeles Unified school, so the Vergara court case about teacher tenure is not just an abstract legal decision to me. It’s personal. That’s why I joined some 80 other...

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