A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

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Apr 27th, 2011
Brad Olsen | 08:27 AM | Teachers
The Not-so-Distant Past   In California in 1985 a first-class stamp cost $0.20, a dozen eggs cost $1.19, and motorists gasped when the price of a gallon of gas hit $1.20. Three top-selling albums that year were Wham!, Phil Collins’ No Jacket Required, and the Soundtrack to Miami Vice (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQDU-2qMre0).   Educational debates about teaching and teachers were different too. Remember...
Apr 24th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 11:07 PM | School & District Reform
Two of the gurus of the Internet age have written a charming, compelling, and ultimately romantic book about what learning could be.    In the opening pages of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown lay out the dimensions of “arc of life” learning “which comprises the activities in our daily lives that keeps...
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Apr 21st, 2011
William Perez | 03:14 PM | Immigration & ELL
                                 This blog post is part 1 of 3.  For part two click here; for part three click here.   Last week, I attended two conferences that led me to give serious thought to the issue of educational access for English...
Apr 18th, 2011
Brad Olsen | 11:05 AM | School & District Reform
I had a nice time at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting last week in New Orleans. For the uninitiated: AERA is a yearly conference in which over 12,000 researchers, educationalists, and policymakers descend on some North American city for five days to discuss their work, deliver papers, and talk about the current state of education. Given that it also happened to be the weekend of the annual...
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Apr 18th, 2011
Mona Vakilifathi | 10:52 AM
Budget Updates   Governor Brown continues to travel throughout the state to promote and generate support among educators for a special election this June regarding his budget proposal and the tax extensions, as reported by The Sacramento Bee, in two articles here and here; the Press-Telegram; the L.A. Times; and The San Francisco Chronicle in two articles, here and here. After his first visit in Riverside, Brown is...