The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges had fought to close City College of San Francisco, only to find its own policies come under harsh public scrutiny.
When American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten traveled the country during her annual national back-to-school tour this year, she purposely weighted her itinerary with stops at schools whose parents had overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump.
There are well over a hundred specialized STEM schools and programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. So why are a handful of California politicians pushing to create a state-run STEM school in L.A.?
A low-turnout Los Angeles election, which set a new record as the most expensive school board contest in U.S. history, resulted in a 57-43 percent victory margin for an affable defender of “school choice.”
UC President Janet Napolitano had once seemed ready to raise working standards, but today, say her critics, she runs the 10-campus system like a business.
A new charter school in affluent Ross Valley marks the latest chapter in California’s education wars.
Does anyone really want a handful of corporations, the likes of McDonald’s and Burger King, teaching children and locking people up in prison?
A state report has criticized Alliance College-Ready Public Schools’ compliance level with federal student privacy rules during an anti-union campaign. BY BILL RADEN
A new study shows that tax dollars have been used to create privately held real estate empires — charter school properties that, because they aren’t owned by the public, could, theoretically, one day be converted into luxury condominiums or shopping complexes.
Like many Southern cities, Clinton, Mississippi, bears the scars of American slavery. A road cutting through the city’s center marks a key route used by slave traders in the decades before the Civil War.
Last month a seven-member panel met in the state Capitol to discuss the calamitous funding situation of the California State University system. BY SETH SANDRONSKY
Capital & Main reports on the high-wire act of Donald Trump’s controversial choice for education secretary, and the Republicans who must choose between the president and the interests of their constituents.
Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Education, certainly has an opinion. Despite never having taught in, managed, or attended a public school, DeVos believes that public school children should be in private hands.
In a sign that California is quickly emerging as the nation’s progressive conscience-in-exile, a new Los Angeles education-reform group has launched an ambitious initiative that it claims could close historic student achievement gaps at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Our concluding roundup of Capital & Main’s best features of 2016 includes profiles of public school teachers who drive for Uber to make ends meet and the story of one Los Angeles charter school that failed after it chose an ex-football player with no educational experience to run it. See stories in Part One and Part Two.
Today we continue our look back at Capital & Main’s best work of 2016. Stories focus on the “shared economy,” the affordable housing crisis, legalized marijuana and charter schools.
In 2014, when teachers at Los Angeles’ Jefferson High School opened their own charter school, the Student Empowerment Academy, they hoped to bring the larger world into their classrooms. They got more than they bargained for. BY ROBIN UREVICH
One clear winner to emerge from Tuesday’s statewide election was California education. Proposition 55, the wealth-tax initiative, swept to victory with a 62 percent approval margin. Its passage will extend until 2030 Proposition 30’s emergency stabilization funding passed by voters in 2012.
For two decades businessman Bill Bloomfield has poured millions of dollars into political campaigns, and supported George W. Bush, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. He has also used his personal wealth to back former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the gubernatorial effort of GOP candidate Meg Whitman.
Joel Warner reports on the Netflix CEO’s attempts to disrupt public education.