How do you make schools better, so they produce armies of working taxpayers who keep the republic afloat?
There's little agreement, as Tuesday's court decision on California's teacher tenure rules proved again. L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy applauded the decision in the Vergara case, which found laws governing teacher job protections to be unconstitutional. But the teacher union's president-elect, Alex Caputo-Pearl, called the Superior Court ruling "an attack on teachers" and students.
So you can expect a long and bitter appeals process, and you can expect campuses to remain philosophical and political war zones in the meantime, with enduring differences as to whether any deficiencies are the result of too little money, lousy management, uninspired teaching or socio-economic realities.