Michael Collier is a contributing writer and editor at EdSource, whose responsibilities include covering key reforms and issues in public education in California. Before coming to EdSource, Michael worked as an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, most recently as politics editor. He also worked as an editor and reporter at the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. He led award-winning projects including shining a light on delays in San Francisco’s 911 medical response system, the roots of deadly crime in Oakland and how Silicon Valley’s housing booms have forced middle-class residents to relocate. Michael grew up in Oregon in a family of educators. He is an alum of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Traditional classroom design is still the norm in Silicon Valley schools, especially at the high school level.
February 16, 2017
Superintendents who lead districts where they grew up say they are motivated by a yearning to honor their mentors who nurtured them along the way.
December 11, 2016
An EdSource survey of the state’s 30 largest districts shows that in 17 out of 30 districts, the superintendents have been in office for three years or less.
November 6, 2016
Four superintendents appointed in 2016 discuss their leadership approaches.
November 6, 2016
Superintendent emphasizes the importance of health.
September 26, 2016
A voter-approved state sentencing law has cut the time students spend in court schools.
September 1, 2016
Preschool teachers paid about half of what kindergarten teachers make.
June 14, 2016
Students learn science with binoculars and a note pad.
April 19, 2016
Assessments would be administered to students in Spring 2019.
March 9, 2016
Quality ratings vary widely from county to county.
March 6, 2016
The funding would boost teacher training and build partnerships.
February 9, 2016
A ruling in the case is expected within the next 90 days.
January 27, 2016
Education officials reported a shortage in nearly every subject area.
December 21, 2015
Some districts are using summaries and graphic elements.
November 6, 2015
The Early Math Family Engagement Project emphasizes the role of parents.
October 6, 2015
The program is part of a statewide effort focused on early education.
August 5, 2015
With state money limited, local officials try new approaches.
June 10, 2015
A new program aims to boost reading skills and close the achievement gap.
May 27, 2015
The program focuses on developing students’ language abilities.
April 30, 2015
Providers who lost their homes are back in business.
April 21, 2015
K-2 assessments changing to adapt to the Common Core.
March 19, 2015
As preschool costs rise, so does stress on middle-income families.
March 4, 2015
California is receiving nearly $1 billion for early learning programs.
February 18, 2015
In a sign of how much term limits are affecting the legislative process in California, freshman legislators have been appointed to chair four out of six key committees handling education and children's issues – even though they had no prior experience as lawmakers in the state Capital.
February 5, 2015
President Barack Obama, addressing the surging cost of child care that burdens most parents, proposed in his State of the Union speech to significantly expand child tax credits to help ease the costs to middle-class families.
January 21, 2015
For the first time in California, thousands of early-learning centers across the state, from preschools to licensed child-care centers and homes, are in the process of implementing a common system to rate the quality of their programs.
January 19, 2015
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he will expand the city’s Preschool for All program after voters in November approved a ballot measure to help fund public education and children’s services for a quarter-century.