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L.A. Teachers Union: Give us $250 Million, Or Keep Schools Closed

L.A. Teachers Union: Give us $250 Million, Or Keep Schools Closed

    By Edward Ring The second-largest public school district in the United States is in turmoil. Los Angeles Unified School District, with over 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at over 1,000 schools, may not be open for the business of teaching on August 18. How to handle the COVID-19 pandemic is the issue, and there […]

The Orange County Classical Academy is Going to Transform Education in California

The Orange County Classical Academy is Going to Transform Education in California

    By Edward Ring In barely one month, 360 elementary school students will begin attending a new charter school that offers a dramatic departure from the failed public education model in California. The Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA) will open its doors to kindergarten through 5th-grade students, and apart from the student demographics, nothing about this school […]

You Can’t Dim Independence Day in the Golden State

You Can’t Dim Independence Day in the Golden State

Indoor activities re-restricted: Using the metaphor of a “dimmer switch,” Gov. Newsom banned indoor restaurants and activities once again this week in response to surging Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. While the lights are off at small businesses across the state, beaches are also closed for the Fourth of July weekend in many parts of the state. Despite these […]

The looming school reopening nightmare

The looming school reopening nightmare

  By Larry Sand, California Policy Center The tortured plan to open schools in the fall should convince parents to homeschool if at all possible.  Kids who don’t like going to school in California – and there are plenty of them – are going to be absolutely miserable when schools reopen in 3 or so […]

Public Education is Changing Forever

Public Education is Changing Forever

    By Edward Ring The COVID pandemic has closed public schools for over two months, with no end in sight. This represents a seismic disruption to a system that was already strained. Before the pandemic lockdown, public schools in California faced financial insolvency, woeful failures to educate (especially in low income communities), and a parent […]

School Choice Ascending

School Choice Ascending

    By Larry Sand, California Policy Center The left-right debate about how to improve education in the U.S. often comes down to money v. school choice. Many on the left bemoan the fact that we don’t “invest” more in education. It doesn’t help to point out that we already spend over $700 billion; there is […]

A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

A different kind of pandemic is stalking California’s cities

By California Policy Center If you’re looking for dark entertainment, you could do worse than the reality show unfolding throughout California. First, state and local officials supported the nearly total shutdown of the state’s economy as a necessary response to Covid-19. That killed the sales and other tax revenues that are the life’s blood of local […]

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

Public Sector Unions Continue Their Attack on Property Rights in California

    By Edward Ring California’s legislature is controlled by Democratic super-majorities in both houses. These Democrat politicians, in turn, are controlled by public sector unions. They are now considering Assembly Bill 828, which will empower courts to summarily reduce rents by up to 25 percent and create additional barriers to the eviction process. Passage of this law would […]

How the Homeless Industrial Complex Will Destroy Venice Beach

How the Homeless Industrial Complex Will Destroy Venice Beach

    By Edward Ring “I intend on putting in another proposal in the next week or two that asks the city to look at the federal bailout or stimulus funds we’ll be getting as a result of this crisis…and using some of that to either buy hotels that go belly up or to buy the […]

Huntington Beach denies pandemic reality, dispenses pay raises

Huntington Beach denies pandemic reality, dispenses pay raises

    By Edward Ring On Monday, April 6 the Huntington Beach City Council voted to increase pay for its police officers and city employees. The cost for these raises over the next three years is estimated at $5 million. In a city that reported general revenues of $188 million in the fiscal year ended June 2019, this raise can […]

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