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Whose Children Are These?

Whose Children Are These?

by Larry Sand | City Journal California has a long history of “firsts.” The Golden State was home to the first computer, the first movie theater, and the first McDonalds. Sadly, the state is now leading the nation in stripping parents of their childrearing authority. For starters, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a vaccine mandate on […]

America’s Public Schools And Its Education Leaders Are Under An Immediate Threat From Parents, According To The National School Boards Association And Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland.

America’s Public Schools And Its Education Leaders Are Under An Immediate Threat From Parents, According To The National School Boards Association And Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland.

by Larry Sand | California Policy Center In a story straight out of the “No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up” file, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden on September 29, in which the organization contends that there is a serious threat to our “schools and […]

It’s Time To End Government-Run Schooling

It’s Time To End Government-Run Schooling

by Larry Sand The National Center for Education Statistics recently published K-12 enrollment data for the 2020–21 school year, and it showed a 3% drop – about 1.5 million kids from the previous year. With a total k–12 enrollment of about 51 million students in the U.S., that equates to a loss of 1.5 million children. The […]

California’s Misguided Education Spending

California’s Misguided Education Spending

By Larry Sand   According to the Census Bureau, California spends $15,837 per K-12 pupil, ranking 19th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. In 2019, the state spent about $79 billion on education, yet these expenditures have done little in the way of improving its schools. And a new “deluge of state and federal […]

California’s Misguided Education Priorities

California’s Misguided Education Priorities

by: Larry Sand For Kids & Country According to the U.S. Census Bureau, California spends $15,837 per k-12 pupil on education, which puts us 19th out of the 50 states and D.C. All and all, the state spent about $79 billion in 2019. But this is now old news. A new “deluge of state and federal funding” is […]

Defective Bargaining

Defective Bargaining

By Larry Sand In a recent opinion piece in The Epoch Times, veteran writer John Seiler put forth a set of strategies for a Republican to beat California Governor Gavin Newsom in the state’s September 14th recall election. Among other things, he suggests that the challengers should “pick just one issue and stick to it no matter what. It should involve […]

Masking Students And Unmasking The Radical Agenda

Masking Students And Unmasking The Radical Agenda

By Larry Sand The new school year is still weeks away in California, but summer break has hardly been a carefree romp on the beach. On July 12th, the California Department of Public Health, ignoring CDC guidance, announced that all students and adults – vaccinated or not – must wear masks inside school buildings. Then […]

The Charming City By The Bay Has Some Serious Edu-Warts That Need To Be Excised

The Charming City By The Bay Has Some Serious Edu-Warts That Need To Be Excised

Column By Larry Sand San Francisco is a magical city. My first visit there was in 1969 as a New York city college kid on winter break, and I was enthralled. I was there again in 1996 on my honeymoon, and several times since, and have always found the city to have an amazing vibrancy rivaled […]

Oy vey, Randi!

Oy vey, Randi!

COLUMN By Larry Sand Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of missives to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. The first six can be accessed here. Oy vey, old friend! As you well know, I have written several heartfelt emails to you over the years, pointing out my concern over […]

Commentary | Science With the Union Label

Commentary | Science With the Union Label

COLUMN By Larry Sand Despite the reopening happy talk, more than half of all California’s k-12 students remain in distance learning. While schools in California have reopened, a study by EdSource reveals that 55 percent of all public school students in California have not returned to their physical classroom. And just 13 percent of all students in […]

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