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Failing education, lawsuits and parental choice

Failing education, lawsuits and parental choice

. . By Larry Sand . Americans are shockingly weak in civics. The latest Annenberg Public Policy Center survey finds that only 39 percent could name the three branches of U.S. government and less than one-quarter know that Congress has to muster a two-thirds vote to override a presidential veto. The results are in line with a study […]

Teacher union mandates lead to teacher shortages

Teacher union mandates lead to teacher shortages

By Larry Sand . In my post last week, I gave ample proof that the claim of a nationwide teacher shortage is bogus. For example, in California, where the  teachers unions insist that teachers are “leaving the profession in unprecedented numbers,” there is no widespread shortage. In fact, according to the California Department of Education, there are shortages in […]

Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

    By Larry Sand Last week, two seemingly sure-shot bills were deep-sixed in the California legislature. AB 1506 would have placed a ceiling on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – the magic number being those in existence at the end of this year. A new school could open only if another had closed. […]

Teach For America, not California

Teach For America, not California

  By Larry Sand Assembly Bill 221 in California would prohibit school districts from entering into a contract with a third-party organization that employs teachers “who commit to teaching in the organization for less than five years.” This is an obvious bullet aimed at Teach For America, whose name was invoked but then removed from an earlier […]

Chartercide in California

Chartercide in California

    By Larry Sand Yet another group of angry teachers has made charter schools the focus of their wrath. The seven-day teacher strike, which ended in Oakland last week, was replete with typical teacher union demands like higher pay and smaller class sizes, and the au courant enemy target: charter schools. The final agreement includes a stipulation […]

United Teachers Los Angeles’s crisis is here

United Teachers Los Angeles’s crisis is here

    By Larry Sand Union boss’ orchestrated state crisis is well underway in Los Angeles.  United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl’s long sought-after teachers’ strike is set for January 10th. He began the long march back in 2016 when he forecast a walkout and also boasted about the union’s ability to “create a state crisis” […]

California Public Schools to Teach LGBTQQIAA Dogma to 3rd Graders

California Public Schools to Teach LGBTQQIAA Dogma to 3rd Graders

By Larry Sand In 2016, several doctors tore into new guidelines that promoted transgenderism in the Canadian province of Alberta. They refused to accept the new orthodoxy advanced by progressive activists that “gender is a social construct,” and insisted that identifying one’s gender as different from one’s biological sex is a disorder akin to anorexia. As the […]

California Ed-doctrination

California Ed-doctrination

  By Larry Sand Recently in southern California, a public high school student was given an assignment in English class to pick an issue and make an argument for and against it. The 16-year-old decided to do her essay on the Dreamers. But her teacher rejected the topic, telling her that there was no argument […]

No dues without political representation

No dues without political representation

  By Larry Sand A few years back I was on a panel with then California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, who mentioned during his talk that about 35 percent of his union’s membership was Republican which is roughly the way the rest of the state lines up politically. That means there are about 100,000 right-of-center teachers […]

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

    By Stephen Frank and Larry Sand  (Editor’s Note: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in favor of Mark Janus in his case v. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.) The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling against mandatory public union membership—requiring agency fees of non-members—means that large unions such as the California […]

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