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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 […]

Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

Commentary | Taxing Californians’ patience – Killing Prop 13

. . . By Larry Sand . There is yet another potential tax grab coming to California in the form of a school bond, which will be on the March 3rd ballot. The ironically named Prop. 13, a “School and College Facilities Bond,” would authorize $15 billion in general obligation bonds for school and college facilities. The […]

Elizabeth Warren’s “No Teachers Union Left behind” Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s “No Teachers Union Left behind” Campaign

.. . .. . By Larry Sand . As I wrote back in May, the Democratic presidential contenders were battling each other fiercely to score the endorsement of the nation’s teachers unions. The anointment comes with cash, free ads and hordes of activists ready to rumble. As of now, it would seem that Elizabeth Warren is the […]

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 […]

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