Breaking News-December, 2012

California encourages business flight

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012 By Joseph Perkins Employees at Chevron’s San Ramon corporate headquarters received an unexpected email yesterday. It notified them that a quarter of their jobs are being moved from California to Texas. The oil giant, the Golden State’s largest corporation, offered no detailed ex...

School bond abuses: Ignoring the motive behind the scandals

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Dec. 19, 2012 By Chris Reed The California media are finally beginning to figure out that school bonds are being abused, with money being borrowed on horrible terms or with funds being spent on things that school bonds historically have never been spent on. But even on the best education blogs, t...

LAUSD board confirms its union-occupied status

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012 By Chris Reed When I heard that the Los Angeles Unified school board had passed a resolution barring its superintendent from seeking grants without board approval, I was 10,000 percent certain it was because John Deasy had sought funding that had strings attached related to teacher p...

CalPERS’ new shtick: Ripping CalPERS = ripping retirees. Groan.

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Dec. 17, 2012 By Chris Reed The California Public Employees' Retirement System is a piece of work. For years, it has downplayed the pension crisis, ignored its central role in the crisis by encouraging a 50 percent retroactive giveaway to all state employees in 1999, and depicted its critics as ha...

Teacher unions the enemies of ‘social justice,’ not the champions

Friday, December 14th, 2012
Teacher unions the enemies of ‘social justice,’ not the champions

Dec. 14, 2012 By Chris Reed Here's the intro to my take for City Journal on the absurdity of the California Federation of Teachers pretending to care about minorities. "The online premiere last week of the California Federation of Teachers’ short cartoon, 'Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale...

Nanny staters’ school lunch debacle, chapter 237

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Dec. 10, 2012 By Chris Reed This Associated Press story about student uprisings against federal school-lunch rules is one more reminder of how oblivious the statist left is about how people think. Of course kids want filling meals -- not meals that Michelle Obama would adjudge as sufficient and ch...

Will school finance scams be addressed? One of two at best

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Dec. 9, 2012 By Chris Reed The push is on to gut Proposition 13, with the nominal rationale being the urgent need to help public education by making it easier to pass parcel taxes. But will the Democratic lawmakers behind this first do anything about two huge education finance scandals? I explore ...

EdSource look at superintendent turnover ignores union elephant

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Dec. 8, 2012 By Chris Reed There are none so blind as those who will not see. EdSource does a 1,500-word analysis of a new study showing far higher turnover of superintendents in large school districts than smaller ones in California, discusses several theories, but never even mentions the fact th...

Schools chief who tolerates bond scams wants to float own bond

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed The use of 30-year school "construction" bonds to pay for routine maintenance and short-lived electronics like laptops is a huge, ongoing, but basically uncovered scandal in California. Since automatic annual pay raises for most teachers don't get suspended when revenue ...

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