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School bond abuses: Ignoring the motive behind the scandals 8

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

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LAUSD board confirms its union-occupied status 2

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

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More ‘educators,’ less education 29

Dec. 17, 2012 By Katy Grimes I attended California public schools, kindergarten through college, starting in the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. While I don’t claim to have received a brilliant education, I did receive a solid liberal arts

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CalPERS’ new shtick: Ripping CalPERS = ripping retirees. Groan. 70

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

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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’

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Nanny staters’ school lunch debacle, chapter 237 4

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

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Will school finance scams be addressed? One of two at best 4

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

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EdSource look at superintendent turnover ignores union elephant 1

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

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Schools chief who tolerates bond scams wants to float own bond 5

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

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