Education

Vergara’s grim implications for CA Dems ignored

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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When Asian-American lawmakers objected to efforts by black and Latino lawmakers to gut Proposition 209 and bring racial quotas back to college admissions and other state government programs, the California media thought that was news. Nexis shows 85 stories about the proposed changes to Prop. 209 in...

Three powerful liberal papers hail Vergara ruling

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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That the Vergara vs. California ruling last week is a landmark that will affect U.S. public education going forward -- even if it is appealed and thrown out -- is a general consensus among the pundits and education experts I've read. Of course, union officials disagree. And so do many of the tired ...

UTLA boss goes Orwell: Teachers=students

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Tuesday's historic Vergara vs. California ruling was likened to Brown vs. Board of Education by none other than Rolf Treu, the judge who issued the decision. But has anyone noticed how quiet Latino Democrats are about the ruling, outside of Antonio Villaraigosa and Gloria Romero? I asked Assemblywom...

The left-wing theory driving Vergara ruling

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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A point that hasn't been made nearly enough by the MSM is that the Vergara vs. California ruling rejecting the state's lax teacher tenure practices depends on a legal doctrine associated with lefty causes. That doctrine deals with "disparate impact" and holds that if a seemingly neutral law has the...

Post-Vergara: Civil war possible among CA Dems

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
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The Vergara storm is coming, and I've got a feeling that it's going to be gigantic. The ruling's potential impact on California public education -- and public education nationally -- could be immense. Even if it doesn't stand, it will inspire similar lawsuits everywhere, and similar concerns abou...

Changing CA politics: What’s the biggest potential shift?

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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The open-primary success of relatively moderate GOP candidates in statewide races has prompted lots of thumbsucker punditry lately. For example, Dan Walters sees Tuesday's results as suggesting a mild GOP comeback. There's also the evidence that the Legislature isn't as wacky as it used to be sin...

CA Dems may finally have CTA vs. Latino showdown

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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As I've written many times over the years -- here's one example -- the stability and durability of the California Democratic coalition is downright peculiar. Why? Because the interests of its richest, most powerful faction -- the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teach...

CSU ‘student success fees’ an obnoxious surcharge

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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California lawmakers of both parties have long been upset that UC and CSU leaders look to raise tuition as option number one during budget headaches instead of scrutinizing their operating budgets for fat. But for poor students, at least tuition hikes are often offset by tuition waiver programs. ...

How rich: CTA parent group struggles with pension costs

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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The following news nugget almost has an Onion feel to it, it's such a perfect commentary on the aggressively dishonest Maviglian/union narrative about pension affordability. But it's legit. The California Teachers Association has spent years depicting complaints about the costs of pensions as bei...

CalSTRS bailout will be CA version of budget sequester

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

On April 10, 2012, I wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Daily News with an unusual take on what ultimately would kill the bullet train. My theory was that the teachers unions would fight to keep a new mouth from the trough of the general fund because of the long-term need to maintain a status quo in which ...