Education

Will young CA justices use Vergara case to audition for SCOTUS?

Saturday, December 27th, 2014
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The Volokh Conspiracy, the wonderful legal blog founded by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, had a provocative post about what might happen now that Gov. Jerry Brown has named three acclaimed youngish scholars to the California Supreme Court. George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr writ...

Call her Prof. Dr. Big Sis

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

It was Matt Drudge who dubbed Janet Napolitano "Big Sis" when she was the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Given her duties of spying on Americans and repressing us in the strangely Teutonic-sounding "homeland/heimat" department, it was a play on Big Brother in Orwell's "1984." T...

Teacher pay raises gobble up Prop 30, LCFF funds

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which temporarily raised sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the wealthy. The measure was sold with the promise it would directly help public education. It was "for the kids." In 2013, the California Legislature approved a dramatic chang...

Should U.C. be ‘independent’?

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

As I've noted in two recent posts, here and here, 50 years after the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, there's no more academic freedom or free speech at California universities. Only politically correct repression. Meanwhile, costs are soaring for students and parents. U.C. President Janet Napolita...

50 years after the Berkeley Free Speech Movement

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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It's been 50 years today since Mario Savio gave his "put your bodies upon the gears" speech at the University of California, Berkeley, the best remembered part of the Free Speech Movement. He attacked the university administration for running the school like a machine, with the students the produc...

Protesters reject UC tuition hike

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

California witnessed protests not just against the grand-jury verdict in the Ferguson, Mo. situation. Students here also are protesting the proposed hike in tuition at the University of California advanced by President Janet Napolitano. Reported the Times: In Berkeley, scores of students and co...

How Gov. Brown could ace Napolitano on U.C. tuition

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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As Chris Reed noted last week, U.C. President Janet Napolitano has another thing coming if she thinks she can push a huge U.C. tuition hike past Gov. Jerry Brown. L.A. Times columnist George Skelton just agreed in a column titled, "Gov. Jerry Brown has plenty of weapons to fight UC's Janet Napolita...

Upbeat LAO report lacks key focus: CalSTRS bailout cost

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The Legislative Analyst's Office released an analysis of state revenue this week that suggests the state won't suffer when temporary tax hikes expire. This is from AP: SACRAMENTO -- A steadily improving economy will buffer California's budget from a drop in revenue expected when temporary tax hikes...

Jerry Brown about to annihilate UC president on tuition hikes

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Jerry Brown about to annihilate naif UC president on tuition hikes

Aficionados of California politics are going to be in for a fun exercise over the next month or two. Gov. Jerry Brown is absolutely going to annihilate UC President Janet Napolitano in their fight over her proposal to get UC regents to commit to five years of annual 5 percent tuition increases unles...

UC Regents approve tuition increase despite Gov. Brown objecting

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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A University of California Board of Regents committee voted to increase tuition at least 5 percent every year for five years despite widespread objection from students and Governor Jerry Brown. The vote was 7-2, with Brown, who serves as a member of the board by virtue of his governorship, and St...