Education

Behind push against truancy/absenteeism: unions’ money hunt

Monday, August 4th, 2014

What is by far the single most important factor in how California government functions? I stand by my theory that I wrote up last year for Cal Watchdog: Like Neo figuring out how life was coded to work in “The Matrix,” everything about California politics is much easier to understand once you r...

CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

Monday, July 14th, 2014
CA law promoting school choice, competition barely used

Advocates of education choice in California have been fighting the good fight for decades. They've gotten nowhere with school vouchers but have a strong record with charters -- albeit a record that requires a constant struggle to defend against the hostility of teacher unions. The U.S. Education ...

Four years of JC down the drain

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
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One of the best lines in the 1978 comedy "Animal House" occurs when the Delta frat rats have been thrown off campus, and Bluto groans, "Seven years of college down the drain." I was reminded of that when reading this report on how the median California community college student took 4.1 years to...

Wretched teacher discipline law: CTA shows it’s still in charge

Friday, June 27th, 2014

More than three years after appalling evidence emerged that a teacher at a school in an impoverished neighborhood in south Los Angeles had been feeding semen-laced food to his students, California finally has a law on the books that makes it easier to fire such perverts. In 2011, L.A. Unified admini...

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...