Education

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 ...

A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It's insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas' Latino and black students do better than California's in K-12 test scores such as the NAEP....

Radicals almost burned alive UC official faulted for Occupy response

Monday, May 19th, 2014
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As the left's thoughtcrime offensive gears up, the latest victim is former UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgenau, who backed out of a speaking role at Haverford University graduation ceremonies after campus "progressives" demanded it. They're upset over Birgenau's response to Occupy protests on hi...

Brown’s CalSTRS fix hammers districts, protects teachers

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Contrary to the impression given by some of the current coverage of Sacramento's attempts to shore up the California State Teachers' Retirement System, the underfunding problem hasn't been completely ignored for all these years. Here's what I wrote about the last serious attempt to change a broken f...

TX routs CA in education test scores

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Every time I write or speak on a radio show favorably about Texas compared with California, I get harsh online comments, emails and phone calls. The usual theme isn't just that California is a nicer place to live. It's that Texas is a hellhole compared with just about anywhere -- a place that hates ...

Honors belie years of gloom-and-doom talk about UC system

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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For at least seven years, we've heard University of California officials and Democratic lawmakers describe budget "cuts" at UC as being so devastating they threatened the system's elite reputation. I recall hearing surrogates for Jerry Brown say in 2010 that the choice between his gubernatorial cand...