Modest-seeming CalSTRS pension estimate lacks key context

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers do a good job of promoting the narrative that state teacher pensions are very modest at best. It's true that there aren't the same type of outrageous stories that we see in local and state government about police chiefs,...

Teachers win Torlakson battle, but does Brown want them to win war?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's defeat of reformer and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck on Tuesday prompted analysis pieces that outlined how California's union-dominated education establishment had rang up another win. While Tuesday night was grim for liberals, embattled t...

CTA pours extra money into Torlakson-Tuck race

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Polls have shown the race between Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson and fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck to be within the margin of error, but I'm hearing there was a big infusion of CTA funds to run attack ads Monday night. That suggests internal polls have the Torlakson camp worried. ...

Izumi study sparks law promoting online learning

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Grove letter

Maybe things actually are starting to change for the better in California's embattled public schools. The latest: Kids who enroll in virtual or online charter schools now can continue their studies even if they move out of their original school district. The change idea came from Lance Izumi in ...

After 13 months on job, UC President Napolitano already seems restless

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

It has been 13 months since Janet Napolitano took over as president of University of California system. The former homeland security chief for the Obama administration has just dropped her second big hint in as many months that she's ready to move on -- or at the very least that she does not conside...

Fiasco at all-minority L.A. high school validates Vergara argument

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The immense fiasco at 100 percent minority Jefferson High School in Los Angeles underscores the findings of Judge Rolf Treu in the Vergara case that minority students are treated awfully in the L.A. Unified School District. This is from the latest coverage this week by the Los Angeles Times: The...

Biden due in L.A. to tout minimum-wage hike — commuters, beware

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Monday, Joe Biden was in Nevada touting a hike in the minimum wage as the key to fighting income inequality. Today, the vice president will be in Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcetti offering the same spiel before heading to a Bakersfield fundraiser. But there are a few problems with this narrati...

Torlakson continues lying about teacher-discipline law AB 215

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Tom Torlakson supports a status quo in which an average of 2.2 of the state's 275,000 public school teachers are fired each year for incompetence -- a figure so ridiculous you barely need to add context. It shows the public school system is run for the adult employees, not the students. Y...

Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
Language of teacher discipline bill shows Torlakson’s deceit At a little bit after the 51-minute mark of a forum in Los Angeles last week with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck, the candidates are asked a question from the audience about the Vergara ruling, which is described a...

In debate, Torlakson misrepresents teacher-discipline bill

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson debated challenger Marshall Tuck on Wednesday night and once again found himself on the defensive over the teacher tenure laws targeted in the Vergara decision. Cabinet Report details how Tuck went after ... ... Torlakson’s support of teach...