Education

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...

Latino assemblyman: Asians not ‘people of color’

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
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The increasing rift between Latino and Asian Democrats over Latinos' newly revived interest in gutting Proposition 209 took a funny twist in the Sacramento Bee. So much for the Rainbow Coalition -- it turns out that one lawmaker thinks Asian-Americans are no longer "of color": "When Luis Alejo appl...

Supreme Court effectively upholds CA affirmative-action ban

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
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Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: "There is no authority in the federal constitution or in the [courts'] precedents for the judiciary to set aside Michigan laws that commit to the voters the determination whether racial preferen...