Education

iPads in LAUSD just small part of CA school bond scandals

Monday, February 17th, 2014
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The GOP assemblyman who's upset about the misuse of 25-year borrowing to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of  iPads in Los Angeles Unified has an unfortunately narrow perspective on the problem. But at least Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, is on the right track. If he regularl...

1/4 of Americans believe the sun revolves around earth

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

It's hard to think of any more damning condemnation of American "education" than this. These people also vote, including for more tax money for more miseducation. And remember, California's education system is near the bottom of a U.S. system, which is near the bottom on international testing. From ...

‘Subsidiarity’: About broad push for local control? Or upping teacher pay?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Joel Fox has an analysis piece at Fox & Hounds that looks at the governor's push for "subsidiarity" on education policy and wonders if what Jerry Brown is touting will segue to a larger agenda: "... is there a next phase to this move toward subsidiarity? "Does this mean that more funding sho...

Taxpayer-funded union programs: Scams and scandals

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

In a state with normal standards of honesty and transparency, the idea that millions of dollars in public funds could be used without any scrutiny for many years at a time would seem goofy. But that's in a normal government. In California, where hegemonic union power is a de facto constant of l...

Senate Ed committee balances school needs, parents, unions and worms

Friday, January 17th, 2014

At a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, a dirty little secret about the Capitol came out. There are apparently worms in the drinking fountains. SB 687 was on the agenda in the education committee. The bill would allow school districts to permit adults to volunteer time or res...

CTA wins: Brown lobbies to weaken own school-funding reform

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown made a surprise appearance Thursday at a State Board of Education meeting to call for board members -- most of whom he appointed -- to approve loophole-ridden regulations for the implementation of the sweeping education funding changes Brown got enacted last year. To no one's surpri...

Brown: No teachers' pension fix until after November election

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has a basic problem when it comes to the California State Teachers' Retirement System: the most powerful forces in state politics oppose the standard fix for an underfunded pension system, even if it is now enshrined in state law. The Legislature sets the contribution rate...

Bullet train fans learn CA enviros’ clout trumps building, trades unions

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

A few years ago, I began to think about how California's state government operated in terms of Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a famous 1943 paper about how humans prioritize what's important in their lives, starting with the basics -- the physical requirements for survival -- and moving up a list to t...

West Covina public school allegedly bans Jesus

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Isaiah Martinez is just a little kid. But he's quickly learning about what is and what is not allowed in California public schools. KTLA reported: "A religious liberty advocacy group has threatened legal action against the West Covina school district because a first-grade student was allegedly...

Court thwarts CA officials’ cynical race-racket coverup

Friday, December 20th, 2013
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Chief Justice John Roberts' 2009 opinion calling government racial quotas a "sordid business" hits the spot. Sordid also pretty much describes all government racial maneuvering and gamesmanship. Consider the case now playing out in California courts: "SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a bitter fight over...