Pension crisis divides CA Dems on UC tuition hikes

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

A 14-7 vote Thursday by the full University of California Board of Regents made it official: Golden State Democrats are deeply divided on tuition increases, thanks to the intractable politics of underfunded pensions. On one side are Democrats who favored the increases, including UC Preside...

UC Regents approve tuition increase despite Gov. Brown objecting

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

A University of California Board of Regents committee voted to increase tuition at least 5 percent every year for five years despite widespread objection from students and Governor Jerry Brown. The vote was 7-2, with Brown, who serves as a member of the board by virtue of his governorship, and St...

VIDEO: Teachers unions, Common Core and other roadblocks to reform

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: Teachers unions, Common Core and other roadblocks to reform

Cal Watchdog's James Poulos interviews filmmaker Bob Bowdon about the national trends in school choice and bottom-up solutions for education reform. ...

Deasy resignation continues LAUSD turmoil

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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John Deasy's recent resignation as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District ends three years of controversy. But a cloud of chalk dust remains over the mammoth district's future. Deasy conceded his policies sowed sharp disagreements. And a conciliatory statement by the...

Brown struggles to hit education stride

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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With education becoming a major state issue just in time for the election, Gov. Jerry Brown has found himself in an uncharacteristic position. The often unflappable governor, who has prided himself on following the beat of his own drum, has been ensnared in an ongoing debate among Democrats. At i...

VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

Monday, September 29th, 2014
NEW: VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

CalWatchdog's Brian Calle talks to Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen about the lessons the GOP has learned in California. Can the Golden State GOP build a winning coalition based on education reform? ...

CTA battles CA Democrats

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In a surprise twist this election season, the CTA and its backers, across a number of pressing issues, have adopted positions at odds with powerful Democratic incumbents and newcomers. The catalyst was the Vergara v. California case. Education scholar Joshua Lewis summarized it in the Washington ...

VIDEO: Can “Parent Trigger” Fix Our Schools?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
VIDEO: Can “Parent Trigger” Fix Our Schools?

With the invention of the "parent trigger" there's a new tool that parents can use to fix their broken school systems. Film maker Bob Bowdon joins CalWatchdog's James Poulos to discuss.  ...

Unions bank on CA for new gains

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Across the country, union membership has long been in fairly steep decline. After a series of recent reverses, including a failed attempt to pass national minimum wage legislation in Washington, D.C., union leaders shifted to a state-by-state, city-by-city approach to advancing their agenda. And t...

A look at CA’s mixed-bag teacher firing reform

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

In some respects, it's now easier to fire teachers in California. In others, it's more complicated. That's the verdict on AB 215, the version of several different firing reform bills that cleared the Legislature and received Gov. Jerry Brown's signature late last month. In the wake of the Mir...