Education

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
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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...

In CA, Smarter Balanced testing shapes fate of Common Core

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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It's crunch time for California supporters of the new Common Core educational standards. On several fronts, key business, education and political interests have heightened their push for the changes. Although opposition remains strong, pro-Common Core groups sense that a tipping point may be a...

Vergara ruling: Silicon Valley titan KOs teachers unions

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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In 16 pages, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu dealt California's teachers unions an unprecedented defeat. Using unsparing, uncompromising language, Judge Treu ruled that job protections passed at these unions' behest violated the state Constitution by denying equal educational opportu...

Column: UC regents urged to divest in fossil fuels

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Divest Now UC

  The scene brought to mind Tom Wolfe’s essay “Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers,” which was published all the way back in 1970, when young Jerry Brown was a member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. Wolfe’s non-fiction essay was set at San Francisco’s Office of ...

LAUSD sends ‘rubber room’ teachers home

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to end one of its most controversial practices. Instead of putting a damper on criticism, however, the move could intensify it. Starting today, teachers under investigation will not be sent to detention in holding facilities known as "rubbe...