Education

NEW: Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
schools, keefe, cagle, april 23, 2014

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on "jobs and education, that's it," delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state's failing schools. In a detailed 33-page proposal, Kashkari calls for rerouting e...

Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: How to negotiate with teachers unions

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how she successfully negotiated with one of the most powerful public sector unions. http://youtu.be/xiBLR2V8eRo

Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers. http://youtu.be/DUQNMZsvPxQ

Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how standards are crucial for long-term success in education. http://youtu.be/8lvqrM2GHWM

Video: More choices means a better education

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Video: More choices means a better education

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about how a robust program to offer parents and students choices about their education has helped transform Colorado's Douglas County School District for the better. http://youtu.be/eiGjq5NpNOY

Video: How much is a good teacher worth?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Video: How much is a good teacher worth?

CalWatchdog.com's Brian Calle talks to Superintendent Liz Fagen about the three most important factors that have gone into reforming the Douglas County School District in Colorado. http://youtu.be/ImEtrk4CQow

Video: Taking on the teachers unions’ political agenda

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
NEW: Video: Taking on the teachers unions’ political agenda

Rebecca Friedrichs is an Orange County school teacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation's most powerful union. She is ready to take her fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1QcbnyS9Es&list...

Video: Improving Public Education 101

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
NEW: Video: Improving Public Education 101

CalWatchdog's Brian Calle talks to Liz Fagen, a superintendent from Colorado, who outlines the basic changes that have helped transform schools, improve education and pay teachers more. http://youtu.be/1OPGMumjLFU

Teacher takes on the teachers’ unions’ agenda

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Teacher takes on the teachers’ unions’ agenda

CalWatchDog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviews Rebecca Friedrichs. She is an Orange County schoolteacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation's most powerful union, the National Education Association, and its state affiliate, the Californi...

CalSTRS unfunded liability hits new high

Monday, April 14th, 2014
CalSTRS web site

The California State Teachers' Retirement System just announced it faces $73.7 billion in long-term liabilities. Left untouched, that would spell bankruptcy in 2043. For critics of California's public-employee pensions programs, the grim numbers heighten the urgency for reform. If CalSTRS wants ...