Education

Asian-Americans halt CA affirmative action revival

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Leland Yee

As many Californians are well aware, more than half of students at UCLA and UC Berkeley are Asian or Asian-American. Yet, in California, proportions like these haven’t made for a political football — until now. After almost 18 years of a ban on using affirmative action in college admissions a...

Democrats mostly silent on UC strike amid declining union approval

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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As public opinion in California turns against labor unions, few Democrat politicians -- most of whom rely on union support to win elections -- have publicly embraced workers at the University of California. 21,000 members of AFSCME 3299 are planning a five-day strike next month. The lack of pub...

UC workers approve strike vote

Monday, February 17th, 2014
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More than 21,000 workers at the University of California have voted to go on strike. An overwhelming 96 percent of the university's service workers and patient care employees approved the strike authorization after three days of voting, union officials announced on Friday. The UC's food worker...

UC workers schedule strike vote

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The University of California system's largest union, AFSCME 3299, announced last Wednesday that it's scheduled a mid-February strike vote for its 8,300 Service Unit members and a sympathy strike vote among its 13,000 Patient Care Technical Unit members. The union, which represents employees in the...

Have Los Angeles teachers unions gone too far?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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The American Federation of Teachers sponsored a “day of action” Monday to ostensibly shed light on educational issues. Teachers throughout the country — with varying success — staged demonstrations discussing a laundry list of union priorities. Its state affiliate here is the California Fede...

Gov. Brown’s ambitious school reform morphs into union payoff

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

In 2013, maybe more than ever, the key to figuring out how California works is understanding that by far the most powerful forces in state politics are the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers and the 500,000 people they represent and collect dues from. So whe...

Opponents of transgender law seek repeal

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
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A coalition of conservative groups, collectively known as Privacy for all Students, has submitted more than 600,000 petition signatures to get an initiative to repeal a law that grants certain rights to transgendered students in California. AB 1266—which was passed in the Assembly in May and th...

The entitlement society Halloween

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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Perhaps because of my Gaelic Irish and Welsh heritage, I’ve always loved Halloween. Traditions from the old Celtic countries Wales, Brittany, Ireland, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, influenced today’s Halloween customs. But today’s Halloween is a wee bit different than the Halloween traditi...

A Tale of Two States, CA and NV: Part III

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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This is Part III in a series of stories about Nevada’s economic strategy. To read the first two installments, click here and here. Nevada’s aggressive pro-business policies, and the agencies charged with selling the state, have produced decidedly mixed results. While the state has made some g...

Gov. Brown's school plan pushes money, not reform

Friday, October 18th, 2013
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  A year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown convinced voters to pass Proposition 30 on the November 2012 ballot. It raised taxes $7 billion, with most of the money promised for K-12 schools. This year, Brown included his school-financing reform package in a trailer bill to the 2013-14 State Budget. School...