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Initiative would revive redevelopment agencies
  If it were a movie, it might be called “Revenge of the JEDI: the Redevelopment Empire Strikes Back.” It’s the California Jobs and Education Development Initiative (JEDI), which would enable the revival of the 425 redevelopment agencies eliminated in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Cali...
CalSTRS unfunded liability hits new high
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 ...
Video: Teacher challenges teachers’ unions
CalWatchDog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviewed Rebecca Friedrichs, a 25-year Orange County school teacher. She is tired of the California Teachers' Association and its parent union, the National Education Association, taking her money without her consent for their political agenda. She's go...
“Captain America” sequel: The first libertarian popcorn movie
The stars and heroes of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" may be government employees, but the messages of the movie amount to entry-level libertarian thinking -- messages with massive resonance for current policy and political debates. Among them: 1) Don't trust a state that gathers secrets ...
Colbert rips Common Core
Stephen Colbert plays a "conservative" on Comedy Central. When he takes over the the "Late Show" from David Letterman next year, Colbert supposedly will reveal his inner liberal self. We'll see. In the meantime, Colbert just attacked President Obama's "Common Core" dumbing-down education scheme t...
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