Posts Tagged ‘California Federation of Teachers’

Is John Chiang a CTA-spiting kamikaze? Or a slick posturer?

Friday, February 7th, 2014

California politics tend only to surprise with the extremes to which unions will go in flexing their power. Protect classroom sexual predators? No problem. Openly subvert direct democracy? Sure. Argue that only union nurses should be allowed to administer life-saving treatment to a student suffering...

Teacher puzzler: Part-time porn star fired, semen-feeder paid off

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Jan. 16,2013 By Chris Reed It turns out that school districts in the state of California can swiftly fire teachers who engage in lewd behavior -- but only if it's a paid part-time job, not incidents in school involving students. The Smoking Gun website has the details: "The California teacher who wa...

The ‘nut graph’ you’ll never see in a state government story

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Oct. 1, 2012 By Chris Reed On Sunday, as I read iconoclastic pollster Pat Caddell's sharp, persuasive tirade documenting the many issues where the national media have spared the public from the details of the Obama administration's venality and incompetence, I got to thinking about the parallels w...

Educrats: Collective bargaining rights trump existing state law

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Aug. 21, 2012 By Chris Reed The key to understanding Golden State politics is knowing that the most powerful forces in Sacramento by a wide margin are the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers. Using union dues and benefitting from the bizarrely enduring notion ...

Brown’s Tax Canoe Headed For Water Fall

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

MARCH 23, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI California Gov. Jerry Brown likens himself to a canoeist who paddles a little to the Left then a little to the Right.  Lately, he has been paddling Left with labor unions to propose a new $9 billion tax increase that supposedly will plug an estimated $7 billion st...

California Faces Decisive 2012

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

BY JOHN SEILER JAN. 4, 2012 It's fun to gloat about our great weather when calling freezing relatives Back East on New Year's Day. And some good things are keeping the sun shining this year. Silicon Valley's global technology dominance will continue in 2012. Despite the foolishness of the state, ...

Govt. Worker Suicide Was Cokehead

Monday, May 30th, 2011

John Seiler: Remember the government worker, Huy Pham, who jumped from a government building in Costa Mesa after he was laid off? Pro-government unions and politicians still are blaming his death on the mean City Council of Costa Mesa that fired him amid budget cuts. As I reported here last week, ...

CFT Explains Tax-Increase Strategy

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

MAY 26, 2011 By JOHN SEILER If you listen to people in the political game, they usually tell you what they're going to do. But you sometimes have to check out their internal communications. One of my best sources is California Teacher, the magazine of the California Federation of Teachers, which ...

Dunce Cap On Charter Schools

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

MAY 23, 2011 Most parents of school-aged children who are familiar with charter schools clamor to get their kids into one. In some cities, the waiting list for charters is impossibly long, as demand is far greater than the availability of the alternative schools. But this doesn’t rest well with ...