Posts Tagged ‘schools’

A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
FriscoTexasWaterTower

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It's insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas' Latino and black students do better than California's in K-12 test scores such as the NAEP....

Are CA elected officials underpaid?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Just after getting a 5 percent raise, Gov.  Jerry Brown, other statewide officials and legislators soon could get another boost, supposedly because they're "underpaid." Hey, "California is back," Brown keeps saying. The CA Dem party is meeting this weekend in Los Angeles. The theme: "Let the...

Senate pushing nutty new school-finance scheme

Monday, April 29th, 2013

April 29, 2013 By John Seiler The state supposedly "balanced" its budget only with the Prop. 30 tax increase. Three California cities declared bankruptcy last year. Businesses keep streaming out to greener pastures. So what does the California Legislature do? Road trip! Steven Greenhut writes in ...

L.A. Times’ analysis on crazy school borrowing omits why it’s done

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012 By Chris Reed The Los Angeles Times has printed an analysis piece on the insane borrowing by dozens of California school districts using "capital appreciation bonds" (CABs), which delay any repayment for 20 years and often cost 10 times or more the amount borrowed. It does a good job ...

Run a restaurant like a school?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

April 2, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- California's public schools continue to lay off teachers, in a process that is as convoluted and illogical as one would expect in a bureaucratic system in which the needs of the students falls fairly low on the list of priorities. That's my takeaway f...

More Taxes for Skoolz?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Commentary FEB. 7, 2012 By JOHN SEILER I'm enjoying the tiff between Gov. Jerry Brown and the other tax-increase forces in the state, in particular activist lawyer Molly Munger and the California Teachers Association. As Dan Walters notes today, Brown's $7 billion tax hike still wouldn't prevent ...

Live-Blogging Brown State-of-State

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

John Seiler: I'm going to live-blog Gov. Jerry Brown's State-of-the-State address, at 10 am on Jan. 18, 2012. Assuming the technology works. You can watch his address online here. Let's blog! 9:43 am: A minister is leading a prayer. I thought the U.S. Supreme Court banned religion in government b...

School Funding Reform Skewered by CTA

Monday, July 11th, 2011

JULY 11, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI In California, all good ideas for school reform seem to end up in the corner wearing a dunce cap. Back on May 3, I reported on promising development in state Assembly Bill 18, a proposal by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) to shift from school fund...

Will Crashing Real Estate Kill Prop. 13?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

JUNE 1, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI A demogogue is a leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. And a demographer is someone who studies the characteristics of human populations, such as size, growth, density, distribution, and vital statis...

Will School Block Grants Replace Earmarks?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

MAY 3, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI In a February report, the Legislative Analyst's Office charged that “virtually every aspect of K-14 (public school) mandate finance system is broken.” The report was titled, "Education Mandates: Overhauling a Broken System." The LAO report emphatically stated th...