CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 22, 2016

Education division widening. Guns, gasses and high-speed rail



Good morning and happy Friday!

Last week’s ruling by an appeals court that overturned the Vergara decision — which upended teacher tenure laws in the state — has only fueled the conflicts in education that make reform so difficult.

“For now, the decision puts California students and teachers in a precarious, and possibly untenable, position. On the one hand, the current Vergara ruling has denied that students have a right to an education that trumps teachers unions’ interests in protecting failing teachers…

“On the other hand, the new … ruling has denied that students — this time backed by unions — have a right to an education that meets some qualitative standard.”

CalWatchdog has more. 

In other news:

  • Counsel for the Legislature said that Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority last year when he extended the provisions of AB32 — a greenhouse gas reduction law — beyond 2020 without legislative approval, reports The Sacramento Bee
  • Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are fighting over who gets to pass gun control measures, both Democrats. Newsom is pursuing a ballot measure, which De León says could “derail” his efforts in the Legislature. The Los Angeles Times has more. 
  • Southern California has the highest gas prices in the country “by far,” reports the LA Weekly. The average price per gallon in the region exceed that of Hawaii ($2.60) by 20 cents, although prices are easing. 
  • The state rail authority announced on Thursday plans to link Merced to the initial segment for high-speed rail, which could add more than $1 billion to the project, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • Senate Republicans plan to announce a package of bills on Tuesday, which could focus on veterans issues, among other things.


  • Gone ’til Monday.


  • Gone ’til Monday. 

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  1. Dude
    Dude 22 April, 2016, 10:08

    Not worried about the anti-2nd Amendment attack from the left. Every one of their bills represent infringement…..”Shall not be infringed”. The NRA legal teams will have the latest round of this BS tossed out.

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  2. desmond
    desmond 24 April, 2016, 15:18

    My uncle is still planning a rock sculpture on the Lake Superior shore, heads of Gore, Obama, and Brown. A cam will be there to record as it is covered with ice each winter.
    Title of sculpture, ” the idiot, the imbecile and the asshole” in the order listed. It will be there when future generations laugh at the climate change hoax. His heirs will run dinner cruises and have the rocks lit at night. What planning!

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  3. Dude
    Dude 24 April, 2016, 15:56

    That’s a great idea, but I’d suggest your uncle re-title it as, “The Three Stooges”

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