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Follow the Money to Find School Scandals 1

Commentary FEB. 22, 2012 By CHRIS REED The proposal of a Democratic assemblyman to keep students from eating at food trucks instead of school cafeterias is ostensibly about public health, obesity and food safety. But while nanny state motives may

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More Taxes for Skoolz? 0

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

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CA Bucks National School-Choice Reforms 3

The following first appeared in City Journal California. JAN. 30, 2012 By LARRY SAND January 22 through 28 marked the second annual National School Choice Week. While much of the rest of the country can celebrate some successes since last

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LAO: Brown Numbers Don’t Compute 8

JAN. 12, 2012 By JOHN SEILER Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal contains more smoke than a forest fire. More mirrors than a funhouse. And more empty promises than a presidential candidate’s platform. So much for his solemn pledge, in his

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Unions Might Seek 43% Tax Increase 0

JULY 10, 2011 By JOHN SEILER California’s government unions could seek a 43 percent tax increase on wealthy Californians. The Contra Costa Times reported on the action, but missed the magnitude of the tax increase. The Times: SACRAMENTO — Labor leaders were

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Smaller Classrooms Hurt Kids 0

John Seiler: I’ve been fighting for at least 15 years the bad idea that smaller classrooms necessarily are better. California enacted class-size reductions in the mid-1990s. With budget problems, that “reform” now is being reviewed. The class-size reductions were advanced

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Dunce Cap On Charter Schools 0

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

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Unions Say: 'Shut Up and Pay Us' 0

MAY 16, 2011 Yet another report confirms the enormous liabilities that California taxpayers must endure to pay for pensions for public employees. The study, released May 5 at a Pension Boot Camp for elected officials held near Sacramento by the

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Teacher Protestors Close Rotunda 0

Katy Grimes: In an obvious effort to one-up the February Wisconsin state house union protestors, a large, gnarly looking group of teachers union activists caused such a commotion at the state Capitol today, that the rotunda area was closed to

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A Vote on Taxes? Never Mind

John Seiler: For more than three months now, we’ve been lectured by Gov. Jerry Brown, his fellow Democrats and government union leaders that voters must be given a choice on raising taxes. Never mind! — as Emily Litella used to

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