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A dramatic illustration of teacher unions’ grip on Sacramento

The Obama administration has had enough of the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers and how they use their clout to undercut education reform. “Hours before a key vote in the Legislature, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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BART fight spurs anti-union backlash — from Democrats

The prospect that well-paid Bay Area Rapid Transit system workers with lavish benefits and little-known perks might inconvenience rich white-collar liberals in the San Francisco area has finally triggered an intraparty battle of the kind that California Democrats have somehow

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School budget changes: 3 reasons to hold the champagne 3

June 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The news that Gov. Jerry Brown appears to have mostly gotten his way on school funding changes is likely to be presented as a dramatic victory for the people who believe helping struggling English

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On schools, Gov. Brown chooses ‘subsidiarity’ over reality 0

May 15, 2013 By Chris Reed Has Gov. Jerry Brown simply not been reading the newspaper for 40 years? Does he not see all the wars that the CTA and CFT fight on behalf of their members? Is he unaware

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Unions kill teacher evaluation bill

May 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes For most parents in California, education is a nonpartisan issue. But too many of the state’s elected politicians, who claim to represent all constituents, accept teachers union campaign contributions — and lots of them.

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State schools chief: President Obama is a corporate stooge 2

April 15, 2013 By Chris Reed UC Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff’s blueprint for Democrats from a decade ago continues to reverberate. Lakoff stressed the emphasis of framing issues with the proper language and spoke of the power of metaphors.

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Prop. 39 tax-hike $ also may indirectly boost teacher pay 0

March 7, 2013 By Chris Reed It’s not just money from Proposition 30’s sales-tax and income-tax hikes that is being used to provide for teacher pay raises and to allow continuation of “step” pay policies that give teachers raises most

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Prediction: CTA, CFT will kill Brown push to help English learners 2

Feb. 27, 2013 By Chris Reed On the Fox & Hounds website, veteran Sacramento watcher John Wildermuth has a sharp piece about how Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to give more money to school districts with students with higher numbers of

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Probe shows CA Dems’ talk of ‘social justice’ a smokescreen 0

Feb. 26, 2013 By Chris Reed There has rarely been a journalistic scoop that did a better job of exposing the fraud that is the claim that state Democrats are the party of social justice than the report last week

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L.A. Unified uses ‘construction bonds’ to buy $500 million in iPads 14

Feb. 14, 2013 By Chris Reed My five-month-old crusade to get the California mainstream media to acknowledge the insanity of “construction bonds” which take 30 years to pay off being used routinely by school districts for short-lived electronics and basic

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