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Schools chief who tolerates bond scams wants to float own bond 5

Dec. 5, 2012 By Chris Reed The use of 30-year school “construction” bonds to pay for routine maintenance and short-lived electronics like laptops is a huge, ongoing, but basically uncovered scandal in California. Since automatic annual pay raises for most

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Banner story on dubious Prop. 30 threat doesn’t mention CTA! 5

Nov. 4, 2012 By Chris Reed Early last week, an analysis I wrote for CalWatchdog questioned the central narrative of Proposition 30: that if it failed, there would be billions of dollars in automatic “trigger” cuts in public education. “At

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About time: Bipartisan anger over political use of public funds 2

Nov. 3, 2012 By Chris Reed Everywhere one looks in California, school districts are openly using government resources to lobby for Prop. 30, and supporters of the tax-hike measure don’t care if it is against the law. Situational ethics on

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Field’s upbeat Prop. 30 poll at odds with insiders’ assumptions 11

Nov. 1, 2012 By Chris Reed Has the fog that’s settled over national polling because of the gap between Nate Silver’s 538 blog and the Gallup/Rasmussen numbers arrived in California? Maybe. On Proposition 30, we’re seeing plenty of “precriminations,” as

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Playing dumb on why students are charged illegal fees 3

Nov. 1, 2012 Chris Reed: I think some of the best writing about California’s public schools appears on education-specific blogs and websites, not in newspapers. I’ve read EdSource regularly for a long time. But these sites also serve up lots

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Prop. 30: If it fails, then it holds teacher pay hostage, not kids 15

Oct. 30, 2012 By Chris Reed Proposition 30’s fading poll prospects have led to redoubled efforts by Gov. Jerry Brown and his media allies to warn us how we will betray our schoolchildren if we don’t raise sales taxes and

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Prop. 30 lovers inexplicably think they have moral high ground 7

Oct. 25. 2012 By Chris Reed So Proposition 30 is built on a threat — raise sales taxes on everyone and income taxes on the rich or we’ll punish school kids. Its primary purpose is to preserve a school status

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Brown sends signal for teachers to openly proselytize for Prop. 30 27

Oct. 22, 2012 By Chris Reed Gov. Jerry Brown’s weekend call for teachers to go all out for Prop. 30 and his agenda in the remaining two weeks before the election needs to be seen in the context of all

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Puke politics: Prop. 30 forces pretend to moral high ground 0

Oct. 9 By Chris Reed Call it “The Tales of Two Tax Hikes.” So the pro-Proposition 30 campaign starts running dishonest ads that make it sound like there are strong protections guaranteeing its additional revenue for education won’t be hijacked

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Chris Reed talks Props 30, 38 on National Public Radio 1

Oct. 5, 2012 CalWatchdog contributor Chris Reed was on “Which Way, L.A.?” on KCRW on Thursday to talk about why Propositions 30 and 38 deserve to fail.  KCRW is one of the most popular NPR stations in the nation. Reed

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