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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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Worthless ‘step’ teacher pay raises scrapped in San Jose 4

May 27, 2013 By Chris Reed For decades, it’s been common in K-12 public education to award raises to teachers for accumulating graduate school credits — even if the coursework has nothing to do with the subject that the teacher

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Republican and Latinos agree on education reforms 2

May 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes Politics makes strange bedfellows. This we know to be true, but Latinos and Republicans should not be. Many demographers predict Republicans will steadily pick up Latino voters as Latino assimilation increases, and Latinos succeed

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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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Wanted: Education reporters who know about, well, education 1

Feb. 18, 2013 By Chris Reed Shouldn’t education be covered by people who know a lot about education? About the history of public schools in the U.S. and what triggered the education reform movement in the early 1980s? That’s not

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Jerry Brown’s ignorant — literally — views on school reform 3

Jan. 25, 2013 By Chris Reed Gov. Jerry Brown likes to dress up his speeches with quotes and literary references, so here’s one for Jerry: Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I bring up

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Parent Trigger Wins Court Fight 0

MARCH 30, 2011 By BRIAN CALLE It is no big surprise that, in recent years, California has been far from a leader in public policy and good governance reforms. Every once and awhile there is an exception. Last year’s exception

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