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California considers exempting teachers from state income tax

A new bill in the California Senate would scrap state income taxes for teachers in the state, as part of an effort to combat a growing teacher shortage and to encourage higher-aptitude individuals to enter the profession. “The teaching profession

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Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to CalWatchdog.com’s Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers.

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Video: Taking on the teachers unions’ political agenda

Rebecca Friedrichs is an Orange County school teacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation’s most powerful union. She is ready to take her fight all the way to the United

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The entitlement society Halloween

Perhaps because of my Gaelic Irish and Welsh heritage, I’ve always loved Halloween. Traditions from the old Celtic countries Wales, Brittany, Ireland, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man, influenced today’s Halloween customs. But today’s Halloween is a wee bit different

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Kids lose when schools ban recess and sports

Today in America, lawyers now dictate what kids can do at recess. adobe animation software A school district in New York has banned footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls or any dangerous instrument that might hurt someone on school grounds. “Port Washington

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Big business banks on union power

Earlier this week, former state Sen. Gloria Romero published a lengthy article in the San Diego Union-Tribune entitled “Fixing California: The union chokehold.” It described how public sector unions, virtually unopposed, have undermined the effectiveness and overpriced the costs of

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‘Preschool for all’: Obama adopts Meathead goal, spin

Feb. 24, 2013 By Chris Reed Lance Izumi does a great job in the Orange County Register of documenting how President Obama’s push for universal preschool is a retread of actor-director Rob Reiner’s failed, scandal-scarred push in California — right

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Driving K-12 scams: push to preserve automatic teacher raises 1

Feb. 12, 2013 By Chris Reed The state Senate committee report last week showing districts stealing federal funds meant for school lunch programs came as no surprise to students of California’s education establishment. There’s a strange mentality afflicting school governance

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Is governor picking fight with CTA, CFT? Apparently 0

Jan. 11, 2013 By Chris Reed Is Jerry Brown knowingly picking a fight with the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers? Based on his remarks Thursday, that’s what it seems like. The governor wants to change the

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Bill to create ‘segregated’ school discipline 16

June 1, 2012 Katy Grimes: With all of the recent talk about nanny states and politicians interjecting themselves into the personal lives of citizens, another such bill was passed in the Assembly Thursday. But this bill will allow the state of

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