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Teachers’ union president obsesses about billionaires at California Democratic convention

Teachers’ union president obsesses about billionaires at California Democratic convention

  By Kevin Dayton Billionaires weigh heavy on the mind of the president of the California Teachers Association (CTA). During his brief May 21 speech at the 2017 California Democratic Party convention, CTA president Eric Heins referred to billionaires four times. He didn’t refer to reading, writing, or mathematics at all. It appears the CTA leadership […]

Teachers’ Unions Losing the Long War Over Parental Choice

Teachers’ Unions Losing the Long War Over Parental Choice

. By Steven Greenhut Sacramento — Supporters of charter schools, homeschooling and other forms of school “choice” are so used to fighting in the trenches against the state’s muscular teachers’ unions that they often forget how much progress they’ve made in the last decade or so. Recent events have shown the degree of progress, even if […]

Where school dollars go to die

Where school dollars go to die

  . . By LARRY SAND  . A new study points fingers at charter schools for malfeasance, but traditional public schools are still by far #1 in wasteful spending. The National Education Association wants you to know that it is very concerned about your pocketbook! The teachers union is touting a brand new study released by the […]

What if California’s Government Never Unionized?

What if California’s Government Never Unionized?

By ED RING A story that still makes the rounds in Sacramento is that Governor Jerry Brown, speaking off-the-record to a group of business leaders back around 2009, admitted that the worst political decision of his life was signing legislation to permit public employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. Whether or not […]

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

What Californians Could Build Using the $64 Billion Bullet Train Budget

. By Ed Ring . California’s High-Speed Rail project fails to justify itself according to any set of rational criteria. Its ridership projections are absurdly inflated, its environmental benefits are overstated if not actually net detriments, and its cost, its staggering cost, $64 billion by the latest estimate, overwhelms anyone with even a remote sense of […]

The Biggest Dupes in the History of the World

The Biggest Dupes in the History of the World

By ED RING Last week the California Policy Center released a new study that compared the average full-career government pension to the average annual earnings of a full-time private sector worker. Not surprisingly, at least for anyone paying attention, ex-government workers make 26% more than people make in the private sector who are still working. […]

A Modest Proposal for California from a Public Servant

A Modest Proposal for California from a Public Servant

By Ed Ring “When I see someone attacking the benefits the Fire Department receives or the Police Department receives, my concern is: Why wouldn’t you expect the same for yourself? We should act as a beacon.” —Mike Mohun, president of the San Ramon Firefighters Union, quoted in the New York Times, March 2, 2017 There are […]

Increasing Water Supply Must Balance Conservation Measures

Increasing Water Supply Must Balance Conservation Measures

By Ed Ring . In a recent commentary tax fighter Jon Coupal exposed one of the hidden agendas behind recently Senate Constitutional Amendment 4 recently introduced in the California Legislature. Coupal writes: “They wish to charge those water users they perceive as “bad” more per gallon than those users they perceive as “good.” The beauty of […]

Does Berkeley’s Teachers Union Support Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech?

Does Berkeley’s Teachers Union Support Free Speech to Suppress Free Speech?

By ED RING “There is no free speech for fascists. They do not have the right to organize for genocide.” –  Yvette Felarca, as reported by Frances Dinkelspiel writing for Berkeleyside, Nov. 2, 2016 Most anyone who follows current events is familiar with the riots at UC Berkeley that stopped a planned February 1st appearance by […]

Is California’s Elite Willing to Fight for More Infrastructure? Or Just Bash Trump?

Is California’s Elite Willing to Fight for More Infrastructure? Or Just Bash Trump?

By Ed Ring In the wake of unrest on the UC Berkeley campus last week, Robert Reich has managed to get himself some fresh national news coverage. Reich served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, and is currently a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich made news by suggesting the rioters […]

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