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California Ed-doctrination

California Ed-doctrination

  By Larry Sand Recently in southern California, a public high school student was given an assignment in English class to pick an issue and make an argument for and against it. The 16-year-old decided to do her essay on the Dreamers. But her teacher rejected the topic, telling her that there was no argument […]

No dues without political representation

No dues without political representation

  By Larry Sand A few years back I was on a panel with then California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, who mentioned during his talk that about 35 percent of his union’s membership was Republican which is roughly the way the rest of the state lines up politically. That means there are about 100,000 right-of-center teachers […]

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

AB 2577:  California Public Employee Unions seek taxpayers funding

    By Stephen Frank and Larry Sand  (Editor’s Note: The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in favor of Mark Janus in his case v. the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.) The 5-4 Supreme Court ruling against mandatory public union membership—requiring agency fees of non-members—means that large unions such as the California […]

Our soldiers deserve educational freedom

Our soldiers deserve educational freedom

. By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center In spite of teacher union attempts to deny them, Education Savings Accounts for military families are needed. A bill proposed by Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) directs the Department of Education to establish a program that would “provide children with parents on active duty in the uniformed […]

Striking at the wrong target | Teachers should stop listening to union leaders

Striking at the wrong target | Teachers should stop listening to union leaders

. By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center In a recent op-ed, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten claimed that “teachers are standing up for their students and themselves against largely red states with weak labor laws and where governors and legislators have opted for tax cuts for the wealthy instead of investments for children.” […]

Mr. Chips needs to pack heat

Mr. Chips needs to pack heat

. By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center Understandably, much has been written about the awful school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 young people were slaughtered at the hands of a sick and evil human being. The tragedy was particularly vexing as there were so many warning signs – indications that the killer, Nikolas […]

Grad rates have become the education establishment’s Potemkin village

Grad rates have become the education establishment’s Potemkin village

By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center A couple of months ago, the education establishment told us that “U.S. Graduation Rate Hits New All-Time High, With Gains in All Student Groups.” But in the real world this is nothing more than a façade – a Potemkin village. Some schools improve their graduation numbers by […]

Too many kids are failing in California, and so is the education establishment

Too many kids are failing in California, and so is the education establishment

By Larry Sand | Originally published in the California Policy Center High school graduation rates have traditionally been a barometer of student success, as well as a measure of the quality of school systems. The members of California’s education establishment have been high-fiving each other over the state’s on-time high school graduation rate reaching 83.2 percent […]

Disincentive pay for teachers

Disincentive pay for teachers

    By Larry Sand When I first began to substitute teach in Los Angeles in 1985, I learned about “incentive pay.” If a sub was willing to go to “schools in need,” he could earn about 40 percent more than a regular sub. Rather impecunious at the time, I jumped at the opportunity. And […]

The best defense is to be offensive: Anti-school choicers are getting desperate

The best defense is to be offensive: Anti-school choicers are getting desperate

. By Larry Sand The traditional public education monopolists are using some truly bizarre arguments to ensure that children remain in government-run schools. In July, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten intimated that parents who opt out of government schools are equivalent to southern segregationists. Then later in July, Katherine Stewart penned possibly one of the […]

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