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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 […]

AFA focuses on decline of California, what to do about it

By George Miller Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the AFA (American Freedom Alliance) “From Gold to Dust: The Destruction of California“ event, I watched about two dozen of the finest Conservative speakers in CA summarize the state of the state’s destruction, via segments on education, environmental extremism, hyper-regulation, illegal aliens, and corrupt/wrongheaded politics. Each segment’s description […]

Google’s fail and teacher jail: Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored.

Google’s fail and teacher jail: Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored.

. By Larry Sand Without going through another weedy analysis of James Damore’s firing from Google – Holman Jenkins, George Leef and Nick Gillespie have done a fine job of that – let’s just say the Silicon Valley engineer was canned for stating what most scientists and sensible people have known ever since Adam and Eve frolicked in Eden – that there […]

Citizens battle union entitlements

Citizens battle union entitlements

. By Larry Sand Through the courts and legislation, Americans are telling the unions where to stick their privilege. Via weak-kneed and corrupt elected officials, unions have been taking advantage of American citizens left and right for years now. But in ever greater numbers, people are standing up to the bullies and fighting back. “Release […]

Profits of doom: From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman.

Profits of doom: From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman.

. By Larry Sand Well, I guess we can all rest just a bit easier now that California is on the verge of banning for-profit charter schools. Sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, AB 406 is making its way through the California State Senate, having glided through the Assembly. In an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee, CFT […]

Let’s get real about the education budget

Let’s get real about the education budget

 .. . By LARRY SAND  . Trump’s proposed budget includes some minor cuts; union leaders launch hyperbolic grenades. Did you know that the Trump/DeVos budget is manifestly cruel to children and catastrophic to public schools? Are you aware that Trump/Devos are planning to slash funding for public schools, and use voucher schemes to funnel taxpayer […]

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