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School choice must prevail in California

The outcome of the strike launched this week by United Teachers Los Angeles is surely being closely watched by unions, school districts, taxpayers and parents across the state and across the country. There’s certainly plenty at stake, not the least of which is the fiscal stability of the second-largest district in the country. District officials have warned that full acceptance of UTLA’s demands could render the district insolvent and risk a state takeover. But must be noted that beyond such an ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, New Orleans, Lausd, District, California Teachers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA, California Charter Schools Association, CCSA, Caputo Pearl


LAUSD teachers went on strike in 1989. But are the stakes higher in 2019?

Whether they were stuck in an auditorium or playing long-term hooky, many a school kid old enough to remember the 1989 Los Angeles teachers strike recalls the period as nine days of good old-fashioned lawlessness. Quoted in a New York Times article at the time, LAPD Lieut. Frank Valdez expressed his concern about “little predators” roaming LA’s downtown streets. “The problem kids are not going to go to school and it’s going to create problems all over, not just on campus,” he said during the str...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, New York Times, Lausd, Local News, Ucla, Perez, Feb, Valley, Burbank, California Teachers Association


Teachers have a choice: kids or picket lines

Teachers in places like Washington, Arizona, Chicago and Los Angeles are exchanging classrooms for picket lines. You may think it’s all just one horrible coincidence, but I can assure you, it’s not. How do I know? Because the unions pushing teachers to abandon their students under the guise of saving public schools, made known their petulant plans several months ago in none other than the U.S. Supreme Court. On June 27, 2018, Mark Janus won his SCOTUS case, Janus v AFSCME, which freed teachers l...
Tags: California, Opinion, Colin Kaepernick, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Philippines, Jerry Brown, Friedrichs, Joseph, U S Supreme Court, Chicago Teachers Union, Rebecca Friedrichs, Janus


Time ripens for a much-needed school data system

A prudent investor would never consider buying shares of a company and then ignoring how the firm is performing in the marketplace. By the same token, it would be foolhardy for the state to spend $70 billion each year to educate six million K-12 students but stubbornly refuse to monitor whether those kids are receiving the schooling they need to become productive members of society. That, however, is exactly what the state’s politicians and educators have done for countless decades, spurning ple...
Tags: California, Opinion, La, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Bush, Brown, Capitol, California Teachers Association, Dan Walters, Orinda, Newsom, Local Control Funding Formula


School reformers lose big, so now what?

Donald Trump and his Republican Party were obviously big losers in this month’s California election. But so was a loose confederation of civil rights, public school reform and charter school advocates, most of whose leaders are Democrats. The reformers, at times dubbed the “Equity Coalition,” pumped many millions of dollars into supporting former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for governor and Marshall Tuck’s second effort at becoming the state’s superintendent of public instr...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Republican Party, Donald Trump, Stanford University, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Democratic Party, Capitol, Legislature, California Teachers Association, Dan Walters, John Cox


School district culture largely to blame for not uprooting teacher sexual misconduct on Southern California campuses, experts say

Every day, Terri Miller receives a spate of Google alerts on her iPhone informing her that, somewhere in the U.S., a teacher or other school employee has been accused of sexually abusing one or more students. “They come in sometimes by the hundreds daily. We’ve been seeing increases yearly since 2014,” said Miller, executive director of Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E.), a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that works to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and harassme...
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Why down-ballot offices are also important

Top-of-the-ballot contests for governor and U.S. senator get most of the media attention—even if there’s little doubt about their outcomes—but California voters will also fill other statewide offices this week, and they are important in a state as large as California. Those who hold other “constitutional” offices, as they are officially called, have duties that can affect Californians’ lives, albeit some far more than others. And traditionally, these down-ballot positions have been potential ste...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Cta, Hungary, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, State, Democratic Party, Brown, U S Senate, HARRIS


State superintendent race: 50 million bucks for a bully pulpit

SACRAMENTO – If you pay attention to the overheated advertisements for the race for the state superintendent of public instruction, you’ll surely believe that the future of California’s education system is at stake. Nearly $50 million has been raised by candidates and independent committees to, in part, fund TV ads blasting one candidate as a failed school-board member and the other as a tool of the Trump administration. Both candidates are Democrats but one, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond of Richmon...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Boe, Richmond, Department Of Education, Trump, Democratic Party, State Board of Education, Board of Equalization, Tom Torlakson, Steven Greenhut, Antonio Villaraigosa


Friedrichs, Free-Riding, and Life After the Agency Shop

Assistant Professor Daniel Hemel and UC Berkeley Jurisprudence & Social Policy Ph.D. candidate David Louk on next Monday’s Supreme Court oral argument in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: The Supreme Court will soon decide whether public-sector employers can maintain “agency shops” in the roughly two dozen states that now allow these arrangements. In an “agency shop,” an employee who chooses not to join her local union must nevertheless pay the union an “agency fee” to cover her pr...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Social Security, Medicare, Union, Illinois, Friedrichs, The Supreme Court, Bruce Rauner, California Teachers Association, Abood, Sullivan, Daniel Hemel, Senate Assembly


California’s persistent teacher shortage fueled by attrition, high demand, say newly released studies

By Diana Lambert, EdSource California has earmarked nearly $200 million over the last four years to address the state’s persistent teacher shortage, but it is not enough, according to new studies that are part of “Getting Down to Facts II,” a research project focused on a wide array of statewide education issues. The teacher shortage has worsened in recent years as state funding for education improved and districts began lowering class sizes and bringing back programs like summer school and the ...
Tags: School, News, Education, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, University Of California, Hammond, State, California Teachers Association, Sherman Oaks, McCarty, California State University, Linda Darling Hammond


CA governor blocks later school start times

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown rejected legislation Thursday requiring that California middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.Supporters of the bill cited research that says delaying school start times could result in better grades, attendance and graduation rates.A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics said insufficient sleep for teens was "an important public health issue that significantly affects the health and safety" of adolescents.RELATED: How to help your kid...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, San Francisco, CA, Cta, Ap, Jerry Brown, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Legislature, California Teachers Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Anthony Portantino, California School Boards Association, Eric Heins, La Canada Flintridge Democrat


Both sides lobbying California governor on bill to delay school start time for teens

By Theresa Harrington, EdSource California teens may get to sleep a bit later before heading to school, if the governor signs a bill requiring middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. But not everyone agrees that allowing the legislature to dictate the starting times of local schools is good policy. Middle and high school students in California start their school day on average at 8:07 a.m. according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a time that rese...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Riverside County, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Usc, San Pedro, Brown, Kern County, Legislature, Assembly, California Teachers Association, CSUN


The election for California’s superintendent is about change

Recent election results show Californians don’t have a one-size-fits-all attitude toward reforms in public education — because in a complex situation, there is no single solution that best suits the needs of everyone. In the June primary for governor, for instance, voters dramatically rejected the candidacy of Antonio Villaraigosa, the Democratic candidate most in favor of charter schools, over that of Gavin Newsom, who has been lukewarm about the charter model. But in the primary race for the k...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, East Bay, Gavin Newsom, Inglewood, Watts, California Teachers Association, South Los Angeles, Tom Torlakson, Antonio Villaraigosa, Thurmond, Tuck


Prop. 13 could be partly undone in 2020 – here’s what you should know

Two years from now, California voters may have a chance to touch the third rail of state politics. A coalition of good-government groups, social justice organizations, affordable housing advocates and teachers unions held press conferences across the state today announcing they had submitted signatures for a measure that would significantly increase property taxes on California businesses and generates tens of billions in revenue for local and state governments. If the measure qualifies for the ...
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Empirical SCOTUS: The big business court

The current Supreme Court is friendly toward big business. How friendly? If the court’s trajectory continues, perhaps as friendly as any court dating back to the Lochner era, when laissez-faire policies permeated the court’s rulings. Prominent scholars, most notably Lee Epstein, William Landes and Richard Posner, have found empirical support for the proposition that the current court is more pro-business than previous iterations. (That study was recently updated through the 2015 term.) This post...
Tags: Apple, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Wall Street, Los Angeles, ExxonMobil, Pepper, South Dakota, Citizens United, Archer, Warren, Exxon, Kennedy, Paul Clement, Securities And Exchange Commission


Don’t like your kid’s school district? Transferring could become easier—if they’re being bullied

After overcoming homelessness, Keshara Shaw has been determined to improve circumstances for her family. She got a job and a place to live. But she’s having a harder time getting her 8-year-old son into a good school. Shaw doesn’t like the school he was assigned to in their Los Angeles neighborhood because students aren’t performing well and the surrounding streets are riddled with violence. Instead, she wants him to go to a different school where she thinks he’ll be safer and get a better educa...
Tags: News, Education, California, Uncategorized, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Rocklin, Richmond, Shaw, U S Department of Health and Human Services, California Teachers Association, Kiley, Center for Disease Control and Prevention


To be a right-of-center teacher in California

A few years ago, then-California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel said 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 in the Golden State. It’s no secret that teachers unions are big political spenders, and in California, no special interest shells out more money than CTA. Current CTA leader Eric Heins said recently, “We decide our spending ba...
Tags: California, Opinion, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Nea, Helsinki, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Bakersfield, State Council, California Teachers Association, Janus, National Education Association


Sacramento lying in wait for worker freedom movement after Janus ruling

Public employee unions are rubbing a purple bruise, inflicted by the U.S. Supreme Court when it ruled in Janus vs. AFSCME that government workers don’t have to pay unions to keep their jobs. But the unions and their partners in Sacramento aren’t going to let a little Supreme Court decision get in the way of a cushy arrangement they’ve enjoyed for decades. They’ve been trying to scheme a way around it for some time. By a 5-4 margin, the court said that government employees should not be required ...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Southern California, Antonin Scalia, U S Supreme Court, Legislature, California Teachers Association, Samuel Alito, Rebecca Friedrichs


Janus decision gives public employees workplace freedom just in time for Independence Day

If you are a public employee in California — that is, if you work for the state, a city or county government, or any government department, agency or school district — here’s what the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME means for you: More money. You now have the right to quit your union and stop paying dues, and it will not affect your wages and benefits under your current contract. The only thing that will change is the paycheck deduction for fees that go to the union. It will stop. If...
Tags: England, Supreme Court, Unions, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Muhammad Ali, Charles Koch, Tom Steyer, California Teachers Association, Samuel Alito, Janus, Susan Shelley, AFSCME, Southern California News Group


Janus v. AFSCME a win for taxpayers and workplace freedom

In a victory for freedom of speech and taxpayers across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Illinois employee Mark Janus on Wednesday. The 5-4 decision written by Justice Samuel Alito makes clear that public employees should not be compelled to subsidize public sector unions with which they disagree, arguing “this arrangement violates the free speech rights of nonmembers by compelling them to subsidize private speech on matters of substantial public concern.” Janus, a child sup...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Editorials, Illinois, Orange County, Friedrichs, Antonin Scalia, Thomas Jefferson, U S Supreme Court, Scalia, California Teachers Association, Abood


Janus v. AFSCME decision a monumental win for teachers

The win in the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME is monumental for teachers. Finally, teachers forced to fund state and national unions for decades have the freedom to “opt out” and pay them nothing. The court also granted “opt in” rights to employees, so membership is no longer automatic. Since state and national teachers’ unions oppress teachers and use our money to fund the social and political agendas invading our schools and culture, Janus could be monumental for America’s schools and...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Poland, Trump, Friedrichs, U S Supreme Court, Scalia, California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unified School District, Rebecca Friedrichs, Janus, National Education Association


Anticipating Janus, CTA to cut budget, double contributions to campaign committee

Editor’s note: Breaking views are thoughts from individual members of the editorial board on today’s headlines. If history is any indication, teachers unions primarily exist to protect terrible teachers, siphon off as much money from school districts as possible and fend off competition via expanded school choice. The California Teachers Association has been by far one of the most prominent political forces in California for a long time. And if the abysmal educational results in California are a...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Editorials, Illinois, U S Supreme Court, California Teachers Association, Janus, National Education Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, California Fair Political Practices Commission, Sal Rodriguez, AFSCME, Southern California News Group


California union bills aimed at a post-Janus world

Lots of interested parties, unions apparently included, expect the United States Supreme Court will side this summer with Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who doesn’t want to pay “fair-share” fees to his union. Janus vs. AFMSCE, if successful, would forbid public employee unions from collecting the fees from workers who are represented by them but do not want to belong to them. The “fair-share” moniker is not entirely misplaced. While, in a fairer world, workers who wanted to belong to union...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Sacramento County, Elk Grove, Illinois, Legislature, Los Angeles County, California Teachers Association, Sacramento Bee, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, United States Supreme Court, Janus, Freedom Foundation


In Sacramento, Democrats are run by the unions

June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property tax rate statewide to 1 percent and put a stop to uncontrolled increases in assessed value. But it did something else, too. It required voter approval of local tax increases and set the threshold for approval of special taxes at a two-thirds vote. For 40 year...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, UPS, Soccer, Legislature, Assembly, California Teachers Association, HJTA, Jon Coupal, Social Security Disability, Guest Commentary, SB958


California’s teachers’ unions dig in as Janus decision nears

Janus v. AFSCME, a case soon to be decided by the Supreme Court, would make union dues-paying for teachers and other public employees optional. One of the big “ifs” about the case is how the unions will respond to a ruling for the plaintiff. Will they soften their leftist-only political stances with the hope of holding on to members? Or will they dig in, continue political business as usual and take a membership hit? In the case of the teachers unions, if recent activity is a clue, they are show...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, White House, Sport, Cta, Soccer, House Of Representatives, American Federation Of Teachers, Gavin Newsom, Trump, California Teachers Association, Janus, AFSCME, California Federation of Teachers, CFT


Taxing California: Highest in the nation and unstable, too

By Judy Lin, CALmatters California’s major revenue sources have shifted over time. Until 1995, the biggest was property taxes. Today, it’s personal income taxes. And California ranks fairly high in overall taxation: 10th highest both per capita and as a percentage of personal income, based on the latest available data from the U.S. Census. In 2015, state and local governments collected $228.7 billion in taxes, including property, sales, personal and corporate income levies and a few others, acco...
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California gubernatorial candidates tackle children’s issues as June primary looms

Three of six leading candidates vying for California’s top political post faced off Tuesday night during a forum on children at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, California Treasurer John Chiang of Torrance and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin were grilled on issues ranging from education to child poverty and the foster-care system ahead of the June 5 primary election. Front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who formerly served as mayor ...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Education, California, La, California News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Local News, San Diego County, Gavin Newsom, Huntington Beach


Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigosa and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
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Education emerging as key issue in governor’s race while Villaraigois and Cox battle behind front-runner Newsom

By David Cantor | The 74 In February 2015, barely three months after he was elected to a second term as California’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom announced he would run for governor in 2018. The one-time mayor of San Francisco, where his dash and early support of gay marriage made him a high-profile hero on the left, raised millions for his campaign long before another candidate entered the race. He has never trailed, and will likely remain the front-runner heading into next month’s “jungle...
Tags: News, Education, Congress, California, La, New York City, Uncategorized, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Sport, Cta, Netflix, Soccer, Gop


You can see California’s democracy in action at a Wendy’s in Colton

One recent Sunday night, I stopped by a Wendy’s in Colton, a gritty Inland Empire city. I wasn’t there for a square hamburger or a Frosty, but rather to glimpse the struggles of California’s peculiar system of democracy. California’s governance might seem to emanate from the marble halls of Sacramento.  But if you want to see how our state really treats democracy — as fast food, with laws and constitutional amendments rapidly fed to us, with little time for deliberation — then you should get to ...
Tags: Colorado, California, Opinion, Washington, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, Jerry Brown, Wendy, Tom Steyer, Colton, California Teachers Association, San Mateo County, Inland Empire, Joe Mathews