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Anti-charter school bills will scuttle competition, limit choice

California’s charter-school movement has made remarkable progress in providing a quality education for some of the state’s neediest students. However, its long, successful journey — sparked by landmark 1992 legislation that made it relatively easy to start charter schools — has run into an existential threat that has rightly been referred to as “Charter-mageddon” by one news publication. The Assembly Education Committee, dominated by lawmakers who are allied with the state’s teachers’ unions, re...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Paris, Jerry Brown, Oakland, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Capitol, State Board of Education, California Teachers Association, Tony Thurmond, Assembly Education Committee


Land-use regulations are obstacles to the California dream

George Skelton contends in a recent LA Times piece that for California to “solve its acute housing shortage” it must grow “up” — that is, build denser housing and give up on the idea of a “ranch-house lifestyle” with “ample backyard space.” That’s exactly the wrong prescription for a state whose urban areas are already the densest in the nation. In fact, to make housing affordable, California must grow out, not up. Here’s a fact that may surprise Skelton: according to the 2010 Census, 95 percent...
Tags: New York, Obamacare, California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Connecticut, New Jersey, DMV, San Jose, Pasadena, Orange County, San Francisco Bay Area


California’s declining urban crime rates in the face of criminal justice reform

Over the past decade, California has implemented and pursued significant criminal justice reforms aimed at correcting a criminal justice system skewed too far in favor of mass incarceration. From legislative efforts like AB109 to Propositions 36, 47 and 57, California’s justice system is in a much different place today than it was a decade ago. Yet, contrary to years of fear-mongering by primarily (though not exclusively) Republican elected officials, radio talk show hosts and law enforcement or...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, DMV, Department Of Justice, Criminal Justice, Sal Rodriguez, Travis Allen, Tony Thurmond, Opinion columns


California’s declining urban crime rates in the era of criminal justice reform

Over the past decade, California has implemented and pursued significant criminal justice reforms aimed at correcting a criminal justice system skewed too far in favor of mass incarceration. From legislative efforts like AB109 to Propositions 36, 47 and 57, California’s justice system is in a much different place today than it was a decade ago. Yet, contrary to years of fear-mongering by primarily (though not exclusively) Republican elected officials, radio talk show hosts and law enforcement or...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, DMV, Department Of Justice, Criminal Justice, Sal Rodriguez, Travis Allen, Tony Thurmond, Opinion columns


Obamacare’s split personality

Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, has a split personality. Sometimes it’s Dr. Jekyll and sometimes it’s Mr. Hyde. We don’t hear much from Dr. Jekyll, the scientist in the laboratory who deals in quiet facts and numbers, but there’s no escaping Mr. Hyde. The raging monster appears in campaign commercials, fundraising emails and all day long on TV news, spewing soundbites and terrifying the citizenry with talk of sudden illness and financial death spirals. Recently the Trump admini...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Congress, California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Ronald Reagan, DMV, Department Of Justice, Medicaid, Trump, Jekyll, Hyde


Scathing audit highlights DMV failures, but agency just wants more money

The California Department of Motor Vehicles, plagued by endless wait times at its field offices and outmoded procedures that frustrate California residents, has 60 days to respond to a recent scathing audit from the Department of Finance. But we already know the main “solution” that the mismanaged agency is proposing: more taxpayer money. Last week, DMV officials requested an additional $168 million in new funds on top of the $40 million in extra promised by Gov. Gavin Newsom. That would boost t...
Tags: California, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, DMV, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Schwarzenegger, Department of Finance, Ting, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Tony Thurmond, Assemblyman Phil Ting


Tony Thurmond’s anti-choice education agenda

State superintendent of public instruction Tony Thurmond ran on a staunchly anti-reform agenda for California’s schools. But if it wasn’t clear before, the policies Thurmond wishes to advance are detached from both the reality of what students need and the reality of what Californians can and should have to afford. In a recent interview at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Thurmond didn’t hold back in promoting a costly and reactionary vision for education. First, he unloaded misleadingly ...
Tags: California, Opinion, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Trump, Commonwealth Club, Thurmond, Betsy DeVos, Tony Thurmond


Election results fuel war on California’s charter schools

Elections have consequences, and while some are unintended, one major impact of last year’s California elections is very much intended. Organizations and wealthy individuals favoring education reforms and charter schools went head-to-head with the California Teachers Association and other elements of the education establishment. It was a wipeout. The CTA, et al, swept the table, including the elections of Gavin Newsom as governor and Tony Thurmond as state superintendent of schools, and stronger...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Cta, Soccer, Oakland, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Legislature, California Teachers Association, Dan Walters, Commonwealth Club, Newsom, Thurmond, California Charter Schools Association


The L.A. teacher strike may be over, but observers warn there’s no ‘clear path forward’ for how LAUSD can afford its new contract

By Taylor Swaak | LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teachers union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re largely relying on more state funding and a 2020 California tax referendum — neither of which are guaran...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Lausd, Jim Morris, Johnson, Local News, Smith, Usc, Gavin Newsom, Morris, Legislative


School districts set poor example for students

There’s bitter irony in the loud complaints from California school officials and unions – particularly in large urban districts – about not having enough money. Schools are supposed to be teaching our children how to become productive and responsible adults, but by overspending revenues, blaming others for their fiscal problems and demanding bailouts, they are setting poor examples. We just saw a prime – but, unfortunately, not isolated – example in Los Angeles Unified, the state’s largest schoo...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Sacramento County, Gavin Newsom, U S Supreme Court, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, David Gordon, Darrell Steinberg, Newsom, Public Policy Institute of California


Reducing gun violence, charter school accountability, top voter concerns in education, poll says

By Laura Fay | LA School Report School safety and college affordability are the most pressing issues in education, California voters said in a ew poll. The top priority overall was reducing gun violence in schools, with more than half of respondents saying it was “very important.” But voters with children as well as those ages 18-49 and those earning less than $35,000 a year rated college affordability as more important. The annual poll, conducted since 2012, was led by researchers at the Univer...
Tags: Florida, News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Oakland, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Oakland California, Jan, United Teachers Los Angeles


After teacher strike agreement, LAUSD school board to vote Tuesday on supporting charter school moratorium

By Taylor Swaak, LA School Report The L.A. Unified school board will vote Tuesday on a resolution that would direct the superintendent to pursue a moratorium on new charter schools in the district. The resolution would also require the school board to call on state officials to study the financial impact of charters on the district to inform revisions to the state’s charter law. And the superintendent would have to report if a moratorium requires a voter-approved ballot initiative. A school boar...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Castro, Gavin Newsom, State, Perez, San Fernando Valley, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, LA school, Reason Foundation, California Department of Education


LAUSD teachers strike ends, but the debate is revving up in Sacramento

By Ricardo Cano As Los Angeles teachers celebrate the end of their six-day strike against California’s largest school district, the issues underlying the union’s bitter walkout appear to be headed straight for the state Capitol. The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles reached a deal Tuesday, ending nearly two years of deadlocked negotiations. The strike—the first in 30 years at the district—had impacted more than a half-million students and disrupted the city for ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, West Virginia, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, Capitol


What will make LAUSD teachers’ deal work? New outside funding – and teamwork

Teachers, board members and experts had just begun to scrutinize the landmark deal that effectively ended the Los Angeles Unified School District’s strike on Tuesday. But one thing is clear: The agreement will call for a complex mix of flexibility and cleverness from the district to secure an influx of new funding from the state and elsewhere to fend off the financial disaster that LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner has been warning of since the day he took office. LAUSD strike update: UTLA say...
Tags: Business, News, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Board of Supervisors, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District


UTLA’s lead dealmaker on nailing an end to the LAUSD teacher strike: ‘We just said we’re not going to leave if we don’t get these things’

Irene Ayala, the chair of United Teachers Los Angeles bargaining team, hadn’t slept in more than 27 hours when she walked off the stage at the teacher’s strike rally in Grand Park on Tuesday. While wading through the crowd around the stage, she couldn’t move more than a few feet through without getting inundated with hugs, handshakes, and selfies. “This is the height of my career,” she told reporters, describing the honor she felt when she was tapped by UTLA to lead the negotiations. “I knew tha...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Grand Park, Ayala, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA, Tony Thurmond, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories PSN, LAUSD UTLA


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 5: Teachers head back to picket lines after marathon bargaining session overnight

LOS ANGELES – The union representing thousands of striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended a marathon bargaining session early today and scheduled another round for later this morning in an effort to end a 5-day work stoppage — the first against the school district in 30 years. A negotiating session arranged in part by Mayor Eric Garcetti with an assist from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond began at midday Thursday and ended at 12:04 this mornin...
Tags: News, Education, Office, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Board of Education, McKenna, Los Angeles Unified School District, Grand Park, Scott Schmerelson


LAUSD School Board member Schmerelson goes his own way on Beutner’s handling of strike: ‘I couldn’t keep quiet anymore’

A Los Angeles Unified School District board member representing the West San Fernando Valley criticized Superintendent Austin Beutner’s handling of this week’s massive strike, arguing there is more money to fulfill some of the teachers’ contract demands in what has become the first walkout in the giant school system in 30 years. Board member Scott Schmerelson issued a statement this week pledging his support to teachers on the picket lines. It highlighted the rift on the school board among those...
Tags: School, News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, City Hall, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, School Board, Scott Schmerelson


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 4: Talks to resume at City Hall

LOS ANGELES — Negotiations between the union representing striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District will resume Thursday at City Hall. “The Mayor’s Office will facilitate these negotiations,” according to a statement released by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office Wednesday night. United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the teachers, “will be ready to bargain tomorrow, and our team will work long and hard toward an agreement that benefits our students, members and commun...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Union, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, State, McKenna, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Scott Schmerelson


If there’s an LAUSD strike, taxpayers, communities across state could feel it

By Ricardo Cano, CALMatters The nation’s second largest school district is about to ring in 2019 with a teacher strike that is already reverberating in public schools across California, and could be felt by taxpayers and communities throughout the state. United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents more than 30,000 teachers and employees in the Los Angeles Unified School District, says it will strike Jan. 10—the first Thursday after students return from the holiday break—unless the district agr...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Oakland, Local News, Richmond, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, John McCoy, Gonzalez


Legislate realistic campaign funding rules: Letters

Re “A lot at stake in close education race” (Editorial, Nov. 13): In your editorial outlining the differences between Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond, you mention that Tuck’s campaign was financed by billionaire pro-charter school interests, and Thurmond by California’s super powerful teacher’s unions. Some $50 million would go a long way towards helping all students, whether they are in charter schools or purely public ones. My problem is with the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling, which ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Paris, Trump, Donald, Letters to the Editor, Artesia, Hawthorne Boulevard, Thurmond, Tony Thurmond, Aviation Boulevard, Marshall Barth, Marshall Tuck


Maybe the California GOP should ditch Republican label

SACRAMENTO — Democratic and Republican partisans are still bickering over the national significance of Tuesday’s mixed-verdict midterm elections. I wish they’d give the country a rest from their political grudge match for a while, but at least few people are arguing about the California election results. Once again, the state’s Republicans — now holding registration levels below No Party Preference voters — got their clocks cleaned. It was embarrassing. They were shut out on statewide offices, f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oklahoma, Jerry Brown, Trump, Cox, Legislature, San Joaquin Valley


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


California Department of Education limited in ability to help districts improve, report says

BY LOUIS FREEDBERG and JOHN FENSTERWALD, EdSource A major thrust of landmark education reforms introduced during Gov. Jerry Brown’s tenure has been to emphasize local control of schools and to view the state’s primary role as providing support to districts to improve. But the state’s ability to provide that support is constrained by the weakness of the California Department of Education, according to a new report issued as part of the Getting Down to Facts research project. The report, written b...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Minnesota, Education, California, Washington, Stanford, Massachusetts, Brown University, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Tennessee, Jerry Brown


Marshall Tuck for state superintendent of public instruction

Four years ago, the 11 newspapers making up the now-Southern California News Group backed Marshall Tuck for state superintendent of public instruction due to a shared recognition that California’s broken education system needed new ideas. While he came up short that election, Tuck remains the best suited to shake up the education system. Tuck, who holds an MBA from Harvard and formerly worked in the financial industry, offers a wealth of experience and perspective. Having served for a decade as ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Harvard, Soccer, Editorials, Marshall, Endorsements, Assembly, John Cox, Alex Padilla, Tom Torlakson, Thurmond, Southern California News Group, Betty Yee


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


Two-thirds of California voters say education is a ‘very important’ issue in governor’s race, survey finds

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report How important is K-12 public education to California voters as they choose a new governor this year? Very. And that sentiment is growing. Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago when the same question was asked. A full 90 percent said candidates’ positions on education are important to them. RELATED STORY: Most parents worry about shootings at publ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, South Bay, San Fernando Valley, John Cox, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Mark Baldassare, PPIC, Lopes, John Chiang


Think K-12 education isn’t important to California voters? Think again, according to new poll in governor’s race

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero How important is K-12 public education to California voters as they choose a new governor this year? Very. And that sentiment is growing. Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago when the same question was asked. A full 90 percent said candidates’ positions on education are important to them. RELATED STORY: Most parents worry about shootings at public school, but don’...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, South Bay, San Fernando Valley, John Cox, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Mark Baldassare, PPIC, Lopes, John Chiang, Antonio Villaraigosa


Parental leave expansion bill passes Assembly Labor Committee

A bill that would expand employees' rights to parental leave passed the Califonia Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday. Democratic Assembly member Kevin McCarty of Sacramento voted in favor of the legislation — Senate Bill 63 — along with Tony Thurmond of Oakland, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego, Ash Kalra of San Jose and Ed Chau of Monterey Park. Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper of Costa Mesa was the sole vote against. Republican Assemblyman Heath Flora of Modesto… ...
Tags: Senate, Sacramento, Modesto, Bill, Oakland, Costa Mesa, Kevin McCarty, Monterey Park, Matthew Harper, Ed Chau, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Assembly Labor Committee, Tony Thurmond, San Diego Ash Kalra of San Jose, Republican Assemblyman Heath Flora