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Voters Approve Over $3.0 Billion Per Year in New Local Taxes

Voters Approve Over $3.0 Billion Per Year in New Local Taxes

When state ballot initiatives propose new taxes, it’s big news. But while every election features a handful of state tax and bond proposals that get statewide attention, additional hundreds of local state and bond proposals fly under the radar.  Fortunately, after each election cycle and once all the votes are certified – something that in...

By Edward Ring

Mogul Migration

Mogul Migration

Among the most notable people taking part in the Exodus from California are the tech and finance elite. More and more high-profile business leaders are losing their patience with California’s anti-business regulatory morass, sky-high tax rate, and unreasonable cost of living. In 2017, entrepreneur and author Tim Ferriss left Silicon Valley for Texas. Ferriss cited...

By Sheridan Swanson

Celebrate School Choice Week by Learning about Education Options

Celebrate School Choice Week by Learning about Education Options

This month, we celebrated and honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who fought for equality and a quality education for all children. More than fifty years later, too many of our district schools are failing Latino families. This is the social justice issue of our generation.  More than half of...

By Cecilia Iglesias

Rethinking Transparency and Accountability: Part 1

Rethinking Transparency and Accountability: Part 1

Virtually everyone in local government claims to champion transparency and accountability, but few attempt to define either of these terms or identify what conditions support and maintain them. Too often, municipal leaders rely on gimmicks and process to demonstrate that their government organization is meeting these laudable goals, rather than focus on building the culture...

By Mark Moses

Rethinking Transparency And Accountability: Part 2

Rethinking Transparency And Accountability: Part 2

As with transparency, accountability is championed in government settings. Government officials and employees must be accountable to the public for the decisions they make and the money they spend, but what is really meant by accountability, and how should we think about it in a local government context? The best description of accountability that I...

By Mark Moses

How to Save Your School District From the Coming Financial Crisis

How to Save Your School District From the Coming Financial Crisis

The teachers-union-backed California School Boards Association (CSBA) is warning school officials that a financial crisis is coming for the state’s hundreds of school districts. CSBA’s advice: Beg for a handout. “At a time when 25 cents of every dollar received by local schools goes toward pension obligations, districts and county offices of education need more...

By California Policy Center

The School Choice Battles Ahead

The School Choice Battles Ahead

As we transition into 2023, we can see that the field of education will once again be a contentious one, as too many government-run schools are failing, and parents are not happy. In Chicago, for example, great numbers of students are avoiding their local schools. In fact, more than one-third of the city’s public schools...

By Larry Sand

Orange County Classical Academy Recognized as a California Distinguished School 

Orange County Classical Academy Recognized as a California Distinguished School 

The Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA) was recognized this week as a  California Distinguished School, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced. OCCA, a high-performing public charter school, was the only school to receive the prestigious 2023 award in Orange Unified School District.  “Orange County Classical Academy truly deserves to be recognized as a...

By California Policy Center

DeSantis Battles the Teachers Union

DeSantis Battles the Teachers Union

Fighting for a sane measure for educators. Years ago, when I was teaching, I asked then United Teachers of Los Angeles president A.J. Duffy at a union meeting why teachers weren’t responsible for paying their own dues. He replied, “They might forget.” I didn’t respond, but knew that some of my colleagues were thinking what...

By Larry Sand

The “Reparations” Scam

The “Reparations” Scam

California is considering paying “reparations” to Black Californians who are directly descended from enslaved people, which may surprise most Californians. After all, slavery was never legal in the Golden State.  Governor Newsom, heedless of the fiasco he’s inviting, formed a “Reparations Task Force,” no doubt with his future presidential aspirations in mind. The task force...

By Edward Ring

Race Preferential College Admissions

Race Preferential College Admissions

And how they ultimately hurt minority students and expose a glaring hypocrisy in the California education system.   State-funded universities in California are pushing to use race as a metric for college admissions, a practice many Californians believe should stay in the past. But while claiming to champion educational opportunity for low-income and minority students,...

By Sheridan Swanson

Our Devastating Education Schemes

Our Devastating Education Schemes

We need to get back to educational basics.   Little did I know that when I was teaching in the 1990s and “multicultural education” became all the rage, that it was just the beginning of an onslaught of radical endeavors that shows no sign of abating. As 2022 winds down, let’s take a glimpse at...

By Larry Sand

Looming Deficits Present Another Opportunity to Offer Solutions for California

Looming Deficits Present Another Opportunity to Offer Solutions for California

Just a few months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom was bragging about California’s “$100 billion budget surplus.” At the same time, the California Policy Center was pointing out that the governor’s “surplus” was fantasy – that state and local governments owed about $1.6 trillion. In those heady days, however, with obliging media cheering him on, Newsom...

By Edward Ring

Pension Costs Are Still Eating Government Budgets

Pension Costs Are Still Eating Government Budgets

About 20 years ago, I read an ad in a local Sacramento newspaper that said “Get a government job and become an instant millionaire.” The ad went on to describe how public bureaucrats in California enjoyed benefits private sector employees can only dream of, including a guaranteed retirement pension worth the equivalent of millions of...

By Edward Ring