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The Enduring Teacher Shortage Myth

The Enduring Teacher Shortage Myth

“Many teachers have left the profession and gone into other work of various kinds because they could make more money. Frequently the best teachers are the ones who have left the profession because they have been able to command exceptional salaries elsewhere.” (H/T Tom Gantert.) The above quote is taken from the front page of the...

By Larry Sand

CPC Files Amicus Brief to Defend the People’s Right to a Ballot Initiative in California

CPC Files Amicus Brief to Defend the People’s Right to a Ballot Initiative in California

California Policy Center filed an amicus brief in Castellanos v. California, detailing the flaws in the ruling and urging the appellate court to reverse the trial court decision and restore the people’s will on Proposition 22. CPC is also launching Democracy for All, a new coalition of pro-democracy groups working to protect direct democracy and...

By California Policy Center

The Abundance Choice – Part 2: The Problems with Indoor Water Rationing

The Abundance Choice – Part 2: The Problems with Indoor Water Rationing

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a new series on California’s water crisis. Perhaps the biggest example of misguided water policy in California are the escalating restrictions on indoor water consumption. As will be seen, the savings these restrictions amount to are trivial in the context of California’s total water consumption, yet are...

By Edward Ring

School Choice and Segregation: Fact and Fiction

School Choice and Segregation: Fact and Fiction

According to a study released in mid-May by The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, “one in six students attend a school where over 90% of their peers were of the same race in the 2018-19 school year.” The publication of the report was timed to mark the 68th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme...

By Larry Sand

The Abundance Choice – Part 1: California’s Failing Water Policies

The Abundance Choice – Part 1: California’s Failing Water Policies

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a new series on California’s water crisis. In October and again in December, as the third severe drought this century was entering its third year, not one but two atmospheric rivers struck California. These two storm systems dumped torrents of rain with historic intensity. More than 100...

By Edward Ring

A Surplus of Nonsense in the Governor’s Latest Budget

A Surplus of Nonsense in the Governor’s Latest Budget

There are two big days for a California governor, January 10 when the budget is presented and the May Revise when a few months of additional data and debate have passed. They’re both political documents, allowing governors to play with numbers. Few governors have been as sporting in that enterprise as Gavin Newsom. Last week,...

By John Moorlach

Vergara: Ten Years In The Rearview

Vergara: Ten Years In The Rearview

This article originally appeared in For Kids and Country.  It has been a decade since the landmark Vergara lawsuit was filed, and its denial in the courts has led to ongoing failure in California schools. Back in 1975, I lost my 6th-grade teaching position in New York City. As a newbie, it was explained to...

By Larry Sand

Don’t Buy into SEL

Don’t Buy into SEL

This article originally appeared in For Kids and Country.  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) was always a bad idea, and now that it is politicized, it’s a nightmare. As a longtime teacher, I have seen firsthand that education is a fad-filled field. Culturally responsive education, inventive spelling, new math, experiential learning, balanced literacy, etc. are educational...

By Larry Sand

Are Private Sector Unions Passé?

Are Private Sector Unions Passé?

This article originally appeared in For Kids and Country.  Union membership is way down, and their collective future is not rosy. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership in January, and the results were not pretty for organized labor. There are 50,000 fewer union members in the private sector than in...

By Larry Sand

TK is Not Okay

TK is Not Okay

This article was originally on For Kids and Country. In California, parents are abandoning the k-12 system, college enrollment is down, and now the state is trying to lure 4-year-olds to transitional kindergarten. According to just released data from the California Department of Education, the state has lost 110,000 students this school year, and has fewer...

By Larry Sand

Will California buyers be mandated to purchase the forthcoming oversupply of EV’s?

Will California buyers be mandated to purchase the forthcoming oversupply of EV’s?

Until the current elite owners can demonstrate to the middle-income and those on fixed incomes that their EV’s are the family workhorse vehicle, the average citizen may not be receptive to be mandated by Newsom into an EV. A year and a half after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to phase out...

By Ronald Stein

Are Firefighters Hard to Recruit in California?

Are Firefighters Hard to Recruit in California?

This article originally appeared in the California Globe. In response to a recent California Policy Center analysis that provided an updated calculation of the average pay and benefits for full-time firefighters working for cities in California, one commenter claimed that it has become difficult to recruit firefighters. The accuracy of this claim carries significant implications. When employers...

By Edward Ring

Divorce California-Style: Following “parents are terrorists” campaign, Cal school boards group says it’s going directly to Washington, DC

Divorce California-Style: Following “parents are terrorists” campaign, Cal school boards group says it’s going directly to Washington, DC

The organization behind some of California’s most out-there education initiatives announced it’s splitting from the national group that helped it promote the “parents are terrorists” campaign. In a low-profile statement, the California School Boards Association says its leadership approved the divorce from the National School Boards Association on March 26. In the press release, the...

By California Policy Center

California Union Watch 2022 Quarter 1 Review

California Union Watch 2022 Quarter 1 Review

The California Union Watch Twitter account (@CalUnionWatch) has been tracking government union contributions over the first quarter of this year (January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022). Here are the five biggest union contributors from this year so far. We will be only focusing on state-level elections. 5. California Professional Firefighters The California Professional Firefighters...

By Brandon Ristoff