The best defense is to be offensive

By Larry Sand
Anti-school choicers are getting desperate. 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...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Betsy DeVos, CAHSEE, credit recovery classes, graduation rate, Heartland Institute, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Mackinac Center, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Union Kingpin Threatens California

By Larry Sand
In a blatant power-play, UTLA president targets health benefits and charter schools, calling for a “state crisis” if he doesn’t get his way. United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl gave a speech for the ages a couple of weeks ago, securing a wing in the pantheon-of-vile, a place which includes such memorable outbursts...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Bob Chanin, CAHSEE, California Charter Schools Association, California High School Exit Examination, Karen Lewis, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, remediation, teachers union, Terry Moe, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Department of Monopoly and Power

By Larry Sand
Educating students is far from the #1 priority of the school board and the teachers union in LA. On February 11th, LA School Report released an internal Los Angeles Unified School District document which stated that just 54 percent of seniors in LA are on track to graduate. The drop off from 74 percent last...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, CAHSEE, California Charter Schools Association, California High School Exit Examination, Eli Broad, graduation rate, LA School Report, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Vergara lawsuit

Testing Matters

By Larry Sand
Led by the teachers unions, the push against standardized testing punishes kids. With bipartisan support in Congress and President Obama’s blessing, the son of No Child Left behind, dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has become the law of the land. While many on the right favor the law because it returns some power...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, CAHSEE, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, No Child Left Behind, Randi Weingarten, teachers union