How to Save Your School District From the Coming Financial Crisis

By California Policy Center
01/17/2023
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...

TAGS: California government unions, California public education, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, Charter schools, public education

DeSantis Battles the Teachers Union

By Larry Sand
01/06/2023
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...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California government unions, California Teachers Association, California teachers unions, Ron DeSantis, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA

Those Who Can’t Teach Math: California Teachers Association’s Massive Drop in Membership

By California Policy Center
06/14/2022
Internal California Teachers Association documents reveal the union has far fewer members than it claims – and that union leaders expect that number to drop farther. Investigative journalist Mike Antonucci reports that union’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget has the number at 267,270 – a loss of 42,730 members or nearly 14 percent. The California Teachers...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, California teachers unions, CTA, Janus, Janus vs AFSCME

The teachers unions’ misbegotten efforts have ignited the push for educational freedom

By Larry Sand
12/14/2021
The California Teachers Association fights parental choice with deeply flawed arguments. As this troubling year moves to a conclusion, there is certainly one thing worth celebrating: the great leap forward for educational freedom throughout the country. As I wrote last week, the countrywide union-mandated school shutdowns have had major consequences, and perhaps none more prominent...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA, school vouchers

The union mandated school shutdowns are having major consequences

By Larry Sand
12/07/2021
School violence rises, mental health days proliferate, and thousands of kids are leaving government schools nationwide. Recently, a report compiled by Mike Antonucci for the Defense of Freedom Institute confirmed that the teachers unions had a heavy-handed role in the Covid-related shutdowns that consumed much of the country starting in March 2020. And the “never...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, teachers union, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Winning a war of attrition against government unions

By Edward Ring
04/23/2021
Anyone involved in state or local politics in California soon realizes that government unions are the most powerful special interest in the state. From time to time, as the ride-share behemoths proved in spectacular fashion last November with Proposition 22, corporations will defy the unions on very specific issues. But by and large California’s corporations...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, collective bargaining, education reform, Edward Ring, public sector unions, recall, teachers union, Unions, vouchers

Teachers Unions Are Promoting School Choice

By Larry Sand
03/09/2021
As a result of their insistence on school closings, the unions are inadvertently leading the charge to educational freedom. As I wrote last week, opposition to teacher union-mandated lockdowns is growing. Parent groups are springing up all over the country, demanding that schools reopen. They see the irreparable harm being done to their kids on...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, EdChoice, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union

Child Suicide, Covid, and the Unions

By Larry Sand
02/02/2021
The teachers unions’ resistance to opening schools is killing kids…literally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6 percent of U.S. children aged 6 through 17 are afflicted with autism, severe anxiety, depression, trauma-related mental health conditions, and other serious emotional or behavioral difficulties. Due to forced school lockdowns, many of these...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Claudia Briggs, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, teachers union

Unity or Union Fealty?

By Larry Sand
01/26/2021
 President Biden calls for national unity, but his words ring hollow. The resignation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the day after the Capitol protests spurred National Education Association President Becky Pringle to spew, “Resigning 13 days before the end of this administration does nothing to erase the harm Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done to this...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Becky Pringle, Betsy DeVos, California Teachers Association, Corey DeAngelis, Joe Biden, Larry Sand, National Education Association, National School Choice Week, Randi Weingarten