An indecent proposal

By Chantal Lovell
10/01/2021
When reflecting on Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent recall victory, a friend of the California Policy Center reminded me of a scene in the film Indecent Proposal. Woody Harrelson’s character had just been left by the love of his life, who’d run off with another man. Before handing divorce papers over to his soon-to-be ex, played...

TAGS: campaign expendtiures, CTA, newsletter, public sector unions

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

By Edward Ring
12/02/2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry Sand explained the deal...

TAGS: Charter schools, CTA, LAUSD, orange county classical academy, teachers unions

Teachers Union Promotes Property Tax Increase

By Edward Ring
02/06/2020
Last week what is arguably California’s most powerful political special interest, the California Teachers Association (CTA), or teachers union, held its quarterly State Council of Education meeting at the plush Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The CTA reported revenues of $209 million on their most recent IRS Form 990 (results through 8/31/2018), and their total assets increased...

TAGS: CTA, Ed Ring, Edward Ring, Prop. 13, teachers union

Chartering an Alternate Path

By Koppany Jordan
04/03/2019
Charter school leaders and supporters took aim at Assemblymember Kevin McCarty during a March 13 protest on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento. McCarty, a Sacramento Democrat, found himself under fire for sponsoring a bill to cap the number of public charter schools in California. Public charter schools, which are privately operated public...

TAGS: CCSA, Charter schools, CTA, Democrats, education reform, Kevin McCarty, Sacramento, Shirley Weber

In light of union’s journalism awards, we offer our own suggestions

By Steven Greenhut
10/12/2018
Sacramento The state’s largest public-sector union, the California Teachers’ Association, hands out annual journalism awards, which are named after John Swett. He is known as the father of California public school system and as CTA’s founder. Swett was the state’s fourth superintendent of public instruction, from 1863 to 1867, and his vision clearly embodies the views...

TAGS: CTA, Janus

Can Janus Unravel the “Solidarity” Between PORAC and the CTA?

By Edward Ring
07/03/2018
The reactions from representatives of California’s public sector unions to the Janus ruling are revealing. For any member thinking about quitting these unions, these reactions, and the political agenda they epitomize, bear close scrutiny. Here are excerpts from a press release regarding Janus on the California Teachers Association website: “Today’s ruling is an attack on...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

By Larry Sand
09/06/2016
UTLA and CTA’s anti-charter school obsession has reached epidemic proportions.  Just weeks after United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl threw his if-we-don’t get-our-way-we’re-going-to-create-a-state-crisis tantrum, the teachers union has hit the streets with a media campaign. Empowered by a massive dues increase, UTLA is spreading its venom via billboards, bus benches and the media....

TAGS: accountability, Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Teachers Association, Cecily Myart-Cruz, charter school, CTA, Eli Broad, Kids Not Profits, Larry Sand, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA

Teachers Union Kills Another Commonsense Reform Bill

By Larry Sand
07/05/2016
Despite the U.S. declaring its independence from Britain in 1776, Californians are still saddled with teacher union redcoats 240 years later. Teacher tenure is an atrocity. Officially called “permanence,” this union-mandated work rule allows some teachers to stay in the classroom when they should be imprisoned or at least working somewhere else, preferably far away...

TAGS: Ben Austin, California Teachers Association, CTA, Larry Sand, Michelle Rhee, permanence, seniority, Students Matter, Susan Bonilla, teachers union, tenure, Vergara

The DivIdes of March

By Larry Sand
03/15/2016
My latest battle against a teacher union leader…. Last month, Rebecca Friedrichs, lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and I were invited to talk about her case on Inside OC, a public affairs TV show in Orange County. Rebecca was given the...

TAGS: agency fee payers, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, CTA, Eric Heins, fair share, Gloria Romero, Jay Greene, Koch Brothers, labor peace, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, Rebecca Friedrichs, Rod Paige, seiu, teachers union, Terry Moe