Class Size Lies

By Larry Sand
10/07/2022
The number of children in the classroom has no effect on educational achievement. The perennial, “We have a teacher shortage!” canard has a younger and equally bogus sibling known as, “Children do better in a small class setting!” In fact, lower class size is very often on the list of demands when teachers go out...

TAGS: california public schools, classrooms, education, education reform

Enormous Amounts of Money Flow into the Bottomless Education Pit

By Larry Sand
08/26/2022
This article originally appeared on frontpagemag.com   Spurred by the Covid panic, schools have been the recipient of ungodly sums of money. And it’s not as if the beast was starving before. To put things into perspective, the U.S. spends about $800 billion on national defense, more than China, Russia, India, the U.K., France, Saudi...

TAGS: California public education, California teachers unions, education reform, education spending, teachers

How the people can fix California

By Edward Ring
06/03/2021
The deadline to file citizens initiatives for the November 2022 state ballot is this August, and not nearly enough has been done so far. Active measures submitted to the California Attorney General include the highly necessary proposition to “prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude,” along with one to “require earth sustainability training in public schools.” Because apparently we’re...

TAGS: education reform, Edward Ring, Edward Ring

Awakening to woke

By Larry Sand
04/27/2021
The mainstreaming of Marxism is meeting resistance from anti-woke warriors, but more people must lose their fear and fight back. Here in California, the woke train rolls merrily along.  If AB 101 passes in its current version, a one-semester high school course in ethnic studies will be mandated starting in the 2029–2030 school year. Each...

TAGS: critical race theory, curriculum, education reform, Larry Sand, school choice, woke

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

A Strategy to Transform California in One Election

By Edward Ring
06/26/2019
As a statewide political force, California’s conservative voters are disenfranchised. Almost no politicians holding state office speak for conservatives, few court rulings favor conservatives, and nearly everywhere, conservative values are discredited or ignored by a hostile press. But California’s political landscape could be poised for dramatic shifts. Even now, after more than a decade of...

TAGS: education reform, energy, Housing, Law and Order, pensions

Resistance is NOT Futile

By Edward Ring
04/17/2019
The union assault on charter schools in California has intensified, but resistance is not futile. Parents, students, conscientious teachers, lawmakers and concerned citizens are stepping up. There are many ways to fight for charter schools, which represent one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal performance by California’s K-12 system of public education. In an April...

TAGS: CCSA, Charter schools, Democratic Party, education reform, Edward Ring, Larry Sand, pension reform