Parents—The Ultimate Education Reform

By Lance Christensen
Grant Allen once lamented, “What a misfortune it is that we should thus be compelled to let our boys’ schooling interfere with their education!” These words, often attributed to Mark Twain, encapsulate a sentiment that education transcends the walls of a schoolhouse, echoing the belief that learning should not be confined to a classroom. Increasingly,...

TAGS: corey dangelis, education, mark twain, parental rights, Parents—The Ultimate Education Reform, school choice

Legal Update: Visalia Unified School District v. Public Employment Relations Board

By Julie Hamill
Last month, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision in Visalia Unified School District v. Public Employees Relations Board, impacting personnel disputes in school districts throughout California. This is a must-read for all California school district HR directors. Overview: Despite finding that a school district’s decision to fire the union chapter president was retaliatory,...

TAGS: education, litigation, Unions, visalia

CPC’s Parental Rights Rally

By California Policy Center
Parents and parent groups from across California joined together for CPC’s “A Line in the Sand — A Rally for Parental Rights” on September 26th. Nearly 400 people came out to Rancho Madera Community Park in Simi Valley the evening before the Republican Presidential Primary Debate to let the candidates know that parental rights is a...

TAGS: children, education, parental rights, Rally

Parents, where do you draw the line? 

By California Policy Center
Parents, where do you draw the line? The state legislature is aggressively shepherding anti-parent bills through its chambers that erode parental authority in ways that would seem unimaginable only a few years ago. Under the banner of “affirming transgender children,” legislators are pushing bills that upend parental rights in frightening ways and pose serious risks...

TAGS: education, education reform, Parent Empowerment Act, Parent Revolution, parent union, parents

Uneducating America: Student Test Scores on U.S. History and Civics Hit All-Time Lows

By Larry Sand
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also referred to as the Nation’s Report Card, is a test that measures the knowledge of American students in various areas. The results of the NAEP test in U.S. history and civics, taken in 2022, were released last month. They paint a grim picture: according to the data,...

TAGS: California public education, california public schools, education, NAEP, standardized testing

The War on Boys and Girls

By Larry Sand
Over the years, a cause for teen angst, suicide, etc., has reportedly been the media. But there is no definitive evidence to corroborate that. In fact, every recent generation has traditionally pointed to the media or some other cultural factor as damaging to youth. In the 1920s, it was the Charleston, and in the 1940s,...

TAGS: education, family, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, transgender

An Open Letter to Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

By Lance Christensen
RE: Assembly Constitutional Amendment 9 – OPPOSE, UNLESS AMENDED Dear Assemblyman McCarty, I write in respectful opposition to Assembly Constitutional Amendment 9 (ACA 9) as it is presently constituted. Full disclosure – I was the runner-up candidate for the constitutional office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on the November 2022 general election ballot. While considering the following comments...

TAGS: California Legislature, education, education reform, Kevin McCarty, Lance Christensen

California Policy Center’s Statewide Take Back California Education Tour Continues 

By Lance Christensen
It did not take long after I announced a statewide education reform tour as a former candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction and in my role as California Policy Center’s Vice President of Education Policy and Government Affairs to receive an overwhelming and positive response. Parents, educators, school board members, and other concerned community members...

TAGS: California public education, education, education reform, Lance Christensen, orange county, Sacramento

The School Choice Battles Ahead

By Larry Sand
As we transition into 2023, we can see that the field of education will once again be a contentious one, as too many government-run schools are failing, and parents are not happy. In Chicago, for example, great numbers of students are avoiding their local schools. In fact, more than one-third of the city’s public schools...

TAGS: California government unions, California public education, california public schools, California teachers unions, education, school choice

Class Size Lies

By Larry Sand
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