The looming apocalypse in California

By Larry Sand
The “state crisis” threatened by Los Angeles teacher union boss two years ago is upon us. In two recent posts, I detailed the United Teachers of Los Angeles contract demands on the school district and reported that a strike was likely. And of late, the situation has gone from bad to dire. Perhaps the biggest...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, George McKenna, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Nick Melvoin, Richard Vladovic, teacher pay, teacher strike, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Education establishment put kids and taxpayers last

By Larry Sand
Three hundred “must place” teachers in Los Angeles don’t work, but are still on the payroll. What does a school board do with teachers whom no principal wants to hire? In New York, that problem was “solved” this past fall when Mayor Bill De Blasio and school chief Carmen Fariña, began to unload the so-called...

TAGS: Bill de Blasio, Clayton Christensen, George McKenna, Janus v. AFSCME, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Mike Antonucci, Nick Melvoin, Prop. 13, Richard Vladovic, teachers union

Are Charters Doomed in California?

By Larry Sand
Education establishment is protecting its turf in the Golden State; kids are not on its radar.  In late April, U.S. News & World Report released its yearly national rankings of America’s public high schools, and six of the top 10 are charter schools – public schools that don’t have to be in lockstep with their...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Charter School Association, California Teachers Association, Charter schools, Eli Broad, George McKenna, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, Tony Mendoza, United Teachers of Los Angeles