Los Angeles Schools Kowtow to Union Demands

By Larry Sand
Children in L.A. are suffering at the hands of the school district and its “labor partner.” Public schools are finally opening in Los Angeles, but education will be unlike anything the kids have ever seen. Elementary students will attend school just half the time – groups of students will have in-person instruction either in the...

TAGS: Austin Beutner, Cecily Myart-Cruz, Great Public Schools Now, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The Literacy Crisis

By Larry Sand
Our illiteracy rate is alarming, but the ed establishment doesn’t seem to be concerned. The biggest problem in the country today? Some may say that it’s healthcare, while others will insist that it’s the economy. A third group maintains that it’s ISIS. While a good a case can be made for any of the above,...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Great Public Schools Now, Kevin McCarty, Larry Sand, merit pay, Randi Weingarten, remediation, teachers union, Tony Mendoza, United Teachers Los Angeles

UTLA’s Eli Broad Rage

By Larry Sand
Los Angeles teachers union turns down millions of dollars from the philanthropist earmarked for schools that work. Last year, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation formed Great Public Schools Now (GPSN), an organization whose goal was to create 260 new charter schools in Los Angeles. The plan was to enroll at least 130,000 students in...

TAGS: Cato Institute, Eli Broad, Great Public Schools Now, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Myrna Castrejón, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA