Bond fatigue and school choice

By Larry Sand
Californians nix school bonds as Florida’s parental choice program expands. It looks like California’s Prop.13, a $15 billion school construction bond, has been defeated. This is notable because voters had not rejected a bond of this nature since 1994. Additionally, supporters raised $10 million for the campaign, while opponents spent 1/40th of that amount –...

TAGS: Greg Forster, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Larry Sand, Measure EE, Prop. 13, school choice, teachers union

L.A.’s Measure EE defeat: What happened and what’s next

By Larry Sand
LAUSD parcel tax measure goes down, and the district is still in charge…for now.  If you live in Los Angeles, the thud you heard last Tuesday was the Los Angeles Unified School District’s parcel tax measure crashing to earth. Its goal was to raise $500 million annually over a 12-year period. Thus, owners of large...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Austin Beutner, Eli Broad, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Measure EE, parcel tax, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School Dysfunction

By Larry Sand
More bad news from the nation’s second largest school district. According to a report released last week, less than half of the 2019 Los Angeles Unified School District graduating class will be eligible to attend one of the state’s public universities. There are 15 essential “A–G” courses, including English, math, and science that students need...

TAGS: Austin Beutner, Charter schools, credit recovery classes, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Nick Melvoin, parcel tax, Taxifornia, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Government Unions Run Sacramento

By Jon Coupal
June 6 marks the 40th anniversary of voters’ overwhelming approval of Proposition 13, which has been protecting all California taxpayers ever since. Some people mistakenly think Prop. 13 protects only homeowners, because it cut the property tax rate statewide to 1 percent and put a stop to uncontrolled increases in assessed value. But it did...

TAGS: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, public sector unions

Down Ballot Measures Could Cost You Big Bucks

By Jon Coupal
Election month is rapidly approaching. That’s right, “election month” because, since 2002, California voters have been freed from casting ballots in person on the official Election Day, which this year is November 8. Voting by mail begins October 10. Polls show that many voters are disenchanted with the coming election because the major candidates for...

TAGS: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, school bonds