Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

By Larry Sand
06/04/2019
Two bills that would have deeply wounded the popular schools of choice are dead…for now.  Last week, two seemingly sure-shot bills were deep-sixed in the California legislature. AB 1506 would have placed a ceiling on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – the magic number being those in existence at the end...

TAGS: California Charter Schools Association, California Teachers Association, Democrats for Education Reform, Eric Heins, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Rick Hess, teachers union, Tom Kane

A Mostly Merry Month for Educational Choice

By Larry Sand
05/24/2016
Those favoring educational freedom – and their enemies – have been busy in May. Overall, May has been a good month for the school choice movement despite a few lawsuits involving the teachers unions (so what else is new?). The Washington Education Association announced it would file suit by the end of the month challenging...

TAGS: education savings account, Florida Education Association, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Greg Forster, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Patrick Wolf, Pell Grant, tax credit scholarship, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Washington Education Association

The DivIdes of March

By Larry Sand
03/15/2016
My latest battle against a teacher union leader…. Last month, Rebecca Friedrichs, lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the California Teachers Association that was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and I were invited to talk about her case on Inside OC, a public affairs TV show in Orange County. Rebecca was given the...

TAGS: agency fee payers, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, CTA, Eric Heins, fair share, Gloria Romero, Jay Greene, Koch Brothers, labor peace, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, Rebecca Friedrichs, Rod Paige, seiu, teachers union, Terry Moe

Collective Bargaining Disagreement

By Larry Sand
11/24/2015
Collective bargaining serves neither students, competent teachers, nor taxpayers. A new study reveals that collective bargaining for teachers has a negative effect on future earnings, occupational skill levels and hours worked. Writing in Education Next, researchers Michael Lovenheim and Alexander Willen dissect the long-term ramifications of states that mandate collective bargaining for teachers. While they...

TAGS: Alexander Willen, Caroline Hoxby, collective bargaining, Education Next, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Michael Lovenheim, Mike Petrilli, Rebecca Friedrichs, teachers union, Terry Moe, wage compression

Charter Chumps

By Larry Sand
05/12/2015
The competition-phobic teachers unions are still trying to decimate charter schools. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the teachers unions vacillate when it comes to charter schools. On odd days they try to organize them and on even ones they go all out to eviscerate them. But the organizing efforts haven’t gone too...

TAGS: AB 1172, Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Charter School Association, California Teachers Association, Center for Education Reform, Charter schools, Dean Vogel, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Education Association, National School Choice Week, teachers union, Tom Kane, Tony Mendoza, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Chicken Little Class Size

By Larry Sand
01/06/2015
With a big assist from the teachers unions, the small class size myth lives on. “The sky is falling” is well-known throughout the world as an admonition to be wary of hysterical claims. While we appreciate the silliness of the Chicken Little story, we fail to recognize its relevance in many of the myths perpetuated...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Teacher Association, Caroline Hoxby, Eric Hanushek, Jay Greene, Jay Mathews, Larry Sand, Michael Mulgrew, small class size, teachers union, United Federation of Teachers

The Poor Teacher Canard Redux – Part I

By Larry Sand
08/19/2014
“Mid-and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes” is the latest flawed study to claim that American teachers are underpaid. Leave it to the left-leaning teacher-union-friendly Center for American Progress to come out with a flatulent report lamenting the allegedly lousy state of teacher pay in the U.S. Even worse, much of the acolyte media dutifully...

TAGS: American Enterprise Institute, American Federation of Teachers, Andrew Biggs, California Policy Center, Center for American Progress, Heritage Foundation, Jason Richwine, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Manhattan Institute, Marcus Winters, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, Transparent California

The Strange Politics of Education Reform

By Larry Sand
09/10/2013
… where conservatives demand change and many alleged progressives, including teacher union elites, are really reactionary. While this may be old news to some, it can’t be said enough: In our polarized times, education reform is the only truly bipartisan issue, whereas with other matters things invariably break down into Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs....

TAGS: Andrew Cuomo, Democrats for Education Reform, Diane Ravitch, Eric Holder, Heritage Foundation, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Lindsey Burke, Lisa Snell, Michael Nutter, Rahm Emanuel, Reason Foundation, teachers union

Who Benefits from Collective Bargaining in Education?

By Larry Sand
08/27/2013
Union bosses do — at the expense of good teachers, children, their parents and taxpayers.   In a tribute to Labor Day, the California Teachers Association has put up a slobbering web page as a paean to the labor movement. Its unintentionally humorous title is “Organized Labor – Proud and Free.” Free?  Actually, it is very...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Caroline Hoxby, collective bargaining, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mike Antonucci, teachers union, Terry Moe, wage compression

Cursing the Light

By Larry Sand
07/16/2013
Teachers unions continue to use empty rhetoric to bash promising school privatization efforts. It is a given – and understandable – that teachers unions deplore vouchers or opportunity scholarships, arrangements whereby public monies are used to fund a private school education; it hurts their bottom line. With very few exceptions, private schools are not unionized,...

TAGS: Andrew Coulson, Cato Institute, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Jason Bedrick, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, opportunity scholarships, Patrick Wolf, teachers unions, vouchers