Use federal aid on students, not unions

By Chantal Lovell
07/23/2021
Editor’s note: This column is an expansion of a piece the author previously published in CalMatters on July 22, 2021. You can read that piece here. A massive battle is about to hit California school districts, and parents must prepare to fight for their students. Through a series of federal relief packages passed in Washington,...

TAGS: Chantal Lovell, Covid, LAUSD, school choice, Unions

Two wins for students!

By Chantal Lovell
07/16/2021
In a true testament to the impact engaged parents can have, California officials chose in two separate instances this week to put kids and their education before woke politics. It’s something not seen enough these days, and certainly worth celebrating when it happens. The first student-centric victory came on Tuesday, when the Los Angeles Unified...

TAGS: Chantal Lovell, critical race theory, curriculum, LAUSD, newsletter, school choice, UTLA

Parent implores school district: Focus on academics, not international affairs

By Editorial Staff
07/15/2021
This week, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to support a resolution condemning anti-Israeli rhetoric being pushed by the United Teachers Los Angeles in recent months. Below are the comments offered by a Los Angeles parent on the resolution. Watch the full discussion here.  Good Morning. My name is Margaret...

TAGS: LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA

LAUSD mom speaks out: Next superintendent must put kids ahead of special interests

By Chantal Lovell
06/10/2021
In addressing school board, mom paints picture of what school could look like in student-first district As the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education seeks a new superintendent to replace the outgoing Austin Beutner, one mom has an idea: Hire a superintendent who will put student needs ahead of union demands.  During the...

TAGS: education, LAUSD

Will California’s Schools Ever Fully Reopen? There’s Plenty of Money

By Edward Ring
03/18/2021
With a significant portion of the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package earmarked for K-12 public schools, concerns have arisen over potential misuse of those funds. As Fox News recently reported, “Multiple California school districts have discussed using state and federal COVID relief money to hand out bonuses for teachers and staff, with one district’s union even...

TAGS: education, LAUSD, public schools, reopening schools

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

By Edward Ring
12/02/2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry Sand explained the deal...

TAGS: Charter schools, CTA, LAUSD, orange county classical academy, teachers unions

When Approving a $7 Billion Bond Proposal, Did the LAUSD Board Violate the Brown Act?

By Edward Ring
08/19/2020
As reported in the Beverly Press and elsewhere, the “the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $7 billion school construction bond issue on the November ballot which would allow the LAUSD to continue its multi-year effort to upgrade school facilities.” Writing for CityWatch on August 6, Jack Humphreville had this to say about this big new...

TAGS: LAUSD, school bonds

Will Unions Promote Defined Contribution Plans the Way They Promote Pensions?

By Edward Ring
07/24/2019
The virtue of a defined contribution plan is that once the employer has made their contribution, the employer’s obligation is fulfilled. The employee’s retirement benefit is based on a “defined” contribution – typically some fixed percentage of their base pay – that money is invested, and the retiree lives on the accumulated savings and interest....

TAGS: LAUSD, Unions, UTLA

How AB 195 May Help Restore “Impartiality” to Local Ballot Language

By Edward Ring
05/30/2019
Every two years in November, California’s local agencies ask the voters to approve hundreds of new taxes and bonds. California’s primary ballot every other June also features dozens, if not hundreds of new requests for local tax increases and borrowing. And in times of dire urgency, special elections are called. For example, this Tuesday, June...

TAGS: CalPERS, CalSTRS, LAUSD, Los Angeles, Measure EE, pensions, UTLA

Why are Public Safety Unions supporting Teachers Unions?

By Edward Ring
05/15/2019
During the Los Angeles teachers strike earlier this year, an article in the far-left publication The Nation offered an excellent glimpse into the mentality of strikers and their supporters. The article begins by describing a scene in front of an LAUSD middle school on day three of the strike. A truck driver has arrived to make a delivery to...

TAGS: LAUSD, Measure EE, public safety, UTLA