Carrying for the kids

By Larry Sand
An analysis of school shootings by the U.S. Secret Service doesn’t really tell us anything new. A report released last week by the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center on “targeted school violence” doesn’t add much to what we already knew. Nearly every attacker “experienced negative home life factors.” Most were victims of bullying...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, NRA, Parkland, Randi Weingarten, Sandy Hook, teachers union

Greenlighting classroom disruptions

By Larry Sand
A new law that bans school suspensions for defiance is on the books in California. Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 419 into law, which extends the current K-3 ban for suspensions for “defiant and disruptive” behavior to grades 4-8. The law suggests that “restorative justice practices, trauma-informed practices, social and emotional learning, and schoolwide positive...

TAGS: Jason Riley, Larry Sand, Max Eden, Parkland, President Obama, zero tolerance

Home invasion

By Larry Sand
Using the Turpins as an excuse, California legislative busybodies are looking to punish homeschooling families. It was shocking to learn in January that Californians David and Louise Turpin had imprisoned their thirteen children for years in the most disgusting and degrading ways. Fortunately, one of the girls escaped from the home in Perris, and contacted...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, homeschool, Jose Medina, National Education Association, NRA, Parkland, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Deputies’ failure to engage killer springs partly from union priorities

By Steven Greenhut
Sacramento Among the biggest news stories to emerge following the horrific murders of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 was the failure of the armed deputy assigned to the school to enter the building and engage the shooter. Other news stories report that three other deputies who...

TAGS: Parkland

Mr. Chips needs to pack heat

By Larry Sand
While finger-pointing continues over the Florida school shooting, it’s time to arm our teachers. Understandably, much has been written about the awful school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 young people were slaughtered at the hands of a sick and evil human being. The tragedy was particularly vexing as there were so many warning signs...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, Parkland, Sandy Hook, teachers union