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

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

Taking Care of Our Children

By Larry Sand
To have safer schools, where the interests and protection of children aren’t afterthoughts, we must demand more from the administrative-union-legislative unholy trinity. In light of a second school shooting last week – this one in Taft, California – we have all the usual suspects pointing to their pet causes which they claim will prevent the...

TAGS: Alex Padilla, California Teachers Association, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Larry Sand, Sandy Hook, SB 1530, teachers union

Thoughts on Reactions to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

By Larry Sand
Teacher union leaders offer heat but no light after the mass murder in Newtown. In the aftermath of the December 14th mass murder of 26 children and school staffers in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been the understandable finger pointing and a full range of suggestions for ensuring that such a horror doesn’t happen again. On...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Empowerment Network, Dennis Van Roekel, Diane Ravitch, Karen Lewis, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Sandy Hook, Teach For America, teachers union