Lance Christensen’s Statement on Chino Valley USD Parental Notification Policy

By Lance Christensen
Good evening board president, trustees and superintendent. My name is Lance Christensen, Vice President of the California Policy Center. Adults – who should know better – telling kids to keep secrets from their parents, is why we’re here tonight. Regardless of my personal feelings, I’m not here to comment on the probity of children transitioning...

TAGS: California Charter School Association, California public education, California School Boards Association, school board, school boards

School Choice Tremors

By Larry Sand
Election results show that parental freedom is on the move, but too many children are still stuck in government-run schools with few options. The election on November 8th was good for the school choice movement. As Corey DeAngelis, senior fellow at the American Federation for Children, explains, 76% of candidates supported by his organization won...

TAGS: california public schools, Elections, Local Elections, public schools, school boards, school choice

Domestic terrorists?

By Lance Christensen
If there’s a silver lining to be found in the way teachers’ unions robbed a year-and-a-half of learning from students, it’s that parents across the country have become more engaged in their children’s education. For months, we’ve seen parents band together to ask more of their school districts, and not a week goes by without...

TAGS: Lance Christensen, NSBA, school boards

Die Another Day: Bonds like Prop 13 are a burden for tomorrow

By Chris Reed
The conventional wisdom about Proposition 13 — the only ballot measure before California voters in the March 3 election — is that the $15 billion construction bond benefitting public schools, state universities and community colleges is of relatively little importance to the average voter. While there are concerns that local districts will have to raise...

TAGS: bonds, California State Teachers Retirement System, Chris Reed, Los Angeles Unified School District, school boards

Adults’ Rights Come Before Children’s Health and Welfare in Public Schools

By Larry Sand
Parents send their children to school assuming that kids are its number one priority. But as recent events have shown, public schools are Ground Zero for a culture that puts children last and doesn’t hold adults accountable. In Waiting For Superman, Michelle Rhee stated that it took her a while, but she finally realized that...

TAGS: American Federation for Children, California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unfied School District, Mark Berndt, Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution, Parent Trigger, school boards, Students First, teachers unions

Exposing a 40 Year Education Crime: Why California Needs School Choice

By Larry Sand
Busting LAUSD and every other school district in the state for negligence should help kids, but it’s anyone’s guess as to when. In the meantime, giving families more educational options would be a great help, but don’t hold your breath, California. With National School Choice Week underway, we see many positive things happening across the...

TAGS: National School Choice Week, school boards, Stull Act, teachers unions, vouchers

The Tea Party and the Teachers Unions

By Larry Sand
Teachers unions wield great power in determining school board races, but with state legislation and Tea Party activism, their power is being diminished. As I write this, a school board election held in Los Angeles on May 17th is too close to call. Even with the backing of Mayor Villaraigosa, Luis Sanchez is still lagging...

TAGS: school boards, Tea Party, teachers union, Terry Moe