The teachers unions’ misbegotten efforts have ignited the push for educational freedom

By Larry Sand
12/14/2021
The California Teachers Association fights parental choice with deeply flawed arguments. As this troubling year moves to a conclusion, there is certainly one thing worth celebrating: the great leap forward for educational freedom throughout the country. As I wrote last week, the countrywide union-mandated school shutdowns have had major consequences, and perhaps none more prominent...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, CTA, school vouchers

West Contra Costa School District putting a half-billion dollar bond before voters in March

By Edward Ring
01/09/2020
One of the most financially mismanaged school districts in California has found a solution to their financial challenges – borrow more money, and let the voters pay more in property taxes. Scheduled to appear on the March 2020 local ballot for voters living within the West Contra Costa Unified School District, Measure R, a “classroom modernization...

TAGS: CalTax, Edward Ring, In the Public Interest, school vouchers, Transparent California, Vergara, West Contra Costa Unified School District

How America's Business Lobby Often Opposes Free Markets

By Martin Hutchinson
08/20/2014
Traditionally, business was the most important political backer of free markets, which made sense because business needs markets in order to exist at all. However, in the last generation, the views of business, as expressed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other outlets, have increasingly diverged from the free-market ideal. As crony capitalist ideas...

TAGS: Common Core, crony capitalism, public education, school vouchers

Orwellian Reinterpretation of Desegregation Fuels Federal Attack on School Vouchers

By Gloria Romero
09/09/2013
Even as the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I have a dream speech” in Washington, D.C., his Department of Justice petitioned a federal court to halt the use of Opportunity Scholarships enacted by the Louisiana Legislature on behalf of predominantly minority children....

TAGS: Charter schools, Eric Holder, Gloria Romero, opportunity scholarships, school vouchers

Happy Birthday, Milton Friedman

By Michael LaFaive
08/02/2013
Economist Milton Friedman would be 101 today. His passing several years ago was lamentable but many of his ideas — involving monetary policy and price theory, for instance — are immortalized in his many scholarly books, academic papers and tributes by fellow scholars who knew him best. Friedman was born the son of immigrants in Brooklyn, N.Y. He earned...

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