The Non-proficient Teachers Unions

By Larry Sand
California students are not learning and teacher union leaders blame tests. Every two years selected students across the nation take the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), a test known as the nation’s report card. This year our kids didn’t do well. Actually they never do well, but this year the scores were even worse...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, EdVoice, Fresno Teachers Association, Larry Sand, NAEP, National Council on Teacher Quality, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Stull Act, teachers union

The Unions’ Assault on Truth

By Larry Sand
The teachers unions continue to mislead its members and everyone else. In the latest issue of the California Federation of Teachers quarterly newsletter, CFT president Josh Pechthalt writes “The lawsuits that educators and unions must defeat,” which is referred to as a “special report” – special because it is especially filled with half-truths, omissions and...

TAGS: agency fee payers, Bain v. CTA, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, EdVoice, Edward Ring, Friedrichs v CTA, Josh Pechthalt, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, seniority, Students Matter, Stull Act, teachers union, tenure, Vergara

Better Than What We Have Today?

By Larry Sand
A reportedly “historic” teacher evaluation deal between Los Angeles Unified and the teachers union would solidify the dismal status quo. A substantive settlement in the Doe vs. Deasy lawsuit would drag the Los Angeles Unified School District into the 21st Century. In November of 2011, I wrote …a half-dozen anonymous families working with EdVoice, a...

TAGS: California Teachers Empowerment Network, Eric Hanushek, John Deasy, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Stull Act, value added

Earthquake Could Alter Education Landscape in California

By Larry Sand
Latest temblor to hit the Golden State is a lawsuit that could result in a major tectonic shift in education. In September of 1975, due to New York City’s dire fiscal situation, I was laid off from my teaching position at P.S. 125 in Harlem. I lost my job not because I was a bad...

TAGS: California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, Democrats for Education Reform, first out, last in, LIFO, Parent Revolution, seniority, Students First, Students Matter, Stull Act, teacher tenure

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