Our unaccountable government-run schools

By Larry Sand
Taxpayers are on the hook for the actions of irresponsible school districts, teachers who can’t find work…and very possibly, Tampons.   The teachers unions and others in the education establishment love to point fingers at charter and private schools, claiming they’re “unaccountable.” But in reality, there is no entity in America that is less accountable...

TAGS: Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Berndt, teacher jail, teachers union

Google’s fail and teacher jail

By Larry Sand
Firing one employee is big news, while not firing hundreds is ignored. Without going through another weedy analysis of James Damore’s firing from Google – Holman Jenkins, George Leef and Nick Gillespie have done a fine job of that – let’s just say the Silicon Valley engineer was canned for stating what most scientists and...

TAGS: AB 215, George Leef, Larry Sand, Nick Gillespie, teacher jail, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Permanent Disgrace

By Larry Sand
My encounters with tenure, aka permanence, aka undue process for teachers. In an article posted recently, Harvard professor and editor-in-chief of Education Next Paul Peterson asks, “Do Teachers Support the Vergara Decision?” More specifically, he discusses tenure, which is on hold in California due to Judge Rolf Treu’s ruling. The tenure statute is the part...

TAGS: A.J. Duffy, Dennis Van Roekel, Education Next, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Paul Peterson, permanence, Rolf Treu, teacher jail, teachers union, tenure, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Vergara

Teacher Jail Break

By Larry Sand
The “housed teacher” syndrome is a problem created by the teachers unions and administered by an inept school district. For years, teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District who have been accused of misconduct have been “housed” as they wait for investigators to figure out if they are really guilty. These so-called “teacher jails”...

TAGS: AB 215, California Teachers Association, John Deasy, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mark Berndt, Students Matter, teacher jail, teachers union, Vergara v California