Tony Thurmond – Public Sector Union Operative

By Edward Ring
05/12/2022
As the 21st century careens its way towards more geopolitical and economic uncertainty than most people alive today have ever known, with constant and transformative change the only constant, optimists among us still hope that some elements of California’s labor movement will begin to throw their weight behind policies and politicians that offer stability and...

TAGS: California teachers unions, public sector unions, teachers unions, Tony Thurmond

The School Fiscal Officer’s Dilemma

By Mark Moses
04/25/2022
Most California school districts and their labor unions have finally come to terms on COVID-19 protocols, reconciling federal and state funding and mandate issues with the funding given them in several relief packages. Now, a new round of labor unrest is percolating across the state as new compensation contracts are negotiated. Teachers expect sizable raises,...

TAGS: parents, teachers union, teachers unions

The union mandated school shutdowns are having major consequences

By Larry Sand
12/07/2021
School violence rises, mental health days proliferate, and thousands of kids are leaving government schools nationwide. Recently, a report compiled by Mike Antonucci for the Defense of Freedom Institute confirmed that the teachers unions had a heavy-handed role in the Covid-related shutdowns that consumed much of the country starting in March 2020. And the “never...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, teachers union, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Defective bargaining

By Larry Sand
07/27/2021
A challenger for governor of California could radically improve education with one executive order. In a recent opinion piece in The Epoch Times, veteran writer John Seiler put forth a set of strategies for a Republican to beat California Governor Gavin Newsom in the state’s September 14th recall election. Among other things, he suggests that...

TAGS: collective bargaining, Larry Sand, recall, Rodda Act, teachers unions, Unions

Governor Newsom Fails to Put Pressure on Teachers Unions to Reopen Public Schools

By Brandon Ristoff
01/25/2021
Late last month, Governor Newsom announced a $2 billion plan to support reopening K-6 public schools for in-person learning by providing districts money if they agree to a timetable for reopening starting in mid-February. But Newsom is playing both sides. He’s trying to support both families who want their kids back in school and the teachers...

TAGS: Bay Area, California Federation of Teachers, California Teacher Association, California teachers unions, Gavin, Gavin Newsom, Newsom, public schools, San Francisco, teachers unions

Orange County Classical Academy Excels Despite COVID

By Edward Ring
12/02/2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck hard back in April 2020, California’s teachers’ unions went into overdrive. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) released a lengthy document outlining what they believed to be “Safe and Equitable Conditions for Starting LAUSD in 2020-21.” In a report published by the California Policy Center that same month, Larry Sand explained the deal...

TAGS: Charter schools, CTA, LAUSD, orange county classical academy, teachers unions

Pension Costs Are Not the Reason California’s Schools Fail the Disadvantaged

By Edward Ring
10/22/2020
A recent guest editorial published by Bakersfield.com entitled “California’s defunding of public education” makes the case that a “pension contribution maneuver” has left school districts up and down the state with shrinking budgets. The author, Shaohua Yang, gets many of his facts right. For example, he writes that “California 2019 per-capita income tax ranks the fifth highest...

TAGS: CalSTRS, teachers unions

L.A. Teachers Union: Give us $250 Million, Or Keep Schools Closed

By Edward Ring
07/16/2020
Wiki Commons The second-largest public school district in the United States is in turmoil. Los Angeles Unified School District, with over 600,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade at over 1,000 schools, may not be open for the business of teaching on August 18. How to handle the COVID-19 pandemic is the issue, and there is...

TAGS: class-size, reopening schools, teacher pay, teachers unions, UTLA

The Orange County Classical Academy is Going to Transform Education in California

By Edward Ring
07/08/2020
***Watch a mini-documentary on the creation of OCCA HERE*** In barely one month, 360 elementary school students will begin attending a new charter school that offers a dramatic departure from the failed public education model in California. The Orange County Classical Academy (OCCA) will open its doors to kindergarten through 5th-grade students, and apart from the...

TAGS: Charter schools, Common Core, orange county, orange county classical academy, school choice, teachers unions