Vergara: Ten Years In The Rearview

By Larry Sand
05/13/2022
This article originally appeared in For Kids and Country.  It has been a decade since the landmark Vergara lawsuit was filed, and its denial in the courts has led to ongoing failure in California schools. Back in 1975, I lost my 6th-grade teaching position in New York City. As a newbie, it was explained to...

TAGS: teachers

California’s Excessive Occupational Licensing Requirements Hurt Workers and the Economy

By Edison Lee
02/08/2022
Amid a mass shortage of teachers across California, Governor Newsom accomplished something long overdue. He made it easier for qualified teaching staff to be hired. In January, Newsom signed an executive order to relax regulations that would have delayed the hiring of new substitute teachers. Executive Order N-3-22 also removes barriers to the reinstatement of...

TAGS: occupational licensing, teachers, teaching credentials

Oy vey, Randi!

By Larry Sand
05/18/2021
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of missives to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. The first six can be accessed here. Oy vey, old friend! As you well know, I have written several heartfelt emails to you over the years, pointing out my concern over many of the...

TAGS: AFT, teachers

Getting wise to union antics?

By Chantal Lovell
05/13/2021
Two opinion articles worth a read Summer is almost here, and the tide may finally be turning in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  This week, two notable opinion pieces were published in area newspapers questioning the ongoing, union-orchestrated school closures, and challenging the LAUSD Board of Education to stand up to the United Teachers...

TAGS: LA, teachers, Unions, UTLA

Few v. UTLA

By Jackson Reese
04/05/2019
In November 2018, the Liberty Justice Center and California Policy Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of special education teacher Thomas Few against the United Teachers of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District for violating Few’s First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association. Despite the decisive victory for workers’...

TAGS: teachers, UTLA

LAUSD’s punishing parcel tax proposal

By Jon Coupal
03/25/2019
America’s most dysfunctional school district has stepped in it again. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), apparently coming to the shocking realization that there was no way they could pay for the horrible deal they just cut with the unions, has hurriedly placed on the ballot for June a new property tax that leaves...

TAGS: HJTA, Jon Coupal, LA County, LAUSD, pensions, teachers, UTLA

The Left’s infowar – over mailboxes

By Koppany Jordan
02/26/2019
California’s government union leaders love their monopoly — their control over government employees, public officials and the public. So by June 27, when the Supreme Court declared in Janus v AFSCME that a “state’s extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment,” union leaders already controlled the information field. In...

TAGS: Janus, public unions, teachers

Disunion: Union membership in key school district fell dramatically after Janus

By Editorial Staff
01/21/2019
CLASS WAR: Teachers union activists and supporters surround Santa Ana school district candidate Angie Cano, April 2018. Cano, a school choice activist, was attempting to speak at a district board meeting. Police escorted her into the building. Union membership in California’s sixth-largest school district fell rapidly in 2018, perhaps signaling a broader statewide decline following...

TAGS: government unions, Janus v. AFSCME, teachers

In policing and teaching, union rules protect workers at expense of public

By Steven Greenhut
08/01/2017
Sacramento America’s public school systems are notorious for their rubber rooms. That’s where teachers deemed unfit to work in a classroom pass the time as their disciplinary actions or terminations move through the convoluted system. This can take years, and while it does, the teachers collect their full paychecks as they twiddle their thumbs. It’s...

TAGS: teachers, Unions