Charter haters’ train is temporarily derailed in CA

By Larry Sand
Two bills that would have deeply wounded the popular schools of choice are dead…for now.  Last week, two seemingly sure-shot bills were deep-sixed in the California legislature. AB 1506 would have placed a ceiling on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – the magic number being those in existence at the end...

TAGS: California Charter Schools Association, California Teachers Association, Democrats for Education Reform, Eric Heins, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Rick Hess, teachers union, Tom Kane

Charter Chumps

By Larry Sand
The competition-phobic teachers unions are still trying to decimate charter schools. As I wrote a couple of years ago, the teachers unions vacillate when it comes to charter schools. On odd days they try to organize them and on even ones they go all out to eviscerate them. But the organizing efforts haven’t gone too...

TAGS: AB 1172, Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Charter School Association, California Teachers Association, Center for Education Reform, Charter schools, Dean Vogel, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Education Association, National School Choice Week, teachers union, Tom Kane, Tony Mendoza, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Dump the Masters Bump

By Larry Sand
Advanced degrees for teachers have no bearing on student learning. Last week, The Wall Street Journal brought to a national audience the news that lawmakers in North Carolina have done away with automatic pay increases for teachers who have master’s degrees. North Carolina is the latest state to get rid of the “masters bump,” following...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, National Council on Teacher Quality, Randi Weingarten, teachers unions, TNTP, Tom Kane