Parent implores school district: Focus on academics, not international affairs

By Editorial Staff
This week, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to support a resolution condemning anti-Israeli rhetoric being pushed by the United Teachers Los Angeles in recent months. Below are the comments offered by a Los Angeles parent on the resolution. Watch the full discussion here.  Good Morning. My name is Margaret...

TAGS: LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA

Listen: Radio Free California

By Will Swaim
New episode of the Radio Free California Podcast is out! California Policy Center’s own Will Swaim and David Bahnsen are at it again with their latest episode of National Review’s Radio Free California podcast. In this week’s episode, they discuss a barnyard metaphor used by a Santa Clara County official to describe the tawdry relationship...

TAGS: David Bahnsen, Kevin Kiley, Lorena Gonzalez, National Review, Podcast, Radio Free California, Unions, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA, Will Swaim

The NEA’s massive money grab

By Larry Sand
Using Covid-19 as an excuse, the teachers union wants you to “invest” more in education; historical data put things into perspective, however. Last week I reported on the American Federation of Teachers plea for more money to flow into government-run schools because of the Covid-19 crisis. Not to be outdone, the National Education Association has...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers, Benjamin Scafidi, Corey DeAngelis, education spending, Just Facts, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Rick Hess, teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles

The Literacy Crisis

By Larry Sand
Our illiteracy rate is alarming, but the ed establishment doesn’t seem to be concerned. The biggest problem in the country today? Some may say that it’s healthcare, while others will insist that it’s the economy. A third group maintains that it’s ISIS. While a good a case can be made for any of the above,...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Great Public Schools Now, Kevin McCarty, Larry Sand, merit pay, Randi Weingarten, remediation, teachers union, Tony Mendoza, United Teachers Los Angeles

Anti-Charter-School Rhetoric Isn’t Helping L.A.’s Kids

By Virgil Roberts
As the son of poor sharecroppers from East Texas who came to California to work as migrant farm workers, I greet the new school year as a time of hope and possibility for my family. Neither of my parents was able to complete elementary school in the segregated South, but they knew education was the...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles

LAUSD Offer Worth $122,938 Per Year – Will They Strike Anyway?

By Edward Ring
“Our demands, they’re not radical. When did it become radical to have class sizes that you could actually teach in? When did it become radical to have staffing and to pay people back after eight years of nothing?”  – Alex Caputo Pearl, President, UTLA, February 26, 2015, Los Angeles Times If the 35,000 members of the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, CalSTRS, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA

“Hey, Deasy, baby, I want my money.”

By Larry Sand
Los Angeles teachers demand a raise, but their appeal to the public is embarrassing and more importantly, misses the big picture. Claiming that teachers have not received a raise since 2007, the United Teachers of Los Angeles held a protest rally last Wednesday. As reported by Ryan White in LA School Report, “Hey, Deasy, baby,...

TAGS: Andrew Biggs, Andrew Coulson, Eric Hanushek, Jason Richwine, John Deasy, LA School Report, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Mike Petrilli, National Council on Teacher Quality, teacher pay, teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles, wage compression

Parents, Students, Businessmen, Mayors, Reformers, Civil Rights Groups, Conservatives, Liberals et al vs. Teachers Unions

By Larry Sand
It seems as if most of the civilized world is squaring off against the teachers unions these days; California’s SB 441 is the latest battle. As a way to put some teeth in a moribund teacher evaluation system in California, State Senator Ron Calderon has written SB 441, a very modest bill, which would at...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Carol Liu, EdVoice, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Michelle Rhee, Parent Revolution, StudentsFirst, teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles

Unions, Not Lack of Funding, Afflict Public Education

By Steven Greenhut
It is hard for education reformers to be too optimistic about the post-strike prospects for Chicago schools. The resulting contract significantly boosts teacher pay in exchange for some modest changes such as a lengthened school day and improved teacher testing. As school officials figure out how to pay for the new deal and bolster vastly...

TAGS: United Teachers Los Angeles