How some teacher unionistas spent their summer vacation

By Larry Sand
08/06/2019
The “Red for Ed” movement is becoming redder by the day. At a time when most U.S. citizens have benefited from the Trump tax cuts, the American Federation of Teachers joined up with a motley assemblage of leftwing organizations over the summer on what was billed as the “Tax the Rich Bus Tour.” The road...

TAGS: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, American Federation of Teachers, International Socialist Organization, Janus ruling, Jesse Sharkey, Larry Sand, Measure EE, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The Investicrats

By Larry Sand
06/18/2019
The great education spending swindle is never-ending for the teachers unions. Their whine never stops. While I and many others have been writing about the enormous sum of money spent on education for years, the “investicrats,” those who constantly demand that even more must be allocated, show no sign of leaving the building. Perhaps the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers, education spending, Gavin Newsom, John Fensterwald, Lance Izumi, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Measure EE, Mike Antonucci, parcel tax, PISA, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

L.A.’s Measure EE defeat: What happened and what’s next

By Larry Sand
06/11/2019
LAUSD parcel tax measure goes down, and the district is still in charge…for now.  If you live in Los Angeles, the thud you heard last Tuesday was the Los Angeles Unified School District’s parcel tax measure crashing to earth. Its goal was to raise $500 million annually over a 12-year period. Thus, owners of large...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Austin Beutner, Eli Broad, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Measure EE, parcel tax, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

L.A. tax addicts looking to score

By Larry Sand
04/30/2019
Union leader and the school district want more of your money to feed a bad habit. United Teachers of Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl is on a mission. In an online rant to his flock, he makes a pitch for Measure EE, a parcel tax that will be on the ballot in Los Angeles on...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Charter schools, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Measure EE, Nick Melvoin, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School Dysfunction

By Larry Sand
04/16/2019
More bad news from the nation’s second largest school district. According to a report released last week, less than half of the 2019 Los Angeles Unified School District graduating class will be eligible to attend one of the state’s public universities. There are 15 essential “A–G” courses, including English, math, and science that students need...

TAGS: Austin Beutner, Charter schools, credit recovery classes, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Jon Coupal, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Nick Melvoin, parcel tax, Taxifornia, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Charter Caps…and Gowns

By Larry Sand
04/09/2019
As charter schools continue to prove themselves, the threatened education monopolists try to kill them off.  Just a month ago, I wrote about the problems that charter schools were having in California. No, there is not a problem with parental dissatisfaction or with inducing students to attend and thrive in a safe environment. Rather, there...

TAGS: Bill de Blasio, Charter schools, Eva Moskowitz, Larry Sand, teachers union, Tony Thurmond, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Chartercide in California

By Larry Sand
03/05/2019
California’s teachers unions, a compliant legislature and an anti-choice governor do not bode well for the state’s charter schools. Yet another group of angry teachers has made charter schools the focus of their wrath. The seven-day teacher strike, which ended in Oakland last week, was replete with typical teacher union demands like higher pay and...

TAGS: California Charter School Association, California Teachers Association, Charter schools, David Crane, John Fensterwald, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Myrna Castrejón, teacher strike, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Casting Pearls Before Caputo

By Larry Sand
02/19/2019
Conflating regulation with accountability, teacher union leaders continue their deceptive talking points. While it’s up for grabs who originated the saying, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Alex Caputo-Pearl is certainly one of its modern-day avatars. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation for Children, Andrew Gillum, Corey DeAngelis, EdChoice, Education Savings Accounts, James Shuls, Larry Sand, Pell Grants, Ron DeSantis, school choice, tax credit scholarship, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, vouchers

The state of the teachers union

By Larry Sand
02/12/2019
American Federation of Teachers demands justice in Saudi Arabia and compassion for the vulnerable in Syria, but in the U.S., it’s a very different story. As a way to show that they are “PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE,” Randi Weingarten and her cronies at the American Federation of Teachers have been making forays into foreign policy....

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, charter school, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, Randi Weingarten, Richard Vladovic, seniority, teachers union, tenure, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Union schemes, scams and some pushback

By Larry Sand
02/05/2019
In light of the Janus decision, union rule-rigging and ensuing lawsuits continue.    As the Janus case (which ultimately would give public employees a choice whether or not to pay money to a union as a condition of employment) was headed to the Supreme Court, many unions saw the writing on the wall and cooked...

TAGS: AB 119, American Federation of State, California Policy Center, California Teachers Association, County and Municipal Employees, EdSource, John Fensterwald, Liberty Justice Center, National Right to Work Foundation, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles