Are LAUSD Teachers Underpaid, or Does it Cost Too Much to Live in California?

By Edward Ring
In California, public sector unions pretty much run the state government. Government unions collect and spend over $800 million per year in California. There is no special interest in California both willing and able to mount a sustained challenge to public sector union power. They simply have too much money, too many people on their...

TAGS: Charter schools, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA, Vergara vs. State of California

California's Emerging Good Government Coalition

By Edward Ring
The 2014 mid-term elections will be remembered for many things – pioneering use of information technology to comprehensively profile and micro-target voters, escalating use of polarizing rhetoric, historically low levels of voter turnout, and historic records in total spending. In California, in spite of all this money and technology – or perhaps because of it...

TAGS: financial sustainability, public sector union reform, Vergara vs. State of California

California's Vergara Ruling – A Bad Day for Bad Teachers

By Richard Berman
Summary: In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, which struck down racially segregated schools because, the court said, they were inherently unequal and they unjustly harmed poor and minority children. Last month, a California court cited Brown v. Board as it struck down multiple state laws, passed...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Los Angeles Unified School District, National Education Association, Students Matter, Vergara vs. State of California