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Vergara v. California: A victory for teachers unions, a defeat for students

By   /  August 24, 2016  /  California, Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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“With this ruling, the powerful state teacher unions will continue to be in California’s policy driver’s seat, and will be running down the future of our children for years to come.”

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California Supreme Court upholds teacher tenure law

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  California, Education, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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The court, by a 4-3 vote, will not hear a lawsuit filed by a group of students claiming tenure laws made bad teachers hard to fire. The suit also said those teachers are sent to schools in poorer areas.

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California water war puts private property rights at risk

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  California, Energy and Environment, News  /  No Comments

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Santa Barbara County is one of the wealthiest areas in California, but when it comes to water, the residents are just like anyone else in the state — wondering if the day will come when nothing flows out of the tap. California is in its fifth year of an historic drought with mandated state and […]

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LAUSD head promises to expand school choice

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King says she will expand access to LAUSD’s school choice programs. “All choices aren’t everywhere,” King said on the day LA students returned to school. “What I learned in having the opportunity to talk to families from across this district, is families want certain things in their area where […]

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Los Angeles teachers union threatens ‘state crisis’ if demands aren’t met

By   /  August 12, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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“The next year-and-a-half must be founded upon building our capacity to strike, and our capacity to create a state crisis, in early 2018,” Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of  United Teachers Los Angeles said recently. He is using this threat as leverage in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, shaping the legislature and even driving the gubernatorial race. […]

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DNC appearances by teachers union officials strayed far afield from education

By   /  August 3, 2016  /  California, Education, Labor, National, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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For some, actor Scott Baio’s dissertation on national security at the Republican National Convention offered up a case of political cognitive dissonance. The dissonance was repeated a week later when the heads of the two largest teachers’ unions discoursed on a range of topics that included immigration, inequality and partisan politics, but not education. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, head […]

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