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Bending Blaine

The horrific shootings took place on a Saturday – the Jewish sabbath, or Shabbat.  April 27, 2019 also happened to be the eighth-and-final-day of Passover, which meant that the Chabad of Poway synagogue was filled with worshipers when the 19-year-old assailant entered the premises and began firing.  Minutes later, one congregant lay dead, and…

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No Poison on Thanksgiving, Please!

It was the Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl who famously maintained that there are but two meaningful categories of persons: the decent and the indecent. While Frankl’s insight is no less true today than when he wrote of it in his 1946 work, Man’s Search for Meaning, contemporary sensibilities are cheapening…

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Enactment of AB 218 Brings Uncertainty, Anxiety

When, in 2013, a bill was introduced in the California Legislature that would have revived previously time-barred claims of negligence against third-parties to acts of childhood sexual abuse, the state’s private school leaders were faced with a terrible decision: oppose the legislation, and give the appearance of being uncaring about the unspeakable suffering endured…

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California’s Ethnic Studies Quagmire

California’s Ethnic Studies Quagmire

A year ago, when then-candidate Tony Thurmond mulled over the challenges that would await him were he to become California’s next State Superintendent of Public Instruction, one might imagine that reducing the persistent achievement gap dividing Asian and white students from their black and Hispanic peers, shoring up the finances…

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Showdown in New York: Part Two

Last November, New York Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia jolted the state’s private school community by issuing guidelines requiring public school boards to ensure that private schools operating within their boundaries are providing an educational program that is “substantially equivalent” to that offered by district public schools.  The directive, seen by many as a…

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