Of Cards and Causes

Last year, California enacted a law requiring schools (public and private) that issue pupil identification cards to students in any of grades 7-12, inclusive, to print the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number on either side of the cards.  The measure, SB 972, authored by…

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(Don’t) Show Me the Money

A strange thing happened – or, I should say, didn’t happen – to AB 218 on its way through the California State Assembly.  Bills deemed to impose non-negligible costs upon the state are generally heard before an Appropriations Committee in each house.  AB 218,…

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Through the (“Tax Expenditure”) Looking Glass

It’s no secret that the California Teachers Association has no love for tax credit legislation. To illustrate the point, one need look no farther than AB 337, a bill authored by California Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer in 2015, that proposed a modest tax credit (to…

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Showdown in New York

Imagine that the State of California was to deliver the following directives to all public school districts:  “If a private school exists within your catchment area, representatives of your district must, within a span of three years, visit each such school as part of a review…

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Giving for Government’s Sake

Ask any private school leader about his/her greatest, school-related concern and chances are more than likely that the words ‘sustainability’, ‘access’, and ‘affordability’ will be included in the response you receive.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly identified voluntarism as the defining characteristic of America’s private schools. …

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