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Use with Caution

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has prescribed what, for elementary schools planning to resume campus-based instruction, comes as a bitter pill:  no waivers applications will be considered before the county’s COVID-19 case rate drops below 200 cases per 100,000 people.  As a result, more than 1.5 million public and private school…

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Dear Governor Newsom

June 12, 2020

Dear Governor Newsom,

On behalf of the officers and directors of the California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO), I write to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the inclusion of private schools and early education programs in the state’s distribution of personal protective equipment. I would also like to personally commend…

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No Time for Games

Here’s how the game is played. First, public education special interest groups vigorously oppose any and all constitutionally permissible arrangements that would place public funds in the hands of low-income parents for the purpose of enabling them to send their children to the schools of their choosing, whether public, public charter, or private. Then,…

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In it Together

The California Senate resumed formal activity last week, following an extended spring recess. It was hardly business as usual.  There was but one hearing scheduled – an April 16 meeting of a budget subcommittee tasked with getting a handle on the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Face mask snugly in place, Senator Holly…

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One Shining Moment

Last week, while listening to “All Things Considered” on NPR, I heard a member of the Colorado Legislature, his voice choked with emotion, relate how a longtime political rival approached him and gave him a hug. (That, of course, occurred before social distancing practices took effect.) Two days earlier, while watching the proceedings of…

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