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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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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When Teachers Unions Supported Private School Choice

For those who long to see teachers union representatives offering legislative testimony in support of parental choice of private schools, you’ve come to the right place!  We hearken back to the halcyon days of May, 2001, when the California Legislature’s Senate Education Committee considered a bill authored by former State Senator Ray Haynes.  The…

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Early Education and the ‘V’ Word

If you wish to glimpse the future of early education in California, you need look no farther than a pair of bills currently making their way through the Legislature. AB 123, and AB 125, both authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D. – Sacramento), who also happens to chair the Assembly subcommittee that…

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