Not So Fast

With so much attention devoted to yesterday’s gubernatorial recall election, relatively few Californians are aware of efforts underway to place an ambitious and sure-to-be-controversial school choice initiative before the state’s voters in 2022. The proposed amendments to the state constitution would establish state-administered education savings accounts (ESAs) for every child eligible for enrollment…

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Fare Thee Well, Madam Secretary

Four years ago, had President-Elect Donald Trump seen fit to ask me to name the 10 individuals I would most hope to see nominated to become the nation’s next Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would not have come to mind. My exclusion of Ms. DeVos would have had less to do with an evaluation…

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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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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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