Monthly Archives: February 2019

Protests in LA and Colorado follow many others around the country. Last February, roughly 20,000 teachers in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties walked out. A month or so later, teachers in Oklahoma boycotted their classrooms; Kentucky’s educators staged their own strike that same day in early April, as did their counterparts in Arizona a…

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Results from a new poll show CA voters view reducing gun violence in schools as the top educational issue facing the state, though there was less agreement on how lawmakers should address the issue. The poll, conducted by the University of Southern California in collaboration with the Policy Analysis for CA Education, found reducing gun…

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The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst warned Wednesday that lawmakers should prepare for lower revenue projections later this spring as a result of changes on both Main Street and Wall Street. In its annual assessment of the governor’s proposed 2019-20 spending plan for K-12 schools and community colleges in advance of budget negotiations, the LAO said legislative…

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By Dan Walters There’s bitter irony in the loud complaints from CA school officials and unions – particularly in large urban districts – about not having enough money. Schools are supposed to be teaching our children how to become productive and responsible adults, but by overspending revenues, blaming others for their fiscal problems and demanding…

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Last month, a new two-year legislative session began in earnest, which means a lot of new faces on key policy and fiscal committees, and even some in leadership positions. To help ease the transition—at least as far as education goes—the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst has issued a new guide to the state’s sprawling and dynamic school…

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The L.A. Unified school board has approved a contract with its teacher union that officials admit they can’t fully afford, calling the deal’s sustainability into question as the district receives repeated warnings from the county that it’s in severe financial straits. To shoulder about $840 million in added costs through 2021, district officials say they’re…

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