Education

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School safety loses in Sacramento

Nine of 10 elementary and secondary students statewide, including in Orange County, attend schools reporting incidents involving violence, physical injuries or weapons. Yet, in a vote this month, the state Assembly Education Committee failed to uphold California students’ inalienable right under the state constitution to attend schools that are “safe, …

California

National Report Card Confirms That Most California Kids Still Can’t Write

SACRAMENTO – Recent results from a national student writing test confirm the lament that writing is becoming a lost art, especially in California. Contrary to the sound bites of educators, the inability to write coherent sentences is not just a problem of kids who are learning English. The National Assessment …

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Environmentally, We’re Number One

Canada Free Press, April 10, 2008 As we approach the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union…opps, I meant Earth Day…it’s so easy to confuse the two because they occur, quite by coincidence I’m sure, on the same day. Anyway April 22 will bring forth an avalanche of …

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Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2739

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2739, the Student Proficiency Transfers bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 10, 2008. AB 2739 would allow students who individually score below grade-level proficiency on the California Standards Test …

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Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2361

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2361, the Safe Schools Guarantee bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 2, 2008.

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Home-school ruling gets failing grade

KKLA Radio (Los Angeles), April 3, 2008 Orange County Register, April 1, 2008 CA Capital News.com, April 2, 2008 The Flash Report, April 1, 2008* The Eureka Reporter (CA), March 24, 2008 The March arrest of a Los Angeles public-school assistant principal on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student …

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California Likely to Reject Federal Options to Reform Failing Schools

With California facing a cash-strapped state budget, some choice advocates are calling for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to follow his tough reform talk by expanding parental options in education. In his January 2008 State of the State speech, Schwarzenegger touted his intention to be the first governor to use “powers …

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More Scrutiny for CIRM and Big-Government Health Care

State Senator Sheila Kuehl, California’s leading partisan of government monopoly health care, has assumed the role of consumer watchdog. Her new measure, SB 1565, “Stem Cell Research – Public Accountability and Access,” targets problems with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Some may wonder if the senator should be …

Business & Economics

Impact – March 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – March 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.

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Bureaucracy Closes In On Parents Who Are Home-School Teachers

Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2008 A7 “Certifying Parents” aptly describes the failure of California’s public-schooling monopoly, and why so many parents want out. Thanks to a handful of State Assembly members, a record-setting five parental choice bills are being introduced this legislative session. This is the first time in …

Commentary

School safety loses in Sacramento

Nine of 10 elementary and secondary students statewide, including in Orange County, attend schools reporting incidents involving violence, physical injuries or weapons. Yet, in a vote this month, the state Assembly Education Committee failed to uphold California students’ inalienable right under the state constitution to attend schools that are “safe, …

California

National Report Card Confirms That Most California Kids Still Can’t Write

SACRAMENTO – Recent results from a national student writing test confirm the lament that writing is becoming a lost art, especially in California. Contrary to the sound bites of educators, the inability to write coherent sentences is not just a problem of kids who are learning English. The National Assessment …

Commentary

Environmentally, We’re Number One

Canada Free Press, April 10, 2008 As we approach the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union…opps, I meant Earth Day…it’s so easy to confuse the two because they occur, quite by coincidence I’m sure, on the same day. Anyway April 22 will bring forth an avalanche of …

Commentary

Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2739

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2739, the Student Proficiency Transfers bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 10, 2008. AB 2739 would allow students who individually score below grade-level proficiency on the California Standards Test …

Commentary

Testimony submitted to the California Assembly Education Committee – AB-2361

Vicki E. Murray, Ph.D. and senior fellow in Education Studies, gave invited testimony on AB 2361, the Safe Schools Guarantee bill, at a meeting of the California Assembly Education Committee on April 2, 2008.

Commentary

Home-school ruling gets failing grade

KKLA Radio (Los Angeles), April 3, 2008 Orange County Register, April 1, 2008 CA Capital News.com, April 2, 2008 The Flash Report, April 1, 2008* The Eureka Reporter (CA), March 24, 2008 The March arrest of a Los Angeles public-school assistant principal on charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student …

Commentary

California Likely to Reject Federal Options to Reform Failing Schools

With California facing a cash-strapped state budget, some choice advocates are calling for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to follow his tough reform talk by expanding parental options in education. In his January 2008 State of the State speech, Schwarzenegger touted his intention to be the first governor to use “powers …

Commentary

More Scrutiny for CIRM and Big-Government Health Care

State Senator Sheila Kuehl, California’s leading partisan of government monopoly health care, has assumed the role of consumer watchdog. Her new measure, SB 1565, “Stem Cell Research – Public Accountability and Access,” targets problems with the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Some may wonder if the senator should be …

Business & Economics

Impact – March 2008

PRI Ideas in Action – March 2008 Policy Update and Monthly Impact Report PRI continues to impact public policy in California, the nation, and abroad. Click below to view PRI’s recent contributions.

Commentary

Bureaucracy Closes In On Parents Who Are Home-School Teachers

Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2008 A7 “Certifying Parents” aptly describes the failure of California’s public-schooling monopoly, and why so many parents want out. Thanks to a handful of State Assembly members, a record-setting five parental choice bills are being introduced this legislative session. This is the first time in …

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