LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
There is a fight happening today in our schools—both public and private—as Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and critical race theory sweep the nation. Individuals and parents everywhere are standing up against the sweeping forces of thought conformity and political indoctrination in public schools.
This edition of Impact highlights stories of everyday people who are fighting CRT in their children’s schools. Be sure to order PRI’s latest book, The Great Parent Revolt, by Lance Izumi, Wenyuan Wu, and McKenzie Richards today to access policy tools and strategies to stop the spread of CRT.
CRT was one of many topics at PRI’s recent School Board Training Conference in San Diego, the first that we have held in over 10 years. Over 50 school board members – many of them parents and concerned citizens who had been elected for the first time in November – joined us from across the state. You can read about the accomplishments of the event on page 7.
On pages 16-18, get an update on the work of our new Free Cities Center, which was recently showcased at our 5th Annual “California Ideas in Action” Sacramento Conference on February 15th. The conference explored how to bring about an urban comeback in California through the power of market-based ideas.
Also in this issue:
Discover how, as reported by senior fellow Steve Smith in his new PRI study, the last decade of California crime data has revealed a “mass victimization” thanks to irresponsible policies such as Prop. 47, Prop. 57, and AB 109 that have made our streets more dangerous (Pages 8-9).
Read my latest piece on how we can fix the doctor supply crunch, which is critical given that roughly 100 million Americans live in areas without enough primary care doctors (Pages 10-11).
Despite billions of dollars spent on Governor Newsom’s Project Homekey initiative to reduce homelessness, PRI’s recent study by Wayne Winegarden and Kerry Jackson shows that California’s homeless population has grown larger than ever before (Pages 14-15).
Our work to promote free-market ideas would not be possible without your generous support. Let us continue to partner together to improve the quality of life of all Americans and advance market-based solutions for generations to come.
Sally C. Pipes
President, CEO, and
Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy
Pacific Research Institute