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Newsom vs. Youngkin: Falling test scores and a tale of two governors

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recently released national test scores saw significant declines in math and reading in virtually all states. Yet not all state leaders reacted with similar alarm. So, while both their states experienced low test scores, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shockingly sent out a boastful press …

Classroom Ideology

The Harvard-UNC SCOTUS Case: Asians May Finally Bury Race Discrimination in America

For years, as government-sanctioned racial discrimination was eliminated in most spheres of American life, race-based discrimination continued to fester in university admissions.  However, a case involving alleged racial discrimination against Asian Americans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, may finally …

Classroom Ideology

Why Are Student Test Scores Plunging? Look at Politicized Education

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recent national student test scores showed a massive decline in learning in reading and math. This achievement implosion has several explanations – one is the increasing politicization of classroom instruction, which is reducing rigor and diverting attention from improving students’ foundational knowledge and skills. …

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Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research has shown, however, that one way to reverse …

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Lance Izumi Discusses How Public Schools Can Improve Following COVID Failure on Lars Larson Show

Hear Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss how public schools can improve on the nationally-syndicated Lars Larson Show.

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Public Colleges Become Most Recent “Winners” in Sacramento CEQA Exemptions

Another legislative session in Sacramento has come to a close, but not without lawmakers choosing more winners and losers in the battle of who receives a CEQA exemption and who does not. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was signed into law in 1970 in an effort to instill a …

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A Student Issues a Stark Warning on the State of California Schools

While Governor Gavin Newsom was accepting a laughable award for California’s supposed innovation in education, student achievement in the state’s classrooms is spiraling downward due to failed government education policies. The Education Commission of the States, which gave the innovation award to California, lauded all the tax dollars that Newsom …

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New Study Dispels Special Ed Funding Myth About Charter Schools

The wide funding gap between regular public schools and charter schools is often explained by charter opponents as due to the larger number of special-education students in regular public schools versus charter schools.  A just released study, however, debunks this claim. There is no doubt that regular public schools receive …

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SB 1162 Won’t Fix Pay Gap

It’s summertime, and the living may about to get even easier for plaintiff’s lawyers across California. Senate Bill 1162, which is wending its way through the legislature, would require the state to publish the pay data of workers by race, ethnicity, and gender for companies with 100 or more employees, …

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When Right Thinking Californians Learn About Tennessee’s Policy Agenda, They Might Be Ready to Call a Realtor

I recently traveled to Nashville to attend the annual Heritage Foundation Resource Bank conference, and annual gathering of conservative policy leaders from around the country. While at the conference, I had the opportunity to hear great speakers including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and attend …

Education

Newsom vs. Youngkin: Falling test scores and a tale of two governors

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recently released national test scores saw significant declines in math and reading in virtually all states. Yet not all state leaders reacted with similar alarm. So, while both their states experienced low test scores, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shockingly sent out a boastful press …

Classroom Ideology

The Harvard-UNC SCOTUS Case: Asians May Finally Bury Race Discrimination in America

For years, as government-sanctioned racial discrimination was eliminated in most spheres of American life, race-based discrimination continued to fester in university admissions.  However, a case involving alleged racial discrimination against Asian Americans at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, may finally …

Classroom Ideology

Why Are Student Test Scores Plunging? Look at Politicized Education

By Lance Izumi & Wenyuan Wu Recent national student test scores showed a massive decline in learning in reading and math. This achievement implosion has several explanations – one is the increasing politicization of classroom instruction, which is reducing rigor and diverting attention from improving students’ foundational knowledge and skills. …

Blog

Want to save cities? Then revamp urban schools

Want to Save Cities? Then Revamp Urban Schools There are many reasons for the decline of America’s cities, but one of the key reasons why many families flee older urban areas is because of the poor quality of urban public schools. Research has shown, however, that one way to reverse …

Education

Lance Izumi Discusses How Public Schools Can Improve Following COVID Failure on Lars Larson Show

Hear Lance Izumi, senior director of PRI’s Center for Education, discuss how public schools can improve on the nationally-syndicated Lars Larson Show.

Blog

Public Colleges Become Most Recent “Winners” in Sacramento CEQA Exemptions

Another legislative session in Sacramento has come to a close, but not without lawmakers choosing more winners and losers in the battle of who receives a CEQA exemption and who does not. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was signed into law in 1970 in an effort to instill a …

Blog

A Student Issues a Stark Warning on the State of California Schools

While Governor Gavin Newsom was accepting a laughable award for California’s supposed innovation in education, student achievement in the state’s classrooms is spiraling downward due to failed government education policies. The Education Commission of the States, which gave the innovation award to California, lauded all the tax dollars that Newsom …

Blog

New Study Dispels Special Ed Funding Myth About Charter Schools

The wide funding gap between regular public schools and charter schools is often explained by charter opponents as due to the larger number of special-education students in regular public schools versus charter schools.  A just released study, however, debunks this claim. There is no doubt that regular public schools receive …

Blog

SB 1162 Won’t Fix Pay Gap

It’s summertime, and the living may about to get even easier for plaintiff’s lawyers across California. Senate Bill 1162, which is wending its way through the legislature, would require the state to publish the pay data of workers by race, ethnicity, and gender for companies with 100 or more employees, …

Blog

When Right Thinking Californians Learn About Tennessee’s Policy Agenda, They Might Be Ready to Call a Realtor

I recently traveled to Nashville to attend the annual Heritage Foundation Resource Bank conference, and annual gathering of conservative policy leaders from around the country. While at the conference, I had the opportunity to hear great speakers including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and attend …

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