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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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Teachers unions causing schools and students to fail

Recently in Time magazine, American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten argued, “Far-right advocates of privatizing public education are using Big Lies to undermine public schools.” However, in an eye-opening resignation letter, Oakland school board member Shanthi Gonzales, a former labor organizer, shows that it is the teachers union that …

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Been There, Done That on Attacking Charter Schools

Been There, Done That on Attacking Charter Schools Inspired by a recent California law, the Biden Administration has proposed federal regulations that would require new charter schools to “demonstrate community need” before being approved, and also restricts the ability of new and existing charter schools to receive federal funds. California …

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Biden Administration Copying California Law to Stifle Charter Schools

By Lance Izumi & McKenzie Richards Imagine a world where budding businesses would be required to both obtain permission to enter the marketplace from competitors and then prove to the government that their business would serve community needs. Makes no sense, right? Well, welcome to education policy, where the Biden …

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L.A. School District and Teachers Union Keep Mask Mandate Despite Science

It is St. Patrick’s week, but there is little Irish luck for school kids in Los Angeles who are still being forced to wear masks, despite strong science showing that mask mandates result in little benefit. At the end of February, Governor Gavin Newsom finally relented and issued a statement …

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Newsom’s education agenda: More of the same means more failure

While school mask mandates have garnered headlines, Californians should be as concerned about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed education agenda, which he championed this week in his State of the State address. It pours more tax dollars into a failing system without any requirement for better results. Newsom proposes total education …

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Read how changing funding won’t lead to public school reforms

A new proposal to continue high levels of funding for California school districts would, if enacted, remove incentives for the public schools to improve themselves. State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, recently proposed SB 830, which would switch the way public schools are …

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Proposed School Choice Measure Would Change California Education Status Quo

Under a headline that will alarm many, the Sacramento Bee covered the story of 2022 ballot proposals that would change the California Constitution and require the state to help parents with private school tuition. “Gut unions and boost private schools? 2022 ballot proposals aim at California labor,” reads the Nov. …

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Biden Get a “D” on End-of-Semester Education Report Card

The 2020-21 school year has ended with failures across the education landscape. In the face of this education catastrophe, President Joe Biden earns a disappointing “D” on his end-of-semester report card. From still-not-fully-reopened schools to inadequate school-district distance learning efforts to huge student learning losses to rampant mental health problems …

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Newsom’s Savings Account for Students Needs to Be at the Front End, Not at the Back

In his recently released revised budget, Governor Gavin Newsom put forward a group of proposals to “Re-Imagine California’s Public Schools.”  Sadly, most of these proposals will do little to raise student achievement in a public school system that was failing to do so even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the …

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. …

Commentary

Teachers unions causing schools and students to fail

Recently in Time magazine, American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten argued, “Far-right advocates of privatizing public education are using Big Lies to undermine public schools.” However, in an eye-opening resignation letter, Oakland school board member Shanthi Gonzales, a former labor organizer, shows that it is the teachers union that …

Blog

Been There, Done That on Attacking Charter Schools

Been There, Done That on Attacking Charter Schools Inspired by a recent California law, the Biden Administration has proposed federal regulations that would require new charter schools to “demonstrate community need” before being approved, and also restricts the ability of new and existing charter schools to receive federal funds. California …

Charter Schools

Biden Administration Copying California Law to Stifle Charter Schools

By Lance Izumi & McKenzie Richards Imagine a world where budding businesses would be required to both obtain permission to enter the marketplace from competitors and then prove to the government that their business would serve community needs. Makes no sense, right? Well, welcome to education policy, where the Biden …

Blog

L.A. School District and Teachers Union Keep Mask Mandate Despite Science

It is St. Patrick’s week, but there is little Irish luck for school kids in Los Angeles who are still being forced to wear masks, despite strong science showing that mask mandates result in little benefit. At the end of February, Governor Gavin Newsom finally relented and issued a statement …

Charter Schools

Newsom’s education agenda: More of the same means more failure

While school mask mandates have garnered headlines, Californians should be as concerned about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed education agenda, which he championed this week in his State of the State address. It pours more tax dollars into a failing system without any requirement for better results. Newsom proposes total education …

Commentary

Read how changing funding won’t lead to public school reforms

A new proposal to continue high levels of funding for California school districts would, if enacted, remove incentives for the public schools to improve themselves. State Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), chair of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, recently proposed SB 830, which would switch the way public schools are …

Blog

Proposed School Choice Measure Would Change California Education Status Quo

Under a headline that will alarm many, the Sacramento Bee covered the story of 2022 ballot proposals that would change the California Constitution and require the state to help parents with private school tuition. “Gut unions and boost private schools? 2022 ballot proposals aim at California labor,” reads the Nov. …

Commentary

Biden Get a “D” on End-of-Semester Education Report Card

The 2020-21 school year has ended with failures across the education landscape. In the face of this education catastrophe, President Joe Biden earns a disappointing “D” on his end-of-semester report card. From still-not-fully-reopened schools to inadequate school-district distance learning efforts to huge student learning losses to rampant mental health problems …

Blog

Newsom’s Savings Account for Students Needs to Be at the Front End, Not at the Back

In his recently released revised budget, Governor Gavin Newsom put forward a group of proposals to “Re-Imagine California’s Public Schools.”  Sadly, most of these proposals will do little to raise student achievement in a public school system that was failing to do so even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the …

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