Anti-Trump Hysteria Plagues Our Schools

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

Worse than anything Donald Trump ever said, the backlash to his election has been horrifying. While the hysteria and teddy-bear-clutching over the election of a Republican president is nothing new – remember “Bushitler?” in which some on the left equated W to Der Führer – the present-day Trumphobes are second to none. In Los Angeles, […]

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Charter Schools Under Attack

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

For years, teachers’ unions have tried to kill charter schools—but only on odd-numbered days. On even-numbered days, they tried to organize them. Things lately have become very odd, at least in California; the unions are in full-assault mode. United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl has long groused about how charter schools don’t play by the […]

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Union Kingpin Threatens California

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl gave a speech for the ages a couple of weeks ago, securing a wing in the pantheon-of-vile, a place which includes such memorable outbursts as National Education Association general counsel Bob Chanin’s “right-wing bastards” farewell-to-troops speech in 2009 and Chicago Teacher Union boss Karen Lewis’ talk to […]

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Quick Thoughts on the Vergara Appeal Decision

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

Not unexpected, the case seemed to go against the plaintiffs in the appeals trial. Next stop, the state Supreme Court. Ironic that the decision comes on the heels of a similar case being brought in Minnesota. I haven’t read the decision yet, but I find it very interesting that the three-judge panel reversed Vergara finding that […]

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Dear California Teacher

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

In 2005, after having taught for 24 years, I was becoming quite agitated. All along I had been subsidizing the teachers unions’ political agenda and thought I had no choice in doing so. I then learned that I could opt out of the political portion of union dues, but the process to do so was […]

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Los Angeles Teachers Union Livid Over Plan To Charterize 260 Schools

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

According to a memo unearthed by Los Angeles Times writer Howard Blume, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and other charter advocates want to create 260 new charter schools in Los Angeles, enrolling at least 130,000 students. The document includes various strategies that include how to raise money, recruit teachers, provide outreach to parents and navigate the political […]

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Teachers Unions and Media Try to Make Hay of Teacher Shortage Myth

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

For years, teachers unions have been moaning that nearly half of all new educators leave the profession within the first five years. They and others have repeated the claim so many times that it has taken on the mantle of truth. But like so much else the unions say, fact checking reveals something quite different. Veteran teacher union watchdog […]

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Teaching Star = Football Star?

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

The teachers “don’t get no respect” catchphrase has been with us for some time now. Various lamenters have opined that teachers should have the status and income of rock stars or professional athletes. To that end, Comedy Central duo Key and Peele have rolled out “Teaching Center” – a spoof of ESPN’s long-running “Sports Center.” […]

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Teachers Unions Appeal Vergara

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

… and continue to block any and every meaningful reform the California state legislature has to offer. On May Day (how fitting!) the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers filed their appeal of the Vergara decision. In that 2014 ruling, Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu struck down California’s teacher tenure, layoff and […]

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Elementary Indoctrination

Larry Sand
President of the California Teachers Empowerment Network

To say California’s teachers’ unions wield outsize influence over state education policy is hardly novel. From setting tenure rules to rewriting dismissal statutes and blocking pension reforms, the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers roam the halls of the legislature like varsity all-stars. But less well known are the unions’ efforts to […]

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