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Analysis and Commentary

Charlottesville, Race, And Republican Virtue-Signaling

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Friday, August 18, 2017

Why Trump’s condemnation of “all sides” was scorned.

Analysis and Commentary

Eureka Issue 1703 California’s School Daze

via Eureka
Friday, August 18, 2017

A new issue of Eureka is now available online.

Analysis and Commentary

Early-Primary States Loves L.A's Mayor. But California? Historically, Not So Much

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two rising stocks have caught my eye – one being Apple, which reached a record high earlier this week before announcing that it’s going to war with Netflix on the video content front.


Could California Republicans Get A Boost From Ballot Measures?

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Earlier this year, a New York assemblyman introduced a bill – it never made it to a floor vote – to ban tackle football for that state’s kids ages 13 and younger. Upon further review, how did Albany beat Sacramento to the punch?

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The Libertarian: Showdown In Charlottesville

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Parsing the legal, political, and cultural issues raised by the recent violence in Virginia.

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Blame California’s Elected Leaders, not Its Teachers, for What Ails the State’s Public Schools

by Marshall Tuckvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

A few days from now, 6.2 million children will return to public schools in California. Three million of them can’t read or write at grade level (the number is especially tragic among male African American kids). In reading, California fourth-graders rank among the lowest: forty-eighth in the nation. This isn’t a recent development: twenty-five years ago, we ranked forty-ninth.

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The New Pro-Charter LA School Board Means a Chance to Treat Students as Individuals, not Assembly-Line Products

by Caprice Youngvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The fundamental obstacle to meaningful change for the students in the Los Angeles region can best be summed up by a statement we hear all the time from former students: “I am a proud product of LAUSD.”

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The Future of Teacher Quality in California Is in Doubt--and That Also Puts California’s Economic Outlook in Jeopardy

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

California’s economy–on a pace this year to potentially surpass the United Kingdom as the world’s fifth largest–will likely become more and more dependent on the quality of its home-produced labor force. In that regard storm clouds are on the horizon.

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California’s Board Of Education Ignores Teacher Effectiveness– But One In Ten Teachers Are Ineffective, Claim Fellow Instructors

by Paul E. Petersonvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ever since a California superior court determined three years ago that teacher tenure and seniority rights concentrated inexperienced teachers in disadvantaged communities (Vergara v. California), the state’s Board of Education has been trying hard not to think about teacher effectiveness. An appeals court overturned the lower court decision, but the state board remains worried about other legal and political attacks.


Back To School In California—And Back To This Question: Does The State’s K–12 System Deserve A Passing Grade?

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, August 17, 2017

If you’re looking to grade public education in California, pass-fail probably isn’t the way to go but make sure to leave plenty of room in the “comments” section of your report card. On the one hand, the system has bred success. The late Steve Jobs was a product of California’s K12 system. 


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