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A School Year Like No Other

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

In California, as elsewhere in America, school’s out for a majority of the summer months. And while California schools aren’t out forever, nor have they been blown to pieces (yes, we’re channeling our inner Alice Cooper), there’s the uncomfortable question of what happens when the next academic year commences in mid-August.

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California’s 2021 Key Educational Achievements: School Closures, Critical Race Theory And Antisemitism

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The last year wasn’t a banner year for California’s K–12 education system.

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Teacher Union Power In California: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Michael T. Hartneyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Charles Chapel, a California state assemblyman in the 1950s and 1960s, once said that he feared just three things: God, his redheaded wife, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).

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How To Truly “Reimagine” Education In California

by Kevin Kileyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

When schools across California closed in mid-March of last year, parents saw the decision for what it was: a sensible precaution in the face of a novel threat. At the time, they couldn’t have imagined it would be a year or more before their children would see the inside of a classroom again.

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Quality Early Education Needs To Be Part Of Ed Reform

by Ted Lempert via Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

As a long-time California education reform advocate, I’ve worked on a range of issues that are critical to ensuring equity and an excellent education for all of our kids.

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It’s Time To Rebalance The Power Dynamic In California’s Schools

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The best guess by state leaders – and fondest hope for parents – is that California public schools will fully reopen their campuses this fall to all students. After more than a year of remote, hybrid or blended learning – or no learning at all – everyone should welcome a return to normalcy.

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Issue 2101: So What’s a Governor to Do?

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Eureka Issue 2102: California’s Class(room) Struggle

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Friday, June 25, 2021

A new issue of Eureka is now available online.

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It’s Time To Rebalance The Power Dynamic In California’s Schools

by Loren Kayevia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The best guess by state leaders – and fondest hope for parents – is that California public schools will fully reopen their campuses this fall to all students. After more than a year of remote, hybrid or blended learning – or no learning at all – everyone should welcome a return to normalcy.

Featured Commentary

Quality Early Education Needs To Be Part Of Ed Reform

by Ted Lempert via Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

As a long-time California education reform advocate, I’ve worked on a range of issues that are critical to ensuring equity and an excellent education for all of our kids.

Featured Commentary

How To Truly “Reimagine” Education In California

by Kevin Kileyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

When schools across California closed in mid-March of last year, parents saw the decision for what it was: a sensible precaution in the face of a novel threat. At the time, they couldn’t have imagined it would be a year or more before their children would see the inside of a classroom again.

Featured Commentary

Teacher Union Power In California: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

by Michael T. Hartneyvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Charles Chapel, a California state assemblyman in the 1950s and 1960s, once said that he feared just three things: God, his redheaded wife, and the California Teachers Association (CTA).

Introduction

A School Year Like No Other

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

In California, as elsewhere in America, school’s out for a majority of the summer months. And while California schools aren’t out forever, nor have they been blown to pieces (yes, we’re channeling our inner Alice Cooper), there’s the uncomfortable question of what happens when the next academic year commences in mid-August.

Featured Commentary

California’s 2021 Key Educational Achievements: School Closures, Critical Race Theory And Antisemitism

by Lee Ohanianvia Eureka
Thursday, June 24, 2021

The last year wasn’t a banner year for California’s K–12 education system.

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California's Failed Response To COVID

by Jay Bhattacharya, Martin Kulldorffvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

Now that we’ve "celebrated" the first anniversary of COVID in California, it’s a good time to take stock of the state's response.

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The Teacher Handshake

by Michael Trujillovia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

For many months in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was panic at California’s local grocery stores. While most businesses were closed, government buildings locked up, and schools shut down, our markets never were. Neither were our farms. Our survival depended, as it always has, on food continuing to be grown, picked, and shipped to stores where we could buy it. 

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Let Small Businesses Open Up – And Stay Open

by Lorraine Salazarvia Eureka
Friday, March 12, 2021

All of us who own and run small businesses can appreciate the difficult balancing act California governor Gavin Newsom, local elected officials, and county health directors have had in containing the spread of COVID-19 without doing too much more damage to our beleaguered economy.

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Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense reforms for America’s great nation-state.

Ever since Archimedes supposedly first uttered the word, eureka has meant joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Drawing on the combined wisdom of Hoover’s policy experts and leading California thinkers, we hope that you’ll find enlightenment in these pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as this forum’s editor.