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More Money, But More Or Fewer Problems? The State Of The Golden State’s Public Schools

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

By this month’s end, an annual California migration will have occurred—a mass movement that, in sheer numbers, puts the swallows of San Juan Capistrano to shame.

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After A Year As Los Angeles’s School Superintendent, Learning To Separate Facts From Myths

by Austin Beutnervia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A first-generation American, son of a factory worker and a schoolteacher, attends public schools. which provide him with a great education.

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California Can Reform K–12 And Medi-Cal, Or Face A Future Of Perpetual Tax Hikes

by David Cranevia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Here’s another way to look at the complicated question of California’s commitment to public education in these flush economic times, with some compelling illustration of the state’s finances. And an unsettling conclusion: more and more tax increases will be the Golden State’s fate unless lawmakers get serious about reforming two large portions of California’s budget—K–12 schools and Medi-Cal, which account for more than one-half of California’s General Fund spending.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?

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Sacramento Spotlight: Six California’s Part 1 – Demographics of the New States

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Last month, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen approved for circulation (i.e. gathering roughly 800,000 signatures) venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposed ballot initiative to split the Golden State into six new states.

Staying Classy, San Diego: Takeaways from the 2014 Special Mayoral Election

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

San Diego—California’s 2nd largest city and the 8th largest in the nation—elected a Republican mayor last night.  Before Kevin Faulconer’s election, just one of Am

Assessing California's Economic Growth by Region

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In 2011, former Governor of Minnesota and Presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty announced he had a plan to grow the United States’ economy by 5% annually.  Whi

Interview: California's Economic Dissonance

by Hoover Institution Editorvia Eureka
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Hoover research fellow Carson Bruno talks to John Batchelor about the results of the Hoover Institution Golden

California's 20th-Century "Voting Experience"

by Pete Petersonvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A drive through the office parks of Silicon Valley may fool you into thinking California is a state with its eyes focused firmly on the future.

Jerry States His Case

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

History was made earlier today in Sacramento, when California Gov.

California's Rain Delay

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Friday, January 17, 2014

So there you have it: California Gov.


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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.