This is a media advisory The Heartland Institute sent out to education reporters earlier Thursday:
The highly touted education reform documentary Waiting for ‘Superman’ opens Friday at theaters in Los Angeles and New York, with a wider release scheduled for later in the fall. With the film receiving support from Paramount Pictures and Walden Media, and with attention from Oprah Winfrey, school reform has finally “gone…
A small but tenacious group of parents in the Los Angeles suburb of Tujunga is hoping a new California law will be able to accomplish what years of frustrating pleas and appeals to the bureaucracy has not: Transform a failing, chronically unsafe middle school into a place where kids can learn without fear of random violence.
These parents are using California's parent empowerment law -- aka "the parent trigger" -- to petition the Los Angeles… Continue
Added by Ben Boychuk on September 3, 2010 at 1:00pm —
As government programs go, "Cars for Clunkers" was a lemon. Unless, of course, you judge a program's success by Congress rushing to shift additional billions in "stimulus" funds to meet supposedly unexpected demand -- in that case it was a monster hit for the ages.
The program, which offered up to $4,500 toward purchasing a new car, was supposed to last a few months. Its funding was exhausted after just four days. That spurred Congress to appropriate another $2 billion from the $814… Continue
If newspapers are indeed dying, at least a few seem willing to die fighting. Consider the Los Angeles Times (ward of the bankrupt Tribune Co.), which on Sunday published a surprisingly bold piece of investigative journalism on arguably the most pressing subject of our day: Public education. The story should serve as an example of how a cultural institution -- even one as embattled as the… Continue
Surely you've heard about Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of the relatively impoverished city of Bell in Southern California? Rizzo is, in all likelihood, relaxing on his horse farm in Washington State. But even if we can't confront Rizzo directly, we can figure out what his tenure represents. Is anyone really surprised?
Added by Ben Boychuk on August 11, 2010 at 2:41am —
The House of Representatives interrupted its summer break Tuesday to vote on the $26 billion Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. The House approved the controversial bill, 247-161, mostly along party lines. President Obama signed it immediately.
This gift to the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers was expected, unfortunately. The U.S. Senate passed the bill last week, after Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe (R) and Susan Collins (R) broke with…
Calvin Coolidge is remembered, incorrectly, for not saying very much. But the 30th president delivered one of the finest analyses of the Declaration of Independence on the 150th anniversary celebration of independence in 1926. It's a long speech. You should read the whole thing. In the context of the ongoing argument between "conservatives" and "progressives," however, one part is worth…
Independence Day may be my favorite holiday. Sure, I love Christmas and Thanksgiving, and Easter and St. Patrick's Day are not without their charms. But America's birthday is a holiday like no other. Over the past eight years or so, with two exceptions, we've helped put on a large block party, complete with games, food, strong drink, music, patriotic readings, and, when the sun goes down,… Continue
Added by Ben Boychuk on July 2, 2010 at 7:29pm —
Six-year-old Harry Buttle Alyssa Thomas is on the U.S. government's "No Fly" list. According to a local Fox affiliate report, the Westlake, Ohio girl's parents learned she was on the list during a recent trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis.
"We were, like, puzzled," said Dr. Santhosh Thomas, Alyssa's weirdly inarticulate father. "I'm like, well, she's kinda six-years-old and…
This week in our Sacramento Bee column, editorial writer Pia Lopez and I argue the merits of suspending California's AB 32. The 2006 law, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) touted as his signal policy accomplishment, imposes a "cap and trade" system to regulate pollution and requiring all manner of rules on how Californians may live.
Well, as it happens, the Legislature passed AB 32…
A study of Chicago’s merit pay system is getting a lot of play in the education press, mostly with emphasis on critics who are crowing, “See! See! Paying for performance doesn’t work! Merit pay is a waste of time and resources!”
Well, hold on a second. Diane Ravitch's protestations notwithstanding, education is not immune to the laws of economics, the inducements of carrots or the sting of… Continue
Nat Hentoff worries about Elena Kagan's peculiar view of the First Amendment: "I know that a solicitor general is required to argue the legal positions of the administration that hired her — but to this extent?"
Hentoff is referring to Kagan's curious argument before the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC, in which she suggested the federal government could censor pamphlets, but not…
I wrote about the dire economic consequences California's "Global Warming Solutions Act" would have on California's economy for City Journal's website in February. At the time, I argued Gov. Schwarzengger would be insane not to suspend the law in the face of record unemployment and a sluggish economic recovery, noting a report by the state Air Resources Board that predicted “While climate policy yields new types…
I have an op-ed today in the Los Angeles Daily News making the case that teacher tenure reforms in California are essential. Colorado recently passed a tenure reform bill that may or may not do the job legislators intended, but it nevertheless… Continue
Added by Ben Boychuk on May 25, 2010 at 2:15pm —