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Comparisons of Propositions 30 and 38, Via EdSource & the California Budget Project

Comparisons of Propositions 30 and 38, Via EdSource & the California Budget Project

This one’s from EdSource, a very reliable non-profit education news outlet. EdSource: Proposition 30 | Proposition 38 Comparisons This one’s from the California Budget Project, also a very reliable non-profit state budget watchdog outlet that has excellent information on education. California Budget Project: How Do Propositions 30 & 38 Compare? »

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

The November 2012 Save California Public Schools Toolkit

Step 1: Get informed. We’re on the verge of either saving our public schools from an annual cycle of disinvestment caused by budget cuts ($20 billion in the past 5 years) — or setting off harmful triggers if the November 2012 ballot initiatives to fund K-12 (or K-14) don’t pass. Proposition 30 and Proposition 38 are the two main solutions we can choose to revitalize our chronical... »

California Secretary of State’s Official Titles and Summaries of Proposition 30 and Proposition 38

These are reproduced from pdfs found on the California Secretary of State’s website and are the official titles and summaries of Propositions 30 and 38. Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. CA Proposition 30: TEMPORARY TAXES TO FUND EDUCATION. GUARANTEED LOCAL PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING. INITIATIVE CO…... »

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project’s Analysis of Propositions 30 and 38, For November 2012

California Budget Project‘s Senior Policy Analyst and specialist in education issues, Jonathan Kaplan, recently released Budget Briefs analyzing the potential impact of two ballot initiatives in California that propose to fund K-12 education. This November, voters will decide if they want to vote for one, both, or none, and in order to do so, they’ll have to understand what each one ac... »

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

Public School Supporters Meet With Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten at the DNC

While at the DNC, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small gathering of public education supporters with Governor Dean and Randi Weingarten, who heads the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I’m a tremendous fan of Governor Dean — in fact, I was a Deaniac before there was a netroots. I still think he’s fantastic on so many issues close to the hearts of progressives. And I l... »

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a Get-Out-the-Vote and voter registration event that happens to take place at a Miami-area high school — and it’s sent some GOP partisans into high dudgeon. Mind you, it’s summer. The school facilities are empty. The campaign is paying for the use of the space, not the school distrct. And, as the Miami Herald and the International Busi... »

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

Vouchers Create a Split Between “Ed Reform” Conservatives: Accountability Bean-Counters and the Religious Right

The New Republic has an interesting analysis of Louisiana’s experiment in privatization of public schools: Ed Kilgore argues in “How the GOP’s New Education Policy Embraces the Market and Abandons Objective Standards” that vouchers pander to parents as the ultimate source of “accountability.” But this emphasis on parents’ subjective evaluation of a school&... »

Fact Check: FAIL — Romney’s Claim That the Federal Government Doesn’t Pay for Teachers

Fact Check: FAIL — Romney’s Claim That the Federal Government Doesn’t Pay for Teachers

Regarding presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s gaffe: of course state and local governments pay for teachers. No one disputes that. But the federal government does also pay for teachers, whether it’s the local or state education agency that makes that decision, or if it’s indirectly through federally-funded state training and credentialing programs. The Washington Post’s Jo... »

Romney’s Education Policies: Eliminate Public Education As We Know It With “Voucherlike” Plan

Mitt Romney’s latest statements about his vision for America’s public schools can be summed up by his declaration that it’d be best to let families “vote with their feet” and have federal dollars follow children to private/religious, public, charter, or online schools. Reckless, foolish, clueless, or all of the above? Perhaps if someone actually knowledgeable about ho... »

Michelle Rhee Offers Democrats Campaign Money/”Ed Reform” Expertise, They Refuse

One of the first things Michelle Rhee’s group, StudentsFirstNY, did upon launching in that state was approach Democratic Congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries (NY-CD8) and offer him a six-figure, unregulated, third party donation to his campaign. They probably thought Jeffries was an easy mark, given the positions he’s taken in the past urging that New York City open itself up to mor... »

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