California and Mississippi Have This In Common

Dear Legislators, California, Mississippi and three other states grant permanent employment (ie, tenure) to public school teachers after just 18 months of teaching experience. 45 states wait longer or never do. We've never met a lawmaker who seeks to send their kids to dentists or doctors guaranteed jobs for life regardless of performance, but that practice is alive … Continue reading California and Mississippi Have This In Common

Underfunded Kids, Overinsured Retirees

The Governor's Budget projects deficits down the road but that's no reason not to enact worthy programs with savings from eliminating unworthy programs, and especially those contributing to the structural deficit to which Governor Newsom refers in his budget message. For example, Senator Skinner has introduced a spot bill to establish Universal School Meal and … Continue reading Underfunded Kids, Overinsured Retirees

Bad Reporting By SF Chronicle

Today's SF Chronicle includes a misleading article about San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) claiming that "California spends about $12,000 per student per year" but just last Friday, the governor released a proposed budget that on page 61 posts this chart: The Chronicle also gets the explanation wrong, as one can see in the detailed … Continue reading Bad Reporting By SF Chronicle

A Tale Of Two Pandemics In California — Part III

Further to our earlier notes on this subject, we were pleased to read this week that California will prioritize vaccine distribution to disadvantaged racial and socioeconomic groups. That's good news for the hardest hit parts of our population. We remain concerned about disproportionate unemployment in the bottom wage quartile, where California's 28 percent drop in … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Pandemics In California — Part III

A Tale of Two Pandemics in California

We are eager for January 4 to arrive as that’s when the California Legislature reconvenes. All Californians need attention but two groups in particular — blue collar workers and families with kids in public schools — are in special need of attention. Most public school students are still not in classrooms, distance learning results are … Continue reading A Tale of Two Pandemics in California

NYT Can Do Better

A recent article in the New York Times about election results in California included the following sentence (italics added by me): “A measure that would have raised taxes on commercial landlords to raise billions for a state that sorely needs revenue also seemed on track for defeat.” The reporters did not provide support for their assertion — which they … Continue reading NYT Can Do Better

California Taxin’

In 2012 California raised the state’s top income tax rate nearly 30 percent to 13.3 percent to boost education funding. Proposition 98 spending on K-12 jumped accordingly: By 2015 the state’s school funding already ranked in the middle of states according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, by 2016 the National Center for Education Statistics ranked … Continue reading California Taxin’

Public v. Private Enterprise

Next Monday Bernie Sanders will address the Democratic National Convention where no doubt he will slam private enterprise and urge more public enterprise. Yet if he compared the performance of private enterprises supplying services to his listeners with the performance of public enterprises in (say) California, he would be embarrassed to make his case. Look … Continue reading Public v. Private Enterprise

City Journal: Plug the Golden State’s Leaks

For too long, California’s schools have operated on deficits. As Congress considers a $100 billion Covid-related financial-support package to help states and localities gear up for the coming school year, California should act quickly to plug leaks that will cost its own schools their likely share of that aid. The San Francisco Unified School District … Continue reading City Journal: Plug the Golden State’s Leaks

How To Help Poor And Minority Students In Sacramento

This is the most recent demographic breakdown of pupils attending the Sacramento City Unified School District: 82 percent non-White and 70 percent socioeconomically disadvantaged, last year the district authorized teacher layoffs to help address a pre-COVID deficit that would not exist but for subsidies provided to retired employees at an annual expense of $50 million, … Continue reading How To Help Poor And Minority Students In Sacramento