Tag: California

California Should Retire the Secure Choice Program Before It Begins »

Properly planning, and saving for, one’s retirement is certainly a worthy goal, but, like many other things, it can become corrupted by heavy-handed government meddling. Last year, the Legislature, and Gov. Jerry Brown, enacted Senate Bill 1234, which establishes the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, a mandatory automatic retirement savings program administered by...
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Enabling California K-12 Students to Thrive through Education Savings Accounts »

California is an innovation leader in lots of areas except one: K-12 education. Enacting education savings accounts (ESAs) would help. As I detail in a new policy report, California’s public-school system, which largely rations education based on where a child’s parents can afford to live, is a relic of a bygone era. Such a...
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You Can’t Go Home Again, but . . . »

A melancholy saying reminds us that you can’t go home again. I know I can’t. My parents have been dead for decades, and my brother Bill, my only sibling, died three years ago. Moreover, the house in which we lived when I was growing up in the late 1950s and early 1960s has been...
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Calexit 2018? The Movement Is Beginning »

The Sacramento Bee reports that “[b]ackers of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking California’s secession from the U.S. can begin collecting voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot, the [California] secretary of state’s office said Thursday.” Support for this initiative is strong, with one in three Californians saying they are ready to leave the...
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Califor-ni-ED May Be Coming to a Classroom Near You »

One export I’d like from California is its pre-Common Core math standards, hailed as the country’s finest. Instead, we’re likely going to get some horrific version of its pending K-12 history and social “science” framework—or as the Hoover Institution’s Bill Evers calls it, Progressive “goo-goo reform.” Whether or not we live in California, we need to...
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Old Enough to Choose a President, but Not to Buy Cigarettes? »

Once again, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s blessing, lawmakers in California have extended the long nose of government further into the private lives of their citizens. The latest intrusion comes from legislation that raises the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. With record-level support for marijuana...
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California Charter School Breaks Away from District »

In spite of opposition from some members of the Ross Valley School District (RVSD), the California State Board of Education (CBOE) unanimously approved the transformation of an alternative education program into the Ross Valley Charter School. As the Heartland Institute’s School Reform News reporter Ashley Bateman recently wrote: Vicki Alger, a research fellow with...
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California’s Dream World »

California Gov. Jerry Brown caved in recently to intense lobbying from labor-union leaders and signed a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 per hour by 2022. “California is proving once again that it can get things done and help people get ahead,” Brown said. Dream on, Gov. Brown –...
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Reflections on National School Choice Week »

Last week was National School Choice Week, with more than 16,000 events from coast to coast shining a spotlight on effective education options for students. Today, parental choice in education encompasses a variety of education options: Eight states and the District of Columbia allow parents to enroll their children in any public school they...
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Friedrichs v. CTA Could End Compulsory Union Dues »

On January 11, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a potentially landmark case. If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, the financial strength and political clout of government employee unions across the country could be diminished greatly. Ten California teachers and a teachers’ group,...
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