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Parent Trigger School Opens Doors as New Charter
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Parent Trigger School Opens Doors as New Charter

In California, parents took control of their children's’ education last year and executed the parent trigger option. After legal battles with the school district, parents chose to make Desert Trails Elementary into a charter school to give their children the best possible education.

07/30/2013
Golfer Mickelson Will Hand Over 61% of Earnings to the Taxman
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Golfer Mickelson Will Hand Over 61% of Earnings to the Taxman

Back in January, golfer Phil Mickelson made a comment about the rate of taxation he pays for his success. Not only is he paying high federal taxes, but his home state of California is gouging him as well.

07/26/2013
Raisin Hell
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Raisin Hell

This week, the White House launched a new initiative for a “better, smarter, faster government.” At a showy Monday press event, President Obama declared, “we need the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges… It’s up to each and every one of us to make it work better.”Where exactly has The Smartest President Ever decided to focus several of his brightest minds? On punishing “Raisin Dissidents.”

07/10/2013
Don't Sweat Health Care, California's Got This
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Don't Sweat Health Care, California's Got This

Implementing Obamacare is a train wreck nationally, but in California it's a high-speed rail disaster.In the past few weeks we learned that health insurance giants UnitedHealth, Cigna and Aetna will opt out of California's health care exchanges. They will still provide health insurance through large employers but wisely avoided Obamacare’s complicated new framework.

06/06/2013
Principal Ousted by Parents in California
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Principal Ousted by Parents in California

Across America, Parent Trigger laws are being invoked to make changes in failing schools. In some cases, schools are transformed from traditional public schools and, in others, they are used to replace administration officials impeding the success of students.

05/31/2013
Profiles in Education: The Smith Family
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Profiles in Education: The Smith Family

Mr. D and Mrs. R Smith are Californians working hard and doing their best to raise their young son and daughter. DS was raised with both public and private schooling, and RS completed all of her schooling through the public school system. When the time came to send their own children to school, however, they saw that the school situation was far from sunny and were concerned the public options wouldn't meet their child's needs. They decided that they would have to send their children to private schools. 

02/12/2013
Public School District Forced to Compete in Los Angeles
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Public School District Forced to Compete in Los Angeles

Monopolies don't work, and one of the best things about school choice is that it forces educators and schools to compete against each other for students. This makes everyone step up their game, and the students are the ones to benefit. Some have questioned if public schools would be willing to compete in a free market setting but, in the wake of a parent trigger being invoked in Los Angeles, the local district is doing just that. 

01/29/2013
Oppressive Taxation Drives Out California's High-Earning Golfers
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Oppressive Taxation Drives Out California's High-Earning Golfers

No matter how many times it is proven, there are those who refuse to accept that high rates of taxation reach a level of diminishing returns.Rich people often vote with their feet. Recently, this was in the news in France when actor Gerard Depardieu decided to escape the 75% tax rate under the new socialist government. Now we have a high-profile case right here at home.

01/23/2013
Free Speech and The War on Christmas
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Free Speech and The War on Christmas

In 1953,  a tradition began in Santa Monica, California. Nativity scenes were displayed in Palisades Park at Christmas time, earning Santa Monica the nickname “City of the Christmas Story.” Now, after a bitter dispute over free speech, that nickname has come to an end. 

12/04/2012
Southern California Port Strikes Costing $1 Billion per Day
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Southern California Port Strikes Costing $1 Billion per Day

At the end of November, a workers’ strike closed the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California. Workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union walked off the job on November 27, and nearly all container terminals were closed. Approximately 40% of the nation’s imports are handled at these ports, and it is vital to the region’s economy.

12/03/2012

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