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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
Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California
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Parent Trigger Law Successfully Invoked in California

In the Adelanto Elementary School District, a school choice battle is underway. Although parents successfully executed the parent trigger option to transforming failing Desert Trails Elementary School into a charter school. The school board took this decision to court, and a judge upheld the rights of the parents. The school board, however, refused to comply.

10/16/2012
Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling
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Adelanto Elementary School District Defies Parent Trigger Ruling

Parent trigger laws are under attack in California. High Desert Elementary School, a member of Adelanto Elementary School District, is the first school in which parents have successfully executed the Parent Trigger Law. State testing scores show that 75% of students cannot read or write, causing The Desert Trails Parent Union to look for major changes for the better education of their children.

09/13/2012
California School District to Spend $1 Billion to borrow $105 Million
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California School District to Spend $1 Billion to borrow $105 Million

California has lost 600,000 jobs in the last decade and has a $26 billion deficit. Their public schools aren’t performing well, with lower grades and graduation rates than students in other states. It makes sense that a community would want to invest in education, but one would expect reasonable return on investment.

08/13/2012
In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges
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In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges

In the midst of chaotic negotiations between the Senate and the House over the debt ceiling, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had another priority: introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, a new quasi-federalized Internet sales tax.

08/01/2011
The Golden State’s War on Itself
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The Golden State’s War on Itself

Democracy and Power 114:  The Power Players

08/18/2010
California One Step Closer to Suspending State Cap and Trade
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California One Step Closer to Suspending State Cap and Trade

As we've blogged before, there is a movement underfoot in California to help push back the harmful state cap and trade scheme during tough economic times.  This week, those folks got one step closer to seeing their proposed suspension on the ballot this November. The San Jose Mercury News reports:

05/06/2010

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