Taking Algebra away from Middle School Kids is a huge backward step

Out of the Equation:  California courts educational failure if it does away with eighth-grade algebra.
by Ze’ev Wurman and Bill Evers | City Journal | 14 September 2012

A bill sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk would upend 15 years of achievement in mathematics by California students. Sponsored by Oakland Democratic senator Loni Hancock, Senate Bill 1200 would consign the Golden State’s eighth-grade students to a weakened, one-size-fits-all, pre-algebra curriculum prescribed by the Common Core national standards. No longer would qualified California eighth-graders have the opportunity to take Algebra I, as do their peers in high-performing countries. SB 1200 is so wrongheaded, in fact, that it would prohibit schools from offering any options in mathematics, even to high school students. The bill insists that only “one set of standards” be offered at “each grade level” across the entire K–12 span.   Click here to read more

Sorry Mob, Your Rulers Have Spoken: California Senate Approves High Speed Rail–Reason Hit & Run

By Scott Shackford | July 6, 2012

Published at Reason Hit & Run

You just lack vision, Californians.

Here’s an intriguing paragraph from The Sacramento Bee’s breaking coverage that nicely illustrates why legislators would actually go against public opinion in the middle of a massive economic meltdown on an election year while asking the same public to approve a tax hike in four months:

The approval was a major legislative victory for Gov. Jerry Brown. [Senate President Pro Tem Darrell] Steinberg said the Democratic governor “talked to a couple members” ahead of the vote, while Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, reminded colleagues that the project not only had Brown’s attention, but also that of President Barack Obama and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Electorate, what electorate? Obama and Pelosi are the ones who matter.

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Greenhut writes: Governor Brown Celebrates ObamaCare Ruling

Not a surprise.

Gov. Jerry Brown is happy with the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling: “Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of uninsured citizens.”

That makes sense. The court decided that the individual mandate isn’t really a mandate — but simply a tax. And Gov. Brown believes that the state and the country can pretty much tax its way out of its fiscal problems. Figures, a conservative justice appointed by President Bush, John Roberts, authored the opinion. Conservatives have little principled opposition to big government — they just have different ideas of how that government should be used.

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California Dreaming–Brown’s tax measure, which has yet to even qualify for the June 2nd ballot is a band-aid for a critical condition

California Dreaming

The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Gov. Brown’s proposed tax initiative – which hasn’t yet qualified for the ballot – currently has 54 percent support among likely voters. Historically in this state, ballot initiatives lose support over time, so it looks like an uphill climb. If the unscientific San Francisco Chronicle readers’ poll accompanying the article is any indication, the opposition is just getting warmed up.

Because CalSTRS has earned only 60 percent of its forecasted investment return since 1999, it needs school districts to boost contributions by more than $100 billion. Worse, CalSTRS waited so long to seek more contributions that its request is now for an extra $4.5 billion a year, almost double the $5 billion a year it already receives in contributions.

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Judge refuses to halt demise of California redevelopment agencies – Sacramento News – Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A Sacramento Superior Court judge Friday refused to stave off the elimination of more than 400 local California redevelopment agencies, rejecting arguments that the Legislature violated the state constitution by cutting off their funding.

Judge Lloyd G. Connelly’s ruling on two lawsuits by 12 cities means the agencies stand to be dissolved by Wednesday. His refusal to grant a stay in the cases handed another victory to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has counted on the elimination of redevelopment agencies to deliver more money for schools and public safety.
Read more here:  Judge refuses to halt demise of California redevelopment agencies – Sacramento News – Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guests Bob Bowdon & John Moorlach

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October 11, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome John Moorlach, Vice Chairman of The Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

Also  joining us is Bob Bowdon, the Director of the Cinema film, The Cartel–a movie about the public school unions and their establishment and the rule they hold over public schools in New Jersey.   He’s got a new project on Education called ChoiceMedia.TV and CA is one of the states on his radar.

We’ll get John Moorlach’s assessment of the debt crisis in various O.C. Cities, in light of the City of Santa Ana talking bankruptcy.  He’s been doing some research on how other cities and counties in CA stack up.  We’ll get a teaser about his statewide research and findings too.

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John Moorlach is a blogger.  You can visit his blog at John Moorlach’s Postings Focused & Understandable Government that Works.

The Cartel,  was a game changer film in the realm of public education reform.  

ChoiceMedia.TV

Governor Jerry Brown has just signed several of the hundreds of bills that were passed by California’s most public-sector-union dominated  legislature, but he proves to be even more beholden to the union cartel than the legislature.  We’ll touch on a few of the most egregious bills he signed and one he vetoed.

 He signed:

  • AB144, which bans open carry by law abiding citizens.  
  • John Seiler writes that by signing AB 499, Gov. Brown Undermines Parental Rights,  allowing 12 year old minors to be administered Gardasil, the HPV immunization injection without their parent’ consent or even knowledge. 

He Vetoed:

“This measure would [have] overturn[ed] a California Supreme Court decision that held that police officers can lawfully search the cellphones of people who they arrest,” Brown said in a statement on why he shot down the bill. “The courts are better suited to resolve the complex and case-specific issues relating to constitutional search-and-seizures protections.”

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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler on CA, 47th Worst Economy & Richard Rider on More CA Breaking Bad News.

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June 21, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  
Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler discusses ALEC-Laffer’s new State Economic Competitiveness Index report ranking California 47th on economic outlook and 46th for economic performance, and Richard Rider on more CA Breaking Bad News!   

Both will talk about CA Controller John Chiang blocking pay to the Legislators for their No-Budget Budget turned in and promptly vetoed by Governor Brown last Wednesday, June  15th.  


Rider’s email alert this afternoon read: RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: CA State Controller John Chiang has declared that the legislative budget passed was not balanced, and hence does not satisfy the requirements of props 58 and 25. Bottom line — no pay for CA legislators from 16 June until they submit an actual balanced budget.


Ever so wild however, Rider goes further than his prediction last November about the budget turned in “on time.”  He makes a prediction about Chiang that is wilder then usual even by his own standards.


Steven Greenhut, who is not with us tonight has a powerful piece up at CalWatchDog.com on the budget impasse he refers to as California State’s Ongoing Nutty Budget Battle.
In it, he refers to Richard Rider’s comments from last week when the budget came in “on time” and was promptly vetoed:  
Bogus Projections
Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, described the failed budget as “a particularly imaginative piece—a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same Legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could—he vetoed the mess.” Some of the “imaginative” elements included a legally dubious increase in the vehicle-license fee; the deferment of $3.4 billion in state payments to community colleges and universities; an effort to take $1 billion from early-childhood-development commissions; and an “Amazon tax” aimed at collecting use-taxes from online retailers, which may not pass legal muster. The budget also would have raided the state’s reserve fund and cut money from the state courts.

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