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November 15, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Martha Montelongo is joined by John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com and they welcome back Former State Senator and Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, Director of California's chapter of Democrats for Education Reform You can find them on Facebook at CA Democrats for Education Reform's Facebook Page I've subscribed to their text feed for the latest updates.
We'll talk with Romero about the initiative called You Have Choice! What is it? Who is behind it? Who should know about it? Why do we need this program? What's at stake? What is possible?
Ben Boychuk who can't make it tonight has submitted his own list of questions to ask Romero, including her thoughts on vouchers as part of a support for parental choice, and more.
This program focuses greatly on public policy and sound economic policy. Education makes up the largest percentage of public sector spending in CA, and yet we rank near the bottom in reading and math, and have done so for decades, with little improvement. The National Education Association claims CA spends near the bottom of all 50 states on Education. In 2010, the OCReg had CA per pupil spending on Education at 23rd. It dropped in one year, as a result of cutbacks, but is 42nd out of 50 accurate, and does this number reflect the amount of tax revenue collected and spent via bonds voters continue to eagerly pass because of their deep commitment to public education? And could we do better with less money?
John Seiler last year in August reported that LAUSD for example, spent $30,000 per student.
Other related stories and links from the CalWatchDog.com Blog and website:
Chiang: State Revenues Crashing John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011
Michigan $100K Club Fraction of CA’s John Seiler, Nov 15, 2011
CA Credit Lines Drawn Down 85 Percent Chris Street, Nov 14, 2011
LAO: CA Govt. Pensions ‘Generous’ John Seiler, Nov 11, 2011
Building State Schools Creates Jobs? Katie Grimes, Nov 10, 2011
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