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Larry Sand started his teaching career in New York in 1971. Beginning in 1985, he taught elementary school as well as English, math, history and ESL in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he also served as a Title 1 Coordinator. Retired in 2009, he is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network – a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues – information teachers will often not get from their school districts or unions. In 2011, realizing that parents, taxpayers and others frequently receive faulty information from the mainstream media, CTEN expanded its mission to help the general public understand the array of educational issues facing our country today.

CTEN was formed in 2006 because a wide range of information from the more global concerns of education policy, education leadership, and education reform, to information having a more personal application, such as professional liability insurance, options of relationships to teachers unions, and the effect of unionism on teacher pay, comes to teachers from entities that have a specific agenda. Sand’s comments and op-eds have appeared in Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, National Review, Real Clear Politics, The Weekly Standard, Sacramento Bee, Newsweek, Townhall Magazine, Los Angeles Times,

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With the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings underway, the unions are very jumpy.  Did you know that the U.S. Supreme Court is there to protect the little guy and minorities, uphold women’s rights, and destroy school choice? That’s according to the make-it-up-as-you-go-along left, including the teachers unions. In reality, … 0 831

New data further debunks the teacher shortage myth

Not only don’t we have a teacher shortage, but we have an abundance. Some folks love a good scare. Y2K, the population bomb, mad cow disease, Salem witches, etc. They seem to add spice to life. I think we can officially add “the nationwide teacher shortage” to the list. But … 0 1976

Trailer Trash

Forced unionism may soon be illegal, but a mandatory union propaganda law is now on the books in California. The public employee unions, especially the teacher union variety, are very jittery over the prospect that the Janus case, if successful in the U.S. Supreme Court next year, could free government … 0 1058

Profits of Doom

From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman. Well, I guess we can all rest just a bit easier now that California is on the verge of banning for-profit charter schools. Sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, AB 406 is making its way through the California State … 0 1039

Is Teacher Shortage a Union-Created Problem?

Last month, California state Sens. Henry Stern and Cathleen Galgiani rolled out the “Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017,” which offers an incentive for teachers to remain in the profession. Senate Bill 807 would exempt California educators from paying the state income tax after five years in the classroom, … 0 1029

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