The American Freedom Alliance hosted “From Gold to Dust: The Destruction of California,” over the weekend that featured an all-star lineup of conservative experts outlining why the California dream has been evaporating and how to bring it back.
The conference’s morning session focused on how the financial and political clout of liberal teacher’s unions that now dominate California politics while destroying the competitiveness of California’s students.
Lance Izumi of the Pacific Research Institute opened the discussion with a review of his new book, ‘The Corrupt Classroom,’ that argues for school choice as the best vehicle to dramatically increase student academic performance, while countering the liberal bias, indoctrination, violence and social engineering that permeates California schools.
Izumi calls the California Teachers’ Association the fourth branch of the state government. With $246,249,805 in annual revenue and $260,496,068 in assets last year, the teachers’ unions spend about $40 million on political campaigns and social action initiatives.
The United States’ standing out of 72 nations that have their 15-year-olds take the Program for International School Assessments, has crashed from the 28th place in 2012 to the 35th place in 2015.