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National School Choice Week, time that is set aside to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children, will be celebrated the week of January 26, 2014. To learn more, go here.
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On Jan. 29th, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange County Register about school choice.
On November 26, Larry Sand had an article posted in City Journal about California’s new “bathroom law.”
On Sept. 19th,
Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange
County Register about the California
Teacher Freedom Project.
On July 11, Larry
Sand had an article posted in City
Journal about a lawsuit in California
could spell the end of union collective-bargaining fees.
On June 20,
Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in Investor’s
Business Daily about National Employee Freedom Week.
On May 16,
Larry Sand had an article posted in City
Journal about a CTA resolution that condemned two
prominent reform groups and their leaders.
On February 21st , Larry
Sand had an op-ed printed in the Orange
County Register about Michigan becoming a RTW state.
February 8th , CTEN board member Rebecca Friedrichs wrote a rebuttal to
an op-ed in the Orange
County Resister which attacked RTW
On Jan. 11, Larry
Sand had an article posted in City
Journal about a principal paid a hefty
price for protecting her teachers and students.
Dec. 28, Larry Sand had an article posted in City
Journal about armed guards at CA schools.
On July 16, Larry Sand had
an article posted in City Journal about SB 1530 which would have
shortened the time it takes to get
rid of a criminal teacher.
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4th, Larry Sand had an op-ed printed in the LA
Daily News about school choice.
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