By Dan Walters
Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 – 6:52 am
An amusing – or appalling – incident occurred in the Legislature in 1995 involving the state’s Education Code, the body of law that purports to manage how 6 million school kids are educated.
Delaine Eastin, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, and the Legislature’s most prominent education authority, Assemblywoman Deirdre Alpert, staged a news conference to decry the length and complexity of the “Ed Code,” as it’s called, and called for streamlining its provisions.
But just 21 hours later, Alpert arose on the Assembly floor to support a bill that would add even more verbiage to the Ed Code provisions she had said should be simplified.
That’s why the Ed Code fills an entire shelf of law books with decrees that even the most diligent educator cannot fathom, much less obey. They range from the arcane rules governing teacher discipline to finely detailed mandates on particular subjects, many of them inserted at the behest of ethnic or cultural advocates.
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