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Peter Schrag

Peter Schrag, a longtime education writer and editor, is the co-author of When Europe Was a Prison Camp: Father and Son Memoirs, 1940-41 (Indiana University Press, 2015) and author of Paradise Lost: California's Experience, America's Future, and California: America's High-Stakes Experiment. He is a former editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee.

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February 27 is the anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Reichstag and gave Hitler a pretext to seize total power. How strong are America's firebreaks? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The Golden State is the nation’s most liberal—but it has yet to untie its fiscal knots. Read more

Notebook

Features

Features

It sounded like a good idea, but if California is any indication, term limits are a recipe for political chaos and increased special interest influence. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Ballot initiatives were supposed to make government more responsive to the people. In California, a series of referenda has had just the opposite effect. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Features

If California's present is the nation's future, then the Golden State's split-level prosperity is an ominous social indicator. Read more

Economic Policy

Article

New data show just how successful affirmative action programs have been at elite colleges and universities. Too bad those data might not have much relevance for the current debate over preferences in higher education.  Read more

Education in America

Proposition 209 signals the end of gender and racial favoritism in California, but it may also be the beginning of affirmative action by other means. Read more

Civil Rights in America