Education: Challenging Rafferty

Max Rafferty is to California education what Spiro Agnew is to national politics—a spellbinder of alliterative conservatism. Eight years ago, Rafferty swept the nonpartisan race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction by denouncing "permissive, pragmatic progressivism." He lost a loud bid for the Senate two years ago, but has since delighted his admirers by advocating mass searches for drugs in student lockers, by presenting guidelines for "moral instruction" that criticized pacifism, and by urging science teachers to give "equal time" to the Adam and Eve account of creation.

Now Rafferty is running for...

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