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July 22, 2010, Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, and Steven Frates, director of research at the Davenport Institute, at the School of Public Policy released the the findings of a study analyzing California public, K-12 education expenditure patterns over a five year period. The study concludes that, notwithstanding all the talk of “education budget cuts,” while school spending steadily increased between the 2003-04 and 2008-09 budget years, overall, direct classroom expenditures declined. The study was sponsored by the California Foundation for Education and Commerce. View the report and read the news from the California Chamber of Commerce.

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September 26, 2014, The School of Public Policy will host a roundtable, "Taiwan's Future," on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 4 p.m. in SPP Rm 175. A panel of experts will examine Taiwan's independence movement in light of both internal politics and larger geo-politics involving U.S.-Chinese relations. View participants.

September 26, 2014, The School of Public Policy has announced that Professor Gordon Lloyd has been named the first Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor beginning Fall 2014 term, combining two names that have been foundational in the history of the school. Read more.

The Daily Caller, September 25, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Obama's Blowing In The Wind At The UN," wherein he states that President Obama's speech to the UN this week demonstrates his lack of historical knowledge on the effectiveness of a collective security organization "as a prudent substitute for American power." Read the op-ed.

The Washington Post, September 22, 2014 - Joel Fox, adjunct faculty at the School of Public Policy, authored an essay, "This Luxembourg Town Treated Me Like a VIP Because of My Father's WWII Heroics to Liberate it From Nazis," wherein he tells of his family's VIP treatment during a 1997 visit to Wiltz, Luxembourg, where his father, a Tec 4 Sergeant, had spent time during World War II. Read the essay.

The Sacramento Bee, September 20, 2014 - Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article "California Republicans Plotting Path Beyond 2014," wherein he discusses the issue of levying higher property taxes on businesses, a topic discussed at the California Republican Convention in Los Angeles. Read the article.

The Daily Caller, September 19, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "The Gathering Danger Of Iran is Greater Than ISIS," wherein he discusses the growing danger of Iran, specifically with their nuclear program. Read the op-ed.

The Hill, September 14, 2014 - James Prieger, associate professor of public policy, authored a blog post, "Net Neutrality Policy and the Future of your Internet," wherein he discusses the Federal Communications Commission's "net neutrality" proposal to regulate how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks and the the idea of regulation as common carriers and its effect on consumers. Read the blog post.

September 12, 2014, Angela Hawken, associate professor of public policy and James Q. Wilson Fellow, participated on a panel "Constitutional Constraints on Federal Power in Drug Policy," today, September 12, at a conference hosted by the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The conference, "Marijuana, Federal Power and the States" explored the legal and policy issues arising from the decision of some states to legalize marijuana. More information and view the webcast.

September 8, 2014, Gordon Lloyd, professor of public policy, will be presenting a Constitution Day-inspired lecture, "It's Time to Stop Blaming our Founding Fathers," at the Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday, September 11, at 6 p.m. The lecture is presented by a partnership with the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, and the Thousand Oaks Republican Women, Federated. Register for the event and learn more.

September 5, 2014, The School of Public Policy will be hosting its first U.S. Foreign Policy Roundtables with Bruce Herschensohn for the fall semester on Wednesday. September 11, at noon in the Wilburn Auditorium. This semester-long series is open to School of Public Policy students and will focus on current international events such as the conquest of much of Iraq and Syria by ISIS radical Islamist terrorists, the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the continuing expansion of Russia over Ukraine, and more. View more topics and details on additional roundtable dates.

September 5, 2014, The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy will host its first Davenport Discussion of the academic year with Daniel Newman, president and cofounder of MapLight, on Wednesday, September 10, at Noon in SPP 175. MapLight is a groundbreaking database that helps reveal patterns of influence in a way that citizens can understand. Newman will be showcasing his platform and discussing the importance of transparency when it comes to the source of funding for candidates and policies. Pizza will be served.

The Daily Caller, September 5, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "How Obama Undermines His Aides' Statements on Foreign Policy," wherein he proposes what the Obama Administration should do to stop Russian president Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine, which has escalated since Obama's admission that there is no strategy to defeat ISIS. Read the op-ed.

The Huffington Post, September 2, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored a blog post, "The Perils of Obama's Non-Strategy for Ukraine and the West," wherein he discusses how President Obama's recent admission that the Administration did not yet have a plan to combat ISIS has affected its credibility to deter Vladimir Putin's Russia from dominating Ukraine. Read the blog post.

The Daily Caller, August 25, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "A Comprehensive Strategy To Defeat ISIS," wherein he outlines actions that should be considered by the U.S. to commensurate with the magnitude of the grave and growing threat by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read the op-ed.

The Huffington Post, August 20, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "The Perils of Obama's Vacillating Strategy Toward ISIS," wherein he discusses President Obama's strategy of conciliation and its consequences in dealing with the turmoil in the Middle East. Read the op-ed.