Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

MAY 12, 2012 3:19PM

Obama's education policies will wreak havoc on CA schools

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RIDER COMMENT:  California statewide public school education standards are mediocre at best.  But compared to the federal standards, California is rather demanding.  
Well, WAS rather demanding.  To get federal funding, CA is dropping its state standards -- lowering benchmarks to meet federal demands.  
The dumbing down of our state's future voters continues apace.   But not to worry -- our state's colleges and universities increasingly are becoming overpriced remedial institutions -- teaching in college what used to be required in junior high (a.k.a. "middle school").


Flashreport | May 11, 2012


In an op-ed featured in Flashreport, Lance Izumi discussed what will happen to California's educational system now that it has agreed to replace its own rigorous state student-learning standards with the comparatively less difficult national standards supported by the Obama administration. Will courses and curriculum change? How will testing of students be affected? Will the effort to reform teacher evaluation be derailed? So far, the answers to these questions are not promising.

The Obama administration required states to adopt the national "Common Core" standards as a condition for competing for federal "Race to the Top" grants and for receiving waivers from penalties for failing to comply with the student-achievement requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

According to Mr. Izumi, "California joined the rush for federal dollars and is now saddled with national standards that a University of Pennsylvania study says are mediocre at best. The fallout from California's Faustian bargain is now becoming clear."

First, traditional courses will be eliminated. The California Teachers Association (CTA) is telling its union members that new courses with vague labels like Integrated Math I, II and III will replace algebra and geometry. Further, as Washington Post education writer Jay Matthews has noted, "There will be many changes in other subjects that schools will have to adjust to."

The national standards will need new curricula aligned with those standards. Although the Obama administration argues that it is not pushing a national curriculum, a report authored by former top lawyers at the U.S. Department of Education points out the logical absurdity of the administration's claim.



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