There’s Only One Entity Ruthless Enough to Reopen All California Schools

The State Faces a Choice: Outsource School Reopenings or Watch Schools Crumble

Many Californians say schools need to re-open now. But no one has had the guts to open all schools, and all grades, and actually send all kids back to class.

That’s why our current conversation about reopening public schools, after a year of COVID closures, is beside the point. So-called grownups are talking about when we might reopen, or the conditions under which we might restart certain schools or certain grades. But we never really answer the question of who—amid all the fear and politics—will pry open the schoolhouse door …

Why States Can Lead America Forward | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Why States Can Lead America Forward

Pursuing Progressive Policies on the State Level Can Move the Dial on Major Issues Like Citizenship, Immigration, and Health Care

American states, conventionally seen as threats to Americans’ constitutional rights, also can be powerful forces for protecting and extending rights in ways that benefit the whole country, said panelists at …

Should We Embrace Our Divisions to Build a Better America? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Should We Embrace Our Divisions to Build a Better America?

Rather Than Chase National Unity, Our Best Hope for Protecting Our Rights and Building a Better Future Lies at the State Level

Do you trust your state more than the U.S. government? Do you dream of California independence? Does breaking the U.S. into regional republics intrigue you?

Then you might be a …

The Shiny Sacramento Statue That Reflects California’s Failures | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

The Shiny Sacramento Statue That Reflects California’s Failures

As the State Continues to Expand Its Authority, Local and Regional Communities—Including the Capital Itself—Suffer

There may be no better symbol of Sacramento’s failure as California’s capital than the 18-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture outside the city’s downtown sports arena. The work, by famed contemporary artist Jeff …

Unreal Just How Awful Real ID Is | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

It’s Unreal Just How Awful ‘Real ID’ Is

A New Federal Standard for Driver's Licenses Threatens Our Basic Freedoms

Do you love this country, this state, and your freedoms?

Then show it. Defy your state and national governments—and refuse to get a “Real ID.”

There are bad ideas. There are very …

In Fighting the Imperial Presidency, California Is Creating a Monster | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

In Fighting the Imperial Presidency, California Is Creating a Monster

As It Battles the Federal Government, Sacramento Has Gained Power at the Expense of Local Communities

As California builds its capacity to fight the Leviathan that is the Trump administration, does it risk turning our state government into a Leviathan of our own?

This unhappy question—about …