Stephen Sugarman

Poll suggests it’s time for a new school voucher initiative

John E. Coons and Stephen D. Sugarman write for San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 16, 2017

California would require a ballot initiative to move in the direction of subsidized private school choice for low-income families. The recent poll suggests that a well-run campaign behind an appropriately drafted initiative could succeed. But the measure would have to follow the path of other places and not attempt to replay the Friedman gambit.

Offering free computers, a small L.A. school district enrolled Catholic school students from Bakersfield

Stephen Sugarman quoted by Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2017

If the students were receiving a full day of secular schooling, the arrangement might comply with state law. … “But where’s the day of substantial non-religious education?” he said. Without meeting that standard, Sugarman said, “it’s not a bona fide distance learning school.” School districts only qualify for state funding for students who are “genuinely enrolled,” Sugarman said.

When progressives went big for school choice

Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman cited by redefinED, April 10, 2017

A decade later, Berkeley law professors Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman fell short in their bid to bring universal school choice to California, but their gutsy campaign still punctuates a historical truth: school choice in America has deep, rich roots on the left.

Encourage vaping to help reduce smoking

­­Stephen Sugarman writes for RegBlog, March 13, 2017

Because vaping does not involve smoke from a burned leaf, it is dramatically less dangerous than is smoking, according to current evidence. Indeed, public health officials in the United Kingdom, estimate that vaping is 20 times less dangerous than smoking. In addition to being less dangerous than smoking, vaping also has proven to be an effective smoking-cessation strategy.

Raiders won’t reveal their case for leaving Oakland

Stephen Sugarman interviewed by San Jose Mercury News, Jan. 6, 2016

Stephen Sugarman questioned the NFL’s interpretation of its rules but said that fans and cities such as Oakland had no legal standing to demand the Raiders release their reasons for seeking to leave town. “The whole idea of having a sensible criteria set out in advance is … to avoid another antitrust battle between the league and the team seeking to relocate — as happened with the Raiders in the past.”

To help smokers quit, make them vapers

Stephen Sugarman writes for Los Angeles Times, Sept. 10, 2015

Blanket laws discouraging the use of e-cigarettes are the wrong policy move. E-cigarettes have already shown themselves to be an appealing alternative to many smokers who are trying to quit. Because almost 500,000 Americans die annually from tobacco-related diseases, a lot is at stake.

California vaccine legislation spurs legal debate over right to education

Stephen Sugarman quoted in San Jose Mercury News, April 18, 2015

“We interfere with people’s liberty in the name of public health in many ways,” said Sugarman. … He pointed out that individuals with tuberculosis can be quarantined, while chemicals are added into the public water supply to fight tooth decay. He said if objecting parents “lose this battle in Sacramento, I don’t think that the courts are the right place to provide them with relief in this instance.”