Larry Sand began his teaching career in New York in 1971. Beginning in 1984, he taught elementary school as well as English, math, history and ESL in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he also served as a Title 1 Coordinator. Retired in 2009, he is the president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network—a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues—information teachers will often not get from their school districts or unions. In 2011, realizing that parents, taxpayers and others frequently receive faulty information from the mainstream media, CTEN expanded its mission to help the general public understand the array of educational issues facing our country today.
Sand’s comments and op-eds have appeared in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Real Clear Politics, The Weekly Standard, Sacramento Bee, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Orange County Register, U.S. News & World Report, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, School Reform News, California Political Review, and other publications. He has blogged at Union Watch since 2010 and in May 2011 became a regular contributor to City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s policy publication. Sand has appeared on numerous broadcast news programs and talk radio shows in Southern California and nationally.