Inland Empire, California's New Frontier
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The California Dream is in for severe testing as the population moves inland, along with smog and congestion. On Reporter's Notebook, test scores at a new low for the LAUSD, as Governor Schwarzenegger plans a year of education reform.
Is Inland California the Key to the Future? ()
What used to be California's backwaters are outpacing LA and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys and the Inland Empire are the fastest growing parts of the state. Driven mostly by the cost of housing, the population is moving east, along with smog and congestion. That the Riverside, Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento areas growing four times faster than the rest of the state poses many new challenges for California's future, according to a just-released study by the Brookings Institution. One major question is whether the new residents will have the political will to make better decisions than those that have shaped the places they're leaving behind.
- Joel Kotkin: Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation
- Jack Kyser: Chief Economist at the LA Economic Development Corporation
LAUSD Test Scores at New Low, Governor Taps New Education Secretary ()
In the latest Academic Performance Index, the statewide average rose by 13 points for high school students. In LA Unified, the average dropped by 20 points. Meantime, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed David Long to be his Secretary of Education. The Riverside County Superintendent of Schools has been running 23 school districts with a total of more than 400,000 students.
- David Tokofsky: Outgoing Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Bill Bradley: former Senator (D-NJ)
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