California DREAM Act Heading to the Floor of the Legislature
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In the next few days Governor Brown may decide whether state aid for college should go to illegal aliens who've graduated from high school. Democrats are on the verge of passing a bill that Republicans call unfair to citizen-students and unaffordable in tough economic times. We hear both sides. Also, we talk with a public school superintendent who's taken an $800,000 cut in pay to boost student confidence in American government. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, is Steve Jobs the model for a revived economy?
Banner image; Students demonstrate in favor of the California Dream Act of 2010 (SB 1460), which was authored by State Senator Gil Cedillo, but vetoed by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 30, 2010. Photo by Danny Duarte
Death Penalty Foes Looking to Put Repeal to a Ballot Measure ()
A bill to replace California's death penalty with life without the possibility of parole may be on the November ballot next year. Passed by the State Senate, it failed in an Assembly Committee. Today, a group called Taxpayers for Justice says it will begin gathering signatures for an initiative measure. The executive director is Jeannie Woodford, former warden at San Quentin Prison. Another member is Gil Garcetti, former District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
- Gil Garcetti: former District Attorney of Los Angeles County
Will California Have a DREAM Act of Its Own? ()
Undocumented workers bring children into this country, and thousands of them grow up to graduate from high school. Now they need help on the next step toward the "American Dream." That's according to State Senator Gil Cedillo, an LA Democrat, who's pushing a bill to provide them with aid for public colleges and universities. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation, but Governor Brown has indicated he might go the other way.
- Gil Cedillo: California State Assemblyman (D-45th District)
- Jim Silva: California State Assemblyman (R-67th District)
- Maria Gomez: recent UCLA graduate
Fresno Schools Superintendent Gives Up Salary to Benefit Schools ()
Larry Powell is Superintendent of Fresno County Schools, running 325 campuses with 195,000 students in 35 separate school districts. His three-year contract would pay him $288,241 a year, but he's only accepting $31,000 a year, $10,000 less than a first-year teacher.
- Larry Powell: Fresno County School Superintendent
Why Does Steve Jobs Matter? ()
Hurricane Irene killed some Americans and changed the lives of many more. In days to come, we'll hear about the lasting impact of the disaster. Today, we look at the resignation of Steve Jobs from Apple, now one of the two richest corporations in the world. Jobs has the right name for what's missing in America's economy. Does he also represent the way back to prosperity? We look at his record at Apple and its influence in the US and around the world.
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- Robert Brunner: Ammunition
- James Allworth: Harvard Business School
- Sasha Strauss: Innovation Protocol, @SashaStrauss
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