Governor Brown Proposes Big Changes in Education
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Proposals laid out in yesterday's State of the State address would put California on a different path from former Governor Schwarzenegger or the Obama Administration. This year, the Governor hasn't even applied for federal "Race to the Top" funding, which has angered LA Unified's Superintendent John Deasy. Brown's proposals are less top-down than current policies, giving more power to local school boards. We hear from Deasy, one of Brown's top education advisors and others about what's intended and what the impact might be on California's public schools. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Hollywood and Silicon Valley on Capitol Hill.
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Governor Brown and K-12 Education ()
In yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Brown spent a lot of time on K-12 education, the biggest single item in the state budget. His proposals could put California out of phase with the education policies of the Obama Administration. He called for major changes in funding, testing and teacher evaluation, and for shifting more power from the state to local school boards. Brown would redirect the one-third of all state money that is earmarked for specific purposes to provide basic funding "with additional money for disadvantaged students and those struggling to learn English." He called for a reduction in test taking and in the time it takes to get test results to educators. He also called for qualitative assessments that include "a site visitation program where each classroom is visited, observed and evaluated."
SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill ()
PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee just last year. In the House, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, had been moving along. But Hollywood's effort to protect its products has run into another competing special interest group: Silicon Valley, which flexed its muscles yesterday when Wikipedia, Reddit and 10,000 other websites were blacked out. Washington got the message. Where did Hollywood go wrong? What can it do now to protect its products?
- Jim Puzzanghera: Los Angeles Times
- Miles Feldman: trial attorney and litigator
- Marissa Gluck: Radar Research, @marissagluck
- Kim Masters: Hollywood Reporter, @kimmasters
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