FROM Sue Burr
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."
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?