FROM Laura Deitrick
Looking for Fairness in Public Schools The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board is meeting tonight for the fourth time on an issue that could divide the district in two. Last night, the Malibu City Council voted to start that process. The root cause is that California is not providing enough money for K-12 public schools, so parents who can afford it are coming up with cash on their own. We hear one local version of a debate that's raging statewide. 30 November follow-up The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board last night changed private fundraising rules. By a vote of 6 to nothing, with one abstention, it ruled that PTA's of individual schools will no longer be allowed to pay the salaries of extra teaching staff. The goal is to avoid inequities between rich and poor schools. The district-wide Education Foundation will get that responsibility sometime in the next three years. The City of Malibu has voted to consider forming its own, separate district.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.