FROM Mike Gipson
UC Schools Lowered Standards to Attract Out-of-State Students A state audit released today reveals that when University of California schools admit out-of-state students, it puts California kids at a disadvantage. That’s especially true for students of color. The UC’s motive is money. Students from other states pay $23,000 more per student in tuition than California residents. Citing budget constraints, the UC has tripled the number of non-residents in the past decade. The audit claims that in order to do that, they’ve lowered academic standards for these students. We hear from the lawmaker who requested the report.
Criminalizing Bullying Bullying is a problem usually left for parents, teachers and schoolyard justice to solve. Now the City of Carson wants to take it to court. Carson’s City Council voted unanimously this week to make bullying a criminal offense. The measure won’t be finalized until later this month, but if it goes forward, bullying in Carson would be punished as a misdemeanor. That could mean court hearings, fines, even jail time. But how does a city enforce a no-bullying law?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.