FROM Steve Addicott
State Doesn't Look for Cheaters on Standardized Tests California schools and teachers are graded by the Academic Performance Index . Statewide, 22 schools have had test scores thrown out this year, two in LA Unified, because of irregularities, including cheating by teachers. It appears that the schools turned themselves in, and that's good as far as it goes, because it turns out that a budget cut eliminated the state team that used to analyze test scores to catch the cheaters. The cut, made in 2009, was $105,000.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?