FROM Tyrone Howard
Black Lives Matter and Trump Since well before the 2016 election, the country has been engaged in vociferous debate about whether black lives matter. That conversation has been brought into sharper relief by Donald Trump's racially divisive presidential campaign, and his presidency. Jamil Smith couldn't imagine how this election felt for young black students who can't yet vote. So on his last trip back home to Cleveland, he went to his alma mater to ask them.
What makes LA's black and Latino boys successful? Studies show that everything from family income to teachers’ attitudes play a role in the achievement gap between black and Latino students in California and their white and Asian peers. But what if you look at this gap in reverse? Education professor Tyrone Howard helped document the experiences of high-achieving black and Latino teenage boys in LA.
CA student scores improve overall, but black students lag behind New standardized test results prove that California is struggling when it comes to race, education and closing the achievement gap. The racial divide between the lowest and highest scorers is remarkable; black students had the lowest scores of any group. About a third met grade-level standards in English and fewer than 20 percent were proficient in math. Compare that to the highest-scoring group, Asian-Americans: roughly 70 percent met or exceeded the standards. The tests are based on the Common Core learning standards, and they’re supposed to measure whether students are on track to be college-ready, so the implications could be far-reaching.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
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.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?