CFRA Week in Review
January 6, 2019
Gavin Newsom’s first California budget has $8 billion increase over Jerry Brown’s last one
January 10, 2019
Trump threatens to cut off disaster funding for California fires
January 9, 2019
President Trump injected new uncertainty into California’s wildfire recovery efforts, tweeting early Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency not to send more disaster funding to state officials “unless they get their act together, which is unlikely.” Neither the White House nor FEMA provided clarification, in response to emails and calls, about whether Trump’s threat was bluster like other tweets he has sent making false assertions while criticizing the state’s fire management, or if he has actually ordered a funding cutoff to thousands of Californians trying to rebuild after the devastating fires late last year.
Expert: Census citizenship question would worsen undercount
January 7, 2019
Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at the start of a trial over the Trump administration’s decision to include the question for the first time in 70 years.
Restorative justice reduces suspensions in elementary grades but not middle school, study shows
January 4, 2019
The use of restorative justice in elementary schools leads to significantly fewer suspensions, a narrowing of the suspension gap between black and white students and improved perceptions of school climates among teachers, according to findings from a new study by the RAND Corporation. The underlying idea [of restorative justice] is that students respond better to discipline when it is focused less on punishment and more on righting wrongs and building healthy relationships within the school.
Tony Thurmond sworn in as California's new superintendent of public instruction
January 8, 2019
After taking the oath of office administered by retired Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco, Thurmond said in his inaugural speech, “I could have ended up in state prison. Instead I ended up as state superintendent of public instruction. That is why it is so important to break the school to prison pipeline.”
He said that addressing the teacher shortage was critical. “We can’t close the achievement gap unless we have quality teachers in every classroom,” he said. He also touched on the issue of teacher pay that is fueling labor conflicts in several districts around the state, including Oakland, in the district he represented until recently.
Judge rules that LAUSD teachers' strike can begin on Monday
San Diego proposes housing asylum-seeking migrants at closed juvenile detention facility
January 5, 2019
The city of San Diego has proposed using a former juvenile detention facility in Alpine known as Camp Barrett as a migrant shelter. The proposal, made Friday in a letter to the state, comes after nonprofit organizations working to support arriving asylum-seeking families have called repeatedly for help from local and state governments.
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