The Register carries an AP story about the Governor accusing Senate Republicans of using the budget stalemate to hold up his healthcare reforms. Ackerman, of course, denies this, but since when have Republicans been in favor of any healthcare reform?
The second story, from today’s LA Times, provides findings for a report being released tomorrow on dramatic improvement in the results achieved by California’s porest performing schools as ther result of an ACLU class action lawsuit three years ago. It required superintendents to closely monitor schools, the availability of textboks, and general repairs. The report’s sponsors found progress in all areas, even though some districtds are still performing below the state average. A high percentage of these schools have students who are English language learners and the fact that improvements in access to new textbooks is improving performance is encouraging. Especially in the face of those who disparage increases in education funding regularly.