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Alaska is reeling from budget cuts, even as governor wants to pay each resident $3,000 19.7.2019 L.A. Times - World News

The cuts allow Alaska to pay each resident $3,000 a year from the state's famed oil fund

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Professors and Students Unite to Oppose Cuts to Lebanon’s Only Public University 13.7.2019
A six-week strike by teachers has bolstered a movement against proposed austerity measures.
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Higher education groups worldwide warn of 'climate emergency,' U.N. reports 11.7.2019 L.A. Times - World News

Networks and organizations representing more than 7,000 institutions of higher and further education around the world have signed a letter declaring "a climate emergency" and committing to tackle it, the U.N. environment agency said Wednesday.

United Nations Environment Program representative Sam...

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With crowded migrant camps, an uneasy July 4 6.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, July 6, 2019. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.

If you felt uneasy celebrating America’s Independence Day amid a growing scandal over the treatment of immigrants in U.S. Border Patrol facilities, you weren’t the only one. In letters...

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Michael Bennet on why Joe Biden's promise to make America 'normal' again is delusional 3.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The following is a transcript of Michael Bennet's meeting with the Los Angeles Times' editorial board.

Nicholas Goldberg (editor of the editorial pages): Why don't you just give us a short overview if you want, of five minutes or so. You've got your plenty of questions.

Michael Bennet: Great, I'm...

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Memo to charter leaders: ‘It’s better to be feared than loved. Right now we are neither’ 2.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

In a planning email, reproduced below, education activist Ben Austin laid out an agenda for charter schools and their allies in the wake of the Los Angeles teachers strike. One issue during the six-day strike in January was charter schools, which union leaders said were undermining traditional...

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L.A. charter school backers’ plan: Take back mayor’s office, sue school district, battle teachers union 2.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

In the wake of the Los Angeles teachers strike, a group of key charter school supporters, concerned about political backlash, worked on a plan to stem anti-charter sentiment and regain control of local education reforms.

Their strategy was to “take back” the Board of Education and the mayor’s office,...

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Aspen Ideas Festival: Tara Westover's memoir 'Educated' 2.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Tara Westover speaks at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival about her best-selling memoir, "Educated."
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go 28.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a $214.8-billion government spending plan - with significant cash for schools and subsidies for many to purchase health insurance.
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Essential California Week in Review: A mysterious $1.5 billion in Cal State’s reserves 22.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, June 22. Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:


“Nothing nefarious.” As it raised tuition, California State University accumulated a stockpile of $1.5 billion, an audit found. Officials are...

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How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement 22.6.2019
Teach For America has evolved into an informal but vital ally of the charter school movement.
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Cal State calls $1.5 billion uncovered in audit an ‘operating reserve’ 22.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Is California State University hoarding a $1.5-billion surplus, hiding it from legislators and students while threatening to hike tuition unless the state ponies up more money?

Or is Cal State just socking away money in a rainy day reserve, prudently using it for onetime needs, such as building...

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Quebec’s ban on religious clothing is chilling: To be like us, you must dress like us 21.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Right after 9/11, my mom started wearing the hijab in Sarnia, Ontario — a town with little diversity on the U.S. border. She had made a conscious and unilateral decision to do so, despite the reservations and anxiety my father and I shared about the potential ramifications of her choice. After...

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Colorado arts organizations raked in more than $2M of federal grants in 2019 18.6.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Lovers of the arts, rejoice: The National Endowment for the Arts announced last month that it has awarded more than $2 million in grants to Colorado arts organizations.
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California’s charter school task force failed in its chief objective 15.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

During the impassioned Los Angeles teachers’ strike earlier this year, one of the chief disputes was whether charter schools were a lifeline to students who deserve an alternative to low-performing district schools, or a leech that insidiously siphons money from a public school system struggling...

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I got through college the hard way — and I'm grateful for it 9.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A lot of students graduating from Los Angeles high schools and hoping to go to college are probably feeling pretty discouraged this year. The college admissions scandal has made it clear that the deck is stacked against them. But I can say from experience that doing it the hard way is not only...

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California Lottery director steps down amid controversy over spending, nepotism 8.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Hugo Lopez stepped down as director of the California Lottery on Friday, sending employees an email that cited growth of lottery revenue but did not mention a string of controversies, including a state audit in April that questioned the agency’s spending.

Lopez told employees that it was with “mixed...

Failure of L.A. school tax measure could put resources and alliances to the test 6.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner and other high-profile backers of a property tax to benefit public schools needed to get two-thirds support for Measure EE to pass. They seemed confident they could get at least a solid majority. But when the votes were counted, only a paltry...

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Homelessness surges, and a tax for schools fails — shame on L.A. 6.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: What does this say about Los Angeles as a city when we can’t raise money for public education and our homeless population has increased by 16% in the last year?

Shame on us all.

Tom Iannucci, Los Angeles


To the editor: We refuse to fund our children’s education properly, and then...

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California’s state universities are a path to mobility and tuition needs to be free 30.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The perfect place to see California’s changing face and our future is at a state university graduation ceremony.

It’s a multicolored demographic assortment of ambition and promise probably unequaled anywhere outside diverse California.

Much has changed at our public institutions of higher education...

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