California Roundup: Cutting School Budgets = Better Student Test Scores

* Do budget cuts lead to better schools? Last year California public schools honcho Jack O'Connell warned that budget cuts would interrupt "the last decade of progress in statewide student test scores." Now the cuts (or some of them) have happened, yet as Pepperdine student Evelyn B. Stacey notes, test scores are going up around the state: "At Los Angeles Unified, all grades increased in English-language arts, with the highest gains coming in fifth grade with 49 percent of students scoring at or above proficient in 2010, up from 43 percent the year before.   On the state math exam, 37 percent of Los Angeles eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level, an increase from the 31 percent the year previously."

* Public utility tries to get around state law: In a mini-Prop 23 reenactment, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has persuaded a state assemblyman to rewrite a bill to delay some new regulations on use of ocean water. DWP says it screwed up the math and just now realized that if the regs are enacted, the utility will have to spend $2.3 billion on plant upgrades and raise electric rates by 6 percent.  

* Newsom furioso: If you enjoyed yesterday's Abel Maldonado video attack on Gavin Newsom (Honest Abel's opponent in the always nailbiting lieutenant governor race), the beautiful mayor of San Francisco says you oughts ta be ashamed.

* Daily Bell from the L.A. Times: Original reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives return to the story with details of how city council members added $1,574.65 a month to their salaries for sitting in board meetings: "Take the meeting of July 31, 2006. The Planning Commission met from 8 p.m to 8:03 p.m. The Redevelopment Agency followed from 8:03 to 8:04, the Surplus Property Authority from 8:05 to 8:06, the Housing Authority from 8:06 to 8:07 and the Public Finance Authority from 8:07 to 8:08."

* Horsefeathers: Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) sponsors a bill that would allow exchange betting -- in which gamblers can bet for and against the ponies -- at California racetracks. Is it the equine equivalent of the "complex financial instruments that nearly brought down the economy two years ago"? Will giving customers more freedom cause tracks to cut jobs? Track owners are making these and other claims as they urge lawmakers to vote neigh on what they call the "California Bookie Amendment."

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  • Old Mexican||

    California Roundup: Cutting School Budgets = Better Student Test Scores

    Cutting School Budgets to Zero = Best Student Test Scores Possible.

    I like those odds.

    Education crony: "But . . . But . . . but the money for MY pension, it's really for the children! Think of the children [and my retirement in San Miguel de Allende]!"

  • Fire Tiger||

    A misleading campaign video that Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado recently released featuring a montage of Mayor Gavin Newsom's lowlights
    I'm confused, is calling a campaign video "misleading" a sign of partisanship or is it just an oxymoron. Also why the heck are writers for the "food" section reporting on this?

  • Apologetic California||

    Gavin Newsome fucked his best friend's wife. I don't even know how the hell is this ever OK with anyone, much less the fucktard Dem primary voters.

  • Jeffersonian||

    I guess they figure if he can do it to his best friend, he can do it to the electorate.

  • Joshua||

    Scores went up because a lot of Mexicans went home.

  • bags||

    I like those odds.

  • jemo||

    Abel Maldonado recently released featuring a montage of Mayor Gavin Newsom's lowlights

  • scarf||

    But the money for MY pension, it's really for the children! Think of the children [and my retirement in San Miguel de Allende]!"

  • TXLimey||

    Any entrepreneurial types out there might want to head to Bell with a semi full of hot tar and 10,000 or so down stuffed pillows.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Joshua,

    Scores went up because a lot of Mexicans went home.

    That is correct - those lousy Mexicans were giving the stupid Americans the wrong answers. NOW that they have to study for a change, scores went slightly up...

  • Joshua||

    I think you may have misjudged me. Many immigrant children speak english as a second language & it's perfectly normal that they would score lower on standardized tests - especially in California. With the recession, many of these immigrants have returned home (mostly Mexico) & withdrawn their children in the process.

    My statement was absolutely not meant as pejorative towards Mexican immigrants. I mean - where the fuck would I get my tamales if all the Mexicans went home?!

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