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Charter-Time Warner merger clears final regulatory hurdle

By   /  May 13, 2016  /  California, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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To satisfy regulators, Charter, which will soon be the nation’s second-largest cable company, must offer faster and expanded broadband.

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Los Angeles looks to magnet schools to stem enrollment decline

By   /  May 11, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Since 2000, Los Angeles Unified School District has lost more than 100,000 students. In an attempt to stem the losses, LAUSD is turning to magnet schools. With 45,000 students on waiting lists for magnet schools, district officials are looking both to reduce that number in the short-term and open more schools in the coming years. The […]

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California court rules students have no right to a quality education

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

POOR MARKS: Researchers ranking states by financial transparency have given Kansas a "C-" grade for the second year in a row.

A California appeals court has ruled that students do not have a constitutional right to a quality education, so an argument that funding levels violate such a right does not stand. This San Francisco court said that, while students have the constitutional right to an education, they do not have the right to any specific level […]

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Los Angeles has space for only half of magnet school applicants

By   /  April 26, 2016  /  California, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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Fewer than half of students who applied for a seat in a Los Angeles Unified School District magnet school for the 2016-2017 school year got one. The district received around 44,000 application. School board member Richard Vladovic said the lack of spots is driving parents to seek alternatives outside of LAUSD.  “I’m absolutely convinced there is a […]

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Cornyn in the middle of EB-5 visa reform fight

By   /  April 21, 2016  /  California, National, New York, News, Texas, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn embracing New York values? His failure to challenge a controversial visa-investor program and refusal to respond to reform proposals from 31 rural Texas officials aligns him with Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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California’s price-setting proposal draws fire from patient advocates

By   /  April 20, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, California, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A measure that will appear on the state’s ballot in November will ask Californians if they want to impose new regulations aimed at curbing high drug prices.

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