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Higher graduation rates sound good, but what do they really tell us?

State schools Supt. Tom Torlakson had some good news this month about California schools: The high school graduation rate rose to 83%, up 8.5 percentage points since 2010. That means brighter prospects for at least some of the newly minted graduates, and reflects some excellent work by teachers...

California lawmakers consider dumping health insurers

California lawmakers are considering an audacious proposal that would substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer … Click to Continue »

CSU, UC must clean up their fiscal houses

We thought last week’s state audit of California State University system finances was quite negative — until we saw Tuesday’s audit of the University of California system. Now that’s a damning audit. The highlight — er, lowlight — of State Auditor Elaine Howle’s report on CSU was that over the past eight years the system […]

Free speech is costly for California Republicans

We like to think the United States is a land of equality, where everyone gets a fair shake. But the reality is, for better or worse, we live in a world where different people are often judged by different standards for committing the same or similar offenses. Sometimes juries give Hollywood celebrities a mulligan when […]

California’s single-payer bill attracts big money — trying to derail it

9 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

California’s Single-Payer Bill Attracts Big Money — In Opposition As health care premiums rise and insurers threaten to leave Obamacare’s state exchanges, polls show that a majority of Americans now support the creation of a universal, government-funded health care program. The...

Here's what you need to know about the state's audit of the University of California

Eight things you should know about the state audit on the University of California's finances.

A judge has refused effort to block spending on California's bullet train

The California bullet train dodged another legal bullet Tuesday when a Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively rejected a request to stop the state rail agency from spending bond money approved by voters in 2008. Opponents of the project sought an injunction to keep the agency from spending...

State audit finds UC president's office paid excessive salaries to top staff and mishandled budget money

The administration of the University of California system pays its executives salaries and benefits significantly higher than those given to state employees in similar roles, and failed to disclose up to $175 million in budget reserve funds as it recently proposed a raise in tuition, according...

Audit: University of California hid $175M in secret fund

University of California administrators hid $175 million from the public, its governing board and lawmakers in a secret reserve fund even as the UC raised tuition and asked the state … Click to Continue »

"Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities."

The NYT reports.The judge, William H. Orrick of United States District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the administration, directing it to stop trying to cut off aid to sanctuary jurisdictions. Show More Summary

Audit: University of California hid $175M in budget reserves from state

16 hours agoNews : USAToday: News

The administration of the University of California (UC) system hid $175 million in budget reserve funds from state officials, a new review alleges, prompting the state’s auditor to call for “significant change” at the top to strengthen public trust i        

Tell California State Senators to support SB 808

Network for Public Education (NPE) is helping to support California Senate Bill 808. The legislation, while it doesn't go far enough, is an important first step towards reeling in the outrageous excesses of the charter school sector....Show More Summary

Auditor rips UC for keeping millions in secret fund

SACRAMENTO — The University of California’s headquarters hid $175 million from the public in a secret fund while the Office of the President was demanding more state funds, according to a report released Tuesday by state Auditor Elaine...Show More Summary

Blistering state audit says University of California is paying excessive salaries, mishandling funds

The administration of the University of California system pays top workers salaries significantly higher than that of similar state employees, has provided millions of dollars in benefits not typical to the public sector and failed to disclose to the Board of Regents and the public that it had...

Gun rights group begins challenge of new California laws

The first in a series of challenges to new California gun laws prompted by the San Bernardino terror attack has been filed by a state affiliate of the National Rifle … Click to Continue »

Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California

One key goal for renewable energy in the United States is to promote the continued adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean energy workforce.

High Paying Healthcare Jobs in Unexpected Places

When you think of states with great, high-paying job opportunities, California, Texas, and New York probably come to mind. However, healthcare is different. Due to shortages, some unexpected states have high paying positions. This data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides insights into the great variation in earnings across the country...

The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. For three hours on March 11 the state got 50 percent of its electricity from solar --Show More Summary

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