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May 2006

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Immigration Right Over the last few weeks, the immigration debate has been raging across the U.S. as millions of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest against the draconian provisions of the proposed immigration bill which the House Republicans passed in December without any provisions for legalizing undocumented workers. Although a bipartisan proposal that made the bill less...

October 2008

October 2008
Hole Language The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has recently created a furor by issuing an edict requiring that all competitors in its tour speak English or face suspension. The controversy soon spilled from the sports pages to headline news, and the LPGA backed down when it became apparent that the public and golfers were outraged at what seemed...

July 2005

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Supply and Demand The board of the nation’s second largest district, with a K-12 student enrollment of three quarters of a million, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) last month approved a controversial plan to toughen graduation requirements — a plan which requires all students to complete two years of foreign language study as part of the college-prep curriculum in...

June 2005

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Time for Engagement U.S. Senators Lieberman and Alexander have set a shining example of how to promote international trade and cooperation through the introduction of the United States-China Cultural Engagement Act (see News, page 10). The legislation authorizes $1.3 billion in federal funds over five years to provide for Chinese language instruction in American schools, increase American consular activity supporting...

March 2005

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Balance the Books Mr. Bush, buoyed by his second inauguration and the ease with which his old friend, Margaret Spellings, was approved as Education Secretary, proposed his education budget for fiscal year 2006 last month. The President's budget cuts overall spending on education for the first time in over a decade and proposes to eliminate funding for 48 programs, including...

February 2005

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Pay-Per-View Politics The revelation that the Bush administration paid a prominent media personality to promote the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and to give former Education Secretary Rod Paige more exposure than he deserved sparked widespread outrage, but, like so many recent political scandals, it was soon dropped by the mainstream media amidst government claims of justification. Therein lies...

January 2005

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All that glitters... Thirty years ago, California’s public school system was the envy of the nation, but now the Golden State’s public school system lags behind most of the nation on almost every objective measurement of student achievement, funding, teacher qualifications and school facilities, according to a comprehensive study by the RAND Corporation. Many observers suggest that the reason...

April 2005

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Preschool Makes Cents Two weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our first child, so the last month has passed me by in a wave of chaos and elation. However, I am already thinking ahead to the challenges that he and all of the other children born in Cali­fornia will face in getting the education they deserve. We are lucky...

May 2004

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Going Global A few weeks ago, the influential Milken Institute held its Global Conference in Los Angeles. This is one of these events where business leaders, academics and politicians convene to discuss how they believe policy should be shaped. Despite the notoriety of its founder, junk-bond dealer Michael Milken, the Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, which funds medical research...

January 2004

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Leaving Your Wallet Behind This month sees the second anniversary of President Bush’s flagship education initiative, No Child Left Behind, which promised the resources and expertise to ensure that every American child would receive the education required to progress in life. Teachers of English as a Second Language and bilingual educators welcomed the plan as it appeared to recognize that...
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