Teacher Troubles

Posted on December 14th, 2006 — in Education

Inexperienced teachers teaching disadvantaged kids is nothing new. The Education Trust-West takes a look at California’s latest effort to solve the problem.

Enough to Do the Job? Critical Questions About California’s Latest Teacher Equity Plan

Happy California

Posted on December 7th, 2006 — in Politics :: Polls and Surveys

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California reveals a state that feels good about itself: 53 percent of respondents say the state is headed in the right direction. That compares to 68 percent who thought we were headed in the wrong direction just one year ago. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s approval rating is 60 percent, and immigration is most commonly cited as the most important issue facing the state, although by only 20 percent of those questioned.

Californians and the Future: What a Difference a Year Makes

Health Care Options

Posted on December 7th, 2006 — in Health Care

The California Health Care Foundation offers three alternatives for covering the state’s uninsured. Also, two new updates provide basic information on the uninsured population.

Covering California’s Uninsured: Three Practical Options

Snapshot: California’s Uninsured

One in Five Californians Were Uninsured in 2005

Same-Sex Couples: Out of the Closet

Posted on December 6th, 2006 — in Children and Families :: Social Policy

New data show that the number of same-sex couples in America grew by 30 percent from 2000 to 2005, presumably the result of more people identifying themselves as being in a same-sex couple. The highest rates of growth were in the Midwest, where conservative social values may have discouraged some people from self-identifying as recently as 2000. In raw numbers, however, the total remains small, just 777,000 couples. All of this from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation, Law and Public Policy at UCLA.

Same-Sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population: New Estimates from the American Community Survey

Who Reads Blogs

Posted on December 6th, 2006 — in Politics

The Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet surveyed readers of political blogs in California. Among the interesting findings: relatively few people read blogs on a daily basis, and those who do “are more likely to place themselves at the ends of the political spectrum.”

The Audience for Political Blogs: New Research on Blog Readership 

Asthma in California

Posted on December 6th, 2006 — in Health Care

About 13 percent of the California population has been diagnosed with asthma, and another 10 percent suffers from asthma-like breathing problems. Nationally, 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed. The numbers are from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Nearly Six Million Californians Suffer from Asthma Symptoms or Asthma-Like Breathing Problems

Sacramento By The Numbers

Posted on December 6th, 2006 — in Economy and Business

The Sacramento Regional Research Institute releases its annual “prosperity index” for California’s capital. The rankings put Sacramento behind the Bay Area and San Diego but behind Los Angeles and the Inland Empire.

2006 Prosperity Index: Measuring the Sacramento Region’s Competitive Position