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