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NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Like any president's annual budget blueprint, Obama's stands no chance of being adopted as is by Congress. This year, the prospects are especially dim since Congress recently approved a two-year spending deal after years of ugly budget fights, and there is little interest in reopening the debate.
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BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We have a son who is a high school junior and who is planning on going to college. We met with a college financial planner who suggested we put money in a whole life insurance policy as a way to help get more financial aid. Is that a good idea? Answer: Your "college financial planner" is actually an insurance salesperson who hopes to make a big commission by talking you into an expensive policy you probably don't need. The salesperson is correct that buying a cash-value life insurance policy is one way to hide assets from college financial planning formulas.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children's storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet for 15 or 20 minutes - a near eternity - as Eihl guides them to use all their senses to consider a piece of apple, with directions such as, "Looking at the apple, look on the outside. Look on the inside.… Remember, keep it in your palm and just look at it. " When she asks for their input, she gets raised hands and comments such as: "It smells juicy and apple-y" and "I see little tiny white spots.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $12 an hour. But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of another initiative of his crafting came up too: Proposition 227, which 16 years ago effectively ended bilingual education as it was practiced in California, replacing it with English immersion. Unz told me he has been “very pleased with the results” of 227, and that within a few years of its passing (by nearly 2 to 1)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Leaders of a South Los Angeles program that has helped thousands of young people succeed and a Long Beach educator who has guided a model community college transfer program were among six recipients Thursday of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards, which are in their ninth year, recognize individuals who have developed creative and effective solutions in education, social, health and other challenges facing the state. "These leaders advance effective solutions to some of California's most difficult problems," Don Howard, interim president and chief executive of the foundation, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227. Lara's proposal would place an initiative on the ballot that would give parents a choice to have their children receive bilingual education. “English will always remain the official language of California, but we cannot ignore the growing need to have a multilingual workforce,” Lara said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
It's hard to think of a clearer instance of preaching to the converted than a play in which a grammarian gets the best of an athlete. The Colony Theatre Company's spirited production of Lissa Levin's entertaining, sitcom-y “Sex and Education” gives us Stephanie Zimbalist (“Remington Steele”) as Miss Edwards, a deliciously dry, jaded English teacher whose belief in the importance of grammar has relegated her to a life of solitude and frustration. As she explains to the audience (the many soliloquies are set off from the action by Jared A. Sayeg's lighting)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, a USC professor and former local superintendent in L.A. Unified, to be a “liaison” to the board district until a special election is held in June. The 5-0 vote was taken in public after the private meeting, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
A record number of American women are “marrying down,” tying the knot with a husband who is less educated than they are, according to a new study. Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center. By contrast, a bit less than 20% of men had more formal education than their wives. In the more than half-century that Pew has tracked the issue, this is the first time that a higher percentage of women than men have married down.
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