Monday, December 23, 2013

President of UC Regents on Screwed Up Things and Yeasty CA

(Brown has sometimes referred to himself as president of the UC Regents at recent meetings) see LA Times article:
Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools- In an on-stage interview, the California governor says some educational experiences can't be captured in standardized testing.

Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy.
Using "data on a national or state level I think misses the point — that learning is very individual, very personal," Brown said during an on-stage interview Monday with the Atlantic magazine's James Bennet at the Computer History Museum. "It comes back to the teacher and the principal. The leader of the school is by far the most important factor."
When asked if he supported national education standards, Brown said, "No. That's just a form of national control."
Speaking to a half-empty auditorium of about 150 technology business leaders, Brown reprised a story he tells frequently about an exam he had in high school when a teacher asked students to write their impressions of a green leaf.
"Still, as I walk by trees, I keep saying, 'How's my impression coming? Can I feel anything? Am I dead inside?' So, this was a very powerful question that has haunted me for 50 years."
The point, Brown said, is that "you can't put that on a standardized test. There are important educational encounters that can't be captured by tests."


You can watch the 30 minute interview w/ Brown and Bennett here.

and in
The Guardian: Jerry Brown, version 2.0: 'California's the healthiest it's been in a decade'-Once known for his ambition and environmentalism, the governor has stabilised California's economy and embraced pragmatism
An environmentalist who favours fracking, a fiscal hawk who champions mega-infrastructure projects, a once would-be priest who dated a rock star, he is hard to categorise. But for his political savvy and ability to get stuff done he is widely seen as a wily operator. Vice-president Joe Biden has called him “the smartest guy in American politics”.
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Alan Auerbach, a professor of economics and law at Berkeley, said the state’s economy has improved largely thanks to external reasons, beyond California's – or Brown's – control. And while the governor has a sense of history, and absorbed lessons from the dotcom boom and bust, grave problems still riddle the economy and budget, said Auerbach: “California is not in great shape.”

“That said, he's been quite responsible,” Auerbach said. “Even with the budget situation looking better, he did what he could to temper the enthusiasm for spending increases from the legislature.”
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“We don't get steady as you go,” he said. “We get lurching forward with sudden reverses. That's just the way the capitalist economy goes. And no one has ever figured out a way to flatten out the business cycle. Relative to that we have to be very careful. In California the money piles up, as it did under Gray Davis and Schwarzenegger, and then it disappears because the market changes and the revenue declines.”
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Brown hopes to burnish his reputation by building a bullet train and major new water pipelines – hugely ambitious, troubled projects – but his greatest legacy may turn out to be his support for fracking California’s Monterey Shale, which is said to contain 15bn barrels of oil recoverable through hydraulic fracturing.


and some are trying to float a presidential run in 2016 and: what that might look like here.
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also this sentiment, trend.
Hank Plant wrote about it recently:
How Tech Elitists Are Pushing Out SF Middle Class

more here from the CBS local
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Keep California's Promise has this: How much will it cost us to restore public higher education in 2013-14 "Read “Financial Options for Restoring Quality and Access to Public Higher Education in California: 2013-14” ... or download a PDF of it. If you’re really a policy wonk, download the spreadsheets behind this report."

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