| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:44 AM
California public schools lost ground this year in overall academic performance for the first time in a decade, but more than half met state goals for achievement on reading and math standardized tests, according to data released Thursday.
| Aug 16, 2013
| 1:43 PM
The Newport-Mesa school district recently reported that its most recent standardized test scores declined slightly from a year earlier, the first drop in a decade.
The results mirrored similar declines statewide, a development that led to a spasm of...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:18 PM
You may not have noticed, but the entire United States Congress sleazed out of town at the beginning of August for a five-week vacation, leaving much of the economy in a shambles.
Let's take stock. The economy grew in the second quarter at a pitiful...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that about 5,600 low-income California children would be shut out of federally funded Head Start preschool programs because of Washington budget gridlock.
But the announcement bewildered state...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 7:38 PM
For the first time in three years, Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College students returned to campus Monday morning to more classes and sharply reduced class wait-lists.
Fewer classes and lengthy wait-lists have been frustrating realities...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 2:55 PM
The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously has approved a $238-million budget — about $10 million more than last year.
Now that the district is recovering from budget cuts that plagued previous years, officials are...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 7:07 AM
The proposed property tax rate for the South Florida Water Management District drops for the second year in a row despite rising costs for Everglades restoration.
The district board Thursday evening gave initial approval to a $619 million budget for the...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SACRAMENTO — With a rebounding economy and a $6-billion tax hike approved by Californians last fall, the Legislature's freshly minted Democratic supermajority began the year with the money and power to reverse years of deficit-driven budget cuts and...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- Officials from the Obama administration are taking their case against proposed deep budget cuts advancing in Congress to the public, warning that they would hurt the economy and inhibit the government’s ability to enforce popular laws....
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Often in error but never in doubt, Barack Obama could walk into the Rose Garden and step on a half-dozen rakes like Foghorn Leghorn in an old Looney Tunes cartoon, and the official line would be, "He meant to do that."
And the amazing thing is that so...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 9:35 AM
WASHINGTON – The federal deficit has shrunk to its lowest level since 2008, when President Obama won election at the start of the Great Recession, and is on track to decline even more thanks to an improving economy, higher taxes on the wealthy and...