Legislative Analyst Gives Thumbs Up to Brown's 'Prudent' Budget Plan
Legislators in Sacramento will soon begin taking a closer look at Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget plan. It's a budget that the state Capitol's independent analysts said on Tuesday is pretty sensible.
Oakland's Restorative Justice Program Could Serve as Model for California's Schools
Last year, California became the first state in the nation to pass a law to limit suspensions because of "willful defiance." That's a catch-all category that includes minor misbehaviors like talking back to a teacher. School districts across the state are now adopting a program called Restorative Justice, which aims to reduce suspensions by teaching students how to resolve conflicts instead of acting out. Oakland has tried the program for several years, and releases new data today on how the program is doing.
23andMe Profits Off Big Pharma Demand for Genetic Data
One of the themes of the current tech boom has been big data, which promises to change everything from business to government, to medicine. 23andMe is a startup that offers genetic tests for $99. Earlier this week 23andMe struck a deal with the drug company Pfizer, which is paying an undisclosed sum to get the genetic information of 5,000 people in 23andMe's database.