Category: Shifting Paradigms

An unprecedented experiment in mass forgiveness

(The Washington Post)

In California, once a national innovator in draconian policies to get tough on crime, voters and lawmakers are now innovating in the opposite direction, adopting laws that have released tens of thousands of inmates and are preventing even more from going to prison in the first place. Among the newly released are violent offenders.

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Trapped in ESL: Some students wind up in English-learner programs even though they only speak English

Julian Ruiz is an English speaker who doesn't know a word of Spanish or any other foreign language. Yet when the 7-year-old entered kindergarten in Torrance three years ago, he was classified as an English learner - a student not fluent in English. His mother says he is trapped in the school district's English Language Development program, giving him a label he doesn't deserve.

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