California doesn’t know enough about what goes on in its home schools. We don’t even know how many children are enrolled them. In the aftermath of the arrest of the Perris home schoolers on suspicion of child torture, lawmakers should convene oversight hearings, call in experts and, at the very least, find a way to get better data. Then they should tighten the state’s lax homeschooling laws.
Mayor Steinberg aims high, but must show us the money. In his first State of the City address, the mayor calls for creating a multibillion-dollar public-private fund to pay for ambitious initiatives on economic development, housing and the arts.
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Dan Morain: The people who wrote The Healthy Homes and Schools Act are confident that you, dear voters, have socially conscious hearts and charitable souls, and they are certain you would contribute a tiny fraction of your money to relieve unhealthy homes and schools of a terrible health hazard, poisonous lead, which, after all, can kill poor babies and lower their intelligence. Less clear is who else might be healthier. They hope you don’t ask too many questions.
Bill Whalen: Gov. Jerry Brown will likely keep his final State of the State address short, but he needs to spend some time raising key challenges facing California.
Joe Mathews: Dear Oprah Winfrey, Think local. Run in California in 2018.
Kevin R. Johnson: The Supreme Court is the right place to decide DACA. On that, at least, President Donald Trump is right.
(San Luis Obispo) Tribune: Sorry, local news junkies; it’s time to wean yourselves off the weekly Board of Supervisors meetings. With little fanfare and almost no public discussion, the board voted unanimously in November to hold fewer public meetings this year. Instead of meeting four times a month – as it has for as long as anyone can remember – the board will meet twice a month.
Los Angeles Times: Every once in a while, a horrible story involving home-schooled children grabs the public’s attention. Most recently, a Perris couple allegedly kept their 13 sons and daughters chained and malnourished, while filing the proper paperwork each year to tell the state that they were running a small, home-based private school for the kids. Most tales of home-schooling are of course nothing like this. But the Perris case serves as a reminder that California plays it too loosey-goosey when it comes to the welfare and education of home-schooled children.
Chicago Tribune: If these were the old days of newspapering, we’d love to shout: “Stop the Presses!” That’s a phrase normally reserved for late-breaking, jaw-dropping news. What shocking event has inspired our outburst in the digital age? Only that Congressional Democrats and Republicans have worked together to advance a vital surveillance bill that helps keep America safe.
Miami Herald: These are dramatic days, hours, minutes in Washington. Congress is working to approve a federal budget and avoid a government shutdown by Friday, and come up with a fix for the Dreamers crisis, and rescue the Children’s Health Insurance program. In many ways, it’s a watershed moment for South Florida. You’d think Sen. Marco Rubio would be front and center – at least in the effort to find a clean solution for DACA. But he’s not.
Bret Stephens, New York Times: Here’s a thought experiment: Would the United States have been better off if it had banned Jewish immigration sometime in the late 19th century? Many of the same arguments made against African, Latin-American and Muslim immigrants today might have easily been applied to Jews just over a century ago.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: No one should feel sorry for those who choose to aid and abet this travesty of an administration. But the larger impact is something we all must worry about: One year into the Trump presidency, we effectively do not have a presidency at all.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: The expectation of legal abortion is deeply embedded in American law and practice. But in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court created a legal regime more extreme than the general consensus.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome health of the president that the doctor sounded almost Trumpian.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: If the International Criminal Court opens an investigation into Venezuela’s human rights abuses and finds President Nicolas Maduro guilty, it could issue an international warrant for his arrest.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on news outlets not only threaten a free press at home but have had a negative impact worldwide.
Rather than seeking justice, serving justice, and doing justice, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has chosen to allow political relationships to play a role in her office's decision to review the case against Sheriff Scott Jones. – Richard Ilharreguy, Sacramento