California, Orange County, Democratic Party discussed on KQED Newsroom

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Does it make sense we have to remember just one year ago from Democratic Party? I don't speak for all Democrats, but I will say that President Obama had a supreme court nominee barley, Merrick garland for a long time and the Republicans delayed and delayed until they got to make their pick. And so. From my perspective. The Republicans aren't paying playing fair on this and not a transparent process and just quickly. I mean Senator Feinstein and her defense says look the confidentiality of a constituent here was the overriding concern, and that she couldn't ask for investigation or turn it over to anyone else without betraying. Then a week before they're supposed to have the hearings at this confidentiality, then cable sorry. How do they get Lee? And well, so. John you who's a Bush member of the Bush? Has said there's no reason why they can't do the I investigation that should be the bottom line. Well, I I would say she should be heard. He should be heard if evidence were testimony comes up then goes to the next step. You can stop look at exactly what she said. She has not talked to the staff about this matter when they wanted to interview her in closed-door session, or she is not talked to the senators enclosures. Let letter be heard if this is credible and other witnesses come forward the Senate second of all media. I looked it up the the burden of responsibility. A proof of innocence is on cavenaugh. It isn't it isn't on Christine four. I this is the same reason that there was a metoo movement in the first place women were not believed. And so we should be in two thousand eighteen operating from a different point of view. Trump's recent tweet saying, hey, if it was that bad, you should have gone. The FBI shows the attitude of has changed hasn't changed. It's ridiculous to say that about a fifteen year old girl at her. Circumstance, right? We we do have to move on clearly a lot more to discuss on this. And I'm sure this will carry into next week. We may have the backstop next week. But in the meantime, let's move onto the congressional races the midterms because of course, you know, hanging over all of this the cavenaugh confirmation hearing are the midterm elections. Republicans were hoping to get a wrapped up as soon as possible before the elections. We have Democrats now trying to flip Twenty-three congressional houses seven of those certain California, Kito key battleground state here, Amy what is happening in those races. They're becoming pretty tight very tight. Let's look at congressional district. Thirty nine races that seat redistricting. Has has redistricting has made the population shift. It's sixty eight percent people of color thirty percent Asian Pacific islander, and the reason I point that out is because across the country and in California's primaries, there've been these late surges and pollsters and establish people have been surprised by those who made it through primaries without establishments report. In fact, one of three of the nominees that are going to be on the November. Ballot are women of color, and these are people who came through without Democratic Party. Blessing. But what's happening in Orange County is sort of a similar kind of situation where we have a heavily people of color population. And so it's all going to be about turnout and pollsters right now are saying, well, it's slightly Republican advantage. But they're not looking at the incredible growth of women and women of color in that district alone. I think that's going to be the x factor. And I think they're not they're not counting it right in the heart of the Reagan revolution. Remember, I knew some traveling on his bus this week in that in in Orange County and to see the turnout of women at these events. It was pretty impressive many of them said the first time they had ever been involved. Politically was at the women's March many were women of color as you said. So it's going to be interesting to see did they actually come out and vote, but you're seeing signs that. Yes, the energy is there down there. And we may be in for a very big shift in Orange County. Sean what those key? Titan Republican racist. Do you think there's enough momentum on the democratic side for a Blue Wave? I think the actual cavenaugh. Process now has had a negative impact on those races. I think that Republicans are getting more solidified in thinking there's raw politics being played in here. And it may raise number Republicans to turn out. I think you're absolutely right. Young Kim is a woman of color Asian woman. And I think she's going to do very well in that district. I think all said and done across the entire country. The race probably comes down to whether African American women come out in large numbers. All right. We arrested there Sean wash political consultants with Wilson, Walsh, AB Allison with democracy and color and Carla Marinucci with political. Thank you all. Thank you. Turning now to education. A new research projects reveals big achievement gaps by race income and ethnicity among California six million school children among the findings the achievement gap start as early as kindergarten and while student test scores are improving fourth and eighth grade students still performed below the national average in reading and math equity is also a problem with black and Latino students having worse academic outcomes, then their white and Asian peers joining me now to discuss the findings are Heather huff, executive director of policy analysis for California education, and one of the researchers who contributed to the report called getting down to fax to and also San Francisco Chronicle education reporter chill, Tucker. Welcome to you both. Thank you. So they're one of the most troubling findings. And your study was that the achievement gap begins even before kids enter kindergarten. How is that? So let's a great question. And this set of studies we wanted to find out where. Where the achievement gap with happening, and who it was affecting most. So we've known for a long time that we have gaps in fourth and eighth grade. And we have those by race income lines by language status. But what this paper and the set of studies contributed is that we can see those gaps before students even set foot in school. Contributes to that. Well to a large degree, it's a fragmented early childhood system a fragmented and under funded system that some say isn't a system at all children have super varied access to early childhood learning opportunities. And so when they start their on different footing based on their characteristics at coming into school in terms of the quality childcare, they get or preschool education. What are some of the things that are part of this patchwork quilt that you pointed out, I think any parent who has a child this age knows that right now in our state childcare is very expensive. And also the quality of childcare is not highly regulated across the state. So a lot of kids their parents can't afford to put them into child care at all. And of the kids that are in early childhood early early, childhood care or training or education. There's a lot of variation in terms of what they get from an educational perspective. And there's also a lot of. Variation in terms of the teachers that are in those positions serving them, it's not a high wage possession. And there's not a lot of regulation around training. I think was so interesting about that aspect of this study, which encompassed so much. But the one thing that I thought was really interesting about the that information about children coming into kindergarten behind was that once they got into kindergarten, California schools and the children kept pace with other states across the country, which means if they could actually start kindergarten on equal footing. Our schools are keeping pace in terms of teaching them once they get there. So it gives sort of this really narrowed zone of where to focus some of our efforts. If we could get them into kindergarten at the same level as their peers across the country. They're going to keep up. So then what needs to happen to close that gap prior to kindergarten will funding alone be the difference. Well, I think as Heather said there's there's a variety of issues with that it's access it's quality. And and so many in the state have been calling for universal. Purcell preschool for many many years, which would allow more controls over over that system. So far, we haven't been able to we've made baby steps in that we have transitional kindergarten now, we certainly have some preschool programs for low income families. But it is a bit of a patchwork right now, it's not universal for all families and children to sort of get us to that start line at at the same place and funding alone is never enough. We've shown across all of the thirty six studies that we do need more money in our system, but we know from decades of education research that if you put money into the system other things need to be in place to make sure that money's well spent and it's the same with this early childhood situation, we need to make sure that we have good data system. So that we can understand the services that our youngest children are receiving and how that's affecting their outcomes. We also need to train those early childhood teachers, very well. So that all kids are getting that. High quality instruction and make sure that everyone gets a place in a classroom. There is this achievement gap. But once they get into the California Public school system. We are able to help them close that gap. But is it enough for them to completely catch up that is to be on par with students in other states or do they start so far behind that? They never really quite catch up. Now, they are not able to catch up and in most situations, so because of that gap and how big it is on day. One our schools are doing better than schools and other states, actually at closing it. But they're not able to accelerate it to completely close the gap. And so what we see in California that are most affluent students are achieving compared to the highest levels and other states, but it's our low income are black Latino students are English language learners that aren't getting served in a way that we'd like in your research team says that California used to be a leader in early school education. But now has fallen behind other states. How did this? Happen. That's a great question. And one of the things that that's why we've kind of tried to step back and think about the entire system and why we looked at pre K through twelve education because all of these pieces are related, and what we've seen is that there's been a huge emphasis on K twelve education in the past decades. And that we have made some really vast improvements in this area around funding around support changes the accountability system. And so not only do we still need improvements in K twelve but this early childhood piece. It's just hasn't been attended to the same way that others have. And jill. You know, funding alone cans, fix everything. But you would think that some of these problems would have been mitigated because California has put in place finance reforms aimed at improving public education the status when allocating more money for school since two thousand five there's a local control funding formula that lets local districts determine how spent state money that's best serves their students. So why haven't we seen more.

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