AirTalk for January 8, 2013

Transitional Kindergarten - 3

Should California expand universal pre-K?

Democrats in the California Senate introduced legislation on Tuesday that would fund public preschool for children in the state. The proposal, backed by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, builds on the transitional kindergarten program that came into effect under the 2010 law that required children to be over the age of five when they enrolled in kindergarten.
Senate Votes On Unemployment Insurance

Senate moves jobless-benefits bill to next step

In a bipartisan procedural vote, the U.S. senate agreed to consider a proposal to extend jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The vote was 60-37, with 60 votes as the minimum to prolong the benefits.

The rumble over helicopter noise

Spurred by frustration from Los Angeles area residents, California congressmen are advocating for a provision on helicopter noise to be included in a 2014 spending bill.
California drought bill passes House
While the lack of rain this winter may have been easy on California drivers, it was definitely much harder on our water supply.
Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CES

Technology adoption in the age of ubiquity

Sociologist Everett Rogers came up with five stages of technology adoption. A new technology, he says, must first be embraced by a class of daredevil "innovators", followed by the "early adopters" and the cycle of adoption is only complete when a product gets buy-in from the "laggards," or the final hold-outs.
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On why America should crown a monarch

With Republicans and Democrats showing no signs of ending the partisan bickering it might be time to daydream about what it would be like if we had a different form of government. Would America be better off if it had a non-partisan figurehead instead of a president?
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