CALQuiz: Grad requirements, medical “super-users” and noisy protesters
A bill in the California Legislature would create a pilot program allowing some school districts to require students to take what subject before graduating from high school?
Under the pilot program, 10 to 15 school districts could have ethnic studies as a graduation requirement. Originally, the Legislature had considered mandating that all California high schools teach ethnic studies, but lawmakers balked at the cost: $400 million, by one state estimate.
What portion of people receiving health care via Medi-Cal use more than a quarter of its $100 billion budget?
One percent, or 132,000 people, use more than a quarter of Medi-Cal's budget. Some of these "super-users" have life-threatening diseases, but many grapple with mental health problems or substance abuse. The state is reaching out to chronic users via 25 pilot projects across California to cut down on the number of patients, hospital visits and the overall cost to taxpayers.
Which Republican politician was interrupted for several minutes during a Sacramento speaking event by protesters?
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield was shouted down at a Public Policy Institute of California event by protesters chanting "No justice, no peace" and "If you don't let us dream, we won't let you sleep."
Between 2011 and 2016, the number of impoverished Californians changed by how much?
Dropped by 600,000
Stayed the same
Increased by 300,000
Increased by 1,000,000
The number actually dropped by nearly 600,000, which might be surprising to some. Yes, the figure is good news, but California still has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. when cost living is taken into account. And some parts of the state haven't experienced a decline in poverty at all.
The Legislature is considering a massive shake-up of the state's criminal justice system by doing what?
No longer requiring election of any judges
Eliminating money bail
Opening a dozen private prisons by 2020
Banning prison jumpsuits
The proposal would scrap money-based bail, instead granting judges broad leeway to decide whether suspects should be held in jail before they go to trial. It’s the result of nearly two years of work to craft a bill that would make California the first state to entirely eliminate the use of money bail.