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Reporter Panel: As City Hall Celebrates an Open State Street, Health Officials Mull 2nd Covid Wave


Delaney Smith, Josh Molina and Nick Welsh join Jerry for Friday's that-was-the-week-that-was Newsmakers TV conversation, featuring the pros and cons feedback about the new look State Street pedestrian mall -- and concerns locally and around the state that things are re-opening faster than crucial data about the status of the pandemic becomes available.


If there's a big second wave of coronavirus, "how do you put the genie back in the bottle," wondered one of our guest pundits.


The gang also talks about Hilda Maldonado, the new superintendent for the Santa Barbara Unified School District; hands out grades on Mayor Cathy's latest video; discusses what's being done to address teen suicide, plus -- a big North County oil project calls it quits, masks become the latest throwdown in the culture wars and high-profile developer Ed. St. George gets an earful about a big new project in Solvang.


It's all here, right now on Newsmakers TV. The podcast version is here.



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May 30, 2020

I am encouraged that this superintendent understands the science of reading and has participated in UCLA's literacy program. Under our current leadership those with learning differences needs have been routinely denied and delayed. Early assessments, appropriate interventions, teacher training and ending use of Lucy Calkin's balanced literacy are key to helping close the achievement gap. Those with learning differences are failing ( negative 113% on CAASP score) because there has been an action gap at the top. Matsuoka often said he did not have the will or capacity to make the changes those struggling with literacy deserve by law. With only 13% of the 4th graders at Cleveland reading proficiently we need to close the action gap on literacy particularly…


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