Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has decided to do away with textbooks in favor of online ones, because kids today “get their information from the Internet, downloaded onto their iPods, and in Twitter feeds to their cell phones.” The question remains what effect will this have on students who may not have access to all that technology, and what the switch may wind up saving—or costing—the state.
Once again the voters of California, said to be the leading indicators of national trends, have spoken. And what they have said this time is a resounding “No!” to legislative irresponsibility. The megaphone employed was this week’s special statewide election to consider six ballot initiatives.
After voters refused to grant Arnold Schwarzenegger’s budgetary wishes on Tuesday and Washington offered little hope in lending money to California, the Governator announced a new plan to help solve the budget crisis by attacking the poor. He is considering eliminating the state’s main welfare program, health insurance for low-income families, and an aid program for low- and middle-income college students.