Experts can’t always predict exactly how public policy will affect the nation, despite our best efforts. But when it comes to immigration policy, we have tried many of the types of reforms advocated by today’s Gang of Eight—so we should consider the effects these reforms had in the past.
California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a new funding formula for public schools. It gives extra money to urban and rural districts. The big winners will be long-tenured (but not necessarily high-performing) teachers in big cities. The new formula also short changes charter schools that have concentrations of significantly disadvantaged students.