Links of the week

Special election secures supermajority for Dems
Democrat Matt Dababneh narrowly won a Los Angeles-area special election, reinstating a supermajority for Assembly Democrats. — The Sacramento Bee

MOOCs primarily reaching privileged learners, survey finds
A survey of thousands of students worldwide reveals that most people taking massive open online courses already hold a degree from a traditional institution. — The Chronicle of Higher Education

Need for nurses, lack of faculty plagues California
Nursing students are being turned away by the dozens at CSU campuses throughout California due to lack of faculty to train them, compounding a problem that’s playing out nationwide. – Pasadena Star News

Right-wing pension slashers’ embarrassing data
Pew Center on the States’ new poll, revealed at its conference to rally its anti-pension agenda, shows the American public powerfully rejecting the right’s anti-public worker crusade. – Salon