Links of the Week • August 22, 2018

CSU trustees approve pay raises for executives with six-figure salaries
San Francisco Chronicle

Who killed David Josiah Lawson?
University Times (Cal State Los Angeles)
Humboldt State student Josiah Lawson was murdered over a year ago; his death remains unsolved.

Youth in California’s Central Valley are reclaiming region’s activist roots
Decades after civil rights icons Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta brought worldwide attention to the plight of farm workers in California’s Central Valley, a new generation of activists are making an impact in the region — with the focus now on the myriad issues facing young people and efforts to get them involved in civic affairs.

Judge upholds ruling that DACA must be restored
DC District Judge John Bates said on August 3 the Trump administration still has failed to justify its proposal to end DACA, the Obama-era program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. But Bates agreed to delay his ruling for 20 days (until tomorrow, August 23) to give the administration time to respond and appeal, if it chooses…. The Justice Department, which argues DACA is “an unlawful circumvention of Congress,” has signaled it will appeal.

A major barrier to a college degree for low-income Californians: housing costs
Attending a university in California can be a financial burden beyond the means of many college hopefuls. Rising tuition is compounded by the lack of affordable housing in the state and the high cost of living

Require ethnic studies to graduate high school? California inches closer to the idea

Report Shows Drop in Students in Teacher Ed
Inside Higher Ed
A decline in enrollment in colleges of education and many impending faculty retirements.

DeVos ends Obama-era safeguards aimed at abuses by for-profit colleges
New York Times

Historians Want Tubman on $20 Bill
Inside Higher Ed
A coalition of historians has issued a letter calling on the Trump administration to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. And the American Historical Association has endorsed the effort.

More States Opting to ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays by Computer
Many teachers are unconvinced…. “What is the computer program going to reward?” Henderson [a teacher] challenges. “Is it going to reward some vapid drivel that happens to be structurally sound?” Turns out that’s an easy question to answer… [Meet] the Babel (“Basic Automatic B.S. Essay Language”) Generator; it works like a computerized Mad Libs, creating essays that make zero sense, but earn top scores from robo-graders.