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July 22, 2010, Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy, and Steven Frates, director of research at the Davenport Institute, at the School of Public Policy released the the findings of a study analyzing California public, K-12 education expenditure patterns over a five year period. The study concludes that, notwithstanding all the talk of “education budget cuts,” while school spending steadily increased between the 2003-04 and 2008-09 budget years, overall, direct classroom expenditures declined. The study was sponsored by the California Foundation for Education and Commerce. View the report and read the news from the California Chamber of Commerce.

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New York Times- Room for Debate, April 22, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, was a debater for op-ed blog post, "Passport Diplomacy." His response, "Effective Challenges Come with Political Control," addresses the qustions: "When is Congress justified in overriding the president's foreign policy wishes? And when should it back away?" Read Kaufman's response.

Orange County Register, April 18, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Obama's Assault on American Primacy," wherein he discusses the accelerating reductions in defense spending that imperil the military preeminence essential for the safeguarding of the U.S. and democratic allies. Read the op-ed.

April 14, 2014, The School of Public Policy will host its 2014 commencement ceremony Friday, Apr. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at Alumni Park, Malibu. Ximena V. Del Carpio ('98, MBA '00, MPP '00), a senior economist in the Human Development, Social Protection, and Labor Unit of the World Bank, will be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. Victor Davis Hanson, the Spring 2014 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, will address the graduates and receive an Honorary Degree. Read More.

Orange County Register, April 11, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Imagine If Romney Had Won," wherein he suggests how much better off the U.S. would be if Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election. Kaufman discusses Romney's pro-market, pro-growth policies; progression toward energy independence; and how Romney would have restored the preponderance of American power, among other initiatives that would have the U.S. in a better position than its current state. Read the op-ed.

Hoover Digest, No. 2, Spring 2014 - Gordon Lloyd, professor of public policy, coauthored an article with David Davenport, "Dealing with the New Deal," wherein they discuss whether the debate that erupted in the 1930s still presents us with the same fundamental choice: greater liberty, or greater government power? Read the article.

The Journal of Development Studies, Volume 50, Issue 4, 2014 - Luisa Blanco, associate professor of public policy, authored an article, "Are Tax Havens Good Neighbours? FDI Spillovers and Developing Countries," wherein she and coauthor, Cynthia L. Rogers, investigate the impact of tax havens on non-tax haven countries in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI). Download the article.

April 7, 2014, Luisa Blanco, associate professor of public policy, presented her research about access to financial services and well-being among minority elders funded by the NIH/NIA at the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research 2014 Annual Investigators Meeting on March 31, 2014. Her manuscript, which she presented at this meeting is coauthored with Maria Ponce (MPP '12). View the paper.

Orange County Register, April 4, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Obama's Fantasy of Moral Equivalence," in which he discusses the danger in the Obama Administration in ignoring the signs that U.S. enemies will not behave as the 21st century regimes the administration wishes and imagines them to be. Read the op-ed.

April 3, 2014, The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy will host Hayley Jessup, director of major gifts at Direct Relief, for a Davenport Discussion on Tuesday, April 8, at noon, in SPP 175. Direct Relief is a nonprofit medical assistance organization. Read more.

The Sacramento Bee, March 29, 2014 - The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership's recent conference, "Reclaiming Place: A Civic Conversation," was featured in "To Be a Good Citizen, Care About the Place You Live." The event celebrated the book Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Ted McAllister, the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and associate professor of public policy, and Wilfred McClay, of the University of Oklahoma. The discussion focused on the relevance of place to civic engagement. Read the article.

Orange County Register, March 27, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "A Reagan Foreign Policy for Putin," wherein he describes the current state of Vladimir Putin's Russia at a decision point similar to that of the Soviet Union's during the 1980s. Kaufman suggests pursuing a version of President Reagan's strategy of vigilance to avoid a dangerous Putin attempt to avert collapse. Read the op-ed.

Orange County Register, March 21, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Administration's Unconscionable Sellout of Israel," in which he outlines how no democratic ally has born the brunt of Obama's second term "flexibility" more than Israel. Read the op-ed.

Orange County Register, March 14, 2014 - Robert Kaufman, professor of public policy, authored an op-ed, "Conflict in Crimea Requires Swift Action," wherein he discusses the consequences Russia should face for its aggression with the conflict in Crimea. Read the op-ed.

The University Bookman, March 9, 2014, Winter 2014 - Ted McAllister, the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and associate professor of public policy, authored part one of a two part essay, "The Stories We Tell--The People We Become," wherein he dissuess how history is crucial to the health of people and notes the comepeting stories of our past. In part one, McAllister outlines The Liberal Story. Read the essay.

KPLU, March 10, 2014 - Angela Hawken, associate professor of public policy, was quoted in an article, "Washington's 'Swift And Certain' Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention," wherein she comments on how smoothly Washington state has rolled out the "swift and certain" parole approach statewide, going from 35 paroled offenders in a small Seattle project to 17,000 as it expanded in 2012. Read the article.