Monday Memo, 16 January 2018
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Yeah, we know it's a Tuesday evening, but it's also 2018, and the Monday Memo is back! So stay informed with the latest edition of your favorite college political digest below.

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What We're Reading

  1. New research from Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab shows that high application costs are a significant barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants today. The filing fee alone, $725 currently, is up 800 percent in real terms from what it was in 1985, not to mention other expenses from classes or consultations, legal costs, etc.
    —“A randomized controlled design reveals barriers to citizenship for low-income immigrants.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (January 2018).
  2. Newspapers in California — like the industry as a whole — are suffering and facing severe staff cuts. The LA Times is awaiting results for its staffers' vote this month on whether to unionize; meanwhile, layoffs at papers like the Bay Area's two-time Pulitzer-winning Mercury News have seen a staff of 440 dwindle to just several dozen in the last two decades.
    —"OC Register and other Digital First Media newspapers face 'significant' layoffs." Los Angeles Times (Jan. 15, 2018).
  3. "A major study from Stanford University recently found socioeconomic status was no indication of a given school's quality. The truly important measure for school effectiveness was the rate at which students were making improvements on test scores. The findings defy the typical assumptions about what makes a great public school."
    —"Stanford study finds poverty, school quality not linked." Business Insider (Jan. 8, 2018).

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