Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition for Monday, April 30, 2012

(Center for Investigative Reporting) // California leads the nation in casualties and injuries from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new statistics released from the Department of Defense...

(SI&A Cabinet Report) // Noted biliteracy expert Karen Cadiero-Kaplan has been appointed the head of California Department of Education’s newly-created English Learner Support Division. The creation of this division reflects a growing awareness of the need for bilingualism and biliteracy as an important component of public education. California has the nation’s largest population of non-native English speakers...

(Contra Costa Times) // Classes have resumed at Oikos University, the small, unaccredited Christian college that was devastated by a shooting in early April. But the school faces an uphill battle for survival, as it is currently contending with financial issues and challenges to its application for accreditation...

(SF Chronicle) // Occupy activists and labor unions from around the Bay Area are gearing up for a day of protest and strikes for May Day tomorrow. A general strike has been called for in Oakland, and marches and rallies planned in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities.

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