Friday Must Read: California ‘Dream Act’ Headed for Approval; Federal Science Panel Blasts Delta Plan

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The California “Dream Act,” which would provide college financial aid to illegal immigrant students, won approval in the state Assembly yesterday, and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by Governor Brown, the SacBee reports. The bill allows undocumented college students who got their high school degrees in California to be eligible for the first time to apply for private grants and endowments that totaled $72 million last year.

2. A federal panel of scientists strongly criticized California’s plan to fix the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, saying it includes shoddy science and represents little more than an excuse to build a controversial peripheral canal, the Chron and CoCo Times reports. The conclusions reached by the National Research Council represent a setback for powerful southern Central Valley and Southern California water interests who want more water from the fragile delta and view the canal as the best way to get it.

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