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Broke State Budget Hits Dead End 11

FEB. 29, 2012 By KATY GRIMES In in an effort to avoid a cash-flow problem, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer appeared on Bloomberg news last week talking about the sale of $1 billion in state revenue anticipation notes to Barclay’s and

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Sen. GOP Blocks Cal State Confirmation 2

FEB. 28, 2012 By JOHN HRABE The Senate Republican Caucus scored a major victory for taxpayers Monday by blocking the confirmation of the embattled chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, Herbert Carter. Senate President pro Tem Darrell

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Cal State Pay Scandal Repeats 1990

FEB. 27, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Under Herbert Carter’s tenure, the Cal State University system has approved “hefty salary increases” for its top executives “without public input” during the state’s “most dire funding predicament.” Those aren’t quotes from recent news

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Municipal Bankruptcy Stalks Stockton 9

FEB. 27, 2012 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Stockton, California’s 13th largest city, may be moving from “Fat City” to “Mudville.” Both were former historical names for Stockton.  “BK” is shorthand for bankruptcy. On Feb. 23, Stockton City Manager Robert Deis asked

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How About a Longer School Year? 31

Commentary FEB. 24, 2012 By JOHN SEILER One reason California schools perform so poorly is that the state’s educrats, instead of improving instruction, commonly look for gimmicks to cover up their own failures. In my 25 years of writing about

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10 Reasons Why Cal State Chair Carter Must Go 5

Commentary FEB. 23, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Herbert Carter’s reconfirmation as the chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees could be taken up by the State Senate as early as today, Feb. 23. Cal State University lobbyists have

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Follow the Money to Find School Scandals 1

Commentary FEB. 22, 2012 By CHRIS REED The proposal of a Democratic assemblyman to keep students from eating at food trucks instead of school cafeterias is ostensibly about public health, obesity and food safety. But while nanny state motives may

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State Edu-Welfare Expansion Plans 3

FEB. 21, 2012 More than 50 percent of California college students do not pay for school at the state’s public colleges and universities. Unfortunately, the dropout rate is also about 50 percent. This is because, along with all of the free

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Sens. Oppose Cal State Exec Confirmation 0

FEB. 17, 2012 By JOHN HRABE Herbert Carter’s reconfirmation to the California State University Board of Trustees was dealt a major setback Thursday, as two Republican state Senators announced their opposition to his pending nomination. Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Santee, and

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Senators Flunk High CSU Exec Pay 0

FEB. 17, 2012 By DAVE ROBERTS In California’s highly partisan political world, there are few issues on which most agree. But a rare unity was achieved last July when the California State University Board of Trustees awarded the new president

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