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In CA, Smarter Balanced testing shapes fate of Common Core

June 13, 2014 By James Poulos. It's crunch time for California supporters of the new Common Core educational standards. On several fronts, key business, education and political interests have heightened their push for the changes. Although opposition remains strong, pro-Common Core groups sense that a tipping point may be approaching. Rather than taking victory for granted, they are mobilizing, using overlapping...

State budget: Governor, lawmakers expected to finalize deal

Brown’s budget video address
June 13, 2014 By John Hrabe. State lawmakers reached a tentative agreement on the state budget Thursday, after Gov. Jerry Brown caved to Democratic lawmakers' demands over more funding for in-home support services for elderly and disabled Californians. “We are at this point prepared to bring the full budget to the floors of both houses,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who has been overseeing bu...

How Obama energy rules hurt, help CA

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country
June 13, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi.   On June 2, President Barack Obama announced his new rules to mothball “dirty” coal power plants so as to reduce carbon-dioxide power plant emissions by 30 percent from their 2005 level. He also set voluntary targets for the percentage of renewable energy in each state by 2029. Coverage generally focused on Obama's overall proposals rather their specific implications for...

CA oil industry celebrates defeat of fracking moratorium

June 12, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   California’s oil industry is celebrating the defeat of a bill that would have placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing -- but warned that the fracking war is far from over. Senate Bill 1132 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, failed 18-16 on the Senate floor May 28. Four Democrats joined Republicans in voting against it, while three Democrats sat out the vote. The bi...
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