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Black Caucus brings its clout to CA school funding fight

The Local Control Funding Formula, enacted in 2013, is supposed to make sure more education dollars are used in ways that specifically help struggling students. Gov. Jerry Brown pushed for the education funding change because he said it was crucial

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Audio: How school choice can woo crossover and swing voters

CalWatchdog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle also is Senior Fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, named after Nobel Economics Laureate Milton Friedman, who originated the idea of school vouchers. In this audio interview with Bill Frezza of the Competitive Enterprise

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CA college costs pinch budgets

With the University of California system in the midst of a tense tuition standoff, budgets have come under renewed pressure in recent weeks. Not only schools, but students and parents, have felt the pain. As CalWatchdog.com has been reporting, the UC system

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Lawsuit over Harvard admissions has CA overtones

Harvard University is facing a well-financed lawsuit over its admissions practices, with plaintiffs arguing that the nation’s oldest, richest and most admired college enforces an anti-Asian bias every bit as real as the anti-Jewish bias seen in Cambridge and at

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UC tuition battle sparks student protests

The battle over University of California tuition hikes has been raised to a new level — with shades of 1960s student protests. Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators have rejected the tuition hikes advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano. In response she

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Seeking tuition hikes, UC blows millions on computer glitches

Spurred by University of California President Janet Napolitano, the school’s Board of Regents last November voted for 28 percent tuition hikes over five years. But today, the Sacramento Bee reported on the school’s new Working Smarter computer system, which was supposed

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Teachers want LAUSD to ignore state law, 2012 ruling 1

The United Teachers Los Angeles held a large rally Thursday showing strong rank-and-file support for the union’s demands that the giant Los Angeles Unified School District provide an 8.5 percent raise and cut down classroom sizes. LAUSD officials have offered

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Assembly subcommittee flunks UC budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano and approved by the University of

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LAO report could spur school facilities reform

A new report by California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor puts school facilities funding at the head of the class. Among other points, “The 2015-16 Budget: Rethinking How the State Funds School Facilities” pushes the idea that facilities funding should more closely follow

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Supreme Court has good news for CTA, CFT

A recent U.S. Supreme Court hearing on allegations of racial discrimination in Texas public housing programs may have major implications for Vergara vs. California, the landmark education lawsuit that’s now under appeal after a June 2014 trial-court ruling that created

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