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CA court OKs school yoga

Yoga classes didn’t violate the California Constitution, an appellate court has ruled. This year, a North San Diego County school district roiled some Californians with concerns that its yoga program was too religious. As similar programs have spread around the country,

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SCOTUS sides with CA school banning American flag shirt

After five years of controversy and litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand one of the most controversial rulings to come out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Known for how often it is overturned in the higher court,

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Four bills could wrap charter schools in red tape

Since their introduction in California 23 years ago, charter schools have grown like kudzu. According to the California Charter Schools Association, the state now boasts 1,184 charter schools, teaching an estimated 547,800 students. Charters are public schools that generally work

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LAO questions local school funding accountability

When Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in July 2013 that increased funding for the state’s neediest students and restored local control over how that money is spent, he hailed it as “historic.” Brown also called it “truly revolutionary. We are

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Big UC changes may come from private ‘Committee of Two’ meetings 

Ironically, in the midst of Sunshine Week, designed to create more open government and freedom of information, the “Committee of Two” considering the financial situation of the UC system – Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano – are

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VIDEO: Napolitano won’t take ‘crap’ from students

University of California President Janet Napolitano apparently didn’t realize the mic was on. Talking to to Board of Regents Chairman Bruce Varner about student-protest chants, she said, “Let’s just break. Let’s go, let’s go. We don’t have to listen to this crap.”

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Common Core test finally pushes out API

Goodbye API, hello Smarter Balanced test. That’s what California public school students face as the school year comes to an end. The Academic Performance Index, used to measure and monitor students’ progress statewide, was implemented by the Public Schools Accountability Act

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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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