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Teacher-tenure reform shaping up as big education fight this year

SACRAMENTO – Despite the oft-discussed need for education reform in California, the state Legislature will only consider one major reform bill this year. Even that bill’s passage is uncertain, given opposition from the powerful California Teachers’ Association. The issue involves

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3 new studies rap how school ‘reform’ law is working

In 2013, after working with the Legislature for months on a comprehensive overhaul of California’s public school finances, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The governor called the law “historic” and hailed its dual goals: providing

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Broad gets ammo in push to expand L.A. charter schools

As a huge fight draws near over charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District between the California Teachers Association and billionaire philanthropist and school reformer Eli Broad, a massive new study by UC Berkeley researchers gives Broad ammunition

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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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VIDEO: Teachers unions, Common Core and other roadblocks to reform

Cal Watchdog’s James Poulos interviews filmmaker Bob Bowdon about the national trends in school choice and bottom-up solutions for education reform.

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VIDEO: California’s GOP — Can There Be A Resurgence?

CalWatchdog’s Brian Calle talks to Assembly Republican Leader-Elect Kristin Olsen about the lessons the GOP has learned in California. Can the Golden State GOP build a winning coalition based on education reform?

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Vergara appeal decision: Nixon goes to China for Jerry Brown?

To an astounding degree, prominent California Democrats have so far avoided substantive comment on Judge Rolf Treu’s landmark — but tentative — June 10 ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court that teacher tenure laws are so harmful to minority students in

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Video: Impact of Vergara v. California on teachers unions

CalWatchdog contributor James Poulos discusses impact of Vergara v. California on teachers unions and politics in California.

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A look at CA’s mixed-bag teacher firing reform

In some respects, it’s now easier to fire teachers in California. In others, it’s more complicated. That’s the verdict on AB 215, the version of several different firing reform bills that cleared the Legislature and received Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature

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Video: More students, less funding, happy teachers

Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen explains to CalWatchdog.com’s Brian Calle how the Douglas County School District created openness and trust that led to successful negotiations with local teachers.

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