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State agency struggling to police for-profit colleges

  The state talks a big game about policing the for-profit college industry, with legislative proposals to ease student debt and a massive lawsuit against the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. But an $8 million bureaucracy the state launched five years ago

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Cal State University system hikes fees to offset tuition freeze

What a difference five years makes. In 2010, the California State University system issued $352 million in revenue bonds. Earlier this month, it issued $1.1 billion of the same thing. The debt issuance is standard, generally considered to be part of the

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CA Dems pass budget, forcing talks with Brown

Challenging their own governor for budget supremacy, California Democrats passed an ambitious state budget with just hours to spare before the deadline. Dueling Democrats “California lawmakers on Monday approved a budget with $2.2 billion more in spending than proposed by Democrat

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Teacher tenure bill defeated in Assembly

On Thursday, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to hold Assembly Bill 753, in effect killing the bill for this legislative session. AB753 is authored by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, and would expand the scope of the tenure system to teachers working in small

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CA vaccination regulations gain more steam

After a fractious debate, the California Senate passed a revised draft of the controversial bill that would largely eliminate the state’s religious and personal belief exemptions for child inoculation. With the bill on a likely track for passage in the Assembly,

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Study: CA hospitals waste money by ignoring ‘big data’

The “Moneyball” phenomenon of using advanced statistical analysis to gain advantage in professional sports has picked up steam over the past dozen years, to the point where it has broadly depressed scoring in baseball, as fielders are positioned precisely based

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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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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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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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