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Brown struggles to hit education stride

With education becoming a major state issue just in time for the election, Gov. Jerry Brown has found himself in an uncharacteristic position. The often unflappable governor, who has prided himself on following the beat of his own drum, has

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VIDEO: Can “Parent Trigger” Fix Our Schools?

With the invention of the “parent trigger” there’s a new tool that parents can use to fix their broken school systems. Film maker Bob Bowdon joins CalWatchdog’s James Poulos to discuss.  

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In CA, Smarter Balanced testing shapes fate of Common Core

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

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A California vs. Texas analysis that breaks the mold

The California vs. Texas fight has gotten stale for my tastes. It’s insanely annoying how so many California defenders simply ignore basic facts like Texas is creating more middle-class jobs or that Texas’ Latino and black students do better than

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TX routs CA in education test scores

Every time I write or speak on a radio show favorably about Texas compared with California, I get harsh online comments, emails and phone calls. The usual theme isn’t just that California is a nicer place to live. It’s that

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Kashkari unveils education overhaul plan

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor who promised to campaign on “jobs and education, that’s it,” delivered on half of that platform Tuesday, with the release of a bold plan for overhauling the state’s failing schools. In a detailed

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Video: Is Common Core a common floor?

CalWatchdog.com’s Brian Calle talks to Colorado superintendent Liz Fagen about how standards are crucial for long-term success in education.

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Video: Taking on the teachers unions’ political agenda

Rebecca Friedrichs is an Orange County school teacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation’s most powerful union. She is ready to take her fight all the way to the United

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What IS going on in CA schools?

California’s government school students score among the lowest on national tests. Now this: Uproar over classroom scuffle reflects a profession under siege Groundswell of support for teacher who wrestled disruptive student to the floor shows the public is fed up

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Analysis: Kashkari unveils economic plan 7

Neel Kashkari is running for governor under the slogan, “Jobs. Education. That’s it.” The Republican businessman today released his detailed, 26-page plan for the first part of that promise: Jobs. The title is, “Neel Kashkari’s Jobs Plan: Rebuilding the Middle

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