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Rematch coming of high-profile 2014 race for state superintendent of public instruction

  The most expensive contest on the 2014 California ballot is set to return next year.  “Marshall Tuck, who unsuccessfully challenged incumbent schools chief Tom Torlakson in a contentious 2014 race that became a proxy fight over a lawsuit on teacher

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Rising pension costs threaten California school funding

  In a shock critics had warned against, Golden State schools discovered that their nation’s largest pension system, CalPERS, was on track to force substantial budgetary cutbacks on core education spending.  “Public schools around California are bracing for a crisis driven by

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State defies U.S. edict on single score for schools

The state of California appears to be on a collision course with the federal government over how it responds to a school accountability provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act, the measure approved last year to replace the controversial and

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Tobacco-tax fact checks miss the mark

Twice now we’ve seen fact-checkers panning the anti-tobacco tax campaign’s claim in a radio ad that Prop. 56, an increase of $2 per pack on cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products, “cheats schools out of at least $600 million

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Why CTA is spending millions to pass Prop. 55

California voters face a daunting challenge in November in that they’ll be asked to become familiar with a stunning 17 ballot measures. Some consultants fear that this will overwhelm many voters, who will choose either to vote no on everything

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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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CA schools pass weakened assessments

Californians troubled by the public school drive toward statewide standardized testing now face a reformed — but weaker — system of assessment. Two separate policy changes fueled the about-face. At the federal level, Congress turned its back on No Child Left Behind,

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Many CA English learners classified as learning disabled

A new study of how English-learner students are taught in California raises profound questions about how seriously the state and many school districts take their responsibility to these students. The study — prepared by researchers from Stanford, UC Santa Cruz,

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CA Board of Education sides with teachers union on school funding

The State Board of Education, led by Gov. Jerry Brown’s longtime ally Michael Kirst (right), has decided to back up state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s interpretation of a key state education reform, the 2013 Local Control Funding Formula

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Reformers get help in fight over school funding law

Education reformers and advocates for poor communities have a new tool in the fight over implementation of a 2013 law that was supposed to provide extra help to millions of struggling California students. The Local Control Funding Formula — championed

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