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California sued over poor literacy rates among its students

California was sued earlier this month over poor reading skills among its students, a significant legal step in trying to combat lackluster literacy rates amid a larger conversation about education policy in the Golden State. The suit was filed by Public Counsel,

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School districts struggling despite huge funding increase

California’s funding of education has gone from $50.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in 2012 to $74.5 billion for the current fiscal year – a nearly 50 percent increase that’s far above the less than 9 percent increase in

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State agency loses again in bid to expand clout of collective bargaining

For the second time in five years, state courts have rejected attempts by the California Public Employees Relations Board to sharply expand the sweep and power of state collective bargaining laws. Last week, a three-judge panel of the fourth state

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Date set for appeal of landmark Vergara ruling

A state appellate court has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 25 in the state’s appeal of the trial court ruling in Vergara v. California, which held that five California teacher-protection laws involving tenure and layoffs were unconstitutional because they had

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New LAUSD chief avoids district’s grim fiscal picture

Michelle King was promoted to superintendent of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District last week and has since spoken about her hopes for educational improvements, her interest in single-sex schools and her doubts about philanthropist Eli Broad’s goal of

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Subsidized housing new front in CA teacher pay

The San Francisco Unified School District is following Los Angeles Unified’s lead with plans to build subsidized housing for schoolteachers and teaching assistants. The districts’ actions may foreshadow a new era in which teachers unions try to use their clout to

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Former Long Beach superintendent: Break up LAUSD

Carl Cohn, the former Long Beach and San Diego superintendent who is considered one of the wise men of California public education, has a radical idea: Break up the Los Angeles Unified School District. Since he left the State Board of

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Vergara case backer files new lawsuit

The education reform group founded by a Silicon Valley billionaire entrepreneur that won a landmark 2014 lawsuit — Vergara v. California — over teacher job protections has opened a second front in its battle with the state’s education establishment. Student

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Lawsuit filed over use of LCFF dollars in L.A. Unified

The Local Control Funding Formula enacted by the Legislature in 2013 at Gov. Jerry Brown’s behest was billed as a great way to get additional help to English-learners and foster children in California public schools. It changed the formula under

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LAUSD may kill reform to avoid graduation-rate plunge

Even amid scandals over its iPads-for-all program and battles over leadership, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been able to cite some good news on the academic front in recent times. In April, district officials trumpeted the release of

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