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Democratic candidates for California governor reveal positions on single-payer health care and education

The 2018 governor’s race got off to an informal start last week with candidate forums in Anaheim and San Francisco. Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom leads all gubernatorial candidates in polling and fundraising. A September Berkeley IGS survey showed he

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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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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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CA Supreme Court shuts down lawsuit against teachers union job protections

  Declining to hear an appeal, the California Supreme Court brought an apparent end to the saga of California’s historic lawsuit against teachers union job protections, alleged to violate students’ constitutional rights. A majority of justices “declined to hear the case, Vergara v. California, and

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Persistent CA education gaps fuels conflict

Caught amid shifting standards, court challenges and retrenching combatants on both sides of social and political divides, California’s education system has found itself burdened by persistent gaps in student and teacher performance — a state of affairs fueling the very

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 15, 2016 0

Breaking News CalWatchdog Morning Read – April 15, 2016 By CalWatchdog Staff Hello, everybody! A California appeals court on Thursday reversed a two-year-old landmark decision that upended teacher tenure laws. The Vergara case challenged several state laws establishing layoff procedures based on

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CA appeals court reverses landmark ruling that upended teacher tenure

In national news with profound statewide reverberations, a California appeals court reversed the controversial decision handed down two years ago in Vergara v. the State of California and the California Teachers Association. “At issue were five state laws that established layoff

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Education debt debate heats up

With the start of a new year, a fresh array of political, economic and legal developments promise to sharpen California’s ongoing debate over the costs and consequences of its current education system. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of

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Police anger over new law could shake CA Dem coalition

California’s Democratic Party has dominated the state Legislature so thoroughly since Republican Gov. Pete Wilson left office in 1999 that it may be difficult to imagine the party fracturing and losing its control in Sacramento. But given the tensions between

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Supreme Court ruling appears to help Vergara plaintiffs

A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that Texas programs implementing the federal Fair Housing Act have had a discriminatory “disparate impact” on minorities — even if there is no evidence of intent to discriminate in the execution of

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