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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson (left), challenger Marshall Tuck. (Torlakson Campaign, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Torlakson Stakes Early Lead In Race For State Schools Superintendent

In the race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tom Torlakson staked an early lead over fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck while a a third GOP candidate had a surprisingly strong showing, according to early results.



California Schools Superintendent Race Features Competing Visions In Unions, Reformists Proxy Fight

The race for state schools chief in California is typically a sleepy affair. With the authority to set education policy vested in the Legislature and a state board of education appointed by the governor, the superintendent’s job has served primarily as a pulpit with no real power.


Angelo "Ang" Bracco, a special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo, has been named a 2014 California Teacher of the Year. (Solano County Office of Education)

Vallejo Educator, Ex-Police Officer Named Calif. Teacher Of The Year

A special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo has been named a California Teacher of the Year.


Vice President Joe Biden (L) applauds as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address.  (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Calif. Schools Chief Applauds Obama’s Call For Expanded Pre-School Access

California’s state schools chief on Tuesday night welcomed President Barack Obama’s plan for all 50 states to provide pre-kindergarten schools for 4-year-olds, indicating that he believed such a move would result in better prepared students and ultimately a more educated workforce.


Sequoia High School, Redwood City

California Roll Out New Student Testing Proposal Aimed At Critical Thinking

California’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.


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California Schools Chief Calls For Statewide Bond Measure

Tom Torlakson said the passage of Proposition 30 is just the first step in getting the state’s education system back on track.



California Students Post New Gains In STAR Testing

California’s top education official says the state’s students posted the ninth straight year of gains in English and math proficiency on this year’s standardized tests.


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Bay Area Students Improve On High School Exit Exam, Scores Up Statewide

This year’s graduating class posted the highest pass rate on the state’s High School Exit Exam, with Bay Area districts seeing improvement.



Pictures Of Calif. Education Tests Emerge On Social Media Sites

The state Department of Education said images of state tests have been discovered on about a dozen social networking websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.



12 Bay Area Schools Nominated For State Blue Ribbon Program

Twelve Bay Area schools have been nominated to the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.




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