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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.

11/04/2013

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.

02/12/2013

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.

01/08/2013

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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.

12/26/2012

(CBS)

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.

08/31/2012

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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.

08/22/2012

(CBS)

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.

04/27/2012

(CBS)

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.

01/12/2012

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Emeryville’s School District Ends State Control With $1.3M Loan Payoff

Emeryville’s school district has ended 10 years of state control by paying off the final installment of a $1.3 million loan it had to take out because of the large debt it had accumulated under its previous leadership.

09/16/2011

(CBS)

California Dropout Rate Reaches Nearly 20 Percent

The numbers are even worse in Oakland, where 37 percent of students were found to have dropped out before graduating.

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