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Tom Torlakson Takes Early Lead Over Marshall Tuck In Race For Schools ChiefIncumbent Tom Torlakson maintained an early lead Tuesday in what had been expected to be a tight race for the job of California's K-12 schools chief, a nonpartisan and largely ministerial post that in the months leading up to Election Day became an expensive battle ground with high stakes for teachers unions and education reformers.
Phil Matier: California's Election Day Races With Nationwide InterestPhil Matier says educators nationwide are keeping an eye on California's state schools superintendent race because of the candidate the teacher's union has decided to endorse.
Race For State Schools’ Chief Is One Of California’s ClosestThe closest statewide race on the November ballot could be one between two Democrats who are running for a non-partisan job. It's the battle between State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck.
Gov. Jerry Brown Opens Up Spending In Campaign's Final Month, Neel Kashkari Down To $840KGov. Jerry Brown reports spending $13.5 million this month to support two measures on the November ballot.
California Teacher Unions Appeal Tenure RulingCalifornia's powerful teachers unions fought back Wednesday against a court ruling that struck down state laws on tenure and job protection for their 400,000 members, less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown filed his own appeal.
Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals California Teacher Tenure RulingGov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.
Campaign To Reduce Student Loan Debt Kicks Off In Oakland The "Degrees Not Debt" campaign kicked-off this week at Oakland's La Escuelita Elementary School. The national campaign by the National Education Association seeks to reduce student loan debt.
Torlakson Stakes Early Lead In Race For State Schools SuperintendentIn 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 FightThe 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.
Vallejo Educator, Ex-Police Officer Named Calif. Teacher Of The YearA special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo has been named a California Teacher of the Year.
Calif. Schools Chief Applauds Obama's Call For Expanded Pre-School AccessCalifornia'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.
California Roll Out New Student Testing Proposal Aimed At Critical ThinkingCalifornia’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.