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High School Exit Exam’s Cancellation Leaves College-Bound Students In Limbo

As many as 5,000 college-bound students statewide are “bureaucratic limbo” because they did not pass the California High School Exit Exam, which was canceled this past July.


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Schools Chief Presents Blueprint For California Education

California should provide a cradle-to-career education system in which children are provided learning opportunities from a young age and given support and services inside and outside the classroom.


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Torlakson Takes Early Lead In Schools Chief Race

Incumbent 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.


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State Superintendent’s Race Features Differing Visions For Schools

The future direction of California’s public schools will be decided in the Nov. 4 race for state superintendent of public instruction, which pits incumbent Tom Torlakson against challenger Marshall Tuck.


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LAUSD Board Approves Plan To Fix Jefferson High’s Scheduling Problems

A $1.1 million plan aimed at fixing class-scheduling issues at Jefferson High School will be discussed by the Los Angeles Unified School District board Tuesday.


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California Schools Chief To Appeal Tenure Ruling

California’s schools chief will seek an appeal of a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for teachers.


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State Superintendent Weighs In On Inglewood School District’s $38K Junket

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson weighed in Friday on a report that the Inglewood Unified School District spent thousands on a weekend junket in San Diego for administrators to discuss changes in the curriculum.

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3 Educators From Southland Among California’s 5 Teachers of the Year

LOS ANGELES ( — Five educators, including three from Southern California, have been named the 2014 teachers of the year by the state’s Department of Education. “These outstanding teachers have my thanks and admiration for […]


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LAUSD Students Lag Behind State In Physical Fitness Testing

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District aren’t doing so well when it comes to fitness, compared to students across the state, according to figures released by the California Physical Fitness Test.


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Brown Signs Bill Ending Current Standardized Tests

A bill ending the standardized tests that California public school students have taken in reading, math and social science since 1999 received Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on Wednesday.

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Fewer Calif. Schools Meeting Performance Targets

Fewer public schools at all grade levels met state and federal benchmarks that are used to evaluate how well schools educate youngsters.


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Record Number Of Calif. School Districts Are Facing Financial Woes

The California Department of Education says a record number of school districts are in financial dire straits this year, with a dozen facing insolvency.


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Celerity Sirius Charter School Opens In Compton

Celerity Educational Group (CEG), a nonprofit organization created in 2005 to serve at-risk children and their families, opened its doors this year to Celerity Sirius Charter School with classrooms located on two campuses in Compton.

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Torlakson To Become Superintendent Of Schools

State Assemblyman Tom Torlakson has defeated rival Larry Aceves to become California’s next education chief.