Two major changes in California's public education system - adoption of "Common Core" academic standards and giving extra money to school districts with large numbers of poor and/or English learner students - seem to have gained favor with the state's residents.

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An 85-foot-long teeter-totter is bringing smiles to the California State University, Sacramento, campus and promises to bring new ones to those needing facial reconstruction around the world.
Both sides predict that the case will be the first in a long line of lawsuits to hit states over teacher-protection rights, opening a new front in the attack on laws that govern tenure, seniority and dismissal.
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Neel Kashkari, a Republican candidate for governor, will release an education plan Tuesday that would send more money to individual public schools instead of districts, give campuses flexibility like their charter counterparts and provide free college tuition to some students in exchange for a piece of their future earnings.
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Less than half the students who enrolled in five Sacramento-area community colleges during the depth of the recession had completed their coursework as of last year, new state data show.
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Two former Twin Rivers Unified school board members ousted by voters in 2012 are seeking a rematch with the trustees who won their seats.
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Aaron Negrete’s mother, his teachers and his mother’s vehicle mechanic are asking people to vote for him so that he can win a new van with a wheelchair lift.
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Federal officials are investigating how the University of California, Berkeley responds to reports of campus sexual assaults.

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