Gov. Jerry Brown joined Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, left, and other legislators and activists at the state Capitol in 2013 for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. Weber is a frontline soldier in California’s war over public education.
Gov. Jerry Brown joined Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, left, and other legislators and activists at the state Capitol in 2013 for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. Weber is a frontline soldier in California’s war over public education. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Gov. Jerry Brown joined Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, left, and other legislators and activists at the state Capitol in 2013 for a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. Weber is a frontline soldier in California’s war over public education. Rich Pedroncelli AP
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