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  • California tempers backlash while embracing Common Core

    While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, the state that educates more public school children than any other — California — was conspicuously absent from the debate.
  • Many California politicians finished election with funds for future use

    Many California politicians finished election with funds for future use
    Facing few serious challenges for statewide posts in last year's election, many California politicians were free to make financial decisions with an eye toward the future, final campaign reports show. John Chiang had token opposition in his race for...

    Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy

    Citizenship 101: Too many Americans are ignorant of the basics of democracy
    In 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren emphasized the importance of public education as a crucible for good citizenship. “Today,” Warren wrote, “education is...

    California election results defy national trends -- mostly

    California election results defy national trends -- mostly
    The wave of Republican victories in Washington and state capitals across the nation turned into a small, but not insignificant, trickle by the time it hit the shores of California after Tuesday’s election. Jerry Brown glided into a historic fourth...

    Gov. Brown coasts to historic fourth term

    Gov. Brown coasts to historic fourth term
    California voters decisively elected Gov. Jerry Brown to a historic fourth term Tuesday, a rare bright spot for Democrats on a night when Republicans celebrated huge victories in the rest of the nation. Brown handily defeated GOP challenger Neel...