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  • State superintendent visits PTA

    The new Common Core State Standards and computerized state exams that students will begin taking in upcoming weeks were up for discussion Tuesday night at the La Cañada home of Glendale Council PTA President Sandy Russell, where State Supt. Tom...
  • State superintendent of schools visits to talk Common Core, state exams

    State Supt. Tom Torlakson was in town on Wednesday, but not to speak at a large rally. He was in a much more intimate setting — the home of Glendale Council PTA President Sandy Russell, where he fielded questions from about 10 local parents about...
  • Groups pour $20 million into TV, print ads for California primary

    As the June 3 primary election draws near, business interests, labor groups, environmentalists and wealthy individuals have poured more than $20 million into television and radio commercials, mail ads and other campaign aid for their preferred...
  • Money pours into campaigns for candidates seeking statewide posts

    Money pours into campaigns for candidates seeking statewide posts
    Money flowed into the election campaigns for California's slate of lower-rung statewide political offices in 2013, a batch of races expected to vary from piping hot to, well, snoozers. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom currently face...
  • Brown signs bills to aid veterans, boost community college costs

    SAN DIEGO — Californians will be asked to make $600 million available to help struggling military veterans find housing under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed Thursday. The governor also signed measures to allow community colleges to charge...
  • Suspending some standardized tests could save state $15 million

     
    A plan to suspend California’s standardized testing for certain grades while new computerized exams are developed could save $15 million, the state’s top education official said Wednesday. State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson...
  • Bill would recast state schools policy

    Proposed legislation by state Sen. Carol Liu (D- La Cañada Flintridge) would streamline the governance of state’s K-12 education system by transferring powers from the California Board of Education to the state superintendent of public instruction....
  • Hot Assembly races pick up steam

     
    Several Los Angeles area Assembly district races continue to build steam, even though the candidate filing period hasn’t yet begun. Redistricting has produced new political maps — and new opportunities — and some contenders have been...
  • Candidates pick up pace as elections filing nears

     
    As the Dec. 30 official start of next year’s campaign season nears, the pace is picking up for those already seeking seats in the state Legislature, mostly in the Assembly: In the San Fernando Valley’s new 46th District, businesswoman...
  • California lawmakers consider bailout for Inglewood schools

     
    On the last day of the legislative session, state lawmakers on Friday will consider approving $55 million in emergency funding to keep the Inglewood Unified School District operating....
  • Gov. Brown approves bailout, state takeover of Inglewood schools

     
    Gov. Brown approves state takeover, bailout for Inglewood school district...