Politics & Education - Page 205

  • Class size waivers granted by state board

    Over the objections of teacher groups, the California State Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve a long list of waivers allowing districts to increase class size above 30 students.

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  • Critics say SBE class size waiver policies are throwing open the doors

    This week nearly two dozen school districts are set to come before the California State Board of Education seeking relief from long-standing state laws aimed at keeping the average class size to less than 30 students.

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  • New superintendent, senate president, call for state board shakeup

    CORRECTED Nov. 9: Because of incorrect information provided by the California State Board of Education, this article published Nov. 4 reported that board member David Lopez' term would extend into the incoming administration. Lopez has not been reconfirmed by the Legislature. He has to be confirmed by January 15, 2011, or he is off the board. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Superintendent-elect Tom Torlakson said Wednesday that they wanted to work with governor-elect Jerry Brown to shuffle the political makeup of the California State Board of Education.

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  • Brown, Torlakson good friends to schools, but problems are the same

    The outcome of Tuesday's election played out about as well as could be expected for public schools, although Jerry Brown and Tom Torlakson face the same array of problems as their predecessors and an electorate that is clearly anxious about results.

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  • Local voters give school bonds support, parcel taxes not so much

    Voters approved the lion's share of the nearly $3 billion in school bonds on Tuesday's ballot statewide - the outcome of parcel taxes, however, were not nearly as successful.

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