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State republicans oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's education board appointments | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News

State republicans oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's education board appointments | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News

State republicans oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's education board appointments

Maneeza Iqbal Last updated 50 mins ago Posted: 1/6/2011

SACRAMENTO, CA - Several Republican lawmakers oppose Gov. Jerry Brown's recent appointments to the California State Board of Education.

Brown appointed seven people to the board Wednesday, including former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Bill Honig and California Teachers Association Lobbyist Patricia Rucker.

Honig was removed from office in the early 90's after being convicted for funneling state education money to an organization his wife ran out of their home. The felony charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.

"I think anybody that's been convicted of a felony even if it was downgraded is not the type of material that

Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy

Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy

Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy

by: Joanne Barkan | Dissent Magazine | Op-Ed

Got Dough? Public School Reform in the Age of Venture Philanthropy
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The cost of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In the domain of venture philanthropy—where donors decide what social transformation they want to engineer and then design and fund projects to implement their vision—investing in education yields great bang for the buck.

Hundreds of private philanthropies together spend almost $4 billion annually to support or transform K–12 education, most of it directed to

UCSF Faculty Say 'No' to Juicier Pensions - The Bay Citizen

UCSF Faculty Say 'No' to Juicier Pensions - The Bay Citizen

UCSF Faculty Say 'No' to Juicier Pensions

In a letter to UCSF CEO Mark Laret and others, faculty group calls executive threats demanding higher benefits "unseemly"

By ELIZABETH LESLY STEVENS on January 6, 2011 - 5:13 p.m. PST
UCSF
CEO Mark Laret

In December, a group of three dozen of the University of California's highest-paid executives threatened legal action if they were not granted much-sweetened pensions--a move that would cost cash-strapped UC tens of millions.

Yesterday, the faculty association of UCSF sent a sharply worded letter to UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret and others rebuking them for what the faculty described as an "unseemly" move amid the UC's financial crisis.

UC's pension fund is under-funded by about $22 billion, and UC last month announced changes to the pension system that tightened eligibility requirements and requires employees to make

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The Christie administration wants to change certification requirements for superintendents so that the job could be open to those with a bachelor’s degree and managerial experience.
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