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Attorney general promotes bills to reduce truancy

BY DON THOMPSON The Associated Press School districts and the state would be required to do a better job of tracking students who miss class under proposed legislation announced Monday that is designed to lower California’s dropout rate. The package of bills would write into law recommendations from a report released by Attorney General Kamala […]

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Darling of the Dems

Rob Bonta of Alameda, the State Assemblyman from District 18, flourishes despite his detractors. By Robert Burnson | Photos by Rick Saez Rob Bonta was late. I was sitting in the waiting room of his offices on the claustrophobic sixth floor of the Capitol Annex in Sacramento, scanning my cell phone, trying to figure out […]

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College savings, accreditation focus of state legislation

By Nanette Asimov | Friday, February 21, 2014 A pair of higher education bills – one to stimulate college savings and the other to radically change the way community colleges are accredited in California – were introduced this week by Bay Area lawmakers. State law currently requires California’s 112 community colleges to be accredited by […]

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Proposed law would reform community college accreditation

By Carla Rivera February 19, 2014, 7:25 p.m. A Bay Area lawmaker introduced legislation Wednesday to reform accreditation for California community colleges, following criticism that the process has become costly and unfair. The Fair Accreditation for California Community Colleges Act (AB 1942), would restore “transparency, accountability and due process” by establishing new standards for accrediting […]

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Our economic future depends on early investments in kids

by Ann O’Leary. Updated 4:23 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014 The likelihood of a child’s succeeding in school, leading a healthy life and productively contributing to the economic engine of California is largely set before the child ever crosses the threshold to kindergarten. Sadly, childhood poverty is the No. 1 predictor for educational success and […]

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Assembly to tackle teacher pension fund shortfall

By JULIET WILLIAMS SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California’s massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state’s deficit and is estimated as high as $80 billion. “Further delays only mean further […]

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California bill calls for evidence in unsolved, neglected rape cases to get attention

By Malaika Fraley Oakland Tribune (01/21/2014 04:08:10 PM PST) OAKLAND — After being drugged and raped at Bay to Breakers in 2010, San Francisco resident Heather Marlowe was told it would take about two weeks for the DNA evidence collected from her body to be tested against a database of criminals’ DNA profiles. Instead, it […]

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Fil-Am History to Be Taught in Calif. Schools

by Asian Journal, News Report, Joseph Pimentel, Posted: Oct 08, 2013 LOS ANGELES – California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation that would incorporate the inclusion of Filipino American history in textbooks statewide. Brown signed AB 123, a bill introduced by Fil-Am Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) earlier this year, which would require the State […]

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New law would help Oakland get guns off street

By Chip Johnson Updated 7:31 pm, Monday, October 7, 2013 In Oakland, where the smallest slight – real or imagined – can result in someone pulling out a gun, any government policy that addresses gun violence is welcomed. I saw a friend at a party over the weekend whose recent experience only bolstered concerns about […]

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Rob Bonta: California’s first Fil-Am assemblyman

BY RYAN MACASERO MANILA, Philippines – Despite being home to the largest Filipino American population in the US, California never had a Filipino American legislator. Until now. Quezon City-born Rob Bonta, 41, was elected into Assembly – as the representative for California’s 18th Assembly District – in 2012. He beat Peralta Community College District Trustee […]

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