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Dressed as Uncle Sam, Andrew Tonkovich, a lecturer in writing, poses with schoolchildren and Mayor Bao Nguyen of Garden Grove at a Prop 55 event at UC-Irvine on Monday. (Fred Glass/California Federation of Teachers)

IRVINE, Calif. – The campaign to pass Proposition 55 is taking a stand on campuses across California this week, with rallies yesterday at UC Irvine and Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, and two more planned for Santa Cruz on Wednesday and Riverside on Thursday. Proposition 55 would maintai

Children's advocates are urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill they say would improve school accountability and close income-based achievement gaps in California. (shironosov/iStockphoto)

OAKLAND, Calif. – This week, more than 300 children's advocacy groups signed a public letter urging Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2548. The bill directs the state to adopt what the groups believe is a better grading system for schools, that focuses on closing the achievement gap b

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a high profile immigration case, amid rallies in D.C., L.A., and across the country. (kconnors/morguefile)

LOS ANGELES - California immigration rights groups are rallying in Los Angeles and in Washington D.C. today as the Supreme Court considers a highly controversial immigration case. The case involves the constitutionality of President Obama's "DAPA" program, which allows undocumented parents of U.S.

A signature drive begins today to qualify a ballot measure that would extend Proposition 30, which raised income taxes on the wealthy to fund education. (melpomenem/iStockphotos)
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LOS ANGELES - Teams are hitting the streets today gathering signatures for a ballot measure this fall that would extend part of Proposition 30, which raised income taxes on the wealthy and raised the sales tax by a quarter of a percent, then funneled the money to public education. The sales tax e

A new report says states can improve foster care by increasing foster parents' flexibility to help the kids in their care. (cherylholt/morguefile)

SAN DIEGO - Children in foster care need to have the same kinds of life experiences as other kids to increase their sense of success and belonging. That's one conclusion of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Its new report is designed to help state

California educators are praising the passage of a new education bill to replace No Child Left Behind. (bhester/morguefile)
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LOS ANGELES - California education advocates are praising a bill that passed the U.S. Senate in a landslide on Wednesday and replaces No Child Left Behind. The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which got a "yes" vote from Senators Boxer and Feinstein, returns much of the decision-making power b

A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks California 38th in the nation when it comes to the overall well-being of children. Credit: Kristine Kisky/Morguefile.

OAKLAND, Calif. – California is ranked 38th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the Kids Count Data Book, released today by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation. Researchers looked at federal statistics from 2008 to 2013 and ranked states on topics including health, edu

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a more accurate picture of how societal safety net programs are helping families. Photo credit: U.S. Agency for International Development.

OAKLAND, Calif. - One in four California children is living in poverty, but according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, those numbers would be much higher without federal safety net programs and tax subsidies. The report, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, uses

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