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Why California Should Close Failing School Districts

School has begun for the 40,000-plus students of Sweetwater Union High School District. But the district’s crisis never ends. Sweetwater rarely makes the statewide news, but it’s California’s largest secondary school district. Sweetwater's high schools and ...

Schools Turn to Technology to Reduce Toll During Shootings

LOS ANGELES — Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement's response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. "We can im...
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Oakland Teachers Go on Strike, Demand Big Pay Raises

OAKLAND — Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday in the country's latest walkout by educators over classroom conditions and pay. "For two years we have been negotiating with the Oakland Unified School District to make our students a priori...