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California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson bested opponent Marshall Tuck by a few percentage points to gain re-election.
—Andrew Seng/Sacramento Bee/MCT

California Chief's Win a Bright Spot for Teachers' Unions

The battle for the Golden State's top K-12 spot—with teachers' unions backing incumbent Tom Torlakson's successful re-election bid—became a proxy war over K-12 policy. (November 11, 2014)

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The work of those on the congressional "supercommittee" could have profound implications for long-term K-12 funding.
September 26, 2011 - Education Week
A Pierce County Superior Court judge said in court Monday morning he might authorize the Tacoma School District to hire replacement workers if striking teachers do not return to work as he ordered Wednesday.
September 19, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
Some states wrestle with how to implement ambitious promises they made in securing the federal grant money.
September 13, 2011 - Education Week
More than 1,600 of Tacoma's union teachers and other certificated employees—87 percent of those eligible to vote—decided to strike following months of unproductive contract negotiations between the district and the Tacoma Education Association.
September 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
Teachers and unions have helped sow the seeds of criticism for their profession, William Gregory Harman writes.
September 8, 2011 - Education Week
August 29, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
A majority of Americans side with teachers' unions on collective bargaining, even though many believe unions have hurt more than helped education quality, according to the latest annual survey by Phi Delta Kappa International and the Gallup Organization.
August 17, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
Wisconsin is on the front lines in the ongoing national battle over the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees.
August 8, 2011 - Education Week
Irving Hamer, the deputy superintendent of the Memphis, Tenn., school system, responds to Joel Klein’s recent essay in The Atlantic.
July 15, 2011 - Education Week
An education activist's blunt tale of wooing the Illinois House speaker and outfoxing teachers unions created a stir Tuesday by violating a cardinal rule of Statehouse power plays—what happens under the dome stays under the dome.
July 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune

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