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California Ballot Measure Would Base Teacher Layoffs On Performa

Robberies, burglaries and thefts accounted for most of the rest. In one eyebrow-raising instance, a man drunkenly "stole his neighbor's lawn mower and some frozen food items," according to the pardon message. A California woman burglarized a home "and took food to feed her children," another message states. The number of people receiving pardons just before Christmas news fell one short of the total number of pardons Brown handed down in 2012. Brown pardoned 128 convicted criminals in 2012, 79 of them on Christmas Eve, a marked increase from the 21 pardons he issued in 2011. The gubernatorial pardons came several days after President Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates serving long terms for crack-cocaine related offenses, Obama's latest effort to soften a legacy of harsh drug-related penalties. <br>Read more:

December 24, 2013 (AP) Health officials say test home results have fallen within an expected range for a Southern California high school where a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Riverside County health officials said Monday that 126 students at Indio High School had positive skin tests for possible exposure to the contagious illness and are being asked to follow-up with chest X-rays. More than 1,300 people were tested on Friday during a four-hour clinic at the school. The county health department says no more than 10 or 15 percent of students should test positive. Officials last week called more... for the testing after a student was diagnosed with tuberculosis in November. <br>Read more:

California Health-Insurance Site Sees Rush at Finish Line

If you are in line when the polls close you get to vote, Mr. Lee said of the decision to allow people to technically enroll past the Dec. 23 deadline. If you start the application by the end of the day we will get you across the finish line. The move is similar to one made by the federal government , which is running health insurance exchanges for 36 states. Although Monday is technically still the deadline to sign up for insurance, contractors managing the website have changed the configurations to allow people to still sign up Tuesday for coverage that starts Jan. 1. People have until March 31 to sign up for insurance that would start later in 2014. <br>Read more:

Think California is too generous with oil companies? Think again.

Moreover, oil companies pay billions to private individuals who own mineral rights, which also generates taxes. Hiltzik notes that Alaska instituted a 25% oil severance tax under then-Gov. Sarah Palin s administration in 2007, but he neglects to mention that Alaska reduced and simplified the tax this year. Why? Because with the higher rate in place, Alaska had suffered a significant decline in oil production. It simply didn't work for Alaska, and it wont work for California. <br>Read more:,0,1922366.story?track=rss

California School's TB Tests in Expected Range

The measure would compel districts to useperformance as the factor for teacher layoffs, not seniority. The text of the measure argues that layoffs based on seniority deprive many California students of a quality education. "Today, there are plenty of high quality teachers available, but local school districts are not able to make sure all of our children have access to a high quality teacher because local districts are currently forced to retain teachers based on how long they have been on the job," it reads. The states largest teachers' union has defended seniority-based layoffs, arguing that current performance evaluations are inadequate. The measure was submitted by Matt David, a consultant for StudentsFirst , the Sacramento education reform group founded by former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee. <br>Read more:

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