High-spending campaign for a job with little power but a big megaphone comes down to wire.
Whether it's clamping down on charter schools or changing teacher tenure, candidates can say a lot more than they can actually do.
Superintendents say free college readiness testing for all would raise SAT/ACT scores and boost college admissions. Opponents say AB 1951 would undermine the usefulness of high school testing.
California Department of Education official calls state's charter school laws outdated and says they are in need of revision.
Districts are hoping the upcoming state budget will include financial relief such as deferred state loans, flat per-student payments, and flexibility to sell or lease surplus property.
California's environmental standards are among the top in the nation, but implementation "is a big lift."
Major contributions went to independent expenditure committees supporting the candidates.
Periodically over the past century, state boards of education, governors and state superintendents have clashed over who should be setting education policy in California.
Funding is available for bus service for displaced students, staff overtime, air filters and other fire-related expenses.
The state charter schools division advises the state board on charter school issues and provides grants to schools.
The split in support echoes the expensive race for state superintendent four years ago.
With five candidates in the race, it may be more difficult for one to win a majority in the primary.
Is state board exercising flexibility or violating the Every Student Succeeds Act?
The dashboard moves California one step closer to completing a sweeping overhaul of public education aimed at better preparing students for the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Exam suspended in 2015 no longer required for graduation, now that state has adopted new Common Core standards and school accountability metrics.