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Our running list of CA Fwd news coverage, alongside selected items on reform in California.

California’s troubled jobless agency works out glitches

The state finally has stepped up its once-weak effort to get unemployment benefits more efficiently to nearly 3 million jobless Californians. Read more

Brown, districts at odds over school construction bonds

Determined to shed long-term state debt, Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to cease issuing K-12 school construction bonds, leaving school districts to pay the tab for building and renovating schools. Read more

Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two

University of California President Janet Napolitano could hardly have been more dismissive when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in November that, instead of threatening to raise tuition, UC create a commission to find ways to reduce costs. Read more

California watchdog agency recommends repeal of new school budget caps

California's watchdog agency recommended on Wednesday that the legislature repeal a new law that caps the size of school district budgets, warning that over 91 percent of the state's districts would have violated the new rules if they had been in place in 2014. Read more

Report says LCAPs need tighter focus

Calling the new state-mandated local accountability plans “a daunting undertaking,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office called on the Legislature to allow school districts to write more focused annual plans for achievement. Read more

California community colleges board approves 15 pilot bachelor’s degrees

Bachelor’s degrees in mortuary work, ranch management and consumer technology design will soon be coming to California community colleges. Read more

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