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Kern’s Merry Christmas gift to GOTV groups (access required)

Kern is reviving the “ballot harvesting” ban with his pre-filed H2010 (collection; voted early ballots; limitation), which seeks to outlaw the practice of “ballot harvesting.” The practice was pioneered by Latino get-out-the-vote groups that are seeking to engage low-efficacy voters ...

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Biggs is never convinced (access required)

With the “death of the JTEDs” looming, education advocates and their allies at the Capitol are scrambling to undo a $30 million cut to the career and technical education program. They hope to accomplish the task perhaps as early as ...

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Two’s company? (access required)

Prop 123 may not be the only thing on the ballot for the May 17 special election. There’s a push from within the Legislature to put a major PSPRS reform proposal on the ballot, as well, according to a source ...

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What a difference a day makes for Bitter Smith

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Gowan, Olson blocking swift JTED fix

JTED advocates say a reversal of the cuts to the career and technical education programs made in the FY16 budget must be made by the end of January, lest entire programs be shuttered and teachers be given pink slips. “If the Legislature waits until March to do it in the main budget, there will be major damage to the JTEDs for no reason, since everyone agrees this cut needs to be reversed,” one advocate told our reporter.

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DCS gets two thumbs down at JLBC hearing

Lawmakers this afternoon voiced their displeasure with the progress, or lack thereof, at DCS in the tenure of Director Greg McKay. At a JLBC hearing, lawmakers cast a bipartisan vote to accept a DCS report on the agency’s progress towards benchmarks set for the first quarter of FY2016 with an “unfavorable review.”

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