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Oakland Charter Schools ... BART Surplus ... Sports

Oakland Board Allows Two Elementary Schools to Turn Charter
After months of controversy, two elementary schools in Oakland will become charter schools this summer. ASCEND and Learning Without Limits struck a deal with the District. The school board originally rejected the request, but under a compromise, schools get more autonomy. In return, the sites will pay back a portion of the district?s debt, and rent district facilities, including food and custodial services. The district?s teachers union opposes the deal.

Small BART Surplus After Increased Use, Sales Tax
BART is considering its budget priorities for next year after an unexpected windfall. Budget planners suggested yesterday that the transit line's board set aside money for replacing rail cars. BART benefitted from increased ridership and an unexpected jump in sales tax revenue.

Cal Men to Pac-12 Semis; Sharks Lose Shootout
In sports, college hoops, Cal men beat Stanford at the Pac-12 tournament. They face Colorado tonight in the semifinal. Stanford women face Arizona State today, Cal women play Washington State. Pro hoops, the Kings host the Mavericks tonight, Warriors host the Mavs tomorrow. Hockey, the Sharks lost a shootout against the Stars, 4-3. San Jose plays the Coyotes in Phoenix tomorrow.

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