Race for Schools Chief Becomes Expensive Proxy War for State Education Interests
If you're a public school parent or teacher, you know there have been a lot of changes in California's education system over the past year, from new academic standards to a new way of funding schools. Tom Torlakson has been overseeing all that change as superintendent of public instruction. Now he's up for re-election, and facing stiff competition from former charter school executive Marshall Tuck, who some say offers a bold new style of leadership.
Global Marches Put Spotlight on Slaughter of Elephants, Rhinos
On Saturday, activists in Los Angeles, San Francisco and cities around the world will participate in a global march for elephants and rhinos. It's designed to draw attention to the slaughter of over 30,000 elephants and more than 1,000 rhinos each year -- killed for the illegal wildlife trade in jewelry, trinkets and medicinals. San Francisco and Los Angeles are the second and third largest U.S. markets for ivory, after New York.