August 16 | Sacramento Bee

By Dan Walters

California’s largest-in-the-nation public school system educates – or purports to do so – 6 million-plus kids from dozens of socioeconomic, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

National academic testing has found that California’s students rank near the bottom in achievement.

The situation spawns two perpetual political debates – whether we’re spending enough money to raise that achievement, and whether there’s sufficient accountability for results.

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