California graduates surpass those nationwide in college and career readiness

In 2014, California's graduating class of students scored higher than those across the country on ACT college readiness tests in English, reading, math and science. However, only 29 percent of California's high school graduates took the tests, compared to 57 percent nationwide. 
The appointment could be considered a homecoming for Sean McPhetridge, who has worked on-and-off for the Alameda Unified School District for the past 14 years.  
 
The 46th annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll gauging public attitudes toward public schools and other education issues shows strong support for charter schools, even though many people don't understand how they work. Many of those polled also revealed opposition to new state curriculum standards known as Common Core.  
 
Newark schools trustee Gary Stadler resigned Wednesday after speakers at a Tuesday night meeting criticized him for his role in chasing off popular Superintendent Dave Marken.  
 
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De La Salle High School football film strong on message, despite some credibility issues  
 
Trustee Gary Stadler quits board in face of relentless criticism over popular superintendent's departure. He is second board member to leave; Charlie Mensinger has announced he will not seek re-election in November.  
 
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart.  
 
Brothers, 13 and 9, win award for iPad gameBrothers Mitchell Yu, 13, and Trenton Yu, 9, of Foster City, have won a 2014 Tabby Award for creating a multiplayer battlefield strategy game for the iPad.  
 
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks officials issued a missing person alert Tuesday for Gregory Muck, 46, a Fremont elementary-school teacher who lives in Santa Cruz. Muck was supposed to return Sunday from a backpacking trip in the Sierras.  
 
Under original coach Ed Hall, the De La Salle football program's early years were lean but formed the roots for the success story that became "When the Game Stands Tall"  
 
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Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm scales back, forges ahead

He's the beloved, maverick winemaker who led the way for screw caps, ingredient labeling and little-known varietals. Today, eight years after the sale of his big brands, the envelope-pusher is forging ahead as he tries to reseize Bonny Doon Vineyard and breed new wine grapes. 
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.