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GOP Candidate for Governor Calls for Education Overhaul

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Neel Kashkari urges radical education overhaul

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, center, also calls for increased vocational education, longer school days and years, and merit pay for teachers. (Credit: Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times)

Saying that better schools are critical for California’s prosperity, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari proposes changing the way education is funded, making traditional schools more like charters and increasing online learning.

“We must reject the status quo,” the former U.S. Treasury official says in a 33-page policy paper set for release Tuesday.

He calls for money to be sent directly to the state’s 10,000 public schools rather than to their districts. He would throw out much of the state’s education code, which governs the operation of schools, and effectively allow most schools to operate under the same rules as charters.

He also calls for increased vocational education, longer school days and years, and merit pay for teachers.

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