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Gov. OKs school bill required by U.S.

October 12, 2009 12:34:47 AM PDT
California schools could soon be receiving a multi-billion dollar boost.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that lifts a legal ban on using the results of student achievement tests to evaluate teachers.

This move allows the state to apply for $4.5 billion under the federal Race to the Top program.

However, more legislation is needed, so Schwarzenegger called for a special session this fall.

California must approve other reforms, including removing a cap on the number of charter schools and improving poorly performing local schools.

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