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In the latest Academic Performance Index, the statewide average rose by 13 points for high school students. In LA Unified, the average dropped by 20 points. Meantime, Governor Schwarzenegger has appointed David Long to be his Secretary of Education. The Riverside County Superintendent of Schools has been running 23 school districts with a total of more than 400,000 students.
What used to be California's backwaters are outpacing LA and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys and the Inland Empire are the fastest growing parts of the state. Driven mostly by the cost of housing, the population is moving east, along with smog and congestion. That the Riverside, Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento areas growing four times faster than the rest of the state poses many new challenges for California's future, according to a just-released study by the Brookings Institution. One major question is whether the new residents will have the political will to make better decisions than those that have shaped the places they're leaving behind.