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Teachers unions defend their ground by getting Torlakson reelected
Teachers unions defend their ground by getting Torlakson reelected

Teachers unions defended their ground in California this week — and bucked national trends — by helping to reelect a state schools chief in a race with broad implications for education policy and politics. With union backing, Tom Torlakson won 52% of the vote and a second term as superintendent of public instruction in Tuesday's election, fending off fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck. Nationally, the picture was gloomier for Democrats supported by teacher unions; many fell amid a Republican surge. Tuck supporters, who refer to themselves as reformers, saw his effort as a turning point. The Tuck campaign, they said, put unions on the defensive by showing how students are...

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