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John Mockler dies at 73; architect of California school funding law
John Mockler dies at 73; architect of California school funding law

John Mockler, a leading education advisor for four decades who was a principal author of Proposition 98, the law that guarantees California's public schools a sizable share of the state budget, died Tuesday in Sacramento. He was 73. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his daughter, Jessica Mockler. Called a guru of public school finance, Mockler held a number of influential posts starting in the early 1970s, when he was a top education advisor in the state Assembly. The lifelong Democrat later served short stints as education secretary and executive director of the state Board of Education under Gov. Gray Davis, and ran his own consulting firm. More recently he advised Gov....

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