7 Calif. school districts team up for reform

Seven school districts in California have teamed up to push for education reforms that failed to gain widespread support from districts and unions.

The seven superintendents announced Monday they are forming the nonprofit organization California Office of Education Reform. The group will pursue reforms such as accountability and review procedures for teachers and implementing common standards for English and math instruction.

The districts agreed to pursue the reforms as part of the state's entry in the Race to the Top competition for federal funding. California did not win the funding after the reforms were met with resistance.

The districts are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Fresno, Sanger, Clovis and Sacramento.

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