California lawmakers approve education-overhaul package

California lawmakers have approved a series of education reforms -- expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- that give parents the power to remove their children from failing schools and force districts to overhaul poor-performing schools. Some expressed concerns about possible unintended consequences of the measures, such as droves of students abandoning failing schools and overwhelming schools in better-performing districts. The measures will help make California eligible for federal Race to the Top funds.

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