1/7/2002

California schools chief Delaine Eastin, who is expected to leave office later this year, has had a contentious tenure in a post with little authority to affect education policy. Nevertheless, she says her two terms have been "incredibly productive," despite disagreements she has had with state leaders. Critics of the system say the California government has no clear chain of command for education policy, and they have suggested the elected position be replaced by a gubernatorial appointee.

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