California Farms Going Thirsty As Drought Burns $5 Billion Hole

Lost revenue in 2014 from farming and related businesses such as trucking and processing could reach $5 billion, according to estimates by the 300-member California Farm Water Coalition , an industry group. The state was the driest ever in 2013, a third straight year of little moisture. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Jan. 17 as arid conditions he called unprecedented continued well into the annual rainy season that runs from October through March. Reservoirs on Jan. 27 were at 61 percent of average, while the mountain snow-pack as of Dec. 30 that supplies most of the states water was at 20 percent of normal for that time of year, data show. Dry Spell Average rainfall in California was 7 inches (18 centimeters) last year, the lowest on record going back to 1895, said Michael Anderson , the state climatologist with the Department of Water Resources in Sacramento . visit

California Pacific Homes' Caserta Offers Impressive Array of Floorplans

state to retain low-performing teachers, mainly in poor and minority schools. At the start of a trial challenging state education employment policy, attorneys argued that California guidelines for permanent hiring, firing and layoff practices for K-12 public school teachers violate the constitutional rights of students by denying them effective teachers. The lawsuit, opposed by teacher union leaders, comes at a time of bitter political wrangling over how best to reinvigorate a U.S. public school system that leaves American children lagging counterparts in countries like Finland and South Korea. Among the rules targeted by the lawsuit is one that requires school administrators to either grant or deny tenure status to teachers after the first 18 months of their employment, which they complain causes administrators to hastily give permanent employment to potentially problematic teachers. visit

California students challenge teacher tenure rules in lawsuit

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