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Charter backers outspend teachers in 2 California races

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the battle for the future of California's schools, charter school advocates are far outpacing teachers unions in spending to support candidates for governor and state schools chief.

Wealthy donors who support charter schools and education reform have poured more than $22 million into independent committees to support former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor and former schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools chief. Many of the same donors have also contributed directly to Villaraigosa's and Tuck's campaigns.


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