N■ By Larry Sand / Contributed ovember saw a rash of stories about the troubled public schools monolith. As I wrote last week, the public education brand is in trouble, and as 2017 fades away, a wave of stories is sending the year out with not a bang or a whimper, but rather with an unceremonious thud. A Public Policy of California report finds that just 30 percent of all California 9th graders are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree. Also, only 45 percent of the graduating class of 2016 completed college preparatory courses, which are required to be considered for admission to any state school. It must be noted that

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