Grade colleges on how well they teach teachers? Universities balk

The Obama administration wants to improve teacher training so that newly minted teachers arrive prepared to teach and able to deliver high-quality instruction. Credential programs devote too little time to instructing teachers on how to teach, critics say, and too many teachers -- 40 percent -- leave the profession in the first five years, in part because they re unable to handle a complex, tough job.  
A destructive insect that could have serious adverse impacts for wineries and agricultural water use was discovered in Marin County last week, county officials said today.  
U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, was joined by five other House of Representatives members in calling for the ouster of Rafel Moure-Eraso, the chairman, and Manny Erlich from the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Board, which heavily criticized Chevron's safety culture in a series of reports after the 2012 Richmond refinery fire and called for overhauling the regulation of refineries in the state.  
AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymen Rob Bonta and Tony Thurmond, aims to provide breakfast after school starts to reach more students than current programs that are offered before classes begin. The program, which would be funded with federal reimbursements, is expected to improve academic success for hungry students.  
An antibiotic resistant superbug linked to a medical scope that's widely used has infected four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the second hospital in Southern California to report patients with the dangerous infections.  
( Randy McMullen )
Review: Updated 'Cinderella' keeps its old-fashion charm

The touring Broadway musical includes some contemporary messages about girl power, but it's the traditional fairy tale that makes the show worthwhile; it plays at Broadway San Jose through March 8.