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Teachers gathering for Day Two of budget protests at the Capitol will find their own oversight board in the hot seat under the dome.

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee meets at 10 a.m. today to take a look at delays in discipline for teacher misconduct cases and other alleged problems at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The hearing was triggered by an April audit that found issues with many levels of the panel's oversight and hiring processes, including case backloads and indications that family relationships and favoritism have impacted hiring.

"It's one of the worst-run organizations we've seen in a long, long time - of any state agency that we've looked at," state Auditor Elaine Howle told The Bee's Jim Sanders last month.

Meanwhile, the teachers will continue to sound the alarm about the impact of further budget cuts at the week-long "State of Emergency" staged by the California Teachers Association. Colleague Jon Ortiz has a roundup of all the first day of rallying and unrest in today's Bee.

Comparing cost of education and incarceration will be the focus of a 9:30 a.m. presser with parents from "Books Not Bars" and other organizations on the South Steps of the Capitol. Keep an eye on Capitol Alert and our Twitter feed for updates on the ongoing demonstrations, including whether any of the protesters land behind bars themselves.

HEARINGS: The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety, and The Judiciary will meet at 10 a.m. for an update on prison education programs. Legislative committees will continue to churn through bills ahead of Friday's deadline for non-fiscal bills to clear policy panels. See the Senate schedule here and the Assembly schedule here.

KAM KUWATA AWARD: The University of Southern California's Unruh Institute of Politics has announced the creation of a student award honoring late political consultant Kam Kuwata. A release announcing the scholarship stipend, set to be awarded for the first time next year, praises the USC alumnus for giving back to the student body though participating in political events on campus. "Kam never forgot the importance of offering support and guidance to these young people and he always set an example of devotion to public service," the release states. More details are available here.


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