Democratic candidates backed by teachers unions narrowly lost on Tuesday in two California state assembly primary races that highlighted a bitter split in the Democratic Party over education policy, Reuters reports. The most contentious race was in Assembly District 46, a heavily Democratic swath of Los Angeles suburbs. Wealthy philanthropists, hedge-fund managers and internet entrepreneurs – bound together by a common goal of overhauling public education – spent an eye-popping $1.4 million to bolster the candidacy of Brian Johnson, a Democrat who until recently ran a network of charter schools. The California Teachers Association fought back with nearly $500,000 in spending to attack Johnson and support a rival Democrat, Andrew Lachman…

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