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LA School Report | October 22, 2013

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LA Unified embarks on revamp of devastated adult education program
The Los Angeles Unified School system is embarking on a process to revamp its adult education programs – one of the biggest victims of years of budget cuts – and it’s teaming up with the city and business interests to come up with the plan. KPCC

LA schools’ plan for non-English speakers: segregation or solution?
Plans to separate Los Angeles elementary school students who are not fluent in English from native speakers in all core classes is drawing fire, as educators and parents say the move will make the students “second-class citizens” in their own schools. Christian Science Monitor 

Problems stall major tablet rollouts nationwide
Following a series of glitches in high-profile rollouts, school districts across the country are rethinking major investments in computer tablets and iPads. Schools have increasingly embraced iPads and similar mobile technology as teaching tools to meet growing needs of modern education system. Education News

LA Unified hosts iPad forum
As parents’ unanswered questions about the Los Angeles Unified School District’s iPad program pile up, school board member Monica Ratliff is inviting parents and community members to bring concerns to a committee meeting Tuesday night. KPCC

Group calls on companies to safeguard student data
Common Sense Media, an organization known for rating media and educational technology for use by children, announced a new initiative last week to encourage the educational technology industry to safeguard student data from falling into the hands of corporate interests. EdWeek

Language-gap study bolsters a push for prek
Nearly two decades ago, a landmark study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than those of less educated parents, giving them a distinct advantage in school and suggesting the need for increased investment in prekindergarten programs. New York Times

Black boys have easier time fitting in at suburban schools than black girls
I have always attributed my ability to fit into both multicultural and white environments to my personality and my immigrant’s need to adapt to whatever environment I’m in. But recent research shows that my gender (male) was one of the determinative factors in the relative ease of my social integration. The Atlantic


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