LA Unified Board Facing Another Long Day of Meetings
Vanessa Romo | November 18, 2013
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Another long day for LA Unified board members is gearing up tomorrow, with their regular meeting at 10 a.m., followed by two committee meetings.
Only one item at the board meeting is open to the public: a motion to urge the US Army Corps of Engineers to adopt a new plan, called Alternative 20, to revitalize the LA River.
The rest of the session will take place in private, with board members and district lawyers discussing ongoing litigation, union contract negotiations and matters involving student discipline. District officials have declined to elaborate on any of it.
The Committee of the Whole will tackle the future of teacher preparation, training and education. Chairman Steve Zimmer has lined up several speakers including Barnett Berry, founder of the Center for Teaching Quality and author of “Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead but Don’t Leave.”
Finally, the next chapter of the district’s iPad plan continues as Monica Ratliff’s Common Core Technology Project Committee gets another round of updates and questions regarding the progress of the recently modified tablet plan.
Chief Information Officer Ron Chandler has been invited to talk about further funding of the project, Pearson’s curriculum applications, and parent education and liability. The CCTP will also discuss the testing schedule for Spring 2014.
Ratliff told board members last week that she had invited representatives from Pearson to answer questions about the company’s software loaded onto the iPads, but permission was denied by Apple, the iPad maker. Apple has the deal with Pearson, not the district.
The Committee of the Whole, which is the entire board by another name, meets at 1:30 p.m. The Common Core Technology Project meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.
And if you just can’t wait until tomorrow, Zimmer’s Adult Education Ad Hoc Committee convenes a session at 6:30 tonight.