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LA School Report | May 10, 2013

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Similar Records, but L.A. Mayoral Candidates Inhabit Different Worlds
Born and raised in the Valley, Wendy Greuel still lives there. Eric Garcetti grew up there too, but moved around before settling in the ‘tri-hipster’ area of Hollywood, Silver Lake and Echo Park. LA Times

Why Are Women Practically Nonexistent on L.A. City Council?
The Martinez-Montanez contest is an exception to the machismo that, like an episode of Mad Men but with cheaper suits, has stamped out most women from L.A. City Hall political posts on the eve of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s departure. LA Weekly

Latinos Sharply Narrow Education Gap
After lagging behind other Americans in education for generations, Latinos have significantly narrowed the gap, and last year they passed a milestone, with new Hispanic high school graduates more likely than their white counterparts to go directly to college, according to a new study. NY Times

Testing California’s Commitment to Education
Just a generation ago, California’s schools were the pride of American education (it’s one of the reasons my parents moved with me to California in the early 1960s). Today, tracking with the economic woes of the rest of the Golden State, California’s schools rank 30th in the country . . .and falling. Forbes

Three Girls Testify that Former De La Torre Teacher Molested Them
Three girls allegedly molested by former Wilmington schoolteacher Robert Pimentel offered vivid details of abuse Thursday during a court hearing in Long Beach.
Daily Breeze

Assembly OKs Bill Allowing Transgender Students in Sports
Schools would have to allow transgender students to participate on sports teams and use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, not their sex, under a measure passed by the California Assembly on Thursday. Advocates said the bill would prevent transgender students from feeling ostracized at school and help them fully participate in sports and other activities. LA Times 

Math by Way of Art: For Pasadena School, Arts Plus Math is Really Adding Up
 The program, called “Artful Connections with Math,” was developed by the Pasadena Unified School District and the Armory Center for the Arts. Funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it pairs classroom teachers like Grotts with “teaching artists”  who show them how to use hands-on, visual art projects to teach math concepts. KPCC

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