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Morning Read: LAUSD moves students into rival territory and incites protest

LA School Report | March 17, 2014

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L.A. Unified’s decision to move students sparks furor
Officials didn’t take into account long-standing rivalries when they decided to transfer about 280 students from Boyle Heights to Lincoln Heights, critics say. The two schools are a two-minute drive apart in similarly low-income, largely immigrant neighborhoods. But to hear students tell it, the two places might as well be different planets. LA Times

Candidate to head L.A. teachers union faces discipline
Los Angeles school district officials say one of the top candidates for president of the teachers union faces discipline for leaving his campus to campaign during the school day. The issue has entangled L.A. Unified in a contentious union race with high stakes both for teachers and the nation’s second-largest school system. LA Times

Program will help cash-strapped teachers fund their projects
For 14 years, Los Angeles math teacher Darryl Newhouse has run a robotics program aimed at showing inner-city students that careers in science and engineering are just as possible as ones in sports and entertainment. But when funds run short, he digs into his own pocket — often shelling out as much as $5,000 a year. LA Times

Are schools ready for the new online Common Core tests?
California is just weeks away from learning whether its test of the test will pass or fail. For nearly 12 weeks, beginning March 25, more than 3 million students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 will take the computer-based Smarter Balanced field, or practice, test aligned to the Common Core State Standards in math and English. Edsource

Deadline passes with few teacher layoffs in Southern California
State law requires public school districts to notify employees with teaching certificates by March 15 if their services might not be required in the coming year. After that, no additional teachers can be laid off in the coming school year. In comparison, non-teacher employees only have to get notice 60 days before the coming school year. San Bernardino Sun

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