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LA School Report | May 6, 2014

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Struggling L.A. schools seek larger class sizes
Despite an improving economy and robust tax collections, the Los Angeles School District will petition the state to allow larger class sizes in some of its most under-performing schools through 2014-15.The waiver application, which covers more than 70 school sites, would have in the recent past likely been approved as a routine matter of business.  S&I Cabinet Report

Measuring a ‘growth mindset’ in a new school accountability system
Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s research on intelligence, motivation and achievement has changed the thinking of educators around the globe – and now it’s helping to drive a first-in-the-nation experiment in seven of California’s largest school districts. EdSource

LAUSD, County schools award federal aid for low-income students
More than 40 schools that receive federal financial assistance for low-income students in Los Angeles and Orange counties were honored today by the state Department of Education for academic achievements.Most of the honorees were elementary schools. Westside Today

Holocaust writing assignment was a ‘mistake,’ school official says
The Anti-Defamation League says it has no evidence that a writing assignment asking eighth-graders in Rialto to consider arguments that the Holocaust never happened was part of a “larger, insidious agenda,” and is treating it as a “misguided” attempt to meet critical thinking standards. LA Times

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