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LA School Report | May 16, 2014

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Thousands turn out for LAUSD’s Kids Ocean Day beach cleanup
On its 21st birthday Thursday, Kids Ocean Day came full circle as an alumnus returned to clean up the beach with her class of North Hollywood third-graders. Fair Avenue Elementary School teacher Armine Pogosian was a youngster in 1993 when she attended her first Kids Ocean Day, pitching in to pick up litter on the beach and learning about trash’s often fatal impact on marine life. LA Daily News

Science and engineering fair fetes teens’ ideas from around the world
Hollywood, meet Hadaia Ezzuldin. She’s 14 and is in booth PH070 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A ninth-grader from Erbil, Iraq, Hadaia was watching an Arabic-language romantic comedy called “Omar & Salma 2” when it dawned on her that she was viewing a pirated video. “I could see that the camera that recorded it was moving,” she said. “That was wrong. The people who make the movie should get the money from its sale, not the person who steals it.” LA Times

Not all schools provide good drinking water, study says
Access to free drinking water at school has improved, but California schools are not doing all they can, despite state and federal laws on the issue and evidence of the health benefits of drinking water, researchers said Thursday. One in four schools studied did not meet the legal requirements, they said. LA Times

How to pay for teachers’ pensions
Commentary: Gov. Jerry Brown deserves credit for finally proposing a solution to the long-festering fiscal problems at CalSTRS, the state teacher retirement fund. His revised budget includes a plan to eliminate CalSTRS’ unfunded liability over 30 years, at a cost of $237 billion. But by requiring school districts to cover most of that cost, Brown is asking too much of those who played little or no role in creating the problem. LA Times

Despite Brown ruling, integrated schools in California a vanishing dream
Commentary: On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision there can be no complacency in California when it comes to achieving integrated schools. A compelling new report from UCLA’s Civil Rights Project titled, “Segregating California’s Future,” describes how California leads the nation in the disproportionate enrollment of black and Latino students in schools with few white students. EdSource

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