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LA School Report | April 24, 2014

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L.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures
The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teacher had alerted her principal about sexual misconduct by Mark Berndt, who was subsequently arrested and later convicted of lewd conduct. LA Times

Social media student data bill gets the go-ahead
A bill that would impose restrictions on how school districts use and store private student information obtained from social media accounts moved with bipartisan support out of the Assembly Education Committee Wednesday afternoon. A second student data-related bill, AB 2341, which would require schools and the state to identify and track pupils from military families was also passed by the committee. S&I Cabinet Report

Troubled Mar Vista teacher is now disadvantaged school’s burden
That December 2012 afternoon wasn’t the first time a parent had reported that Robert Borowski, 53, smelled like alcohol at Walgrove Elementary School in Mar Vista. According to interviews and documents obtained by L.A. Weekly, parents and co-workers had in prior years complained about that and his alleged absenteeism, verbal abuse of students and helping students cheat on standardized tests — claims Borowski denies. LA Weekly

Survey finds Californians back Common Core, new funding formula
Resistance to the Common Core State Standards may be spreading in parts of Red State America, but Californians are learning more about the new math and reading standards and generally like what they have heard, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. EdSource

Should students sit on school boards?
Commentary: Do students belong on school boards? Should they participate in budgetary evaluations and contract negotiations? Are teenagers—who can’t vote in governmental elections or legally purchase cigarettes—equipped to make long-term decisions about their education, or will they inevitably sink to the lowest common denominator? The Atlantic

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