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LA School Report | June 3, 2013

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LAUSD Board Offers Conflicting Options for Spending New Revenue
With millions in Proposition 30 dollars trickling in and more revenue promised under Gov. Jerry Brown’s school-funding plan, Los Angeles Unified board members are jump-starting the debate over the best way to rebuild a school district devastated by five years of budget cuts. Daily News

Insurance Firm Sues to Avoid Miramonte Abuse-Case Settlement
If the company wins, L.A. Unified could be on the hook for the $30 million it agreed to pay 58 alleged victims of former teacher Mark Berndt. LA Times

Long-Neglected Law on Teacher Evaluations Rises to Forefront
The road to an agreement on teacher evaluations has been a long and costly one that is not yet finished. But recent litigation has put the Los Angeles Unified School District on a fast track. Hechinger Report

LA Teacher Looks to Revive Vocational Training in Schools
One of the areas to which Monica Ratliff plans to bring renewed focus is vocational education, which involves training students for technical occupations and preparing them to enter the workplace with viable skill sets. CBS2 / KNX

Schools’ Effort To Shift to Common Core Faces a Difficult Test
The move toward standards that teach students to be analytical encounters a bipartisan backlash. LA Times

Education is Missing Key For Some Young Immigrants
A high school diploma is a requirement for the federal ‘deferred action’ program. But for many farmworkers, earning wages trumped getting an education. Now they must make some tough decisions. LA Times

School Bond Campaign Reform Sought
Critics see underwriters’ role in supporting ballot measures as unfair to opponents and say their deals with school districts can leave out competitive bidding. LA Times

State Architect to Increase Scrutiny of Public School Construction Projects
Two years after a state audit criticized the California state architect for lax oversight of new school construction, the agency this month introduced a new certification process for schools. KPCC

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