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LA School Report | July 8, 2013

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Supt. John Deasy Faces Rocky Relationship with New LAUSD President
The private warning from Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy was clear: If Richard Vladovic became president of the Board of Education, Deasy was poised to resign and cause a maelstrom in the nation’s second-largest school system. LA Times 

LAUSD Student Truancy Rates Above County, State Average
The number of students absent without an excuse in 2011-12 at the Los Angeles Unified School District was well above state and county average, according to state figures released in April. Eagle Rock Patch 

Tensions Grow Between LA Unified, Lawyers in Miramonte Abuse Cases
The district agreed months ago to pay $30 million to settle 61 cases — the largest involving a single teacher in its history. But two-thirds of the cases remain open. And negotiations aren’t going well.  KPCC

See also: ABC News

Effort to Shorten Process of Firing Teachers Faltering Again
For the second straight year, legislation to quicken and simplify dismissal procedures for teachers is in danger of running aground.This year, teachers groups have signed on, but groups representing districts and administrators are objecting that the legislation would be ineffective, even counterproductive. EdSource

See also: KPCC

Costs to Implement New Student Testing System Starting to Pile Up
Buying and installing a new system of K-12 student assessments aligned to the common core state standards will likely cost California $67 million, according to a report before the board of education this week. SI&A Cabinet Report 

NCLB Waiver States Split on New Flexibility Offer
States with waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act are almost evenly divided on whether they will take U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan up on his offer of extra time to begin using new teacher-evaluation systems to decide which educators to hire, fire, or promote. EdWeek 

Don Brann’s Biggest Challenge Yet: Saving Inglewood Schools
In his 40-year career in education, Don Brann has led districts big and small, created a chain of charter schools and revitalized faltering school systems. But he has never come across a district in such dire straits as his next challenge — Inglewood Unified School District. LA Times

After Years of Cuts, LA Unified Reveals Plans to Restore Arts Education
It’s summer break, but classes were still in session at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts — at least for teachers. They packed into the school’s classrooms two weeks ago for a summer training program by the Los Angeles Unified School District on arts integration. Incorporating arts into other lessons is a key component in the district’s new arts plan. KPCC

UCLA, Southwestern Law Students to Write ‘Real World’ Amicus Briefs Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. LA Times

Panel Moves to pull City College of San Francisco’s Accreditation
An accreditation commission overseeing the 85,000-student City College of San Francisco on Wednesday moved to revoke the institution’s accreditation effective July 2014, setting in motion a set of radical measures by stunned state and city officials hoping to rescue the institution. LA Times

Feds’ Advice on School Intruders Worries Some Experts
New guidelines from the Obama administration for planning for emergencies at schools Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader following the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., touch on everything from school design and storm shelters to planning emergency drills and balancing privacy and safety. EdWeek

See also: NY Times


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