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LA School Report | August 6, 2013

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State Begins Work Revising Teacher Preparation Based on Common Core
The plan comes forward as public schools in California are already transitioning to new curriculum standards based on a set of national goals in math and English language arts – with new common science standards soon to be ready for adoption. SI&A 

Parent-Trigger Efforts Force Two Calif. Schools to Restructure 

If you are interested in the effect of parent-trigger laws, keep your eyes on California. Last week, Desert Trails Preparatory Academy, a K-6 school in Adelanto, opened its doors after being restructured under the state’s parent-trigger law. And next week, the 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles plans to open its doors. EdWeek 

Disabled Teen Sues LAUSD for “Humiliating” Treatment
A teen with cerebral palsy has begun a legal battle againt the Los Angeles Unified School District, claiming he was denied wheelchair-accessible transportation for field trips while he was a student at Carson High School, according to court documents. NBC News

LAUSD Administrator Arrested for Relationship with Former Student
A 48-year-old  Los Angeles Unified School District administrator has been arrested for attempting to meet with a 15-year-old former student with the purpose of committing a lewd act. CBS News 

Resistance Greets Pumped-Up Effort to Streamline Community College, CSU Transfer

When a long-awaited and much-needed bill to streamline transfer from community colleges to California State University passed the state Legislature three years ago, it had sweeping support: unanimous approval among lawmakers and a list of backers more than 80 deep. All is not so harmonious for its younger sibling, Senate Bill 440, which would compel campuses to move faster to develop transfer degrees.  EdSource

McDonnell Leads Education Summit in Fairfax
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) met with state education leaders on Monday in Fairfax for a summit on public schools, discussing student loan debt, teacher compensation and low-performing schools. Washington Post

Start-Ups Focus on Creating Tools for Teachers
Web entrepreneurs, many of them in Mass., try to ease way for educators. Most recently some of the biggest names in publishing, including Pearson PLC, McGraw-Hill Cos., and Houghton Mifflin, said they would invest heavily in related businesses or build their own technology operations in Boston. Boston Globe

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