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LA School Report | October 13, 2014

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LAUSD’s student information system becomes a technological disaster
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, has become a technological disaster. Los Angeles Times

Law helps homeless students graduate
A new law that will take effect in January is aimed at helping homeless students by allowing them to get partial credit for school work they have done. EdSource

Millions pour into state superintendent’s race
Independent groups backing the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction reloaded their campaigns with millions of dollars in contributions this week, as the race heads toward Nov. 4 with a crescendo of spending. EdSource

Push to limit federal test mandates gains steam
For more than a decade, teachers, administrators, students, and even parents have criticized the No Child Left Behind Act—and, now, the Obama administration’s waivers under that law. Education Week

As apprentices in classroom, teachers learn what works
The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. New York Times

LEAs move ahead on restorative practices

Although a newly adopted law significantly narrows the list of reasons students can be suspended or expelled from school, many California schools had already done away with the catch-all category known as willful defiance. S&I Cabinet Report

Proposed fixes for Jefferson High include more classes, longer days
Students at Jefferson High are likely to have expanded course offerings and longer school days to address massive scheduling problems that resulted in lost instruction time this fall, officials have confirmed. Los Angeles Times

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