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Samantha Oltman | December 4, 2012

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Bill to Speed up Teacher Dismissals Is Revived
Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) acted in the wake of a state audit concluding that current laws added excessive cost and time to the firing process. LA Times
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Billboards Promote Law That Lets Students Leave Low Performing Schools
The Open Enrollment Act became California law two years ago with the goal to give kids a way out of the worst schools in the state.  KPCC

For Dropouts, a Way to Drop Back In
An increasing number of young people neither attend school nor work, a study finds. A new partnership between the city of Los Angeles and L.A. Unified aims to halt that ‘unacceptable’ trend. LA Times

Listen: LAUSD and UTLA Discuss Use of Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations
Should student test scores be used in teacher evaluations? The Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have come to a tentative agreement to allow the use of student test scores in end-of-year evaluations. KPCC AirTalk

AFT Calls for Teacher ‘Bar Exam’; National Board to Oversee
The American Federation of Teachers has unveiled an ambitious new initiative to raise entry standards for teacher-preparation programs—and to create a “universal assessment,” analogous to the bar exam in law. Education Week

Student Achievement Part of the Payoff With Big Facilities Investment
An investment over the past decade of nearly $20 billion by Los Angeles Unified School District in new schools and facilities has had a direct result in higher student achievement – especially for those migrating to new elementary campuses, according to a new study. SI&A Cabinet Report

Study: More Churn at the Top in Large Districts
A study published in the December issue of the American Educational Research Journal finds 71 percent of superintendents left the largest 10 percent of districts, which include those of 29,000 or more students, within three years. Education Week

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