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Morning Read: Looming Vote On Teacher Evaluations

Samantha Oltman | December 19, 2012

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Teacher Vote on Whether to Use Student Test Scores in Performance Evaluations
Teachers in Los Angeles Unified will vote Jan. 14-18 on a tentative agreement that would allow the use of student test data in performance evaluations. LA Daily News

Calif. Teachers Fund Reviewing Firearm Holdings
The nation’s largest teachers’ pension fund announced Tuesday that it was reviewing its firearms holdings after determining that its investment in a gun maker was linked to one of the weapons used in last week’s Connecticut school massacre. AP

Jury awards $6.9 million to boy molested by L.A. Unified teacher
Now 14, the boy was a fifth-grader at Queen Anne Place Elementary School when then-teacher Forrest Stobbe molested him for several months. LA Times
See also: KPCC

11,200 Child-Care Slots in Los Angeles County Lost During Recession
Los Angeles County lost thousands of licensed child-care spaces during three recession-battered years, jeopardizing the ability of low-income parents to work and give their children an academic head start through early education services, data released Wednesday showed. LA Times

LAUSD to Pay $6.9 Million in Abuse Case; Miramonte Could Be Costly
The size of verdict — among the largest ever awarded in a district molestation case – suggests L.A. Unified could end up paying a large amount of money to wrap up the close to 200 pending legal claims related to the Miramonte teacher. LA Times

LA Jury Awards $4.5 Million to Filipino Teachers
A federal jury awarded $4.5 million to Filipino teachers who paid large fees to obtain U.S. jobs through a placement agency. AP

California Wins Millions in School Innovation Grants
It was a clean sweep as all seven finalists seeking federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grants for California schools received word that they won. EdSource

New Science Standards on Final Leg Toward Adoption
The second draft of new national science curriculum standards, developed in part by a team from California, is set to be released the first week in January for statewide public review. SI&A Cabinet Report

Belmont Students Perform With 80s Iconic Band Foreigner
“It’s like a dream come true,” exuded Elizabeth, a choir member from Belmont HS, Multi-Media Music Academy, as she described singing the chorus for 80’s rock group-Foreigner. LAUSD Journal

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