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Morning Read: A memorial for LaMotte, an election ahead

LA School Report | January 20, 2014

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Hundreds honor LAUSD’s LaMotte for dedication to education
A public memorial to honor LAUSD board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte drew hundreds of local teachers, state leaders, and community members Saturday to a Los Angeles area high school, where many said she left a legacy as a champion for education for all. LA Daily News

Special election could tip balance on L.A. school board
A June special election to replace former Los Angeles school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has the potential to alter the political power dynamic and the overall direction of the nation’s second-largest school district. LA Times

LAUSD Teachers Seek Pay Hike Amid Release Of Prop. 30 Funds
The teachers union representing educators of the LA Unified School District plans to present a pay proposal to the school board next week. The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) plans to ask for a pay hike of 17.6 percent with the number of years to be determined, according to CBS2′s Dave Lopez. Passed in 2012, Proposition 30 is expected to fund the increase once an amount is determined. CBS Los Angeles

LAUSD schools for special-needs students take a more vocational bent
Claudia is an obese teenager with developmental disabilities who long had a habit of acting out at her school by dropping to the floor and refusing to move for hours on end. But since early December, when her school started a nail salon where the students perform manicures for each other as well as paying customers, she hasn’t pulled the stunt once. Daily Breeze

California teacher retirement investments earn 19 percent

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System announced that it earned a hefty 19.1 percent return on its investments in 2013 even as it repeated a plea for funding assistance from the State Legislature. CalSTRS officials have said the gains were bolstered by 28 percent returns on its stock portfolio. The pension fund earned 19 percent from private equity and 14 percent from real estate holdings. Contra Costa Times

Annette Bening to become face of arts education for California
Actress Annette Bening has signed on as the new spokesperson for the California Arts Council’s “keep art in schools fund.” The fund raises money for arts education through public donations on state tax returns – a move that was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown September 30. KPCC

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