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LA School Report | August 29, 2014

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Ex-LAUSD official denies steering contract to former employer
The former Los Angeles schools official under scrutiny for his role in the district’s $1.3-billion iPad program defended himself Thursday, saying that he did not improperly steer the contract to a company that once employed him. LA Times

LA schools iPads: Bid committee got free tablets, resort trips
Los Angeles Unified officials who evaluated bids for its massive technology project received iPads from Pearson, met with a Pearson software executive and attended a weekend sales pitch for that software — all ahead of the public bid process, documents show. KPCC

Judge sets up battle over teacher protections
A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California. Politico

Single word at heart of regulatory debate
The State Board of Education next week will consider and possibly settle a debate over one word in the proposed final regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula. Edsource

Last-minute effort to enhance early learning educators
As part of a larger effort to give more of the state’s youngest residents a strong start in school, lawmakers want to offer up to $25 million toward training preschool and early-kindergarten teachers to better meet their needs. S&I Cabinet Report

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