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LA School Report | July 7, 2014

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For Vergara ruling on teachers, big questions loom
Among the lingering questions: Will the ruling, at a slim 16 pages, hold up on appeal? Will California’s notoriously polarized legislature, fearful of additional litigation and bad press, consider changing the statutes at issue on its own? And finally, will similar lawsuits elsewhere—one is already primed for introduction in New York—be as initially successful? Edweek

High school camp hones students’ business, entrepreneurial instincts
Mile Johnson’s plan for the “Next Generation” mobile app took first place and won $1,000 at a business plan competition recently, part of the free Los Angeles BizCamp Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The summer camp was created by the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Los Angeles Urban League. LA Times

What we don’t know about summer school
Seven years ago, California slashed its summer school budget and the programs all but disappeared. In LAUSD, the annual allotment went from about $49 million for summer school down to about $800,000. This year, a state ballot initiative has restored summer-school funding and the state has ponied up $38 million for LAUSD.  NPR

Can art help students learn science and other subjects?
Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to expand a teaching method called “arts integration,” which mixes arts instruction with teaching in other subjects and is often used as a way to make the most of arts instruction time with students.  KPCC

Union wins $15 minimum wage for L.A. schools’ service workers
A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it’s not the teachers union.  LA Times

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