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Morning Read: Board Debates Parent Policy, Technology Funding

Samantha Oltman | December 12, 2012

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LAUSD Board Debates Raising Salaries or Buying Students Tablet Computers
With the groundwork laid for a new digital-learning plan, a request for a strategy to buy computer tablets for all students erupted Tuesday into a shouting match between two Los Angeles Unified board members over setting budget priorities for the district. LA Daily News
See also: CBS LA, LA School Report

Southland Schools Come up Empty in Contest for Federal Grants
No district or organization in the region qualified for Race to the Top money. Green Dot Public Schools could have received $30 million but fell short. LA Times

LAUSD Board Narrowly OKs New Parent Policy at Low-Income Schools
A long-simmering controversy about which parents can have a voice at Los Angeles Unified’s low-income schools erupted Tuesday, with boisterous critics accusing a district administrator of bullying and discriminatory tactics. LA Daily News

L.A. School Menus to Keep Aiming High in Childhood Obesity Fight
The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved a resolution to continue monitoring and improving its nationally recognized food and nutrition policy. Marina del Rey Patch

Parents to Hear About Future of Crenshaw High School
Crenshaw High School may soon go the way of Dorsey, Manual Arts and Westchester high schools; it could face a district takeover as early as next year. KPCC

November Success Prompts Bill for 2014 State Bond for School Facilities
Buoyed by voter support last month for two measures benefitting public education, a key lawmaker introduced legislation late last week that would place a statewide school facilities bond measure on the ballot in 2014. S&A Cabinet Report

Three California Districts Win in Federal Race to the Top Competition
Three California school districts are among 16 winners in the latest round of the federal Race to the Top funding competition. The relatively small districts beat out several of the state’s largest districts, which didn’t even make it into the final round. EdSource

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