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LA School Report | May 15, 2013

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LAUSD Becomes First District to Ban ‘Willful Defiance’ Suspensions
The action comes amid mounting national concern that removing students from school is imperiling their academic achievement and disproportionately harming minority students, particularly African-Americans. LA Times 

LAUSD Board Saves Breakfast in the Classroom
Despite facing criticism from teachers, Los Angeles Unified’s Breakfast in the Classroom was spared from elimination on Tuesday as the school board listened to pleas from parents and union members to help keep kids well-nourished in class. Daily News

See also: LA Times, CBS

Greuel and Garcetti Notch Victories at Los Angeles School Board
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel ventured into school district politics Tuesday, lending support to noncontroversial actions and mostly taking a respite from their recent sniping in the Los Angeles mayoral contest. LA Times

LAUSD Aviation School at Van Nuys Airport Will Continue Thanks to $1-a-Year Lease
The embattled Los Angeles Unified aviation school at Van Nuys Airport will continue operating next year, thanks to a $1-a-year lease negotiated between the school district and the city. Daily News

Governor’s Budget Update Means (Slightly) Bigger Bucks For Education
After years of punching new holes in their collective belt, Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget revision gives more money to local schools, including funds to help ease the transition to a technology-dependent curriculum. Daily News

See also: Ed Source, SI&A Cabinet Report

Former L.A. Unified Teacher To Stand Trial on Sex Abuse Charges
A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was ordered to stand trial on 14 charges of sexually assaulting nine students and a relative, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. LA Times

A voter’s eye view of the Los Angeles election
Only 40 percent of voters polled like the direction of the city, and 22 percent approve of the LAUSD, but within this sprawling metropolis, residents are more pleased with their own neighborhoods and even their local schools, than with the “city” and the “school district.”  Jewish Journal

A city agenda for L.A. schools
If public officials in the more than two dozen cities served by L.A. Unified want to do something to help kids succeed, there are plenty of things within their purview. LA Times (Bennett Kayser oped)

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