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Hillel Aron | October 1, 2012

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US Grant Funds $20,000 Teacher Bonuses at ‘High-Need’ LA Schools
Los Angeles Unified Schools Superintendent John Deasy said that a $49 million federal grant awarded to the district this week to improve teacher effectiveness will help pay for a new multiple-measure teacher evaluation system and more professional development programs, including a bonus for certain teachers at high-need schools. KPCC

LAUSD, 3 charter groups win grants to develop evaluation systems
The Los Angeles Unified School District and three local charter-school groups have won federal grants to develop their teacher and principal evaluation systems, the U.S. Department of Education has announced. Los Angeles Times

Activists Concerned About School Suspensions Plan A Series Of Events
A national coalition of youth groups, educators and advocacy organizations is launching the 3rd Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout starting tomorrow. KPCC

Governor Signs Off on Bill Ensuring Free Public Education
Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation that settles a lawsuit over public schools illegally charging students for educational activities and materials such as textbooks, exams, and field trips. Ed Source

Ex-Miramonte School Teacher to Face Trial on Molestation Charges
Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Martin Bernard Springer must stand trial on three counts of child molestation for allegedly inappropriately touching a girl, a judge has ruled. LA Times

Obama-Care Supporting Quiet Boom In New School-Based Health Centers
Typically established as a partnership between a local educational agency and a health care provider, school-based health care centers have become an increasingly important part of the medical system nationally as well as in California.  SI&A Cabinet Report

Grant Brings Wireless Math Education To Two LA Schools
A $100,000 Verizon Grant Will Bring Wireless Education Solutions to Five Schools. Students attending Western Avenue Elementary and Dolores Huerta Elementary in Los Angeles are among the first to benefit in Southern California. Sac Bee

New “Parent Trigger” Movie Opens to Rotten Reviews
The California Teachers Association crows about the new film’s bad reception CTA Blog

Wall Of Debt Could Crush State’s Role In Funding School Construction
Unless there is a major turnaround in the California economy in the next two years, schools may be looking at a future without financial support from the state for building new classrooms and upgrading old ones. SI&A Cabinet Report

State Reported Inflated Rate Of Teachers Lacking Credentials
The percentage of teachers and other certificated staff lacking proper credentials was actually 29 percent, not the 58 percent the state reported for the 2005-06 school year. California Watch

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