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Morning Read: Brace Yourselves

Hillel Aron | November 1, 2012

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LAUSD Bracing for Severe Cuts if Prop. 30 Loses
To offset the cuts, the state is allowing districts to shave 15 days off their 175-day school calendars this year – and up to 15 additional days next year – a move that LAUSD officials fear could jeopardize students’ hard-won academic gains and hinder efforts to prepare them for college or a career. Daily News

Poll Shows Brown’s Prop 30 Down, Not Out
Another new poll confirms the recent downward slide for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase initiative, but also suggests there’s a very real chance that Brown and his allies will eke out a victory on Election Day. News10

Prop 30’s Passage in California Could Depend on College Student Turnout
While 60 percent of young voters aged 18 to 29 supported a marijuana legalization proposition on California’s ballot in 2010, only 20 percent of them showed up at the polls and it was defeated.  HuffPo 

Beyond Props 30 & 38: Education Ballot Measures You Need to Know About Before Voting
In Los Angeles County, 15 bond measures seek to benefit local schools. Districts are asking voters’ approval to borrow from $18 million to $385 million to repair leaky roofs, make seismic retrofits, modernize science labs, and construct new buildings. KPCC

Teachers Asking School Districts to Maintain Benefits by Tapping Into Reserves
That reserve fund and how to use it has the administration and teachers union at Hacienda La Puente Unified butting heads. In contract talks the district has proposed teachers start paying monthly health care premiums. KPCC

Teachers Make Extra Money Selling Educational Materials Online
Sites such as provide an alternative to more traditional school supply stores. Associated Press

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