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Morning Read: Deasy Pushes Tablets

Hillel Aron | September 20, 2012

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LAUSD’s Plan to Fund New Technology LAUSD:  Noting that within three years the State is scheduled to administer its tests electronically – no more paper and pencil – Deasy said the time is now for the District to greatly expand its digital access and capabilities.

Calif. Poised to Spotlight ELLs Stalled in Schools EdWeek: California is poised to become the first state to unmask the extent to which English-language learners languish in public schools for years without ever reaching fluency.

Teacher Evaluations At Center Of Chicago Strike NPR: In California, after the state legislature mandated the use of student progress benchmarks to rate teachers, an education reform group sued the Los Angeles Unified School District to force the issue.

Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds New York Times: Across the country, 43 percent of Latinos and 38 percent of blacks attend schools where fewer than 10 percent of their classmates are white, according to the report, released on Wednesday by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Skeptical unions pose challenge to districts’ Race to the Top Ed Source: Nearly 900 districts nationwide, including 76 districts and charter schools in California, have told the federal government that they plan to compete for the final $400 million Race to the Top district competition. But with local unions having in effect a veto over their districts’ application, that number could dwindle.

Governor Signs CTA Bill to Help Laid-off Educators Retrain for Hard-to-Staff Fields CTA Blog: Teachers laid off because of California’s bruising education funding cuts will be able to collect unemployment benefits while retraining to fill other teaching positions in California’s shortage fields because of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a CTA-backed bill.

Brown kills bill establishing study committee on school finance EdSource: Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have created a task force to explore options for school finance reform, thus ensuring that his own weighted student formula won’t be drowned out in a marketplace of ideas when the Legislature convenes in January.

Most adults don’t think social isolation is bullying: poll KPCC: And only 56 percent of parents believe social exclusion of a student, which may be linked to school violence and teen suicide, merits school intervention.

CSU board OKs tuition increase — good only if Prop. 30 fails LA Times: Trustees vote 11 to 3 for the 5% tuition hike that would raise $58 million in 2012-13. If the Prop. 30 tax-increase measure fails, CSU faces a $250-million loss.


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