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LA School Report | February 6, 2014

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Brown calls for new fees on teacher preparation review
Still struggling to find a fiscal footing in the wake of the recession, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing would be granted additional authority to impose fees on educator preparation programs under a proposal from the Brown administration. The agency, which serves as the state’s standards board for teacher certification and professional conduct, is one of the few departments that do not receive any support from the state’s general fund. SI&A Cabinet Report

With hostility over, parent-trigger school strives to improve
Chrissy Guzman chucked the old bottle of paint across the classroom, aiming for the large trash bin that the custodian had wheeled in earlier that summer day. As she and fellow parent volunteer Lori Yuan cleared out the PTA meeting room, the two mothers vented their frustration over the looming takeover of the district-owned campus by an outside charter operator. Hechinger Report

Report on creative economy shows drop in LA County arts teachers
A report to be released Thursday by the Otis College of Art and Design shows the number of arts teachers in Los Angeles County fell by about 10 percent in the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent data examined. The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy looked at figures from the California Department of Education and found more than 200 arts teacher positions disappeared between the 2010-11 school year and 2011-2012 in Los Angeles County. KPCC

House lawmakers weigh federal role in early-childhood education
President Barack Obama’s marquee, multibillion-dollar proposal to entice states to expand their prekindergarten offerings—which already was a political long shot—hit yet another roadblock Wednesday during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing. EdWeek

Q&A: The uncommon challenge of Common Core
Ready or not, here come the Common Core standards. In many schools, they’re already here. After governors and education leaders initiated the Common Core movement, teachers and content experts helped write new standards in math and English that weigh critical thinking skills above rote memorization. EdSource

Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers
Commentary: My mother retired recently from teaching under pretty much the best possible working conditions one could expect in an American high school: She taught high school French in an Ohio suburb that is at least 90% white, ranging from middle to upper middle class. By the end of her career, she was relatively decently paid. LA Times

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