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Morning Read: Brown’s Funding Accountability Plan

Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013

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Brown Details How to Hold Districts Accountable Under Funding Reform
Responding to criticism that he is offering flexibility without accountability, Gov. Jerry Brown has offered up specifics on how he would hold school districts responsible for extra money he is proposing to give them for high-needs children under his proposed sweeping reforms of how California schools are funded. EdSource

California Wants to Ramp up Its Technical Education and Career Training Programs
California education officials want to expand and promote career and technical education classes offered by public schools. KPCC

Education Miracles That Aren’t
In seeking reform models, L.A. Unified should be cautious about untested solutions. LA Times Editorial

Detectives Investigating Ex-Priest’s Conduct With Girl, Then 16
Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives have launched an investigation of an ex-priest and L.A. school district employee about a sexual relationship he allegedly had with a 16-year-old in the late 1980s, The Times has learned. LA Times

Why Education ‘Research Wars’ Leave No Winners
There isn’t a day that goes by that someone in the world of education isn’t issuing a report, data point or other form of research to make a point that conflicts with another point that also has a report, data point or other form of research to back it up. WaPo Op-Ed

Watch: the Story of 24th Street Elementary School
On January 17, more than 150 parents and children associated with the 24th Street Elementary School in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles delivered a “Parent Trigger” petition to LAUSD. This is their story. Parent Revolution

Giving Kids a View to a Better Future
In one year, Vision To Learn, a nonprofit mobile eye lab, has given eye exams to 5,000 students and handed out 4,000 pairs of glasses. ‘A $20 pair of glasses can change your life,’ its founder says. LA Times – Steve Lopez Column

Forbidden Fruit Roll-Ups: USDA Plans to Restrict School Snacks
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing regulations to keep the nation’s students from buying gummy bears, fruit roll-ups and cheese puffs from vending machines and at campus snack bars during the school day. EdSource

Teens in Stable Condition After Fingers Severed in Tug-of-War
Two South El Monte High School students whose fingers were severed during a game of tug-of-war were in stable condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery to re-attach the fingers, officials said. LA Times

Meet the Youth Voices Student Producers from ArtLAB High School
For their first multi-media assignment, Youth Voices student producers at ArtLAB High School were asked to create a Power Point presentation that features visual representations of who they are, what they feel, and what they believe. KCET

States Lack Data on Principals, Study Says
While principals increasingly are moving to center stage in national debates over school improvement, a new study finds most states have little or no information about how their principals are prepared, licensed, supported, and evaluated. EdWeek

Senate Investigative Team Focuses on Schools’ Misuse of Cafeteria Money
The illegal but common practice at some California school districts to use federal student meal funds on non-nutritional expenses has caught the attention of investigators working for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. SI&A Cabinet Report

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