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LA School Report | June 20, 2013

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Budget Simplifies Special Education Money
Under the new spending plan, the state is doing away with the involved, multi-step calculation used to determine funding for Special Education Local Planning Areas and replacing it with one based on average daily attendance. SIA Cabinet Report

LAUSD Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to West Hills Murder of Wife Michelle
The elementary school teacher accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death in West Hills on Saturday pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and three other related counts in Van Nuys Superior Court. LA Daily News

Ex-USC Professor Charged with Child Sex Crimes Returns to L.A.
Walter Lee Williams, 64, who was added this week to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives list, was escorted by law enforcement authorities off a plane at Los Angeles International Airport. KTLA

Salary Surfer Site Helps Students Gauge Potential Future Earnings
The Salary Surfer provides information on median annual incomes for 179 popular programs of study spanning health, business, social sciences, architecture, engineering and other disciplines. LA Times

Online Providers Find a Market in Dropout Recovery
While accountability demands and economic pressures sparked educators’ drive to bring dropouts back to school, those efforts are largely being powered by online and hybrid credit-recovery program. Ed Week

Opinion: The Soft Sciences Matter as Much as Ever
A report released this week bears out what many educators have been predicting: Amid rising college tuition, increased global economic competition and a job market that disproportionately rewards graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, students are seeking degrees in what they and, indeed, many in our nation view as lucrative business and hard-science disciplines. LA Times

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Guess How Much We Invest in Our Students

In the course of a public K-12 education, how much money will be invested in the average California student? How much does a basic, public K-12 education actually cost? Do you know? Can you guess? EdSource

Congressman Wants Public Schools to Teach Gender Stereotypes ‘At a Very Early Age’
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) wants American youths to be taught gender stereotypes in grade school classes, so they understand the roles of mothers and fathers — and the importance of allowing only opposite-sex couples to marry. Think Progress

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